Moisturizers have become so very important in our lives today that they don’t seem like beauty products any more– they’re more like health products, one which protect our skin health.
In Part I of this creamy series, we talked of 5 key ingredients found in moisturizers. Here are 5 more that find their place in your favorite moisturizer tub:
- Propylene glycol – This ingredient is a vegetable glycerin and is used in many moisturizers. Propylene glycol is used as a carrier of fragrances and also as a humectant which prevents the moisture from escaping from the skin. However this ingredient has been known to cause hives, aggravate eczema and lead to skin irritations.
- Parabens – Parabens such as Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben and Ethyl paraben are ingredients that are used in moisturizers as preservatives to inhibit bacterial growth and increase the products shelf life. However parabens have been known to cause skin irritations and allergic rashes. Some preliminary research also indicates that they are carcinogenic in nature.
- Ascorbic acid polypeptide – This is a complex water soluble form of Vitamin C. Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant and has its source in nature. Ascorbic acid polypeptide helps the moisturizer to penetrate deep into the skin layers to the melanocyte cells. When present in sufficient concentration Ascorbic acid polypeptide helps in inhibiting the formation of age spots, freckles and skin darkening.
- Tocopherol acetate– This ingredient acts as a natural preservative and a natural anti oxidant and is a form of Vitamin C. It provides skin conditioning and is used in most moisturizers since it is less acidic in nature than tacopherol which is undiluted Vitamin C. This ingredient is fat soluble and comes from vegetable oil, dairy, greens, nuts, and yellow vegetables. Tocopherol acetate has been approved for use by FDA and has received its GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) rating. However, research suggests that this ingredient is a skin irritant and can cause skin scaling, hives, and in some cases skin blistering as well. Research also shows that this ingredient can lead to contact dermatitis. In vitro tests on mammal cells showed positive mutation results leading researchers to believe that this ingredient could be carcinogenic.
- Diazolidinyl urea– This is another very common ingredient in moisturizers. Diazolidinyl urea is used as an anti microbial preservative in moisturizers and is used to inhibit bacterial and microbial growth and helps in preserving the shelf life of the product. Chemically this ingredient is linked to imidazolidinyl urea which is also used as a preservative. This ingredient is a formaldehyde releaser. Formaldehyde releasers are used in moisturizers as preservatives. However, this formaldehyde releaser gradually releases formaldehyde into the skin system and can cause skin irritations and contact dermatitis. Some research also reveals that formaldehyde is a human carcinogen and is best avoided.
In Part I and Part II, we’ve talked about various ingredients present in your moisturizer. With this knowledge in hand, take an empowered decision on what ingredients are good or bad for your skin. Buy right and enjoy healthy skin!
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