The dangers of baby oil for babies and adults
Baby oil is made of mineral oil. Mineral oil is something completely foreign to the human body.
It is a synthetic oil which is a byproduct of the distillation of gasoline from crude oil. Wait, gasoline? crude oil? Why do we slather this stuff all over our children? Well, mostly because its cheap and abundant so manufacturers sell it to us and tell us its good for our skin, they say is clinically tested on the center of the packaging. The honest truth is it is actually harmful to our health.
Mineral oil acts as a thin layer on the skin. It is difficult to absorb and clogs the pores, which slows the skin’s ability to eliminate toxins. Our skin plays a large role in the body’s detoxification through sweat. If pores are blocked, the toxins remain in the body for a longer period of time. This alone can be harmful. If mineral oil is ingested, it is broken down by the liver and passes through the intestinal tract. Once in the intestines, mineral oil can absorb all of the fat-soluble vitamins found there. So all those organic foods and vitamin supplements you spend all your money on will get robbed by mineral oil and your body never gets the benefits.
There are claims that mineral oil can cause damage to the lungs, nervous system, skin, and even causes premature aging. An unbiased study released by the Cancer Prevention Coalition in June 2002, contained the following: “Cancer and health experts just concluded reviews that indicate mainstream cosmetics and personal hygiene products including lotions, soaps and shampoos, pose the highest risk exposures to the general public.” It is clear that mineral oil and petrochemicals have no place in skin care products and should never be used on babies or adults.
At Dermatique we only use ingredients that are compatible with the skin and help the body to heal, always remember that it is your body doing the healing, gentle creams and washes are aids to keep the skin clean and healthy. Once you use products that your body loves, you will see a tremendous difference on how your skin looks and feels and begins to function correctly again. Dermatique products go a long way, you only need to use a thin layer to protect, nourish and moisturise your skin, they sink right away so there is no mess, no staining, just good protection for your skin.
So ditch mineral oil and any non natural products from your bathroom cabinet and opt for natural alternatives.
What oils and lotions do you use on your children?
- Teresa Martin