Emulsifiers in Cosmetics
As water and oil do not mix, emulsifiers in cosmetics assist in forming homogenous mixtures of both. Emulsifiers in cosmetics stabilize the emulsion and influence the consistency of the formulation. Most of the cosmetic products like creams, lotions, sprays and foams make good use of emulsifiers in their formulations. Oil in water or water in oil, natural emulsifiers, silicon emulsifiers, etc are some common emulsifiers in cosmetics. Oil in water(O/W) and water in oil emulsifiers (W/O) can be synthetic. Natural emulsifiers on the other hand are derived from natural resources.
Emulsifiers create emulsions which are widely used as different cosmetic entities. These emulsions and their characteristics
are talked about in the later sections of this guide.
Emulsifiers Benefits & Limitations
HLB System in Selecting Emulsifiers