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Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate

* An anti-inflammatory and conditioning ingredient

Functions:

Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate is a derivative of a natural mucopolysaccharide, or a component "found in connective tissue, skin, bone and cartilage together with proteins from the intercellular cells where collagen and elastin are embedded" (SkinCareInnovation.com). It is used as a skin conditioning agent (and sometimes seen in hair products as well) because of its ability to moisturize, heal, and soothe skin with its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to reinforce skin’s intercellular matrix, according to CosmeticsCop.com.

This ingredient is derived from mucopolysaccharide, which is responsible for cell transportation in connection tissue. It can influence the quality of collagen "determine the diameter of the collagen fiber bundle." Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, created from mucopolysaccharides, is thought to be effective in treating wounds and aiding in skin regeneration, because the content of mucopolysaccharides are naturally much higher during the healing process. Mucopolysaccharides are also thought to be responsible for the elasticity, resilience and the strength of the skin; "the dermal mucopolysaccharide content decreases with advancing age; therefore, by replenishment, it would be reasonable to think that the skin would remain stronger and softer longer" (SkinCareInnovation.com). By using Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, derived from mucopolysaccharides, in skin care products, these collagen and elastin-building properties can be applied topically to the skin and the benefits can be potentially added from the outside in.

Safety Measures/Side Effects:

Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate is considered a low hazard ingredient by the Cosmetics Database, and no other studies were found that listed negative side effects or warnings regarding its use. However, the Cosmetics Database did list concerns regarding developmental and reproductive toxicity, and lesser concerns regarding neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption, organ system toxicity. Most of the studies were done in the early 1980s, and in Japan. No studies were found to corroborate or expand on these findings.

Recommended Products w/ Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate:

Murad Firm and Tone Serum for Cellulite, Fusion Beauty Lip Fusion Color Shine, GloTherapeutics GloSuper Serum, DermaSilk Miracle Cream, Blistex Deep Renewal
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