“Beauty is only skin deep” and “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” are sayings that we’re all very familiar with, but we all know that they’re much more about finding inner beauty in ourselves and those around us. Out here in the real world, though, we should know that the beauty industry rakes in billions of dollars every year. Many of those products contain petroleum-derived ingredients that could actually be doing more harm to your skin than good.
According to finance website Mint.com, the average woman spends about $15,000 on skincare and cosmetics each year. Many cosmetics that promise anti-aging effects include ingredients to help skin stay moisturized, but they do so by adding petroleum-derived ingredients to their products. These ingredients include mineral oil, petrolatum, liquid paraffin, and paraffin oil and are most common in face moisturizers, lotions, sunscreens, and lipsticks. Mint.com’s study showed that an average of $1,780 was spent on lipstick in a woman’s lifetime.
While these products promise magical moisturizing results, the fact of the matter is that the petroleum-derived ingredients are merely forming a barrier against the skin to lock in moisture from other natural ingredients. This could actually clog pores and create pimples or blackheads on your skin, causing the opposite of the desired effect. Petroleum and its derived ingredients have even been marked as potential carcinogens, especially products containing non-refined petrolatum.
The best way to stay healthy and have healthy, beautiful, skin is to avoid using products with petroleum and petroleum-derived ingredients. Look for labels that specify that they do not contain petroleum or mineral oils and buy from brands that specialize in natural products.
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