Cosmetics Ingredients Functions

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Name Description
ABSORBENT Takes up water- and/or oil-soluble dissolved or finely dispersed substances.
ANTICAKING Allows free flow of solid particles and thus avoids agglomeration of powdered cosmetics into lumps or hard masses.
ANTICORROSIVE Prevents corrosion of the packaging.
ANTIDANDRUFF Helps control dandruff.
ANTIFOAMING Suppresses foam during manufacturing or reduces the tendency of finished products to generate foam.
ANTIMICROBIAL Helps control the growth of micro-organisms on the skin.
ANTIOXIDANT Inhibits reactions promoted by oxygen, thus avoiding oxidation and rancidity.
ANTIPERSPIRANT Reduces perspiration.
ANTIPLAQUE Helps protect against plaque.
ANTISEBORRHOEIC Helps control sebum production.
ANTISTATIC Reduces static electricity by neutralising electrical charge on a surface.
ASTRINGENT Contracts the skin.
BINDING Provides cohesion in cosmetics.
BLEACHING Lightens the shade of hair or skin.
BUFFERING Stabilises the pH of cosmetics.
BULKING Reduces bulk density of cosmetics.
CHELATING Reacts and forms complexes with metal ions which could affect the stability and/or appearance of cosmetics.
CLEANSING Helps to keep the body surface clean.
COSMETIC COLORANT Colours cosmetics and/or imparts colour to the skin and/or its appendages. All colours listed are substances on the positive list of colorants (Annex IV to the Cosmetics Directive).
DENATURANT Renders cosmetics unpalatable. Mostly added to cosmetics containing ethyl alcohol.
DEODORANT Reduces or masks unpleasant body odours.
DEPILATORY Removes unwanted body hair.
DETANGLING Reduces or eliminates hair intertwining due to hair surface alteration or damage and, thus, helps combing.
EMOLLIENT Softens and smooths the skin.
EMULSIFYING Promotes the formation of intimate mixtures of non-miscible liquids by altering the interfacial tension.
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