Posted on July 01 2019
It's National Joke Day and we want to hear from YOU! Simply fill out the form below with your favorite one-liner and you could win a FREE sticker pack, a collectible Detroit Grooming hat, or a $10 Gift Card. We'll pick 16 lucky winners next Tuesday. In addition to your joke, make sure you add your full name, email address, your phone number, and your Instagram handle (if you have one).
So, did you hear the one about three known carcinogens walking into a bar? No? Yeah, well...it's not so funny. But, many beard products contain ingredients that can do more damage than good. Here are a few to watch out for:
- Paraffin, petroleum jelly, or mineral oil. Using paraffin-based products contributes to clogged pores, beard dandruff, and damaged or breakage of hair. Unrefined paraffin often times have toxins that are known to cause cancer.
- Formaldehyde. IKR? When I think of formaldehyde I think of my high school science class and those poor frogs. Even though formaldehyde is a known carcinogen, many beard companies use it because it'll help preserve the look of the beard. Formaldehyde can also cause heart palpitations, allergic dermatitis, dizziness, and hair loss.
- Sulfates. Sulfates are used to create that "soapy quality" found in shampoos, etc. But sulfates are typically used to degrease engines. So, why? Sulfates with irritate your skin and strip away the natural oils on your face and beard.
- Pthalates. I can see how a beard company might try to rationalize using the first three ingredients, but pthalates? Pthalates are also called "plasticizers," as they're normally used to soften plastics. I'm no doctor, but I'm pretty sure we're not made of plastic. Pthalates will disrupt your hormone levels (don't we have enough trouble there already?), decrease your sperm count, have poor sperm quality, and can impede the genital development of boys. Oh, and by the way, due to these negative effects and more, pthalates were BANNED in the manufacturing of toys back in 2009. What's that tell ya?
What you put on your hair and skin is no joke. Ingredients matter. Avoid the big box, mass-produced products. Read the labels!
But your're right, it IS, National Joke Day. So, here are a few of our favorites. And don't forget to enter our National Joke Day contest. We want to hear from you!
"I think it's wrong that only one company makes the game Monopoly." ~ Steven Wright
"I have 3 kids and no money. Why can't I have no kids and 3 money?" ~ Homer Simpson
"I don't worry about terrorism. I was married for two years." ~ Sam Kinison
"We have enough youth. How about a Fountain of Smart?" ~ Mike Haddad
Lastly... Q: Who shaves 10 times a day and still has a beard? A: Your barber!
Happy National Joke AND READ THOSE LABELS!