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cheirally, chirally
A reference to cheiral, chiral.

Most biomolecules, including skin care ingredients, are chiral. This means they have a “left” and a “right” chemical orientation, much like our hands.

Chiral molecules, like our hands, are identical mirror images of each other. Some of these fit into the skins receptors while others do not. Generally speaking only one of the mirror images is good for the skin, the other may cause skin irritation.

An example of chirality would be Vitamin C which is fifty precent left-handed (L-ascorbic acid) and fifty precent right-handed (D-ascorbic acid). Research has shown that only the “L” version is an effective antioxidant, making it "chirally correct". The other half "D" is not chirally correct and can be irritating to the skin.

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