Massaging mink oil into one’s face every day can reduce both the appearance of wrinkles and age spots. In addition, mink oil has been found to protect skin by sealing it against the elements (wind, water, and air), it has proven a useful ingredient in lotions and cleansers used to dissolve dirt and excess oil that can block pores. Mink oil is also being used to help repair dry, cracked skin, especially on heels.
Numerous mink oil products currently available for skin care have also been touted for treating eczema, psoriasis and other kinds of dermatitis over the entire body thanks to its anti-itch and anti-inflammatory properties.
For the best results in treating these types of lesions, several beauty consultants recommend applying mink oil over the lesions right after bathing (without wiping away the water) and letting it absorb into the skin before rubbing on additional moisturizing creams and lotions. Diaper rash is another among many other similar conditions condition soothed by mink oil products such as those produced by Touch of Mink.
Touch of Mink not only offers a line of mink oil infused products that moisturize and protect human hair, its 4-in-1 Pet Shampoo combines mink oil with several ingredients not found in their regular products, including eucalyptus, cedar oils and a citronella blend that serve to give your furry friends a shiny, healthy coat in addition to repelling fleas and other harmful insects, while making your pets smell delightful.
While certain ingredients in various mink oil based products may trigger certain sensitivities the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health has determined that mink oil, itself, has not been found to cause allergies, nor eye irritations during animal testing.
In the meantime, while it can protect skin in ways mentioned above, keep in mind that mink oil does not absorb significant UVA or UVB radiation. As a result, it is still important to use adequate sunscreen with mink oil lotions and creams when exposed to outdoor sunlight.
Note: Mink oil is made from the fatty tissues found in the layers of skin under the animals’ pelts, mink oil is a conglomerate of 14- 20 carbon chain fatty acids (glycerides), that also makes it ideally suited for conditioning all sorts of leather and suede products from boots and baseball gloves to jackets, etc. And while the principal is the same, consumers should not use commercial leather conditioners as substitutes for FDA approved healthcare products.