Is Xanthan Gum in Cosmetics?

TGIF lovelies! Today, I want to talk about an ingredient found in many products we use and consume every day. This product has a suspicious-sounding name. As a result, it is being used as a scapegoat of sorts in advertising. I am here to help shed some light on the mystery ingredient named, Xanthan Gum.

What is Xanthan Gum?

Xanthan Gum is a natural substance. That's right, it is naturally occurring. It derived from fermented glucose or corn syrup (which is why it is also called corn sugar gum). It is used as binder, thickener, a skin-conditioning agent, improve shelf life, and many other uses FDA Approved uses. It is not harmful or toxic. As such, it is used in food, cosmetics, personal care items, and even household products.

Which Beauty Products Use Xanthan Gum?

Xanthan Gum can be found in pretty much any beauty product. You will find it in shampoos, conditioners, scalp treatments, facial cleansers, body cleansers, lotions, sunscreen, anti-aging products, eye creams, acne treatments, mascara, foundation, BB/CC creams, and many other beauty products. Some of your favorite products more than likely contain Xanthan Gum including:

CoverGirl Clean Liquid Makeup
Mally's More is More Mascara
Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain
Clear 24/7 Total Care Shampoo
Derma E Firming DMAE Eye Lift
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As you can see xanthan gum is used everywhere in beauty. It doesn't matter if it is a drugstore or high-end beauty product.

Xanthan gum is a safe ingredient. It is a natural one as well. It serves a different function for different products but it is not likely to cause you any harm. So, when you see commercials trying to use Xanthan Gum as a scapegoat to say its product is better because it doesn't contain it, don't believe the hype. Besides, they could be replacing this natural ingredient with a synthetic one or one of its cousins.

How do you feel about Xanthan Gum use in cosmetics?

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