Petroleum is in SO many makeup and skin products it is scary. Some people may say, “Who cares?” But, you should care, since it can give people horrendous cancers in one’s latter years. Petroleum is particularly prevalent in women’s and girl’s lip balms, glosses and lipsticks. It is also referred to as “Vaseline” which many people apply to their face, because it can make the skin smooth.
The danger is that petroleum is considered a refined plastic. It will never decompose in your body, nature, or on any type of machinery. Using petroleum (aka Vaseline, lip gloss/balm, etc.) on your lips is the WORST place to put it. You will unintentionally swallow or absorb the substance and it will accumulate in your digestive track. This either causes diarrhea for some and cancers for others.
If you use petroleum year-after-year, in the long-run, it will inhibit the skin's ability to rid itself of toxins.
Some solutions to avoiding this ubiquitous product are to use these alternative ones:
To help moisturize the skin or lips:
- Vitamin E oil
- jojoba oil
- coconut oil
And, if you still are not happy with these alternatives, here is a wonderful recipe that allows you to make your own 100% petroleum-free lip balm: http://naturalmothersnetwork.com/natural-health/natural-beauty/homemade-lip-balm/
If you are curious to see what is in your makeup, lotion, and other hygienic products, here is a resource that rates the danger of each product: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/