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Isopropyl myristate is an ingredient that you may have unknowingly used many times before. Isopropyl myristate is a synthetic oil made from two components. The first component is isopropyl alcohol, the antimicrobial agent used in some hand sanitizers, baby wipes, and antiseptic formulations. The second component is myristic acid, which is a naturally occurring fatty acid often found in coconut oil, nutmeg, and animal fats such as butteróthe two elements when they are combined form an exceptional emollient.
Emollients are thick, slightly waxy ingredients that help to maintain the skinís natural barrier and provide the skin with that desired hydrated look. The skinís natural barrier is the first few layers of skin and the protective oils that are produced, sebum. Disruption of the skinís natural barrier has been linked to skin conditions such as eczema, so skin barrier health is vital to clear healthy-looking skin.
Isopropyl myristate has the added benefit of also enhancing the penetration of ingredients into the skin. This means that key ingredients in your skincare can penetrate deeply into the skin, working to improve the appearance of the skin.
According to wikipedia:
It is used to remove bacteria from the oral cavity as the non-aqueous component of the two-phase mouthwash product "Dentyl pH".
Isopropyl myristate is also used as a solvent in perfume materials, and in the removal process of prosthetic make-up.
The Good: Isopropyl myristate works as an emollient, helping to maintain the skinís natural barrier and retain moisture. It also helps to increase the penetration of key ingredients in your product.
The not so good: Isopropyl myristate can be too heavy for congestive skin types and can increase the penetration of ingredients, potentially increasing the likelihood of a product clogging the skin.
Who is it for? Dry to normal skin types will benefit most from the moisture-locking abilities. Still, it is suitable for most skin types except those that have an identified allergy to it, or those that are actively trying to decongest their skin.
Synergetic ingredients: Works well with most ingredients.
Keep an eye on: As isopropyl myristate helps ingredients to penetrate the skin, it is important, especially for sensitive skin types, that you assess the other ingredients in your product.
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