What’s In That?!

January 17, 2010

I’m not sure what even spawned it, but lately I’ve been thinking that I need to be more aware of what I put into my body. Wait, that sounds misleading. Not what I put into my body via my mouth, but rather thru my skin. Hmmm, that still sounds like an opening for a crass joke. Okay, one more try – not about the food I eat, but rather the body products I use. There.

I realized that I don’t buy any food without reading the ingredient list first, but for some reason when it comes to body products, anything goes! Whatever you’re stocking the shelves with at Target, is good enough for me! As long as it’s affordable and smells yummy, I’m sold! That probably isn’t the best strategy.

Where food is concerned, I am a believer in the theory that if you 1) can’t pronounce it, and 2) have no idea what it is, you probably shouldn’t be eating it. Well the same theory should be used for things I put on my body as well. After all, the skin is the body’s biggest organ. When I think about the skin as an organ, it puts it in a different light. I would be very wary about rubbing lotions or creams directly onto my spleen, but give no thought to rubbing it all over my skin. 

I recently saw on Dr. Oz that 80% of what you put on your skin, is absorbed into your blood. Your BLOOD. So in a sense, skin is the gateway organ. Before I heard that, I just assumed that body products like lotion were only absorbed by the epidermis, and maybe a little into the dermis. I had no idea that it also cycles through the blood! That scares me, especially since for the most part I have no clue what is in all the products I use on my body. I am definitely going to have to research this. Stay tuned…


Image Source: Ellis, Kori. “Lotion Hands.” Photo. SheKnows.com 03 Sep. 2008. 31 Jan. 2011. <http://www.sheknows.com/beauty-and-style/articles/805513/young-looking-hands>.

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