is Vaseline bad for your skin

Beauty Myths: petroleum jelly and baby oil

Since my post on microbeads was so well received, today I’m going to be doing another science/environmental themed beauty post, and this time the topic is petroleum jelly and mineral oil. Is petroleum jelly bad for your skin? Is baby oil bad for your health? Stay tuned to find out! The product most people associate with petroleum jelly is Vaseline, which was invented in 1870. It was originally promoted as being good for burns and scrapes, but in the years since then it has turned out that it’s not very useful in that regard. What petroleum jelly is  useful for is on dry skin – it functions as an occlusive, that is, it stops water from evaporating from your skin and thereby preserves your skin’s natural moisture. Most people would also be familiar with baby oil, which is simply mineral oil with fragrance added. Mineral oil is known as liquid paraffin, pariffinum liquidum, and liquid petroleum,  and is closely related to petroleum jelly. People often are concerned about the use of both products for the same reasons, so for that reason I’ll be discussing both in this post. Myth #1  If comes from petrol, using it is bad for the environment Mineral oil […]