Do nails breathe? Okay, you’ve got us there. Nails don’t actually breathe. However, using breathable nail polish has many advantages that you won’t get with other formulas. So, what is breathable nail polish?
In theory, if oxygen can permeate a film then hydrogen attached to oxygen can also travel with the oxygen, therefore, enabling water to transfer from one side of the film to the other ie the film is “breathable”. By demonstrating that oxygen can transfer from one side of the film to the other in a diffusion chamber under laboratory conditions, then the theory is satisfied. Experimentally, a nail polish film sample is put inside a diffusion chamber separating the two halves of the chamber. Oxygen flows into the top of the chamber and an oxygen-free carrier gas (ie nitrogen that will bind oxygen if it is available) flows into the other half on the other side of the film. The experiment is carried out according to ASTM D 3985 and ISO 15105-2 standards. (These exacting standards have far greater technical relevance than any coffee filter paper test).As oxygen molecules travel through the film and bind to the carrier gas, the concentration of the combined gases can be measured allowing for the calculation of an Oxygen Transmission Rate (OTR). The OTR measures how much oxygen (cm3) can move through a certain film area (m2) per day iecm3/m2/day. To apply this measure to a film, the measure used is this OTR x micron of thickness of the film or cm/m2/day.um.So, what does all this mean? Here are some of the benefits of using breathable nail polish.
Since these breathable formulas allow water and oxygen to pass through to the nail, a base coat isn’t used. What does that mean for you? You’re getting the same results that you would get from traditional methods of application but in one less step.
Longer Lasting Manicure
So, since water can pass through, does that mean you’ll have to do your nails more often? Nope. It’s actually quite the opposite. Say goodbye to nails that peel and chip minutes after you apply. This nail polish isn’t messing around. It will stay put for days after you apply. Our nail polish lasts for 7-10 days on average.
Breathable nail polish formulas contain fewer harsh chemicals than traditional products. This good news extends beyond your nails. It means that you aren't exposing yourself to known toxic chemicals that are linked to many health issues, including cancer. That’s a benefit everyone can get behind.
Skipping those chemicals leaves more room for the good stuff. Breathable nail polishes promote healthy and strong nails. In the past, people would find themselves needing to take breaks from having their nails done to prevent brittle and discolored nails. Breathable formulas help your nails stay hydrated and nourished.
Now that you know these polishes contain better ingredients and lead to a longer-lasting manicure, you're probably wondering...what's the catch? Well, you really can have it all. These nail polishes come in rich colors, apply well and leave your nails looking like you just stepped out of a salon. All for much cheaper than a professional manicure.
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