All surfactants are made from natural raw materials, fruits and berries are used. Then sorbitol is chemically combined with oil: coconut, palm or olive. The type of polysorbate obtained depends on the choice of oil.
All these difficulties are overcome for the sake of obtaining an amazing substance, the property of which is contrary to the laws of chemistry and physics. Polysorbate is a viscous amber oil that not only dissolves completely in water, but also makes other fatty oils, except mineral ones, water-soluble. Why and where is this property needed?
The use of polysorbate in cosmetology
Each of us "held" this substance in our hands. Imagine a greasy, nourishing cream that you put on your hands. The skin has absorbed a sufficient amount of nourishing oils, and you can easily wash off the remaining cream with water. Comfortable? The cream probably contains polysorbate 80, it was he who dissolved the fats without adding soap.
Polysorbate as a separate ingredient does not bring any benefits or harm to the skin. Being in the composition of a cosmetic product, it dissolves fat-containing components and ensures their delivery through the epidermal layer of the skin.
A small part of cosmetic products where polysorbate "works"
- shampoo, dissolves sebum, helps wash it off with water, forms foam, good thickener;
- cream, provides delivery of nutrients, binds fragrances;
- scrub, provides sliding, soothes after irritating exposure to solid particles;
- mask for face and or hair, increases the access of nutrients, moisturizes, stimulates hair growth;
- lipstick, lip balm, dissolves color, softens the skin;
- cleansing foam, milk - organizes easy sliding, dissolves dirt, carries away with water, moisturizes;
Lovers of natural cosmetics, soap makers, cannot imagine the process of making hydrophilic soap without this component. The resulting nourishing oil washes away any waterproof cosmetics, leaving the skin clean and hydrated.
Polysorbate 20 is used to create various essential oils, but products with an index of 80 have different characteristics, and therefore are used for the production of:
- Baby and standard shampoos, gels, liquid soaps.
- Cleansing tonics and micellar water.
- Scrubs and wet wipes.
- Hair conditioners.
- Cleansing lotions and bath oils.
The fact is that this ingredient, whatever its type, is auxiliary, because of which any medicinal properties are not inherent in it. But at the same time, its presence (or, conversely, absence) in a cream or lotion for facial skin largely determines the effect of the composition.
Polysorbate can be both synthetic and natural, while its harm to the body, if the manufacturer did not save on manufacturing technology and correctly selected auxiliary components, is extremely unlikely. This should definitely be taken into account when choosing a face skin product at a pharmacy. Moreover, the medicinal properties of drugs in which polysorbates are absent are characterized by extremely low consumer characteristics, since they quickly disintegrate into constituent fractions. If dubious or less common ingredients are used as emulsifiers, trouble can be expected, and the harm from the drug will not be theoretically possible, but more than real.