Did you know that mineral oil can be used to remedy a range of everyday complaints, ranging from dry skin to a flaky scalp? Yep, it might just be one of the most versatile products in your beauty arsenal. But before we get into the myriad of uses for mineral oil, what is it exactly?
Mineral oil is a natural byproduct of petroleum oil production, so it doesn’t exactly get the eco-friendly seal of approval—and from a marketing standpoint, you can file that under the ‘cons’ column. That said, science shows that mineral oil has been unfairly maligned in recent years. (More on that later, but don’t worry—it won’t clog your pores.) We spoke to Kerry E. Yates, beauty expert and CEO of Colour Collective, and learned that mineral oil does indeed deserve to have a place in your self-care beauty closet.
When it comes to skincare products, mineral oil “helps define the product texture while providing skin protective and conditioning benefits,” says Yates. And when used for the body, it’s often used as a skin conditioning agent and skin protector, she also tells us. Noticing a theme? It turns out that mineral oil has numerous benefits in the cosmetic world and beyond, thanks to its “natural attributes [that] help to lock in moisture,” per Yates. So, with that in mind, read on for some surprising uses for mineral oil that will do right by your body.