Mineral Oil In Moisturizers. Good Or Bad?
Should you find mineral oil in moisturizers you use, and if not why not?
Mineral oil is a petrochemical product, which means that it is derived from crude oil. It is a by product of the process used to create petroleum products (gasoline) and is also called white oil. You don’t want it in your skin care products.
(It may surprise you to know that many ingredients in big brand skin care products are also derived from oil.)
According to the Cosmetic Safety Database mineral oil is used extensively in skin care products, anti aging products and cosmetics. It lists 454 different moisturizers that contain mineral oil, so chances are very high that the moisturizer that you use will have mineral oil in it.
You probably know mineral oil very well if you have a baby, because baby oil is 100% mineral oil, usually with fragrance added, mineral oil isn’t the most fragrant of substances.
According to the Cosmetics Safety Database mineral oil is linked to cancer, allergies and immunotoxicity, is linked to toxicity in other biological systems in the body and irritation of the skin, eyes or lungs, though of course all these are debatable and not conclusively proven.
Mineral oil has also been linked to a number of skin problems, including acne. The problem with mineral oil in moisturizers and other skin care products and cosmetics is that it clogs the pores of the skin. This is why it can lead to acne, and also means that the skin is more limited in it’s natural ability to purge toxins.
And some consider that mineral oil used in skin care and other products can lead to premature aging.
The dangers of mineral oil in cosmetics and skin care products are, however, subject to debate like all these things, and the cosmetics industry and big skin care companies maintain that it is perfectly safe and works well.
So for anyone worried about mineral oil in moisturizes what should they do? Well the bottom line is that if the moisturizer works for them that’s a good place to start. There are highly priced skin care products that do very little, so if you’re happy with your skin care products that’s good.
We suspect that many women continue using their skin care products even though they do very little because they have come to expect very little and so aren’t being disappointed.
Or you could try high quality natural skin care products that don’t contain mineral oil, and see how they work for you.
Those that we consider are the best are those of Xtend Life, a small niche natural skin care product manufacturer. The best thing about their products is that they offer you a money back guarantee, so you can try the products risk free. So if for any reason you don’t feel they are working you can return them for a refund, and very few do, or they wouldn’t have the guarantee.
So if you’re worried about the possible side effects of mineral oil in moisturizers that you use now the best advice is to try good quality natural skin care products to see how well they work for you. If you can feel the difference then great, stick with them.
But, sadly, there is no conclusive evidence linking mineral oil in moisturizers with health problems, and no conclusive evidence that mineral oil is safe to put on your skin.Written by - Natural Skin Health
Filed under: Natural Skin Care
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