Our skin is our largest organ. What we put on it is, in a sense, “eaten”. So how many of your skin creams can you eat? I worked for an internationally famous cosmetics company when I first moved to NYC. I spent time at their labs. I worked on the formation of new products and their marketing campaigns. Most savvy consumers know they are paying for perfume, packaging and advertising.
Those tiny, well crafted, jars of creams where the container usually weighs more than the product are filled with promises. Promises that you will look like the woman in ad – who probably heard about the cream the day she arrived at the shoot. I have handed interesting new creams to my chemical engineer friend (always useful to have!) who threw them on his desk with scorn. How can they possibly stabilize this or that so it enters your skin before oxidation and acts aggressively and effectively? How can these so-called lipids penetrate the outer epidermal layer? It’s impossible. Bullshit! And what about all these chemical binders they have injected in here so the cream will blend and have a smooth, creamy look? What about the chemicals used to make the cream smell good? If fragrance is so necessary rub some rose petals on your body! What about the chemicals used to preserve it for a long shelf life?
Our paranoia about aging is paying for the overhead and profit of companies that cater to insecurity. My disgusted chemical engineer would hurl these points at me while froth formed at the corners of his mouth. (Sometimes, men can be quite sensible ladies.) And, while all this may all sound typically male, in the back of your head you must admit that is strikes a chord. And do you really have enough chemical know-how to ask yourself these questions when you casually buy a product? Do you actually make an effort to call the scientists making the cream to ask these questions? How many times have you purchased the promise of the myth of anti-aging? If you’re anything like me – countless.
However, ever stop to consider what the gradual effect of all these unknown chemicals on your body is? Can some of these chemicals, binders and parabens (preservatives) build up in your body over time? Do we understand why women usually get cancer in their late 60s – when it is impossible to pinpoint why? Perhaps, like any normal person, your diet isn’t perfect and you don’t always have time to exercise, go to a sauna or steam room or have colonics. So maybe your body isn’t flushing everything out of your body. Maybe, these unusual chemicals – which weren’t meant by nature to be in our body – have built up and interrupted the natural flow of hormones which work to prevent sickness or aging or infertility? Perhaps they have inflamed or destroyed the delicate cell membranes walls within the microscopic you? Perhaps they are having the opposite effect of what advertising promises? Ever notice how you are supposed to use the product for 6-8 weeks religiously in order for it to be effective? Whom do you really think this benefits? You or cosmetic companies?
So what’s the answer? Moisturizers you can eat. Go to the grocery store – or preferably the organic store. Buy the oils that you use for cooking or salads. Forgo the chic packaging and floral fragrance. Keep that big bottle of walnut oil on the shelf in your bathroom. Invest in almond, coconut and flax oils! Smell a little nutty or like a fresh coconut. If your skin is eating these natural oils they are also absorbing all the antibiotic qualities as well. Moisturizing and fighting for you! (Feel free to take a spoonful before bedtime after you moisturize since this will give you another antioxidant boost and help your bowels!)
Overcome the nutty smell by splashing a little pure essential oil on your wrists and neck. Over time, you will notice that not only does your skin glow but the more edible you smell – the more men will chase after you. Because isn’t the fastest way to a man’s heart through his stomach?
(We can explore the powers of smelling like cinnamon, vanilla and grapefruit at a later point but trust me – they work!)