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Moisturizers and Emollients in Color Cosmetics

SpecialChem / Nick Morante – May 16, 2007

Simply put, moisturizers add moisture to the skin and emollients soften the skin. They are two entirely different concepts. But they are both used in cosmetics and personal care products including decorative and color cosmetics because these properties are equally as desirable in these formulations. Both are used to combat dry skin, a common problem for skins of all ethnicities. Dry skin is one of the major causes of fine lines and wrinkles, which is one of the first and most feared signs of aging. Dry skin can be caused by a number of factors. These causes can be very diverse, from health reasons, to contamination or contact with other materials, to environmental conditions. One of the simplest ways to develop dry skin is to remove the natural moisture that is in the skin. This can be achieved through over washing with a strong detergent or soap, stripping the skin of its natural moisturizers and oils, or sebum. The soap emulsifies the natural oils and moisture and removes them. Mild cleansers with a pH of 5.50 will work well because they are the same pH as the skin.

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