Free From Petrochemicals
Most of the petrochemicals you’ll find in skincare products,
especially lip products, are derived from petroleum (the same product you put
into your car engine).
When you read a product’s ingredients label, you may find
petrochemicals listed as any of the following: benzene, butadiene, ethylene,
propylene, xylene and even mineral oil.
Are Petrochemicals Used in Skincare products?
The primary reason for using this ingredient is cost. The cost
of using a petrochemical in a skincare product is much, much cheaper than a
natural or organic alternative.
Additionally, petrochemicals are also used to extend the life
of a product.
But when it comes to lip products, petrochemicals actually dry
your lips, encouraging them to need more and more lip butter… quite the
opposite of what a lip butter should do for your lips. A lip butter should be
used to hydrate your lips and keep them healthy and chap-free, not dry them
out and leave your lips craving more and more product applied to them.
A good quality lip product should also leave a protective
barrier on your lips to protect them from free-radicals but also allowing them
to breathe. Whilst petrochemicals leave a barrier on your lips, this barrier
does not allow your lips to breathe, so any toxins that come out of your lips
have nowhere to go as the barrier traps them.
Should You Avoid Products Containing Petrochemicals?
Being a by-product of the petroleum industry, petrochemicals
are not exactly environmentally-friendly. Products which contain natural and
organic alternatives are, therefore, the more educated and sustainable choice.
Whilst there have been a myriad of claims that petrochemicals
can be linked to illnesses such as cancer, these claims have yet to be proven
scientifically. However, if you are concerned, then choosing a more natural
product would be the better option. You’ll often find, with regards large
skincare brands, that they behave reactively rather than proactively so they’ll
keep using petrochemicals in their products until science and the law may
Petrochemicals are actually drying rather than hydrating. So
they often contradict the feature and benefit of the product they are used in.
For example a lip butter should hydrate drying lips, not dry them further
requiring you to put more and more product on your lips.