3 Skin-Care Ingredients That Sound Scary but Really Aren’t

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When you’re shopping for skin care, do you check the ingredient labels? If a product that seems awesome in every way has a main ingredient called tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane, would you still buy it? Many of us wouldn’t. It sounds chemical, not natural. Decidely not something you’d want to put on your skin.

But for those who think anything that doesn’t start with coconut oil is poison, read on! Many of the best ingredients (and even some of the most natural ones) come with names that are not user friendly—and even pretty scary to anyone without a cosmetic chemistry degree. But in reality they’re some of the best things you can put on your skin.

Stearpoten, phenyl acetaldehyde, and 2-phenylmenthyl acetate: These are chemicals that you may not want to find on your face cream ingredient label, right? Not so fast: These three nasty-looking ingredients are actually components of rose essential oil commonly used in skin care and aromatherapy.

Tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate may sound like it belongs more in a chemistry textbook than your skin-care product, but be glad that a cosmetic chemist decided to use it, because it will do wonders to even out your skin tone. It’s an oil-loving version of vitamin C.

Dipotassium glycyrrhizate sounds really nasty right? But if you have sensitive skin prone to stinging, tingling, itching and redness then you want this potent licorice extract to reduce inflammation, soothe irritation and help your skin feel comfortable.

All ingredient names can’t be easy to understand. But that doesn’t mean that they are bad for your skin!

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