Mineral Oil for Healthy Skin? Hmm... Not So Fast
It's important to remember that your skin is the largest organ of your body, therefore, nearly everything you put on your skin is absorbed.
Many skin lotions, creams and oils contain mineral oil, as do many tanning products. Mineral oil may sound safe enough, but it really isn't. It's a known carcinogen! Mineral oil is actually a derivative of petroleum, the same stuff you put in your car's engine. Because it's very viscous (slippery), many products use mineral oil, allowing the lotion to be spread easily on your skin.
It's also comedogenic which means it blocks your pores and your skin's natural respiration process. Blocked pores can lead to blackheads and pimples. And, because mineral oil can create an impenetrable film on your skin, it may also block the absorption of any beneficial ingredients that might exist in the product.
The featured study, published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, found that commonly used moisturizing creams containing mineral oil are tumorigenic when applied topically to UVB-pretreated high-risk mice (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2630214/?tool=pubmed)
For all its internal health benefits, pure coconut oil is also a wonderful all-natural moisturizer and loaded with antioxidants for your skin. When absorbed into your skin and connective tissues, coconut oil helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by helping to keep your connective tissues strong and supple. It also helps exfoliate the outer layer of dead skin cells, making your skin smoother.
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