Blac Chyna posted a video clip of herself on Instagram blowing a kiss, showing off her tangerine nails that seem to glow-in-the dark. Could Blac Chyna be breaking the law by using forbidden polish color additives? Chyna's 6.6 million Instagram followers loved the photo, giving it an incredible 590,000 likes.Fans had mixed reactions ranging from asking where they could find the nail polish to saying it "looks like a cheetos advertisement." Chyna's nails were completely glowing under the dark artificial light. As cool and unique as Chyna's glow-in-the-dark nails are, two questions remain:
1. Would the chemicals in the polish be harmful to the Kardashian baby?
2. Is the nail polish illegal to wear in the United States?
Is Glow-in-the-Dark Nail Polish Legal in the United States?
Neon nail polish is in fact illegal in the U.S. Good House Keeping reports neon nail polish is technically illegal since the FDA has not approved it yet due to certain colorants used to create neon and glow-in-the-dark polishes not being allowed.
Well, not illegal to wear, but illegal to produce. The Director of Research and Development at OPI told Huffington Post:
"The FDA requires that all cosmetic colorants be approved for safety, and each batch must be certified for purity. While there may be nothing inherently wrong with neon colorant, it is not used by responsible companies including OPI, as it has not gone through the rigorous FDA approval process... To note, OPI will be launching Outrageous Neons this summer – to be sold in professional salons – with a new formula featuring neons that have been FDA-approved."Jan Arnold, co-founder and creative director of CND Colours told MORE:
"Neon polish is actually illegal to produce in the US…So if you see a neon shade in the store, it's imported – or your polish hue is just really bright, not a true neon, making it easier to pull off."However, many companies such as OPI use formulas with FDA-approved coloring. Other neon nail polishes are imported. Which is interesting as NYmag reported if it's not imported, it's not a 'true neon'.
StyleCaster reports SheFinds (a U.S. Cosmetics brand) was working on developing the first legal neon polish.
Propane and Other Toxic Chemicals In Blac Chyna's Nail Polish?
It is very possible Blac Chyna received polish from a company called NailsInc, in the color Tomato Red. However, Blac Chyna states she can't wait to "try" the polish, and the photo was uploaded three days before the glow-in-the-dark nail photo. The company is unique in that it promotes their "Paint Can" as the "World's first spray on nail polish". If so, Sephora lists the ingredients of "Paint Can" spray-on polish to include: Dimethyl Ether, Ethyl Acetate, Bis(Glycidoxyphe-Nyl) Propane/Bisaminomethylnorbornane Copolymer, Mica. Cl 77891, Acrylates Copolymer, Cl 73360, Aluminum Hydroxide, Cl 45410, Cl 45380.Women's Voices put together a complete list of problematic nail products and reports, "The California Safe Cosmetics Act (the Act) requires companies that manufacture cosmetics to report any cosmetics products that contain ingredients known or suspected to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm."The article states other chemicals in nail products that are harmful are not required to be reported to the State of California and may actually be found in nail products.
The FDA website has strict color additive violations including:
1. No mixing certified colors with uncertified counterparts.
2. FDA must approve all batches in question.
3. When purchasing a color additive, must be aware of color uses and restrictions.
4. Understanding there may be changes in color additives, therefore approvals and changes, uses and restrictions will apply to a color additive. These changes will affect colors, so it will be subjected to certification.
5. The manufacturer of the color must request certification.
"No matter how exotic or novel the color additive or its intended use, it is subject to the same regulations as the more everyday colors and products. The following items are a sampling of some out-of-the-ordinary color additives. This list is not exhaustive. Rather, it is intended to show how the regulations apply to such colors:
- Fluorescent colors: Only the following fluorescent colors are approved for use in cosmetics, and there are limits on their intended uses: D&C Orange No. 5, No. 10, and No. 11; and D&C Red No. 21, No. 22, No. 27, and No. 28 [21 CFR 74.2254, 74.2260, 74.2261, 74.2321, 74.2322, 74.2327, and 74.2328].
- Glow-in-the-dark colors: Luminescent zinc sulfide is the only approved glow-in-the-dark color additive [21 CFR 73.2995]."
Rob Kardashian's sister, Kourtney, who is alleged to eat only organic and gluten free food, had quite the holistic pregnancy as documented on many Keeping Up With The Kardashians episodes.
Hopefully, Chyna's nail polish is FDA approved and legal!Blac Chyna, 28, and Rob Kardashian, 29, revealed their engagement via social media in April. Now, one month later, Rob and Blac Chyna are set to give birth to their first child together. The couples' reality show, tentatively titled Rob & Chyna, will focus on their engagement and birth of their child.
Do you think Blac Chyna's glow-in-the-dark nails could be toxic to the next Kardashian heir? Should this type of polish be illegal to produce? Comment below.
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