Neutrogena Ingredients

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Neutrogena body oil is a light moisturizer designed for instant absorption into your skin and leaves your skin feeling soft and silky with a healthy, radiant glow. Neutrogena protects your skin and keeps it well-hydrated. It is formulated to not leave residue and does not leave a sticky feeling on your body. It is important to be familiar with the ingredients in the products you use on your body, particularly if you have a skin condition. Consult your doctor if you have irritations or reactions to any beauty product.

Sesame Seed Oil

According to Olinat online, sesame seed oil is an edible oil that is obtained from sesame seeds and is an antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory agent. Sesame oil has excellent moisturizing and soothing qualities and is also a great source of vitamins E and B complex as well as protein and minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus and calcium. It is quickly absorbed by the skin and is often used for treating skin problems.

Isopropyl myristate

Isopropyl myristate is the ester of isopropyl alcohol and myristic acid and is used in topical and cosmetic medicinal preparations where absorption through skin is a desirable quality in the end product. It makes Neutrogena Body Oil easily absorbent and rules out the possibility of sticky residue. The Committee to Evaluate Drugs (CED) has recommended that isopropyl myristate be listed as a general benefit on the Ontario Drug Benefit Formulary after testing it and deeming it safe. Isopropyl myristate is, however, known to cause irritation of eyes, skin and respiratory system.

PEG 40 Sorbitan Peroleate

According to the Cosmetic Safety Database, PEG 40 sorbitan peroleate is an emulsifying and wetting agent that can be used in cosmetics. The CSD states that PEG 40 is not safe for use on injured or damaged skin. However, PEG 40 is deemed safe for 100 percent concentration use in cosmetics by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel.


Pubmed explains that propylparaben is a preservative commonly found in cosmetics such as shampoos and lotions. It allows the product to have a longer shelf life and is the ester of n-propyl alcohol and p-hydroxybenzoic acid. A high concentration has been observed to lead to skin irritation.

Butylated hydroxytoluene

According to the Science Encyclopedia organization online, butylated hydroxytoluene is primarily used as an antioxidant addition in cosmetic products such as Neutrogena, as well as pharmaceuticals and petroleum products. Some reports have suggest that butylated hydroxytoluene may cause damage to the liver and kidneys. However, it has been deemed safe enough for use in limited concentrations by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.