What are the benefits of mineral oil? As far as I can see, for those of us who like to live a natural lifestyle, there is none.
This is one oil that should be avoided if you want to feel healthy and look good for your age.
The problem is avoiding it. This type of oil is found in many products used on the body, such as cosmetics and creams. It is basically everywhere, why? Because it is cheap for big companies to use it.
It is very confusing when marketing and advertising are always about the advantages of using mineral oil. You very rarely hear about the disadvantages it offers.
If you want to partake in the benefits of mineral oil, use it for cleaning around the house, not cleaning your face or body.
The Cosmetic Safety Database has researched many products. They have found over 450 products containing this type of oil.
More than likely you are using a product which has this oil now!
Check the labels of everything you have and don’t just look for the words’ mineral oil. Get familiar with the other names this oil is often referred to. Such as petrolatum liquid, petroleum oil, paraffin oil, parfait oil, liquid petroleum, white oil or white mineral oil.
You will find shampoo, body lotions, moisturisers, hand lotions and cosmetics all push the benefits of mineral oil in their ingredients.
The Benefits Of Mineral Oil
There are two very unique and persuasive arguments about the dangers of mineral oil.
Whether or not it is good or bad for your skin is a little confusing. I think when there is lots of conflicting advice about something, it is better to just avoid it altogether.
The problem with using this type of oil on your skin, you have a higher chance of clogging pores and acne. It will put a thin-film over your skin, that does not absorb and skin has a harder time trying to release toxins.
Constant use of products containing mineral oil can give you dry skin, and promote sun damage. Basically doing the exact opposite of what you are trying to do, which is, aging your skin and not keeping the skin subtle and smooth.
There are certainly no benefits of mineral oil for your body.
Have you ever had dry lips and applied a chapstick or vaseline, only to keep applying it?
Your lips are dry because you are probably not drinking enough water. Applying a chapstick or vaseline to your lips is not helping as it is locking moisture out not in.
Danger Of Mineral Oil
The Cancer Prevention Coalition has indicated after some study mineral oil in soaps, shampoos, personal hygiene products or cosmetics offer no health benefits.
A study published in the Women’s Journal of Health reported on the effects this oil has on the body and found;
The increase in MOSH (Mineral Oil Saturated Hydrocarbons) concentration in human fat tissue with age suggests an accumulation over time. Cosmetics might be a relevant source of the contamination.
Mineral oil hydrocarbons are found in many food products.
Although Scientists have not confirmed that the benefits of mineral oil can cause cancer, there is some concern about its use.
What Is Mineral Oil
It is the leftover liquid from crude oil (petroleum) and is a clear, odorless oil. Not only is it cheaper for these big companies to buy, it does not spoil.
Baby oil is mineral oil with fragrance added, so is vaseline and chapsticks.
Baby oil is one thing I never used on my kids when they were young. Babies don’t need all that extra oil on their skin anyway. They have beautiful soft, subtle skin, many of us would love to still have today.
I can’t even make sense of why we have baby oil for the body. This stuff should never be used on a baby let alone yourself.
When I was younger, I spent a fortune on products with every chemical known to man shoved in. Now in my 50’s I only use the best and as close to natural I can get my hands on. And my skin has never looked or felt better.
You don’t have to look far for a natural oil, you only have to look in your kitchen pantry.
Shea butter is one I love to use on my body and face and it is completely natural.
There are no benefits of mineral oil for the skin, it offers no good what so ever. It is not infusing your skin with any vitamins and minerals, rather it is robbing you of the beautiful skin and health you are after.
Looking younger is what it is all about. I am doing this by having a healthy diet, drinking plenty of water and green tea. And I never spend money on big brand name cosmetics full of chemicals.
It is all just great marketing nothing else, not one of them will improve the skin you’re in.
For me there are no benefits of mineral oil, it is just another one of those things in life I try to avoid.