The term “mineral oil” has been used for many specific oils in the past and today it widely refers to various colorless, odorless higher alkane* mixture that comes from a mineral source. While it may be known by other names including white oil and liquid paraffin, it is generally derived from petroleum (as a by-product of the distillation of petroleum to produce gasoline) and may be contaminated with carbon and hydrogen compounds. Before the invention of synthetic oils, mineral oil was predominantly used as a mechanical lubricant.
Often found in major brand lotions, cold creams, ointments, shampoos/conditioners, foundation and other cosmetics, mineral oil is used by manufacturers because it’s lightweight and inexpensive. However serious health concerns have been connected to it. It acts as a topical moisturizing agent when applied to your skin, but offers zero nutrients and clogs your pores preventing it from breathing. It also attracts moisture from cells deep inside your skin, slowing cell renewal, breaking down collagen and destroying connective tissue. Long-term use of mineral oil can also cause negative hormonal effects, including ovarian dysfunction, endometriosis, damage to the immune system and more.
So keep this in mind…
It may contain toxins. World Health Organization has found that unpurified forms of mineral oil contain contaminants linked to an increased risk of cancer. Even cosmetic grade mineral oil has concerns of contamination.
Known to cause problems. Mineral oil doesn’t infuse your skin with nutrients or provide hydration instead it clogs pores making your skin more susceptible to acne breakouts. With so many better alternatives on the market today, there’s no reason to settle for mineral oil.
Remember to always treat your skin with the best possible ingredients like Edye’s Naturals, which contain only organic, all natural ingredients derived from plants.
* Alkane is any of the series of saturated hydrocarbons including methane, ethane, propane, and higher members.