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chemistry is everywhere in our daily life, a good example is nail polish. A cosmetic product have a chemistry behind it's color, glistening appearance

chemistry behind nail polish


Have you ever thought that painting your nails with nail polish is a complex chemical process? It is actually much more than what we see. Do you ever thought that there is a chemistry behind nail polish? Nail polish is an amazing example when we focus on chemistry in daily life.

We use nail polish, lacquer, to decorate and protect nails. Nail polish contains a certain polymer, which is capable of forming a film.

This polymer, for example nitro cellulose, is often dissolved in solvents like butyl acetate or ethyl acetate. When applied, the solvent in the polish evaporates and polymer forms a film layer. To prevent cracking of nail plasticizers like dibutyl phthalate, camphor and triphenyl phosphate are used.

We enjoy painting different colours of nail polish. This is also achieved by chemistry. there are organic or inorganic pigments, thermochromic and photochromic pigments which are used in polishes to give colours for example,
  • ·       Chromium oxide for green
  • ·       Iron oxide for red
  • ·       Ferric ferrocyanide for blue

Moreover, glittery look can be achieved by titanium dioxide, mica or natural pearls. to prevent fading of colour in exposure to sunlight, UV stabilizer like benzophenone-1 are used.
Chemistry is everywhere even in decorating our nails.



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