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Last week I started recording The Dr. Oz Show. I added him to my TiVo To Do list because of something I saw the week before.

I was watching The Soup on E! and Joel McHale had a clip about genital age. Seems Dr. Oz has a quiz, which can be found on his website that provides the RealAge of your genitals. The woman in the clip was 43 and her vagina’s RealAge was 73. The clip made The Soup because of the woman’s face. (I felt really bad for her, actually.) Anyway, my husband and I got a big kick out of watching the clip, so I wanted to see the actual show. Thank goodness for reruns. We found it, watched it, and since then have been watching the shows instead of watching Daily Show reruns. (WHY is Jon Stewart on vacation so much?!?)

Dr. Oz spends a lot of time talking about aging. Specifically, how you can avoid aging. We saw another show this week — it aired last week; gotta love time shifting — about skin and what you can learn by looking at it. During the taping, Dr. Oz asked everyone to take off their makeup. The show really hit home because it made me aware of the fact that I am probably the only woman in America who does not wear makeup. I don’t own concealer. I don’t own liquid makeup. I don’t wear eye shadow. My beauty routine consists of moisturizer with a high SPF, a little lipstick, and some blush if I am planning on being out in public. Most days I go with the moisturizer and nothing else. This is something I’d like to change. It’s not the first time that I’ve said this. Every six or 12 months I get on a “I could be prettier” kick and try to wear makeup. The thing that keeps this from happening is my sensitive skin and desire to avoid parabens and other toxic chemicals. (And, let’s be honest here: I’m lazy.)

This weekend in between going to game night, making up birthday party favors, and throwing an eight-year-old’s birthday party, I started investigating cosmetics. Again, I’ve done this in the past, but as the Campaign for Safer Cosmetics has found: It’s pretty hard to steer clear of bad stuff in the products that make us pretty. According to the organization, “The average American uses about 10 personal care products a day resulting in exposure to more than 100 unique chemicals. The vast majority of the roughly 12,500 chemicals used by the $50 billion beauty industry have never been assessed for safety.”

I’m hoping that the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011 (H.R.2359), introduced on June 24, will help to change that, but until then what’s a girl to do? One option: Check the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database. Checking the database actually made me feel a little better about the mascara I use, which scored a 3 out of 10 (with 10 being the most dangerous) on the guide. Still, I am going to try the Coastal Creations mascara, which scored a 1 out of 10 because yes, it’s important to feel pretty, but it’s important to be healthy, too.

But wait, I have totally digressed! I started off talking about Dr. Oz and skin and what you can learn from looking at it without makeup. Want to know what I learned? My skin is in pretty good shape. I’m thinking all that sunscreen and my giant “spinster hats” (as my friends have dubbed them) is the reason. That didn’t stop me from ordering $100 worth of cosmetics this evening, though. I’m looking forward to messing around with it.

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