Mineral oil is a common ingredient in baby lotions, cold creams, ointments and cosmetics. It is a lightweight inexpensive oil that is odorless and tasteless. It can be used on eyelashes to prevent brittleness and breaking and, in cold cream, is also used to remove creme make-up and temporary tattoos.
Mineral oil is derived from crude oil and helps in softening the skin. Mineral oil make skin care or beauty product more moisutrizing .It forms a thin film around the applied area which help in keeping the air off from the skin.
Some cosmetic manufacturer oppose the use of mineral oil because of the fact that it comes from petroleum. As it is believed that the thin layer of mineral oil leaves behind the skin and prevents the skin from breathing.