Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Eating vs. wearing chemicals.
A thought occurs to me. Many people are concerned about what they eat -- not wanting to eat vegetables pesticides have been used on, not wanting to eat too much sugar or carbs, etc. But very few seem concerned with what they put on their bodies -- by which I mean cosmetics, but also skin lotions and creams, aftershaves, and so on. At least part of this has to be because these products are not absorbed through the skin, or at least are not absorbed at anything like the rate (or, not into the organs) that food is. But I don't think that entirely justifies the distinction. What, really, is in aftershave? Alcohol and some kind of patented scents -- which are nothing over and above laboratory-brewed chemical concoctions. If it's a bad idea to eat it, why's it at least okay to wear it?