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Why petroleum jelly is bad for the skin

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Our dermalogica skin specialist Jennifer explains more

Many people use petroleum jelly on their lips thinking it nourishes and hydrates the skin. But sadly, research has shown that this is not the case. And do you know where petroleum jelly comes from? You might be surprised! Petroleum comes from the same place as gasoline, it is basically a byproduct of the oil industry. It’s a leftover residue created during the refinery of crude oil.

Are you put off yet?! 

As well as the somewhat unpleasant history of where petroleum jelly actually comes from, the view that putting it on your lips is hydrating them doesn’t necessarily ring true. You may actually be causing more harm than good. Because petroleum jelly forms a seal over the skin, it disrupts the bodies process of elimination of toxins through the pores, potentially trapping them under the skin. 

Applying petroleum jelly also creates a false sense or “feeling” of skin comfort and hydration when in fact, it has no proven dermatological evidence of hydrating the skin. 

If you are looking for an alternative to hydrate the skin on the lips, then look no further. 

Dermalogica AgeSmart Lip Renewal Complex contains Avocado Oil and is dermatalogically tested. It will help to minimise the signs of fine lines and wrinkles at the same time. 

Alternatively, Love it for Lips is a Climate Control Lip Treatment balm which contains Vitamin E to help smooth, soothe and heal lips suffering from dryness and chapping caused by environmental conditions. In stock at Mi:Skin Beauty