Today, the razor market is dominated by flashy marketing campaigns that all claim the same thing; the closest shave you’ll ever have. If you take a stroll through the shaving aisle at your local store, you’ll find that there are a variety of razors, all with different features. Different blades, number of blades, pivoting head, vibration feature, and lubricating strips are all features that you can expect to find down the aisle.
Besides the closeness of the shave, the primary aspects we care about are keeping our skin hydrated and irritation free. Every razor and shaving cream/gel make claims about hydration, lubrication, and moisturizing. While you may already know (or have guessed) that shaving creams and gels are not the most friendly substances to use but have you ever considered what is in those lubricating strips on the razors?
The strips on a razor that contain the lubricant to help achieve a closer shave contain a pretty nasty chemical call polyethylene glycol (PEG). PEG is a petroleum-based compound that is widely used in cosmetics as a solvent, softener or a moisture-carrier. Aside from the cosmetic purposes, PEG is used as laxatives. While PEG may not be extremely hazardous, the process of manufacturing PEG puts it at risk of becoming contaminated with ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane.
While you may have never heard of these compounds, the International Agency for Research on Cancer has, and they are classified as known human carcinogens. Other research has linked ethylene oxide as being harmful to the central nervous system and interfering with human development.
In a study of personal care products that are marketed “natural” or “organic” (uncertified), researchers found that 46 out of 100 products that were analyzed were contaminated. While removing 1,4-dioxane is a simple process during manufacturing, you as a consumer don’t know whether it has actually been done or not.
A manufacturer says it is nontoxic and "approved by the FDA for use as excipients or as a carrier in different pharmaceutical formulations, foods, and cosmetics." However, the MSDS indicates that after direct contact with skin, you should wash your skin right away using lots of water. Furthermore, the MSDS notes that it’s not for use in food, cosmetics, and drugs. Be aware that it can generate skin irritation, and have harmful effects if absorbed through the skin.
While this ingredient may seem far less menacing, it still has a very surprising list of side effects. Soy is another very popular ingredient that is often found in the lubricating strips of razors. Obviously, if you are allergic to soy, this can create irritation, itchiness, and inflammation if you
use a razor that contains soy. On a more serious note, there have been several studies that have researched the more serious side effects that soy has on the human body.
There has been a significant amount of research done on the effects of heavy metals that are often found in deodorants, but not many know that they are also found in the lubricating strips on razors. While the long run effects are still unknown but research does suggest that the heavy aluminum salts in the deodorants play a role in clogging pores and lymph nodes and may be linked to breast cancer and neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s.
Even though the research can prove anything definitive, do you really want to take a chance of putting those chemicals on your skin? These ingredients can potentially cause much more damage than just an allergic reaction to your shaving razor. It is about time that you checked out the best eco-friendly razor on the market, Aqua Jet Razor. Our razor only requires water to give you the closest shave you’ve ever had.
The revolutionary design allows jets of water to run through the blades - cleaning and unclogging them - and onto the skin that is being shaved - moisturizing the skin and softening the hair, so it cuts easily. This process also allows the blades an easier time getting close to the skin. You’ll fall in love with our razors without lubricating strip and to see it in action, visit our website today!