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What is Lecithin?

Lecithin is a generic term to designate any group of fatty substances occurring in animal and plant tissues composed of phosphoric acid, choline, fatty acids, glycerol, glycolipids, triglycerides, and phospholipids. It can easily be extracted chemically or mechanically from readily available sources such as soy beans. Lecithin is sold as a food supplement and for medical uses. Its use mainly arises from it being an emulsifier, lubricant and a surfactant. It can be totally metabolized by humans, so is well tolerated by humans and nontoxic when ingested.

Lecithin's Benefits for Skin

Lecithin is an emollient, which is a softening and soothing agent. Its powerful moisturizing properties help to keep the skin hydrated, making it an excellent additive for restorative creams, or for products designed for mature, dry, or overworked skin. It also has the unique ability to deeply penetrate the skin, and carry substances directly to the cells and the bloodstream. As a result, it may assist the body in absorbing other properties as well. If a product is created with natural and healing ingredients, then the addition of Lecithin would actually bring those beneficial properties to the cellular level.

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