Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Know Your Enemy - Mineral Oil

According to Environmental Working Group (EWG), mineral oil is a mixture of hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum. Other name for mineral oil include petroleum jelly (Vaseline), baby oil, liquid paraffin, petroleum and propylene glycol.

"No mineral oil" is the new "No parabens"

Cosmetic industry is a big fan of mineral oil, because it's cheap, colorless, odorless, doesn't oxidize and easy be kept for a long time. Mineral oil using in cosmetic is highly purified, but it's also consider "comedogenic" which means it can clog your pores and increase the risk to acne and blackheads.  

Mineral oil is widely use in cosmetics

Damage Your Skin

Due to Its highly penetration, mineral oils not only can easy to apply to skin, it will give skin a short-term fix too. What we don't know is, they can actually cause long-term harm to your skin.  

Even if the time being is short, your skin will be moist but it will block the skin to breath causing skin dryness and rough or maybe peeling.

Mineral oil don't let your skin breathe

Clog Pores

Most of the moisturizer often includes mineral oil. It is because the effect on locking water is the best. In all of the oily substance, the effect on locking water is the best with Vaseline as it decreases the loss of water by 95%

In fact, not only it locks the water but it also locks the sweat affecting the excretion on the skin, seal off your skin from air, water and anything else getting in (or out). Long term accumulation of dead skin cells and dirt will clog the pores making the pores to grow bigger initialing pimples to grow.

Mineral oil is a excellent short-term fix for dry skin

The more you wipe, the more the dry

When read the ingredients of cleansing oil and shampoo, it isn’t hard to notice the present of mineral oil. It’s because it has the effect of oil-soluble that can clean the dirt from make-up and hair styling products. 

Do not simply trust the "skin benefits" given by mineral oil, once it is used, all sorts of skin problems will begin to form making you regret.

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