I was at my PT appointment this morning when I randomly blurted out to a room full of middle-aged men, “GUYS. I JUST realized the other day that I’ve been using CONDITIONER thinking that it was BODY LOTION. Like, all over my body. Including my face.”
To which they were all practically peeing their pants laughing about.
That response was half due to them thinking I was CRAZY for using lotion after the shower. Not a man in the room uses lotion after the shower, which part of me gets that guys don’t use lotion as habitually as many women…but, NEVER??? I don’t even understand that. I am telling you the honest to God truth in saying this: I don’t think I have ever, in my entire life, not put lotion on my skin after I took a shower. I mean, I guess it must’ve happened at some point in my life…but, we’re talking, like, once in my life. 100% of the time I shower, I use lotion immediately after. One hundred percent of the time. And, I do mean that within 90 seconds of getting out of the shower, I’m already elbow deep in it.
The guys in the room were like, “Doesn’t that take up so much time???”
Umm, YES. Yes, it sure does. But, so does brushing your teeth twice a day. And, going #2…which also has to happen every day…or, should. But, you can bet your bottom dollar that I’m leaving time in my routine for lotion application.
I can’t even imagine what it would feel like to not do this every day. It’d probably feel as terrible as removing all of your nail polish and just not putting anything on. You know that feeling of weakness, feeling vulnerable to the elements, feeling naked and exposed? That’s how I would feel if I didn’t put lotion on.
But, that launched us into a conversation, or full-blown debate, about whether the whole products industry (shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, etc.) is just a scam or if you actually need 6 bottles of different products to use on your body to clean it. Like, can’t you just use shampoo to clean your body? I mean, it gets all over your skin while you’re in the shampoo anyway, so what’s the difference between cleaning your skin with shampoo or body wash? And, I’ve been using conditioner on my skin for the last few months and never really noticed any difference.
I’m starting to feel like that about coconut oil: I cook with it, then rub some in my hands and rub it all over my face and hands and legs. That stuff is amazing. I used to even use it for oil pulling (on my teeth).
Having said all that, I think I’m going to switch back to body lotion…but, I’m not proud of the fact that I’m giving in.