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Personal Care Products: What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You!

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Men’s shave soaps, gels and creams, are part of the $50-billion personal care products industry and have become big business in the United States.

But did you know that many ingredients in these products could be putting you at risk for less-than-optimal skin and eye health, immune and endocrine function, and possibly even cancer?

Do you really know what’s in those products you’re slathering over your face? Do you know if those ingredients are safe?

Did you know that applying a substance to your skin isn’t much different from eating it? In fact, it may be even worse because these chemicals are absorbed directly through the skin and into the blood stream, without going via the digestion and being filtered through the liver.

When you or a family member use questionably safe products, you risk…

  • Exposing highly sensitive mucous membranes
  • Inhaling ingredient fumes and irritating your lungs
  • Absorption through your skin, your largest organ
  • Contact with your eyes

If you knew the potential hazards of certain ingredients would you pay a little more attention to inspecting your products’ ingredient list?

And let’s not forget… a hot steaming shower…

  • Opens your skin pores
  • Drives a high absorption rate of chemicals directly into your system
  • Vaporizes 70 to 90% of the chemicals present so you inhale them into your lungs

When you consider that products such as shower gels and soaps may be used daily, you can imagine the chemical residue that may build up over the years.