My reasoning is this, it's natural, it's cheap, I don't have to buy anymore little containers of this or that. My plastic/packaging consumption drops down another notch. I can alter it to fit the chemistry of my skin, it makes me feel, well, OK, sometimes hungry for pasta, but also connected to tradition. And it leaves my skin ever so soft. Oh, and it tastes better than that Oil of Olay stuff that I had recently started using. I mean seriously, if you get that near your lips?...gross.
Also, did you know Oil of Olay changed the name of their products to just "Olay"? Apparently their consumers weren't happy to learn they've been putting petroleum on their skin all these years in the form of mineral oil (which, according to this article, is very bad for your skin because it interferes with your bodies natural moisturizing system, can clog your pores, and lead to an increase in your body's toxin loads). And the smell...I couldn't finish the last jar of Olay I bought because I couldn't get past the smell, and I certainly didn't realize the oil in it was the black tar variety. Whenever possible I think it's best to avoid putting our money towards more oil consumption, especially when there are so many alternatives.
Just for kicks, here's other ingredients in Oil of Olay (which I'm sure is similar to most other namebrand moisturizers, perhaps minus the petrolatum):
ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: 3% OCTISALATE, 3% OCTOCRYLENE, 2% AVOBENZONE. Also contains water, glycerin, cetyl palmitate, mineral oil, petrolatum, cetyl alcohol, glyceryl hydroxystearate, stearic acid, steareth-100, dimethicone, octyldodecyl myristate, fragrance, potassium hydroxide, DMDM hydantoin, Iodopropynl butylcarbamate, tetrasodium EDTA, acrylates/C10-30 alkyl accrylate crosspolymer, carbomer and red 4.
(they're also owned by Proctor and Gamble...just sayin')
And just like with shampoo, this stuff doesn't just sit on your skin, it's ABSORBED into your body.
My skin story is I have sensitive skin. I was told when I was younger because I have sensitive skin that I should avoid all face products and makeups that have mineral oil in them (lots of pressed powders have mineral oil, fyi). I think as I've gotten older my skin has gotten less sensitive so I don't worry so much about that anymore, but I do avoid products with fragrance and oily based makeups for this reason. But looking at this list, I don't think it's just mineral oil that we need to be looking out for when it comes to sensitivities.
The OCM has 2 ingredients: olive oil and castor oil.
But it didn't happen. In fact, the opposite happened. I think my face is softer, and less prone to breakouts. Now, I have also significantly changed my eating habits over the past few years cutting out processed foods, white sugar, meat, cow's cheese, cow's milk, etc and I've heard there's a connection to dairy and skin problems so it's possible just cutting down on cheese consumption can make a difference in your skin. But, lets say that's a stretch and are unrelated...then the OCM is working. I've not had any problems with allergies or sensitivities so far and have enjoyed softer skin. AND I love the nighttime mini facial that comes with it!
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