Why You Should Avoid Petroleum Based Ingredients In Your Skincare

 

Let’s talk skincare ingredients...

More specifically, the ingredients in many of your personal care and beauty products that are really not so nice for your body. Ingredients that come from crude oil, known as petrolatum or petroleum based ingredients.

Petroleum based ingredients are incredibly common and generally act purely as a ‘lubricant’ meaning that they contain no nutritional benefits for the skin whatsoever and there is even some evidence to suggest that they may cause toxicity in the body.

For a moment, think of what oil does in water…that slick coating on the surface of water, not able to penetrate through the surface. Now think about your skin being that surface of the water. Not so bad, right? Just a little oily-ness on your skin, isn’t that good for it?

Well, it is when there are nutrients and minerals in the oil that the skin’s surface loves to soak up, but that’s not the case with petroleum based ingredients. These ingredients merely sit on the skin acting as a lubricant, and actually prevent the skin from absorbing any other goodies that may otherwise be soaked up from that product.

Furthermore, petroleum based ingredients in skincare products coat the skin and can clog your pores and block the ability for toxins to be eliminated in the natural way. These ingredients have also been linked to skin irritation and chronic conditions like acne, as well as hormone disruption.

The below ingredients are all byproducts of refining petroleum.

  • Paraffin wax
  • Mineral Oil / White Oil
  • Petrolatum
  • Petroleum Jelly

Plus: Toluene, Benzene, PEGs, DEAs, ingredients ending in ETH, anything with PROPYL, METHYL, BUTYL and ETHYL.

The products that generally contain many of these ingredients are often hair care, skincare (especially moisturizers, lipsticks and gloss), perfumes, baby balms and oils, and many kinds of makeup.

As they generally have no odor or color, they’re choice ingredients to use in skincare cosmetics as a ‘base’ ingredient. So while these moisturizing agents, when refined, are not necessarily toxic to  your body they are still not providing any nutritional benefit other than adding a layer of oil to the surface of your skin.  While many of these ingredients like mineral oil/white oil are highly refined, there is still limited legislation requirements, especially in the United States, to prove safe refinement of these ingredients.

So essentially, petroleum derived ingredients are byproducts of crude oil.  I know what you’re thinking - ‘I put THAT on my face and body?!’ If you had the choice to choose alternative oils, moitsurisers and balms that were derived from plant based sources and contains essential vitamins and minerals to support the health of your skin, wouldn’t you rather them? Yes, I’m with you on that one and that’s why all of my natural skincare products contain plant based oils, butters, and waxes to nourish your skin with key nutrients and never contain any petroleum derived ingredients. You can see the range here.

To recap, petroleum based ingredients:

  • Contain no nutritional benefit for your skin
  • Inhibit the body’s ability to dispel toxins from the skin
  • Are really only used for ‘texture’ and ‘lubricating’, rather than benefiting your body in any way.
  • Are derived from petrol sources rather than plant based sources

 

So, what to choose instead?

Now the juicy part - swapping those petroleum based ingredients for products that contain nourishing and plant-based additions will give your body the love and nourishment it deserves.

Below are some of the best alternatives:

  • Coconut Oil
  • Grape Seed Oil
  • Sweet Almond Oil
  • Shea Butter

Others: Jojoba Oil, Olive Oil, Avocado Oil, and Cocoa Butter.

All key ingredients in my nourishing body scrub, body oils, lip scrubs, moisturisers and more!

 

Shea Butter

Extracted from the seeds of the fruit of the Karite (Shea) tree, it’s rich in Vitamins A and E. The essential fatty acids in this butter provide the skin with collagen producing nutrients. It enhances the skins ability to produce natural oils, rather than creating an oily film around it.

Grape seed oil

This oil, pressed from seeds of grapes, is an excellent base for cosmetic products in the thick texture rich in Vitamins C, D and E. It penetrates the skin surface to cleanse and tone the pores, rather than adding a thick layer of oily-ness that can't absorb. Grape seed oil is also rich in antioxidants which can help to treat skin contains like acne. Not to mention the essential fatty acids like omega 6 and 3 which deeply moisturize the skin.

Coconut oil

Do I even need to say much about this? You probably already know how magical this oil is. The texture is very similar to petroleum jelly, in being solid at room temperature and melting when used, but contains a stack of vitamins and anti-inflammatory properties. It absorbs easily into the skin without leaving an oily residue and is one of the most fatty oils (good fats), making it a great moisturizer for the skin.

Sweet Almond Oil

This oil is a lesser-known, amazing ingredient used for skincare products. It’s got all the goods - vitamin E and A, fatty acids, proteins, potassium and zinc. The high antioxidants help to protect the collagen layer in your skin, which gives that supple, fresh and youthful glow.

 

If you’re looking for an alternative to petroleum based body oils that include mineral oil, opt for our all natural plant based body oils that come in Rose & Hibiscus or Jasmine & Chamomile.

If you’ve been rubbing petroleum jelly on your lips and want to opt for a natural alternative, our natural lip scrubs contain plant based butters, oils and waxes to exfoliate and nourish your lips and leave a moisturizing layer. Available in Matcha-Lime, Choc-Mint, Lemon, Coffee-Vanilla and Pink Grapefruit.

 

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References:
http://www.safecosmetics.org/get-the-facts/chemicals-of-concern/petrolatum/
http://www.organicauthority.com/4-vaseline-alternative-products-to-break-your-toxic-petroleum-jelly-addiction/
http://www.green-organic-world.com/cosmetic-ingredients.html

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