Gel polish without acrylics
Gel polish without acrylics
According to the British Association of Dermatologists (BOD), HEMA is the #1 allergen product in nail products and cosmetics.
Also known as 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate or hydroxyethyl methacrylate, these are monomers used to polymerize UV gels. However, the molecular size of HEMA is much smaller and can be more easily absorbed by the skin, which leads to irritation
The European Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) has also published a report stating that HEMA can be safe when applied correctly to the nail plate. They concluded that concentrations up to 35% are unlikely to pose a risk and cause sensitization, provided their use is limited to the nail plate and contact with adjacent skin is avoided. Unfortunately, many brands use a higher concentration, some well above 35%, and pose additional risk factors.
Wellgel London contains very little hema. Hema is the reactive ingredient needed to harden the gel. It is used in all gel polishes, but the concentration can vary greatly per brand . We use a low concentration of hema, and the type of hema we use is the safer kind. There are 2 types of hema, one is more aggressive and the other is mild. At Wellgel London we use the mild form which has been proven to be safe and we use less than 30% of it in our formulas.
HMPA Free Nail Polish
Hydroxypropyl methacrylate (2-HPMA), also called hydroxypropyl methacrylate (HPMA), is classified as the second most common nail product allergen, according to the BOD.
It is widely used by some brands as an alternative to HEMA and in HEMA-free acrylic liquid. As a result, those who switched to HEMA-free monomer because they already had an allergy to HEMA often also develop an allergy to HPMA.
WHAT DOES '10 Free' MEAN?
Have you ever wondered if there are toxic chemical ingredients in the beauty products you use? We, at Wellgel London, care about what goes into our products. In the beauty industry there are 3 different grades: 5 free, 7 free and 10 free, with 10 free being considered the purest of all 'free' gel and nail polishes. Wellgel London has developed a range of long-wearing and long-lasting gel and nail polishes that are 10 free, meaning they are free from the following chemicals and ingredients:
- Formaldehyde is used as a preservative in cosmetics. A known carcinogen also linked to asthma, neurotoxicity and developmental toxicity.
- Toluene is a solvent used in polish to help it dry quickly; the health problems associated with overexposure to this ingredient can include nervous system disruption and immune, kidney, liver and reproductive effects.
- Phthalates (DBP, DEHP, DEP and others): A class of plasticizing chemicals used to make products more pliable. Phthalates disrupt the endocrine system and can cause birth defects. is a respiratory irritant and poses the greatest danger to nail technicians who may be exposed to large quantities.
- Camphor is a fragrant resin that is still found in many nail products, but it can cause headaches, nausea and dizziness in large amounts.
- Formaldehyde resin can release formaldehyde; the short-term effects of formaldehyde exposure include respiratory and skin irritation. Long-term exposure is suspected to cause cancer.
- Ethyl tosylamide has been banned for use in cosmetics by the European Commission, but is still used in the United States. This ingredient is suspected of causing developmental and reproductive toxicity and has strong antibiotic properties.
- Xylene can cause central nervous system depression and headaches when exposed to high concentrations in the air.
- Parabens are a common preservative, but are a suspected endocrine disruptor.
- Animal Ingredients: Many high-quality nail polish and cosmetic brands regularly contain animal by-products. This may not be toxic, but it is certainly an ingredient that Wellgel London has completely excluded from its nail polish range.
- TPHP (triphenyl phosphate) is a plasticizer, as well as a flame retardant, and studies have linked it to changes in normal hormone function.