Cosmetics Might Get A Little More Natural

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We all strive to use natural ingredients, especially when it comes to cosmetics-the fewer chemicals we are putting on our skin, the better. But, we also want to know that the products we are using aren’t going to harbor bacteria that could then transfer to us. So, we make some exceptions when it comes to preservatives-I mean, we want to know our products are safe, clean and that they will last, even when it means we might have to accept a few man-made ingredients in our favorite cosmetic formulas. But, according to one new study, there is a natural sugar molecule, called C-8 xylitol monoester, that might be able to one day replace some of those conventional preservatives.

Using a 1 percent concentration to minimize toxicity, tests were recently performed on C-8 xylitol monoester to determine its antimicrobial capabilities-and the results seem pretty promising. The molecule proved effective against Staphylococcus aureus, also known as staph infection, and Candida albicans, a form of yeast. It’s important to note that tests didn’t yield effective results against Aspergillus niger, which causes black mold. Scientists feel the results are promising enough to consider this ingredient as a potential alternative to some preservatives. Further tests, to examine the ingredient’s physical and chemical compatibility, biodegradability and safety will be performed before it can be considered for regulation.

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