How did petroleum products end up in skincare? Petrolatum Jelly, Mineral Oil, Liquid Paraffin, and Paraffin Oil are all byproducts of the oil refining process. As the oil industry grew they became a staple in cosmetics replacing natural plant based oils because they were cheap. They have the ability to provide a strong protective barrier to the skin and to hold in moisture and nothing more.
These properties are perhaps acceptable for products designed for short term use (i.e. hand cleaners), but long term use presents a multitude of concerns. For starters they do not allow the skin to breath leading to blocked pores and the increase of residual bacteria. Regular use of products containing them carries the risk of collagen breakdown and a low nutrient environment because they do not allow the skin to absorb nutrients and moisture as designed. This in turn slows cell renewal, which will ultimately lead to dull skin, wrinkles, blemishes and environmentally susceptible skin.
When shopping for skin care, be sure to avoid petroleum products and their derivatives in any products you are using routinely, particularly face and body care products. Turn instead to products that contain nutrient rich, natural oils and butters so that you will enjoy a lifetime of beautiful, healthy, well supported skin.