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INCI: Polysorbate 80
What is Polysorbate 80?
Polysorbate 80 is formed by the ethoxylation of sorbitan. It contains 80 units of
ethylene oxide with a group of oleic acid attached to its hydrophobic tail. It is yellow
colored, water-soluble, viscous liquid. It is widely used in food, textiles, drug, and
Use & Benefits:
Polysorbate 80 is used as a surfactant, emulsifier, and solubilizer
in cosmetic products. Surfactant lowers the surface tension between two
components of the product like two liquids or a liquid and a solid. It has a special
structure of a molecule that can hold water-loving and fat-loving components
together. Here, it attracts dirt, oil, and other impurities accumulated on the surface
of the skin, binds with it which then can be washed off easily with water. Since a
product is mostly a combination of water-based and oil-based ingredients, the
emulsifier is needed to stabilize the formulation since it can act as a common
medium for both oil-loving and water-loving components and helps stabilize the
product. Moreover, when it is exposed to harsh environmental conditions like
temperature fluctuation and humidity changes, it can break and separate into its
components. But when a product has one or more emulsifiers, the stability of the
product can increase multifold. It also enables even distribution of the product
components when used. It is also used as a wetting agent and dispersing agent in
many cosmetic products. It is used in formulations of cleansers, creams, lotions,
make-up products, and other hair and skincare products
How to create your own Personalized Skincare with Lesielle?
Step 1: Select a nourishing base compatible with your skin, and your desired moisturization level
Step 2: Complete your treatment with up to four active ingredients for consistent and occasional use.
Step 3: Insert your base and up to four actives ingredients into your Lesielle device to produce a fresh single dose of face cream on demand when you need it.
Complete your routine with a cleanser and other complimentary products and accessories.