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Part Four of a Series:

Exposing greenwashing and

chemical toxicity in our

trusted products

Different Minerals

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Mineral Oil

It sounds innocuous enough…after all, minerals are all good, vitamin-enriched substances straight from the earth, right? Sounds pretty Organic doesn’t it?  Well, petroleum oil is also organic but we don’t want it on our skin!  Mineral oil, by the way, is a by-product of petroleum.  Yummy, put some synthetic fragrance in it and watch it fly off the shelves, onto our skin and directly into our bloodstream!

Mineral oil is found in many cosmetics, it’s a cheap filler they claim helps hold moisture into your skin.  Through our commercial everyday cosmetics,  we expose our skin and bodies to it regularly.  What does it do?  It’s the equivalent of putting plastic wrap around your skin.  It interferes with the skin’s ability to do what it was meant to do all day, every day. It clogs pores. Our skin sheds itself and rejuvenates itself constantly, and needs to breathe, as your largest organ, in order to do that.  Our skin also removes toxins from our bodies.  Mineral oil on our skin has been shown to slow down skin function and cell development, leading to acne and other skin problems, as well as premature AGING.

So the very problem of baggy, aging skin, which we buy cosmetics because of the false claims to help us, is exacerbated by the ingredients found inside those products.  There may be evidence from the big manufacturers that claim Mineral Oil (or baby oil, which is just scented mineral oil) is safe in small doses.  Even if you believe them, why promote more dependency on oil?  Here are some clinical findings about Mineral Oil and its effects:

http://home.caregroup.org/clinical/altmed/interactions/Drugs/Mineral_Oil.htm 

If you’re still a skeptic, just consider children for a moment, and look at what brighthub.com has to say:

“Mineral oil, also commonly known as baby oil, has a sad history of harming infants and small children. The risks are very real. Children have been known to inhale the oil and as a result many have died a slow death of asphyxiation. One child is reported to have struggled for a very long 28 days to breathe before death occurred.

In 1991 a lawsuit ensued against Johnson & Johnson after their 15 month old child suffered permanent brain damage.”

Read more: http://www.brighthub.com/environment/green-living/articles/63879.aspx#ixzz1QbTcnGOj