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Xylitol

* A flavoring agent

Xylitol is a sugar alcohol used as a substitute for sugar in the flavoring of many toothpastes and gums. Xylitol is found naturally in various berries, corn husks, oats, and mushrooms, and is thought to be almost as sweet as sucrose, but with 2/3 the calories, according to Wikipedia. Xylitol is used in cosmetics and personal care products not only as a flavoring agent in oral care products - which also utilize its plaque-reducing properties - but also as a humectant in other formulations. It is thought to help the skin retain its natural moisture and boost levels of hyaluronic acid, a natural lubricant that assists in collagen production. Xylitol is also thought to improve the skin's barrier function and increase ceramide (a natural hydrating compound) synthesis.

* A flavoring agent

Functions:

Xylitol is a sugar alcohol used as a substitute for sugar in the flavoring of many toothpastes and gums. Xylitol is found naturally in various berries, corn husks, oats, and mushrooms, and is thought to be almost as sweet as sucrose, but with 2/3 the calories, according to Wikipedia. Xylitol is used in cosmetics and personal care products not only as a flavoring agent in oral care products - which also utilize its plaque-reducing properties - but also as a humectant in other formulations. It is thought to help the skin retain its natural moisture and boost levels of hyaluronic acid, a natural lubricant that assists in collagen production. Xylitol is also thought to improve the skin's barrier function and increase ceramide (a natural hydrating compound) synthesis.

Xylitol is FDA approved.

Safety Measures/Side Effects:

The Cosmetics Database rates Xylitol as a low hazard ingredient, with mild concerns resulting from animal studies that showed broad systemic and brain and nervous system effects at high doses. When ingested in high quantities, it can have a laxative effect, as can all sucroses and sucrose substitutes.

Recommended Products w/ Xylitol:

John Masters Organics Mandarin Maximum Moisture, Kiss My Face Aloe Vera Toothpaste Triple Action, Thera Neem Herbal Neem Toothpaste, Hydropeptide Lash
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