What is your MOSH level?

MOSH-an acronym for Mineral Oil Saturated Hydrocarbons-compounds that build up in fatty tissues, are a prime contaminant in the human body.

OddNaari OddNaari Feb 10, 2012

MOSH-an acronym for Mineral Oil Saturated Hydrocarbons-compounds that build up in fatty tissues, are a prime contaminant in the human body.

Each of us has an average of 1 g of these in our bodies as they're introduced by the food we eat, the cosmetics we use or the contaminated air we breathe.

Researchers analysed fat samples from 142 women and extensive questionnaires on food and cosmetic use history. They found that cosmetic use was most related to MOSH absorption into the body through the skin. Cosmetic products containing high levels of mineral oil include petroleum jelly, lipsticks, hand creams and sunscreens.

What's more, MOSH levels tend to increase with age, suggesting the body cannot cast away the mineral oil completely. So we suggest you double-check the ingredients on the cosmetics you use and pick mineral oil-free products.

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