Question: When you rub lotion on your skin, does it soak into your skin and go through your body OR does it just stay on top of your skin?
Answer: Your skin is the largest organ in your body and does absorb and circulate anything you put on it.
It is important to think about what we put inside of our mouth, like food, because we know that it goes into our bodies. It is equally important to think about what we put onto our skin because it too goes into our bodies and is treated just like food by our body.
Let’s say you eat some food that is no good or is made from really bad things, how does it make you feel? Probably not too good. The same is true for your skin. By putting something that is not good, or made from really bad things, on the body, it will make your skin feel not-so-good. Although we cannot taste most things we put on top of our body, the skin is sensitive to it and reacts in different ways. If there is something you have put on your skin that can potentially hurt you, you may notice some common changes in your skin like:
- Rashes or Skin Discoloration
- Acne or Pimples (this is caused by oils, like mineral oil, that suffocate your skin)
- Dry skin, Eczema, or Psoriasis
- Sometimes even a sick feeling belly
So please, I encourage you to think about your skin a little differently. Try to learn all you can about the ingredients that make up anything you use on top of your body. A good rule to use is simply this:
If you would not eat it, do not use it on your skin!