Mineral oil…aka white mineral oil, paraffin oil, baby oil and perfumed mineral oil. That colourless, odourless liquid by-product of petroleum oil. Used as an emollient to treat the hair and skin by preventing the evaporation of water from the skin’s surface, and in turn, keeping the skin moisturised. You will often find this ingredient added to your favourite moisturisers, hair and skincare products. Mineral oil is cheap to produce and can make a product go much further, meaning companies can make a lot more money on-selling their product!
As a natural brand, MUSQ like to steer clear of this ingredient – even ‘cosmetic grade’ mineral oil – even though some claim it’s natural. Many studies have found that on a daily basis we may be having too much exposure to mineral oils and that it could potentially affect our health. We’d rather not risk it!
Mineral oil is often considered non-comedogenic, and that the more refined the oil, the less chance of a breakout from it. In our personal experience, though, we find it to be comedogenic, and the more mineral product included in a product, the more chance of clogged pores, leading to blackheads and whiteheads. No thanks we’ll just leave that out! Think about it. The mineral oil creates a physical barrier on the top of the skin to help prevent moisture loss, so if your skin is dirty or you’ve put products on your skin first that can clog pores, the mineral oil will then trap these ingredients close to your skin, which can lead to breakouts.
The mineral oil isn’t going to do any wonders other than preventing moisture loss by sitting on the outer layer of your skin. Its molecules are too large to penetrate the skin, therefore stopping external elements from penetrating the skin. Our advice? Steer clear of mineral oils. Instead, try natural alternatives such as products filled with antioxidants or essential fatty acids.
You can even make your own oil at home that actually penetrates the skin rather than just sitting on the skin’s surface.
Or, save yourself the hard work and try our MUSQ moisturiser or serum! If you are keen to make your own oil, here’s an awesome recipe:
Place the following carrier oils into half a bottle:
Jojoba oil and rosehip oil.
You can also use sweet almond oil, argan oil, apricot kernel oil, grapeseed oil, avocado oil and tamanu oil.
Next, add around 6 drops of 1 – 3 essential oils of your choice, depending on your skin concerns. These might include carrot seed, patchouli, rosehip, jasmine, ylang ylang and chamomile, to name a few.
Seal the bottle and gently roll the bottle to mix the ingredients together. Ta da!