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New powders for skin care products (and foundations)

SpecialChem / Patricia Lemann – Dec 10, 2007

Even if powder particles are commonly known and used in make-up products, it is slightly different for skin care products. Skin care product formulators are aware of possible destabilisation of the interface oil/water of emulsions, dispersion problems in the formulation, re-agglomeration over time or unpleasant feelings on application, when added powders in their sophisticated emulsions. Usually, powders are used in cosmetic products to provide a special touch on the skin, to control oil and combat shines, or, in addition to provide a matt finishing effect on the skin. This matt effect, combined with the high transparency of the powder can develop a special soft focus effect on the skin, blurring the appearance of wrinkles and lines as well as reducing the visibility of discoloration to enhance skin appearance. To reduce possible problems during formulation, certain suppliers propose powders with an adapted physicochemistry, in order to benefit from the high compatibility in emulsions.

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