Ingredient #1: What is the chitosan in The Silver Soap®?
When we launched Cor six years ago, we knew we had something special and were blown away when we won Best Normal Skin Cleanser from the readers of Self magazine that same year. As we were just starting out, we didn’t even know that we had been entered. Apparently, an early adopter recommended it to one of the beauty editors at Self, so imagine our surprise when we were invited to New York to attend the awards luncheon.
While much has been written about our patented compound of silver-silica, there are so many other ingredients that are noteworthy as well. We get so many questions about why we created our particular cocktail of ingredients, so we thought we would start a series of articles to explain the reasoning behind the other ingredients.
#1 Chitosan – the fat binder
As it is summer in the Northern Hemisphere right now, we’ll start with chitosan. This nifty little, all natural, ingredient does a stellar job of removing excess oils from the skin.
We first heard about this ingredient back in the 1980s when I was trying to lose a few pounds. I'm also trying to lose a few pounds! Huh? How is losing weight related to clear skin?
As it is a fibrous, fat binder which can absorb up to eight times its weight in unwanted oils, taken as a diet supplement, it can block the absorption of fat and cholesterol. In fact, it is used as a natural supplement to treat obesity, high cholesterol and Crohn’s disease.
So why is it good for skin?
Take that same fat-binding property and apply it to the skin and you have a very effective method of washing away unwanted oils on the surface of the skin. The Silver Soap is most effective when the foam is left on the skin for anywhere between 30 seconds to 2 minutes. So as the foam sits on the skin the chitosan sops up all of those excess oils which form, especially in these sweltering, muggy summer conditions.
Anyone with oily skin or a combination skin with sheen in the T-zone will see a dramatic difference due to the chitosan in our little ball of goodness.
What are the other uses of Chitosan?
According to Webmd, chitosan can also act as an anti-inflammatory and so people can chew gum that contains this wonderful ingredient to treat periodontitis and to prevent cavities.
Not only that, but plastic surgeons have also been known to apply it to areas from which they have taken skin tissue to be used in other parts of the body. Why? It, like silver, has cell-regeneration properties which helps the missing tissue to rebuild itself. Wow!
Where do we source our Chitosan?
As with anything, the quality of the source ingredients counts. We scour the world for the highest quality ingredients in our products. As such, we source our chitosan from Japan where we create a proprietary compound along with sericin and marine collagen…. more on that in our next post.
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