Recently, women are paying more attention to natural cosmetics without the addition of chemical and synthetic ingredients. Due to the lack of objective information, mineral oil is sometimes undeservedly ranked among a number of undesirable components, although it not only does not harm the skin, but also has a very beneficial effect on it.
What oils are mineral?
The described substance is a mixture of hydrocarbons extracted from oil and subjected to long-term multi-stage purification. The main characteristic of mineral oil is a transparent oily liquid without taste and any smell with low viscosity.
During processing, any impurities that consist of polycyclic chemicals are removed from the mixture, so cosmetic mineral oil is completely safe for human skin, does not contain poisons or toxins. In the production of various products, as a rule, a substance with a very low viscosity and a light texture, a high level of purification is used.
Which mineral oil is best?
You need to select any cosmetics individually, the same rule applies to the product in question. Despite the minimal comedogenicity of the oil, in some cases it provokes an allergy to cosmetics, especially with a problematic type.
The fact is that the substance forms a kind of protective barrier on the epidermis in the form of the thinnest microscopic film. On the one hand, it prevents cells from losing moisture, soothes irritation, and prevents peeling. On the other hand, the coating reduces skin respiration, as a result of which the secret from the sebaceous glands can accumulate in the pores and cause a rash.
Thus, the presence of problem areas suggests the choice of a light mineral oil with a low level of viscosity and density. If the skin is of a normal type, without acne and rashes, you can purchase products with a more concentrated product in the composition.
Remember: good mineral oil does not contain carcinogens and long hydrocarbon structures, it has neither color nor odor. Even the slightest aroma indicates insufficient purification of the substance.
Mineral oil in cosmetics
For the production of both hygienic and decorative cosmetics, this product has been used for more than a century. Oil is added to soften the skin, moisturize, give elasticity and firmness.
It is also worth noting that hydrocarbons are able to mix well with additional ingredients and dissolve many other components. Therefore, mineral oil in lipstick or cream goes well with vegetable fats, extracts, vitamins. Thanks to these properties, the structure of cosmetics is stabilized, it is better distributed on the skin and absorbed. In addition, the product performs transport functions – without being absorbed into the epidermis on its own, the oil gives the cells the maximum amount of nutrients without disturbing oxygen metabolism.
Today, most cosmetics cannot do without mineral oils in the composition, because it is thanks to them that you can get the desired consistency, viscosity of products, ensure comfortable application and resistance to weather or temperature conditions.
It should be noted that the considered substance is obtained from non-renewable raw materials – oil. If you adhere to an environmentally friendly lifestyle, then mineral oil will not work, it is better to use organic cosmetics, although the effectiveness and safety of the described and vegetable oils are almost the same.