Emulsifiers in personal care: Where do they stand?

Dwiti Gaggar, associate consultant of strategic research and consulting chemical experts ChemBizR, takes an in-depth look at emulsifiers in personal care products.

Emulsifiers are one of the most important ingredients in the personal care and cosmetic industries. They are used to create shelf-stable products with a pleasing appearance and texture by combining immiscible water and oil-phase ingredients. Many skincare products, such as creams, lotions, serums, cleansers, sunscreens, and lip products, are available as emulsions.

Emulsifiers are also used in widely used cosmetic products such as foundation, creams, mascara, and lip products to ensure even product texture and stability. Shampoo and conditioner, which are mostly water-based emulsions, are the most prominent hair care products containing emulsifiers.

Polysorbates, lecithin and PEG derivatives are some of the leading emulsifiers in the industry. The dosage of these emulsifiers varies, but it is typically between 0.5-10%.

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