Saturday, April 30, 2011

Mineral Oil On My Face!?!? YUCK!!!

I've been reading various articles about mineral oil and it's use as a major ingredient in many of our favorite "big brand" skin care products. According to the articles mineral oil is used extensively in skin care products, anti aging products, and cosmetics. So I decided to research exactly what it is and why it SHOULD NOT be something I'm rubbing into my skin or my families.

To paraphrase the scientific definition, mineral oil is a petrochemical product, which basically means that it is derived from crude oil as a by product (that alone sounds gross) of the process used to create petroleum products, IE gasoline and is also called white oil. By the doesn't spoil.

You are probably most familiar with mineral oil from baby oil as it is 100% mineral oil that has fragrance added. you really want to rub that on your baby's skin? I sure don't!

Skin is the body's largest organ and must have proper nutrients to do it's job properly. Skin has a dual purpose, to remove toxins and absorb nutrients. As mineral oil creates a barrier, it does not allow the skin to perform it's duties. Imagine covering your body in an over sized yellow glove used to wash dishes. That is in essence what you are doing when you use mineral oil on your skin, or any products that contain it.

Some say mineral oil is linked to cancer, allergies and immunotoxicity. I had to look that word up also. Immunotoxicity is the toxicity of biological systems in the body and irritation of the skin, eyes or lungs. It's also suggested that mineral oil can lead to acne and premature aging.

Now I am by no means a doctor, so I cannot verify the information. However the argument is a compelling one for sure.

So you are probably wondering what to do now. You've dashed to your beauty drawer and read that the ingredient lists on your fav skin care products do indeed contain mineral oil...GASP!

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1 comment:

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