Benefits of Mink Oil
Mink oil is a natural, biodegradable, paraben-free, and chemical-free product that offers absorption properties and nurturing benefits superior to any other natural oil. The use of mink oil to soften skin goes back to the days of fur trappers, who noticed that the fatty layer of tissue under the mink fur helped to soften and protect their cold-chapped and work-roughened hands.
Minks are known by scientists to be the only animal in the world exempt from suffering any kind of skin diseases. Furthermore, they possess the remarkable ability to regenerate and recover from damaged skin. This outstanding ability is directly related to the unique substance found within the fatty layer under their skin.
Today, the cosmetic industry has refined the use of mink oil on the skin and it can be seen in European moisturizers, cosmetics or sold in its pure form as a concentrate.
One of mink oil's main attractions is its chemical similarity to the natural skin oils—or sebum—produced by humans. This is due to the fact that mink oil contains roughly 17% palmitoleic acid, an essential fatty acid that is also produced by the human body. It is said that continuous use of mink oil products on the skin will keep it soft and less prone to damage.
Why should I use mink oil for skin care?
We lose oil in our skin daily as a result of exposure to environmental elements and chemicals in the air. As we age, we do not produce as much of the nourishing oils that provide softness in our skin. Using mink oil reduces the effects of the loss of these oils by penetrating deep into the skin giving it elasticity that it may have lost, as well as replacing some of the natural oils stripped away by some cleansers or shampoos.
Where does the mink oil come from?
Mink oil is a by product of the fur and pet food industry. Minks are farmed here in the United States just as any other ranched animals: chickens for meat and feathers, geese for down for pillows and blankets, cows for meat and leather products. The mink meat is used for dog and pet food, the fur industry uses the pelts and we buy the fat and oil which would otherwise be destroyed in our landfills. It is then sent to a lab and filtered through a process to remove impurities and deodorize the oil.