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Mineral Oil Dangers - Your body creams may not be safe

Mineral oil (baby oil) is a common petroleum derivative (refined crude oil petrochemicals containing neurotoxins which damage the nervous system) The same stuff you put in your car engine! Mineral oil has absolutely no nutritional value. It is a known carcinogen (cancer causing agent) and yet the cosmetic industry still uses them in lip gloss, lotions, creams, oitments and shampoos.

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. This risk is higher than smoking."

From the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), March of 2001: "In a study of environmental toxins found in the blood and urine, there were surprisingly high amounts of toxic chemicals found in everyday products like perfume, soaps and cosmetics in the people tested."

John Hopkins University named mineral oil in cosmetics and moisturizers as the number two cause of aging. The first being direct exposure to the sun. The result is premature aging and increased health risks. Ninety eight percent of skin care products sold in the United States contains mineral oil and other petrochemicals.

You may not be able to find mineral oil on your label because it has hundreds of different names. This refined petroleum product forms a film on the surface of your skin that cannot be absorbed. (sort like wrapping your face with Saran wrap every day.) It blocks the pores and the skin's natural respiration. Mineral oil may also cause allergic reactions and dryness. It traps dirt and bacteria and blocks the absorption of vitamins/minerals/botanicals that may be in a product.

Do a comparison test: Take two glasses, fill one with baby oil (mineral oil) and the other with water. Put a cracker in each of the glasses and let them sit for a few minutes and see what happens. You will find that the cracker in water completely absorbs the water. The cracker in mineral oil does not. It creates a very hard barrier on the surface of the cracker. Mineral oil and other harmful ingredients are found in 98% of all cosmetics in North America. It is popular with manufacturers because it is inexpensive and makes skin smoother and softer to the touch and more attractive to the eye. Unfortunately, the price you pay is accelerated aging of the skin.

The long term damage caused by mineral oil makes it an undesirable ingredient in any skin care product. Fortunately, there is one high quality anti-aging skin treatment system available today which contains only pure, safe and beneficial ingredients. The system is capable of showing visible results of diminishing facial lines and wrinkles within in 24 hours. It is proven to nourish the skin and slow the aging process.



Reference: stevemark122000