You probably know Sorbitol from its use in food products as a sugar substitute. It is found naturally in a variety of fruits. Some of these fruits include pears, peaches, prunes, cherries, plums, berries and apples as well as their juice. It’s also added to food and confectionery products as a substitute for sugar. It often found in sugar-free candy, gum and low-carb and diabetic foods. It’s the most frequent sweetener used in sugar-free chewing gum.
What you might not know is that this ingredient can be great for your skin! Sorbitol is a compound that is one of the main ingredients in our CHIC Luxury Soaps Foaming Shave Butter.
Sorbitol acts as a barrier between the skin and air. It does this by extracting water from air molecules and thereby hydrating the skin. This action keeps the skin moist and supple for a long time even when exposed to the drying effects of the wind.
Sorbitol as a Skin Moisturizer
In the absence of Sorbitol, the skin can dry up soon after you step out after application of the product. It acts as a humectant. Humectants draw water to the surface of the skin from the environment when there’s adequate moisture in the air. This helps skin retain water, especially when combined with a moisturizing ingredient called an occlusive that reduces moisture loss. The combination of a humectant and an occlusive in products makes an ideal moisturizer. These features aren’t unique to sorbitol. Glycerin and propylene glycol will do these things as well. In fact, glycerin is highly recommended for dry or wrinkled skin because of the moisturization and conditioning properties. Glycerin is the main ingredient in most of our soaps. We hope that you use our glycerin soaps on a regular basis. If you do, you will find that it will work as good as a product like sorbitol in moisturizing your skin. Note that Propylene Glycol is not a natural ingredient.
Natural sorbitol is a safe, effective alternative to propylene/ethylene glycol and other widely used synthetic humectants and emollients.