By Beth Landman
As we know from walking into some manicure spots and seeing the faces of technicians masked with gauze to protect them from noxious fumes, nail products can be toxic. Enter Dr. Dana Stern, a dermatologist with offices on Fifth Avenue and in Southampton, who has created a line of safer alternatives.
Stern’s practice, devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of nails, has made her a leading expert on the subject, so Dr. Dana 9-Free Nail Colors was a natural extension and is made without the use of formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde resin, camphor, xylene, ethyl tosylamide, parabens, or triphenyl phosphate. Inspiring women like Quincy Davis (sheer pink), Gayle King (nude pink), and Kelly Ripa (bolder pink) collaborated on the choice of colors named after them. The polishes each contain a brush, made in Italy, for contouring and flawless application.
Stern has also created other products, including a three-step once a week nail renewal system, which is made with natural oils. “A lot of nail strengtheners and treatments contain formaldehyde that is a known carcinogen, which was shocking to me as a physician,’’ says Dr. Stern. “Our product is made from tree sap and natural oils and has a fresh citrus scent. Even if you don’t have damaged nails, it will make your nails look lustrous and healthy.’’