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Sodium Phytate

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Sodium phytate is the sodium salt of phytic acid. It is generally used to help stabalise products, but in larger concentrations can provide a skin-lightening effect. It can also help moisturise, improve skin elasticity, and balance oily skin. Phytic acid is found abundantly in plant tissues, especially bran and seeds, where it acts as the principal storage form of phosphorus.

Sodium Phytate is an all-natural chelating agent. Chelating agents bind to free metals and stabalise the product by helping to prevent undesirable metal-catalyzed reactions.  It often helps avoid discoloration and rancidity caused by metals present in formulations and it works synergistically with other antioxidants.

At concentrations over 0.5%, sodium phytate is an effective lightener of discoloration and age spots. It stimulates the naturally occurring exfoliation of hyperpigmented cells on the skin’s surface and reduces melanin synthesis in newly emerging epidermis cells (through the inhibition of the tyrosinase enzyme activity).


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