Humectants are ingredients that help to prevent moisture loss from the skin. They work by retaining the natural moisture of the skin.
These compounds have the ability to bind moisture to the skin. Humectants and emollients are incorporated into cosmetics to improve the look and feel of skin and hair.
Because of their different molecular composition humectants and emollients perform this function in a different way. Basically, humectants attract and retain water.
Humectants ability to attract and retain water makes them excellent for applications where you need to draw moisture to the surface. This means they work great for things like skin moisturizers and hair conditioners.
They are almost always soluble in water so they are compatible with most water-based cosmetic formulas. So when you formulate with them you include them in the water phase.
Top humectants used in Organic cosmetic formulation includes… Continue reading