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The Truth about Mineral Oil

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There’s been much debate about whether or not the colorless, odorless mineral oil is actually good for skin, and the answer seems to vary depending on who you ask. However, there are quite a few fans out there, and with good reason. For a long time, mineral oil has been used as part of many a beauty regimen and using it has numerous benefits including helping to make the skin feel softer. Here are some truths that you should know about mineral oil so you can make a choice about whether or not you feel it’s the right product for you.

Highly Refined
Mineral oil is made from petroleum, specifically, it’s a product result of distilling of petroleum. It is one main reasons why some are turned off even before using it. Even the association is enough to have them choose something else. However, mineral oils that are used in beauty products are purified and highly refined, which leads to…

Mineral Oil and Cancer
The extensive purification process that mineral oil goes through allows it to be completely safe for use in beauty products. According to the Report on Carcinogens, Thirteenth Edition on the National Toxicology Program site of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, mineral oils that are untreated and mildly treated are “known to be human carcinogens.” There are different grades of mineral oil, and while some are untreated or mildly treated, those in beauty products are, as previously stated, purified and highly refined. According to the World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer on their List of Classifications, Volumes 1 – 115 page, “Mineral oils, untreated or mildly treated” are labeled as Group 1 while “Mineral oils, highly-refined” are labeled as Group 3. According to their classification system, Group 1 is described as “Carcinogenic to humans” while Group 3 is described as “Not classifiable as to its carcinogenicity to humans.”

Mineral Oil and Acne
Another one of the biggest debates regarding mineral oil is that it blocks pores and could cause acne. One of the best ways to tell about the chances of that happening is to look at its comedogenic rating. The system ranges from 0 which means that the oil won’t clog pores to a 5 which means that there’s a very high chance of the oil clogging your pores. When it comes to the comedogenic rating of mineral oil, it has a score of 0. So you really don’t have to worry about acne and breakouts while using skincare products which use mineral oil.

The Feel of Mineral Oil
Mineral oil can feel greasy (some will be put off by the feel more than others), so if you have oily skin, it may not feel particularly comfortable to use, but on other skin types, it shouldn’t feel off-putting. To see how it might feel on your skin, do a patch test instead of immediately slathering it all over your skin. It can also give you a good idea about whether the mineral oil and your skin are compatible.

There are several myths out there about mineral oil, but the truth is that many people who use it won’t experience problems, and instead, can reap the benefits of using it. If you’re thinking of using mineral oil on your skin, it is best to consult your dermatologist first. This is an especially important step if you have skin sensitivities or you’re taking medication. You want to make sure you don’t do anything that could cause your skin to get irritated, so a quick and simple conversation with your dermatologist work wonders and also let you reap the benefits of mineral oil.

Ingredients for Moisturization

Winter is coming. For real though, winter is on its way and the transitional period is a great time to take a look at your skincare routine and ensure that you have products meant to moisturize your skin. If you aren’t sure exactly what ingredients you should be scanning labels for, Vine Vera put together a list of the four most beneficial ingredients for maximum moisture.

Ceramides

Ceramides
Ceramides are natural lipids and are a significant component of your skin’s structure. The entire function of ceramides is to retain moisture in the outer layer of skin, so that skin cells do not dry out. When your skin is lacking ceramides, it has trouble retaining moisture resulting in dry skin. Products containing ceramides restore the skin’s ability to retain moisture and are absorbed quickly into the skin so you can see results in a short period of time.

Chemical formula of hyaluronic acid.

Hyaluronic Acid
You’ve no doubt heard about this popular skincare ingredient, and there is a good reason:  hyaluronic acid is incredible when it comes to adding moisture to your skin. Hyaluronic acid is a type of moisturizer known as a humectant. Humectants not only add moisture to skin, but they hold it in place for long periods of time. Hyaluronic acid absorbs water and keeps it in your skin to provide you skin with hydration long after applying a product. This ingredient is perfect for those with oily skin that gets dehydrated during cold temperatures and harsh weather. Using heavy products tends to increase oil production, but hyaluronic acid is great because it provides intense moisture, helps repair the skin’s barrier function and  most importantly for oily skin, it is a lightweight moisturizer.

Woman pouring milk in a bath.

Lactic Acid
This alpha-hydroxy acid is not only a great moisturizer, it is also an incredibly gentle exfoliant. While using an exfoliant on dry skin may seem counter-intuitive, if the exfoliator is mild it can help to increase moisture levels in your skin. Exfoliating removes dry, dead skin cells and reveals newer, healthier skin that is better able to absorb moisture.

Moisturizer

Mineral Oil
Although this common skin care ingredient has a pretty bad reputation, it is actually one of the best moisturizing ingredients available. The most frequently cited reasons for not using mineral oil are the thought that it’s comedogenic (causes breakouts) and that it’s a derivative of petroleum. Yes, mineral oil is a derivative of petroleum. However, there are different grades of mineral oil and the mineral oil found in cosmetics and skincare has been purified. Skincare experts sing praises of mineral oil saying that cosmetic-grade mineral oil is one of the most non-irritating, safest and most effective moisturizing ingredients. There is a caveat to using products with mineral oil: do not use anything containing mineral oil with a product that has comedogenic principles. Because mineral oil moisturizes skin so well, it may trap those pore-clogging ingredients in the same way it traps, and keeps, moisture in the skin.

Transitioning from summer to fall and fall to winter definitely takes a toll on your skin. The lowered moisture in the air and the amount of heat indoors combine to sap your skin out of moisture. By picking products that contain the most beneficial ingredients, you can combat dry skin easily.

Best Ingredients for those Forgotten Zones

Your diligent about moisturizing your face. You may always hit your arms and legs with a quick swipe of lotion, but you may also continue to experience dry, rough skin of areas that get neglected such as the elbows, knees, soles of your feet or hands. These areas of your body require a bit more potency when it comes to moisturizing them effectively. To help you keep your skin soft, smooth and supple this winter, Vine Vera put together three ingredients that will have maximum impact on your dryest, forgotten areas of the body.

Sour cream

Lactic Acid
Using an ingredient that contains the word acid seems counterintuitive to hydrating seriously rough and dry areas of skin such as the knees and elbows. However, lactic acid is an alpha-hydroxy acid that is incredibly gentle on the skin and that does contain moisturizing properties. The way it works on dry skin is a one-two punch. First, it very gently exfoliates skin, removing all of the dry, dead flakes that accumulate. This step is also helpful when it comes to itchy skin as a result of dryness, because it removes the buildup. Next, it hydrates your skin keeping it looking and feeling smooth and soft. For those with extremely sensitive skin, look for a moisturizer that contains a 5% concentration of lactic acid. Other creams and lotions provide a higher concentration (12%) for those with less sensitive skin.

Mineral Oil
Mineral oil is a common ingredient in moisturizers and other cosmetic/ skin care products, but it generally has a pretty bad reputation. There are some valid points to the objections against mineral oil, but it really is one of the best moisturizers available. Cosmetic grade mineral oil is considered to be the most non-irritating, effective and safest moisturizing ingredients. The reason many are initially against using products containing mineral oil is that it is a derivative of petroleum. Additionally, people are often unaware that there are different grades of mineral oil and the mineral oil used for cosmetic purposes has been purified. Mineral oil not only moisturizes dry skin well, it also prevents water loss keeping skin well hydrated for long periods of time. The caveat with mineral oil is to not use products with this ingredient in conjunction with products that have comedogenics in them. Because mineral oil is so great at trapping moisture, it may also trap any potentially pore clogging ingredients, leading to breakouts.

Glycerin soap

Glycerin
Available naturally in vegetable oils, glycerin is an extremely beneficial ingredient for those areas of the body the become dry from neglect. Glycerin is a humectant meaning it attracts moisture from the environment and epidermis to surface layers of skin. Not only is glycerin able to absorb moisture from the air, it also retains this moisture and locks it into the skin, keeping outer layers of skin well hydrated. The skin has a natural barrier function that glycerin helps strengthen. This means that harmful chemicals and free radicals stay out of the skin while moisture stays in the skin.

These hydrating ingredients offer not only moisture, but also protection against further damage and dryness. Look for products containing one, or all three, of these ingredients to keep forgotten skin from drying out. With a bit of extra care and help from these ingredients, you can eradicate dryness for good this winter and keep your skin looking its best.