Obviously, a shower head with a chlorine filter will protect you, but will it protect you from other chemicals? The answer to this question depends on the type of filtration system you use for showering.
Not surprisingly, chlorine is one of harshest substances for our skin, especially when we are exposed to it through swimming. But what is even harsher is exposing our skin to steamy shower water. This is a fact because, when we shower in hot water, our pores open up, allowing chlorine to enter our bloodstream.
What's interesting, though, is that most of us are unaware of the gaseous byproducts and other synthetic chemicals that come from our shower water. However, we are aware of the chlorine in the water we shower in because we can smell its odor.
When shopping for a shower head filtration system, it is important to choose one that not only removes chlorine, but removes synthetic chemicals that seep into our water supply from runoffs. Also choosing one which prevents byproducts such as chloroform, the gaseous form of chlorine, from vaporizing into the atmosphere of your home is important as well. Chloroform is known to irritate the tissues in our lungs, causing ailments such asthma and bronchitis.
Some shower heads with chlorine filters do exactly what they say; that is: remove only chlorine. Such systems do not use the best technology. Instead, they use only carbon filters.
The best shower head filters should use a multi-stage process for removing all harmful chemicals from the water. In addition, these filters should include media for enhancing the pH balance in the water. The right pH balance gives us a refreshing showering experience that doesn't dry out our skin.
With many shower head filtration systems to choose from on the market, it can be frustrating to make a buying decision, especially with the many undocumented claims. However, ensuring that the manufacturer backs up their product with an independent authority such as the Consumer Reports is one tip for making a confident buying decision. Also, confirming that the manufacturer offers a warranty with a no-questions-asked refund policy is another important tip to follow.
So, when shopping for a shower head filter to protect yourself from contamination, be sure not to settle for one that gets rid of only chlorine. Make sure it reduces chemical vapors and synthetic chemicals other than chlorine.