Oils in cosmetics; are they bad, or are they good? Depending on who you talk to depends on the answer; it’s a hotly debated topic. More often than not they get a bad rap. Here at clickR we steer clear of nasty no-no oils and are proud to be oil free. But, not all oils are created equal. While there are many ominous oils lurking in the skin care aisle, there are natural oil derivates that posse a wealth of skin-loving benefits. Let us break it down for you.
The No-No Oils:
Mineral Oil and its derivates (Petroleum, Paraffin oil and Propylene Glycol) are strictly No-No’s. But Why? Let us count the ways…
- Mineral oil doesn’t allow the skin to ‘breathe’; preventing the body from absorbing oxygen and eliminating toxins– both of which are vital processes that when tampered with create dry skin.
- It’s not absorbed into your skin because the molecules are too large. Instead it forms a layer that sits on top of your skin, clogging your pores.
- Mineral oil dissolves your skins natural oil, essentially stealing important vitamins from the body, which the body will not be able to replace.
Bottom line; the skin issues you think you’re solving; you’re only masking if you’re using a product with mineral oil. Chances are once you stop using the products, the skin problems immediately reappear.
Now that the naughty’s are out of the way, let’s talk about the nice. Natural Oil Extracts are a whole different specimen and show your skin some serious love-care. Take for example, Tea Tree Leaf Oil Extract, Sunflower Seed Oil Extract, Jojoba Oil Extract; all of these are nature’s skin nurturers. To be honest, we’re hard pressed to even associate these all natural oil extracts with the word oil, *cringe*. But never the less, they tend to get grouped in with the dreaded blanket term of “oil” unfairly.
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