Mineral oil, a clear liquid made from distilled petroleum, is one of the main ingredients in many cosmetics and in baby oil. It is effective at removing dirt and makeup from the face while retaining moisture and creating a protective barrier against pollutants.
- Facial cleansers with mineral oil are available in several forms. Pure mineral oil or baby oil will not create a lather, even if combined with water. Some people find the runny consistency hard to control. Cold cream is solid and easier to apply. It also will not lather because it does not contain surfactants—chemicals that cause a substance to become sudsy. Liquid face washes that include mineral oil and foam up when combined with water can be found at drugstores.
- For sensitive skin, apply your choice of mineral oil product with your fingertips. Massage the product in small circles, and keep your eyes closed. Unless specified otherwise, the product can be used to remove eye makeup.
- For skin that is not sensitive, the product can be applied directly to dry skin with a wash cloth or exfoliating accessory. Massage the product in small circles. Use only your fingertips around the delicate eye area.
- Use a wet or dry cloth to gently wipe the excess mineral oil from your skin. Rinsing your skin with warm water also will dissolve the oil. Pat your face dry with a clean towel. Your skin should feel soft, not oily. If the mineral oil is not fully removed, rinse again or wipe the area with a wash cloth.
- Mineral oil will not leave the squeaky-clean feeling you get from many soaps and face washes that strip your skin’s natural oil. According to TheBeautyBrains.com, the oil provides a barrier between your face and the environment, protecting your skin from pollutants and sealing in moisture.