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Are Hydrogenated Oils Bad For Your Skin?

Hydrogenated oils are commonly used in skincare products due to their stable nature and ability to thicken almost any liquid. Sure, they may be functional ingredients, but hydrogenated oils are the primary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods, which can lead to a laundry list of health issues. In fact, the FDA is banning trans fats from the U.S. food supply by 2018.

So if we are avoiding this processed, chemically-produced ingredient in our foods, shouldn’t we also be checking the labels of our favorite skincare products?


What Is Hydrogenated Oil Anyways?

Used throughout the food industry to prolong shelf life and save money, hydrogenated oil is a man-made ingredient produced by adding hydrogen atoms to vegetable oil. It may sound harmless, but this process increases the saturated fat content and can turn the oil into a trans fat.  Trans fats promote inflammation and have been linked to both weight gain and heart disease. Research also shows that the molecular structure of hydrogenated oils is closer to plastic than oil. We think that’s crazy!


Hydrogenated Oils On Your Skin

You may reach for skincare thinking that it’s been regulated and tested as safe, but that’s actually not the case. The FDA does not have to approve cosmetics or skin care ingredients before they go to market.

While there may not be a ton of research regarding the effect of hydrogenated oils when applied topically, we know it only takes 26 seconds for something to absorb into your skin. So if you wouldn’t put it in your mouth, why put it on your skin?  We think you’d want to treat it the same way as the food you put into your body.


What Maty’s Uses Instead

At Maty’s, we pride ourselves on using ingredients that are pure, simple and truly natural. Since we don’t feel hydrogenated oils are natural, we stay clear of them. So what do we use instead?

We use oils that closely resemble the natural oils of your skin. They include healthy oils such as pure jojoba, olive, castor, sunflower and coconut oil. This is significant because the oils on your skin are there for a reason; they have a purpose. So when you use oils that closely resemble them, it has a healing effect. To fully understand, we need a short lesson on how the skin works.


The Purpose Of The Oils (Sweat) On Your Skin

The oils on your skin are called sebum or sweat. Although they can be a nuisance, there is a purpose for them. They help protect your skin from breaking out in a bacterial infection.Your skin’s flora is similar to your gut flora in that it must stay in balance in order for skin abruptions to not break out.  There’s a balance of both good and bad bacteria on your skin. Keeping the bad guys at bay is crucial for healthy, glowing skin.

The way your body does this is by releasing oils through your pores. These oils not only help cool you down when you sweat, they keep your skin flora balanced. The good bacteria on your skin will break down the oils into fatty acids and glycerol. The fatty acids help kill off the bad bacteria preventing them from taking over. That’s why people often recommend you not take too many hot showers as it can remove all those beneficial oils on your skin.

The natural oils in our products act in this same way. They help feed the good bacteria and help kill off the bad bacteria. Our oils are not synthetic, won’t clog pores, and have incredible healing effects. We’ve received countless testimonials of our Baby Chest Rub, Baby Ointment, or Vapor Rub helping people with dry skin or even eczema.

Carolyn Harrington