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Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane

* A skin-whitening ingredient

Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane is a derivative of turmeric used as a skin-whitening ingredient, and sometimes seen as an antioxidant, in cosmetics and personal care products, especially in anti-aging formulas. According to Nu-Skin, a company that uses Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane in its whitening products, this ingredient "blocks the synthesis of skin discoloration by inhibiting tyrosinase, an enzyme that catalyzes the production of melanin." This may allow Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane to assist in fading age spots.

* A skin-whitening ingredient

Functions:

Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane is a derivative of turmeric used as a skin-whitening ingredient, and sometimes seen as an antioxidant, in cosmetics and personal care products, especially in anti-aging formulas. According to Nu-Skin, a company that uses Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane in its whitening products, this ingredient "blocks the synthesis of skin discoloration by inhibiting tyrosinase, an enzyme that catalyzes the production of melanin." This may allow Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane to assist in fading age spots.

Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane is also though to have anti-inflammatory properties, and may be effective in wound healing (according to studies published in Biochemical Pharmacology, via CosmeticsCop.com).

Safety Measures/Side Effects:

The Cosmetics Database classifies Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane as an antioxidant, but otherwise notes 100% data gaps and a lack of available information and studies. It is considered a low hazard ingredient, and no other studies were found that noted negative side effects.

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