Fatty Acids

Fatlike chemical compounds derived from plant and animal lipids. Some types are: stearic acid (animal fat), oleic acid (olive oil), linoleic acid (grape seed oil), EPA (fish) and alpha-linolenic acid (flaxseed oil). Fatty acids are structural components of the brain and cell membranes. Used primarily in skin formulations for their emollient and skin conditioning properties, or as an emulsifying agent when mixed with glycerin.

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