Some people never cease to amaze me. On the one hand they are so concerned with their health that they almost turn neurotic and look down on others who don’t share their views, yet on the other they do their very best to sabotage their health.
Take the use of Vaseline also known as petroleum jelly for instance. Some people happily smear it on their baby’s bottom, while others use it to treat dry skin, or add shine to their lips. Did you know that women who use lip gloss regularly, eat about seven pounds of the Vaseline in a decade.
Little do they know that Vaseline does not moisturize, it draws moisture to the surface, as such robbing skin of what it so desperately needs, and they risk all kinds of cancers.
Vaseline is made of petroleum sludge, a type of wax that forms on oil rigs. The wax interferes with the proper working of the rods on the rigs and has to be removed from time to time. The wax contains hydrocarbons, a substance found in women with breast cancer.
Still, people ignore advice given online and state that Vaseline has been around for years, that their grandma used it, and that only fools would believe that the greasy wax could be bad. Not only that, some articles actually promote the use of Vaseline/petroleum jelly.
Why anyone would do this is beyond me. You only have to look at and touch Vaseline to know that something so greasy cannot be good for your skin. It leads to acne, impurities, irritation and worst of all, certain cancers. This possibility alone should be enough to scare people off. Sadly, this is not the case. The product is cheap, has been used by their mother and grandmother, so they figure it must be good.
What is even more mind boggling is why the Cancer Society hasn’t made it its business to warn the public about the use of Vaseline. If the product has been linked to cancer, you would think this is right up their alley. On the one hand they raise millions of dollars for cancer research and promote pink ribbons to make women aware of breast cancer, yet on the other hand they keep silent about the dangers of Vaseline.
If you want to moisturize your skin or give shine to your lips, do it with something safe like an organic oil. Oils such as olive oil, almond oil, cacao butter, shea butter and coconut oil will be more expensive than Vaseline, but at least they are risk free.
Before you buy your next beauty product READ THE LABEL.