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* A natural preservative used as an alternative to parabens
* Derived from glycerin and can also be used as a deodorizer and skin conditioner
Ethylhexylglycerin servces as a surfactant and preservant enhancer and acts as a safe preservative in minute amounts. It's a proven preservative-enhancer and is often used instead of controversial parabens (Read more in TIA's article on parabens and preservatives).
Ethylhexylglycerin is a synthetic compound derived from grains and plants and works by reducing interfacial tension on the cellular walls of micro-organisms, promoting their more rapid destruction and a wider spectrum activity (Source).
Safety Measures/Side Effects:
Although Ethylhexylglycerin is generally considered safe, it has been found to be an irritant to the skin in two studies, causing allergic contact dermatitis: A Belgian study by the Department of Dermatology at the University Hospital and a study in the Contact Dermatitis Journal
Recommended Products with Ethylhexylglycerin:
Medik8 Growth Factor ($160 in the shop); LATHER Daily Defense Facial Sunscreen ($24 in the shop); Lumavera Anti-Aging Eye Cream ($80 in the shop); Medik8 Pretox Infin8 2nd Generation Triple Peptide Gel ($135 in the shop); Sweetsation Q*Lumiere Organic Day Crème ($29 in the shop); Osmotics Cellulite Control Body Glow CC Cream ($75 in the shop); Stemulation Facial Serum ($135 in the shop)