INGREDIENTS IN DEPTH - GLYCERYL STEARATE

SUMMARY: GOOD | EXTREMELY SAFE TO BE USED IN PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS | APPROVED BY REGULATORY BODIES

A useful ingredient widely found in personal care products as an emollient, thickener to provide hydration and improve the texture of formulation.

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WHAT IS GLYCERYL STEARATE:  It is a naturally derived fatty acid used in the cosmetics and personal care products as an emollient and thickener. It is also obtained from esterification products of glycerin and stearic acid. It can be found in lotions, sunscreens, hair conditioners, creams, skin cleansing lotions and much more. It improves the texture of skincare products by imparting rich and luxurious feel to them. It also helps in water retention and prevents water loss from the skin by helping to form a barrier on the skin’s surface. This in turn makes the skin soft, hydrated and dewy.

REVIEW OF GLYCERYL STEARATE

Name of Brand/ Organization

Paula's Choice

EWG

CIR

FDA

EU Cosmetics Regulation

Rating/Review

GOOD

1

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Glyceryl Stearate is one of the most researched and reviewed ingredients. Top regulatory bodies like FDA (Food and Drug Administration ensures the safety, efficacy and security of humans by making sure that cosmetics are safe to use), CIR (Cosmetic Ingredient Review thoroughly investigates the safety of ingredients used in cosmetics), EU Cosmetics Regulation (It ensures the safety of the consumers while using the cosmetic products) and EWG (Environmental Working Group Skin Deep is a cosmetic database for ensuring the safety of ingredients being used in personal care products) along with popular skin care brand Paula's Choice have rated it safe for use in cosmetics, personal care products. 

BENEFITS OF GLYCERYL STEARATE: The versatile Glyceryl Stearate has the following benefits:

  • Acts as an emulsifying agent: It keeps oil and water from separating into two different constituents  which makes it easier to get rid of the excess oil and dirt on the skin. It also reduces the surface tension on the skin which makes the product that much easier to apply.
  • Provides hydration: It moisturizes the skin and prevents water loss by trapping water in or beneath the surface of the skin. It does this by forming a barrier on the skin which also protects the skin from the damage caused due to external aggressors.
  • Acts as a thickener: It gives the formulation a rich and luxurious consistency which makes it easier to apply. It also makes the product more lightweight so that it doesn’t feel heavy on the skin
  • Acts as an emollient: It makes the softer, smoother and gives it a younger look by forming a thin film over the surface of the skin 

 CITATIONS/FURTHER READ

 ANVEYA INGREDIENTS DIRECTORY  

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