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What is propylene glycol in skin care?

Ever spotted the ingredient Propylene glycol in a skin care product’s ingredients list? The chances are you will, as it is used in many types of beauty products in the UK.

By Hannah Mepham

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Ever spotted the ingredient propylene glycol in a skin care product’s ingredients list? The chances are you will, as it is used in many types of beauty products in the UK.

At Green People we don’t use propylene glycol in our organic skin care or natural hair care. Instead we use natural, plant-based humectants, such as Glycerine, which is safe and gentle on sensitive skin.

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Is propylene glycol safe for skin?

Propylene glycol is a humectant, which means that it is an ingredient that is added to cosmetics to increase moisture retention in skin and hair.

Propylene glycol is well tolerated by the skin and shouldn’t cause redness or irritation. However, the potential problem with propylene glycol is that it is a penetration-enhancing humectant.

Humectants absorb moisture from anything around them and if your skin care contains a penetration-enhancing humectant, it can mean that harmful toxins may be able to permeate the skin where they would not normally be able to.

If these molecules are skin toxins like pollutants or harsh chemical ingredient, they could harm the lipid barrier and cause skin irritation.

Does Green People use propylene glycol?

No. Green People uses the humectant Glycerine in many of its skin care products to provide hydration to all skin types.

It binds moisture into the skin and helps to protect the important moisture barrier that keeps skin soft and healthy. It is derived from plants.

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Do you have a further question about propylene glycol or skin care? Our UK customer care team are happy to answer your questions and can be contacted on 01403 740350.

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