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Why I choose not use Petroleum Jelly

Winter is coming and I know many of you reach for Petroleum Jelly to moisturise dry skin especially chapped lips. For clarification petroleum may also be referred to as mineral oil, liquidum paraffinum, paraffin oil, paraffin wax and petrolatum. I'd like to share my thoughts on this ingredient and perhaps encourage you to seek alternatives to become a conscious consumer. 

Petroleum is a by-product of the oil industry and used in the beauty industry because it is a cheap filler ingredient. You will find mineral oil in lipsticks, baby lotions, oils and lubricants. It is often promoted as a healing moisturiser but I believe this could not be further from the truth. Initially your skin will feel silky smooth but petroleum creates a barrier and this isn't particularly helpful when trying to heal a wound. Before application it would be beneficial to sterilise the  skin so as not to trap the germs under the jelly. There is an argument for clogging pores and blocking the skin’s ability to moisturise itself. Repeated use may set off skin conditions such as acne and dermatitis and for this reason I never use it on my eczema.

When buying an alternative to petroleum jelly choose products with ingredients such as olive oil, almond oil, wheat germ oil, grape seed oil, sunflower seed oil, rose hip seed oil, apricot kernel oil, jojoba, coconut oil, cocoa butter or shea butter. I favour balms with papaya (paw paw) as I find this ingredient effective in soothing and managing skin conditions. Remember your skin is the largest organ of the body it deserves some TLC. If you'd like to try a green, ethical and vegan brand of lip balm then I'd recommend Crazy Rumors and Hurraw. 


Sarah x



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