7 Skincare Ingredients That Sound Scary But Really Aren’t

When you’re shopping for skincare, 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 up! 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. So I’m here to help. Here are seven ingredients that, to anyone wanting to follow a natural skincare regimen, sound absolutely terrifying. But in reality they’re some of the best things you can put on your skin.1. Stearpoten2. Phenyl acetaldehyde3. 2-phenylmenthyl acetateThese 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 skincare and aromatherapy. Most would choose rose essential oil over a traditional fragrance to avoid “chemicals” but you cannot judge an ingredient by its name! There are many ingredients used in skincare that may sound bad but are actually amazing for your skin.4. Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate may sound like it belongs more in a chemistry textbook rather than your skincare product but be glad that a cosmetic chemist decided to use it, because it will do wonders to even out your skin tone.  This oil-loving version of vitamin C is actually considered a drug active in some Asian countries, where it’s used as a bonafide skin lightener.5. 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.6. Say “tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane” three times fast… Ready…GO! This ingredient is an absolute nightmare to bring up casually during an intellectual discussion about skincare ingredients (because we know you have them). Learning the proper pronunciation is worth it to tout all of the skin benefits of this strong extract from the turmeric plant. Known for its skin lightening properties, tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane has been proven to be as effective as kojic acid. It also has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits, so don’t shy away from tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane just because the name is a tongue twister.7. Silanols are a group of silicon-derived ingredients that have been shown to help with all types of wonderful skin benefits. The names that show up on the ingredient labels are not the most user friendly, but the end benefits are certainly worth the slight tongue stumble here and there. Methylsilanols have been shown to stimulate cell renewal, boost collagen production, and even promote the release of stored fat within the fat cells to help slim up those places on our bodies that are bulkier than we want them to be. Their benefits range from plumping skin, reducing wrinkles and evening skin tone to smoothing stretch marks and reducing under-eye puffiness and cellulite.All ingredients names can’t be simple and easy. But that doesn’t mean that they are bad for your skin!MORE: Are We Too Afraid of Chemicals? The Phenomenon of Chemophobia

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