Non-Toxic Ingredients in Skincare Products
One our main missions at Fahari Naturals is to share information we learn and help you make the best choices in the products you use. Even though many personal care products contain harmful chemicals, not all chemical sounding ingredients are harmful. Any ingredient used in personal care products can be broken down to a chemical formula. I know many consumers who are aware of harmful ingredients pass on products that have chemical sounding ingredients. We have learned that some of those chemical sounding ingredients will not harm you and may even be beneficial to your hair and skin.
Here are ten toxic sounding ingredients that are actually safe.
Phenoxyethanol is a chemical compound with a molecular composition that includes carbon, making it organic. A clear, oily liquid, it is often used in bactericides, solutions that are used to kill bacteria without harming other substances. It is a rose ester preservative with low sensitizing factor.
Sucrose Cocoate is a thick liquid derived from the fatty acids of coconut oil. You would never be able to tell just by reading the name right? It is used in personal care products because it is a hydrophilic emollient, which absorbs water and can help to balance moisture levels. It is used as a thickening agent in personal care products.
MSM is the third largest compound found in the human body after water and salt. MSM is used in cosmetics as an ingredient that helps hair growth because it gives your body a building block for hair growth by extending the growth phase. MSM is a special biological sulfur found in plants, vegetables, fish, and eggs and naturally found in humans. MSM also has anti-inflammatory properties, which help soothe sensitive skin by penetrating the skin to encourage hydration.
Derived from sorbitol, Sorbian is used as a humectant in cosmetic products due to its benefits as a skin soother and moisturizer. A humectant is a substance that promotes the retention of moisture by drawing it from the air and pulling it to the hair or skin.
I have to admit, before learning about its’ benefits, this is an ingredient I avoided. Sodium Benzoate is a salt of Benzoic Acid. It is found naturally in cranberries, prunes, plums, cinnamon, ripe cloves, and apples and used as a preservative to prevent bacteria and fungi from getting into products.
This chemical is still difficult to pronounce. It is an extract of yeast fermented in the presence of Silicon Ions. The extract functions as a skin-conditioning agent to soothe and protect dry while it heals.
Xanthan gum is a polysaccharide (natural sugar) fermented from corn sugar. This particular ingredient is a carbohydrate made through fermentation similar to how beer is made. It is used as an ingredient because it is a thickener and emulsifier for skin/hair care formulas.
Potassium Stearate is an emulsifier from the Stearate salt family used in cosmetics and beauty products to stabilize formulas and increasing the thickness, or add lubricating properties. It may also assist in keeping a formula from separating into its oil and liquid components.
Isopropyl palmitate is a palm oil-based emollient, derived from coconut oil. It is primarily used as a thickening agent in moisturizers. It also acts as a lubricant on the skin’s surface, giving it a smoother appearance and transforming the texture into one that is ultra-soft.
Derived from coconut oil and glycerin, it is considered an excellent emollient and skin-replenishing ingredient. It is included in cosmetics due to its mix of fatty acids that skin can use to replenish its surface and resist moisture loss.
Let us know of any additional ingredients that you thought were harmful but have learned they are not toxic.