Cosmetic Ingredients Functions


Generates pressure in an aerosol pack, expelling contents when the valve is opened. Some liquefied propellants can act as solvents.

Changes the chemical nature of another substance by adding hydrogen or removing oxygen.

Replenishes the lipids of the hair or of the top layers of the skin.

Imparts a pleasant freshness to the skin.

Maintains the skin in good condition.

Helps to avoid harmful effects to the skin from external factors.

Seeks to achieve an even skin surface by decreasing roughness or irregularities.

Dissolves other substances.

Helps lightening discomfort of the skin or of the scalp.

Improves ingredients or formulation stability and shelf-life.

Lowers the surface tension of cosmetics as well as aids the even distribution of the product when used.

Darkens the skin with or without exposure to UV.

Produces a feeling of well-being on skin and hair.

Protects the cosmetic product from the effects of UV light.

Filters certain UV rays in order to protect the skin or the hair from harmful effects of these rays. All UV filters listed are substances on the positive list of UV filters (Annex VII to the Cosmetics Directive).

Increases or decreases the viscosity of cosmetics.