Menthol

What is it?

  • Menthol is made from alcohols of the mint plant (peppermint, spearmint, etc.) and provides a cooling sensation on the skin when applied topically.

Where is it used?

  • Lip Balms
  • Skin Creams
  • Cough Medicines
  • Topical pain relievers for muscles
  • Aromatherapy

What does it do?

  • Provides a cooling sensation and minty smell for face creams
  • Improves blood flow when applied topically
  • Works as a cough suppressant
  • Provides a calming and soothing scent

Interesting Facts:

  • The cooling feeling that we experience occurs when the calcium currents along the nerve pathways are blocked.  Which gives the body the sensation of cooling, without actually cooling.
  • The improvement in blood flow to the skin is what causes lips to appear fuller when a lip plumping product is used

Pros/Cons:

Pro:

  • Very safe, it is extremely unlikely to become toxic in the body
  • Smells nice

Cons:

  • Can be irritating to the skin
  • Irritating to the eyes
  • Not safe around pets

 

 

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