In a world where manicures are ubiquitous, and you can be spotted by a mirror, it can be difficult to get the full effect.
But it turns out that wearing a full manicure is far from impossible.
A new study by the University of California, Berkeley, and The University of Pennsylvania suggests that if you are not careful, you could be exposed to a variety of chemicals, including benzene and carbon monoxide, which are known to be present in the air.
“It is the combination of benzene, which is carcinogenic, and carbon dioxide, which can cause serious health problems,” said Dr. Daniela Mazzoli, a senior author of the study, which was published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.
“We’re looking at how the environment can affect the nervous system,” she told The Huffington Post.
The study looked at air samples from around the United States, looking for the chemicals that could have been detected in the atmosphere.
The chemicals included benzene — which is used to make nail polish — and carbon tetrachloride, which causes headaches.
“The level of these compounds in air is consistent with that found in industrial emissions,” said Mazzlli, who is a co-author on the paper.
“These are chemicals we know are emitted into the environment, and we know they can affect our health.”
In addition to showing that people in general are exposed to benzene in air, Mazzelli and her colleagues also found that people living in areas where people are outdoors are more likely to breathe the air containing the chemicals.
In some parts of the country, such as California, the concentration of these pollutants was three times higher than the air in a typical house.
In other places, like the Northeast, people living outdoors were exposed to higher levels of pollutants, but that didn’t mean the air was polluted.
Mazzoli said the team was particularly interested in air pollution that affects people in cities.
“What happens in cities is that people who live in cities have higher levels in their blood, which makes them more susceptible to these pollutants,” she said.
“What we’re finding is that it can have a profound effect on people’s health.”
She said people living outside in urban areas are exposed more than those in cities because they have access to higher-quality indoor air.
Maggi said this study also showed that people exposed to these chemicals were more likely than others to have health problems.
They were more prone to asthma, depression, and allergies, she said, and more likely in urban environments to be obese.
Miguel Garcia-Sánchez, a professor of environmental science at the University at Albany, said this finding should prompt further research.
“The results from this study, while not conclusive, are important and they do point to the fact that exposure to air pollutants can be a significant public health problem,” he told The Washington Post.
Garcia-Sanchez said it is important to take steps to minimize exposure to these contaminants.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, air pollution poses a health risk to people of all ages.
“Pollution poses health risks to all people and to all parts of our bodies, including the skin, eyes, lungs, and reproductive systems,” it said.
The EPA has issued several new air pollution regulations in recent years that have been aimed at reducing pollution.
The federal government has set stricter pollution limits in some areas, including in Washington, D.C., and states such as Ohio and Pennsylvania.
But they are not yet enforced in all states.