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Glyceryl Stearate

* A naturally derived fatty acid, most often used as an emulsifier


Glyceryl Stearate is derived from palm kernel, vegetable or soy oil and is also found naturally in the human body. It acts as a lubricant on the skin’s surface, which gives the skin a soft and smooth appearance (Source). It easily penetrates the skin and slows the loss of water from the skin by forming a barrier on the skin’s surface. It has been shown to protect skin from free-radical damage as well.

Chemically, Glyceryl Stearate is used to stabilize products, decrease water evaporation, make products freeze-resistant, and keep them from forming surface crusts. Glyceryl Stearate reduces the greasiness of oils used in certain cosmetics and personal care products, according to

Safety Measures/Side Effects:

Glyceryl Stearate is approved by The Cosmetic Ingredient Review board and has received the GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) rating from the FDA.

Recommended Products with Glyceryl Stearate:

Arcona Peptide Hydrating Complex ($75 in the shop); Amarte Eyeconic Eye Cream ; Stemulation Facial Serum ($135); Suntegrity Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen and Primer SPF 30 ($45 in the shop); Osmotics Necollete ($63 in the shop); Kat Burki Body Butter ($62); Nature's Beauty Bee Kiwi Hand and Nail Repair Cream ($19.50); The Organic Pharmacy Body Lotion ($79)

As much as possible, products in the Truth In Aging shop are chosen for their safety profile as well as effectiveness.

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