Thursday 1 May 2014

Ingredients 101: Acetone

Natural or Synthetic: Synthetic

The Facts: Acetone is an organic solvent used in many household products. Acetone dissolves many substances, including paint, varnish, wax, resin, glue and plastic. It is also used to make plastics, rayon, fibres and drugs.

Acetone can be found naturally in plants, trees, volcanic gases, and forest fires. It can even be found in your body - acetone is produced when the body breaks down fat! However, although it can be found naturally, the acetone used today is synthetically produced.

Beauty Benefits: Due to its dissolving powers, acetone is used as the base ingredient in many nail polish removers. In most cases, acetone nail polish removers strip polish quicker and more efficiently than acetone-free ones. Also, an acetone nail polish remover is the only beauty product capable of easily removing gel or acrylic nails.

Warnings: Acetone has been approved for use in nail polish removers, however there are side effects to using this ingredient. Acetone can cause redness and cracking of the skin and, if the ingredient is inhaled, it can cause dizziness, dullness, and headaches. These side effects are rare, however acetone is  very drying, so avoid using removers with this ingredient if you are suffering from cracked, dry, brittle or splitting nails.

Found in: OPI Expert Touch Lacquer Remover 480ml (£22.50 / $19.99 Walmart).
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