Friday, July 03, 2009

Putting Food on Your Skin

Gideon Lack has proposed a theory about why there are more people allergic to peanuts these days: a first exposure to the food in a lotion applied to the skin confuses the body. A related article is here.

In the U.S. there are fewer lotions containing peanut oil than in England, but our lotions can be pretty food-stuffed.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends not using lotions on any baby until at least six months of age, although this is based mostly on phthalates, not foods.

Normally I use Trader Joe's Midsummer Night's Cream. This contains aloe, safflower, avocado, soy, and sage.

My wife recently got me an almond-aloe moisturizer containing sunblock, to use after shaving during the summer. This contains canola oil, aloe, ginseng, tea, licorice, and xanthan gum.

Those are quite a collection of foods!

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