TOXIC TUESDAY INGREDIENT FOCUS: Mineral Oil (aka Paraffinum Liquidum)

WHAT IS IT? An extremely cheap & common petroleum derivative (refined crude oil petrochemical) which is found in 98% of skincare products sold in the US.

HEALTH RISK:┬áPetrochemicals contain neurotoxins which damage the nervous system. Mineral oil forms a film on the surface of your skin that can not be absorbed, thereby blocking the pores and the skin’s natural respiration. It traps dirt and bacteria and blocks the absorption of vitamins/minerals/botanicals that may be in a product. John Hopkins University named mineral oil in cosmetics and moisturizers as the number two cause of aging (first being direct exposure to sun). It may also cause allergic reactions and dryness, as well as promote acne and other skin disorders.

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  1. […] me start off with information about mineral oil that I found on the holistic lifestyle website The Chalk Board: Toxic Tuesday […]

  2. References?….

    Myra | 06.29.2013 | Reply
  3. what is the best lotion and cream to use then to prevent skin from damaged when exposed under the sun?those products without paraffinum?can u please recommend?thank u

    jaki | 04.18.2014 | Reply
  4. […] water”, hoping he’d get me a nice natural product. Unfortunately the inci (for example paraffinum liquidum) is not green or natural ­čÖü Also it has this old lady rose smell, which isn’t too […]


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