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What is "Ethylhexylglycerin" and what is its purpose?

What is "Ethylhexylglycerin" and what is its purpose?

Renowned for its natural preservative action, Ethylhexylglycerin is primarily derived from plant sources such as palm or soy. This ingredient is used in a wide variety of skincare products. Let's focus on its utility.

Ethylhexylglycerin: What is it?

Produced from glycerin, Ethylhexylglycerin is a colorless liquid that has bacteriostatic and moisturizing effects. Its synergistic effect allows for a reduction in the dosage of traditional preservatives in skincare products.

It is used in skincare as a moisturizing emollient agent. It belongs to the category of alkylglyceryl ethers. This is a glycerin attached to an alkyl with an ether bond.

Derived from synthetic raw materials, Ethylhexylglycerin can present itself in a solid form at room temperature or as a colorless liquid. It is soluble in fats, but insoluble in water.

Ethylhexylglycerin: What is its purpose?

Ethylhexylglycerin is a versatile and multifunctional additive. It acts as an emollient or a skin conditioning agent. The alkyl groups form a structure on the skin's surface. This structure, being water-resistant, retains moisture.

Ethylhexylglycerin is used for its emollient, surfactant, and skin-revitalizing properties.

This ingredient performs several functions:

  • It inhibits the multiplication of bacteria that cause odors and protects the skincare products from deterioration;

  • It maintains the skin in good condition;

  • It reduces unpleasant body odors;

  • It reduces the concentrations of commonly used preservatives such as triclosan or parabens.

Ethylhexylglycerin functions as:

  • A gentle humectant;

  • An emollient agent.

When Ethylhexylglycerin is used at the usual dosage (0.3 to 1.0%), it does not destabilize an emulsion. This is an advantage over other multifunctional ingredients such as caprylyl glycol.

Ethylhexylglycerin can serve as:

  • Deodorant: it inhibits the growth and multiplication of bacteria responsible for odors.

  • Surfactant: Surfactants lower the surface tension between two substances. This action is particularly useful for mixing oil-based and water-based ingredients. Surfactants attract and remove dirt, oil, and other impurities that accumulate on the skin throughout the day. Thanks to its numerous benefits, Ethylhexylglycerin is present in several shower gels and cleansers.

  • Preservative: it reduces the surface tension on the cell walls of bacteria or microorganisms. This causes the destruction of the bacterial cell walls and prevents their growth.

  • As a skin conditioning agent: it works by lubricating the skin's surface and enhancing its appearance.

  • Hair moisturizer.

Ethylhexylglycerin: In which skincare products can it be found?

Our SPF30 aloe vera facial sunscreen contains Ethylhexylglycerin. Combined with other ingredients from the alkylglyceryl ether group, this ingredient can be used in:

  • Haircare treatments;

  • Lipsticks;

  • Moisturizing creams;

  • The lotions ;

  • The fragrances;

  • The makeup removers;

  • Deodorants;

  • Sunscreen care;

  • Foundation makeup;

  • Body and hand care treatments.

At high concentrations, Ethylhexylglycerin can cause mild irritation to the eyes and skin. Generally, skincare products contain low concentrations of this ingredient.


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