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Xanthan gum is a polysaccharide, derived from the bacterial coat of Xanthomonas campestris, used as a food additive and rheology modifier, commonly used as a food thickening agent (in salad dressings, for example) and a stabilizer (in cosmetic products, for example, to prevent ingredients from separating). It is produced by the fermentation of glucose, sucrose, or lactose by the Xanthomonas campestris bacterium. After a fermentation period, the polysaccharide is precipitated from a growth medium with isopropyl alcohol, dried, and ground into a fine powder. Later, it is added to a liquid medium to form the gum -like when it is added to the Youth-Derm®.(1)

Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) – is known under the common name Irish moss, or carrageen moss (Irish carraigín, “little rock”), is a species of red algae which grows abundantly along the rocky parts of the Atlantic coast of Europe and North America. In its fresh condition the protist is soft and cartilaginous, varying in color from a greenish-yellow, through red, to a dark purple or purplish-brown. The principal constituent of Irish moss is a mucilaginous body, made of the polysaccharide carrageenan of which it contains about 55%. The protist also consists of nearly 10% protein and about 15% mineral matter, and is rich in iodine and sulfur. When softened in water it has a Sea-like odor, and because of the abundant cell wall polysaccharides it will form a jelly when boiled, containing from 20 to 100 times its weight of water.(2)

Glyceryl Caprylate, Glyceryl Undecylenate – An all-natural preservative composed of high purity monoesters of caprylic acid (C8 acid)- well established for its biostatic activity against bacteria and yeast- and undecylenic acid (C11 acid)- known for its activity against fungus. The safety of 43 glyceryl monoesters listed as cosmetic ingredients was reviewed in a safety assessment completed in 2000. These ingredients are not irritating at concentrations used in cosmetics. Glyceryl monoesters are not sensitizers. These ingredients are not photosensitizers. Based on these data, the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel found that these glyceryl monoesters are safe as cosmetic ingredients in the present practices of use and concentration.(3) These are actually considered “non-preservatives” or natural preservatives.  They are not formaldehyde donning preservatives such as: DMDM hyantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidiazolidinyl urea, quaternium-15, and the parabens. (4)

Stockton Aloe 1’s – Youth-Derm® gives full disclosure of all ingredients. After being educated on each ingredient, you can know for sure that we source only the finest, most effective, natural and/or organic ingredients in our Youth-Derm® formulations. I am personally very picky with what foods I eat, and the same goes for what I use on my skin and my family’s skin. I have personally sourced each and every ingredient in these formulations. You can trust that I researched each ingredient before adding them. You can also know that the ingredients are added in percentages that will actually be efficacious for the skin, not just to “add show” to the ingredient label. I believe our Youth-Derm® formulations are the best Aloe Creams you will EVER experience! Please enjoy the natural botanicals that God has offered in His amazing world.

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