26 October 2022
What viscosizers are?

Viscosizers are cosmetic raw materials used to make formulations thicker and more viscous and are the basic constituents of gels.

They can be classified according to their origin:

  • natural: obtained from plants and microorganisms.
  • modified naturals: synthetic derivatives of naturals.
  • synthetic: synthesized from petroleum derivatives.
  • inorganic: mineral substances and their modified derivatives
What is the difference between stabilizers and viscosifiers?

Stabilizers in cosmetics are substances capable of aiding emulsification and at the same time improving product stability and preservation.

Viscosizers have a similar function to thickeners, but they are specific substances to make the product flow better on our skin.
The viscosizers are used because they promote the smoothness of the preparation and are ideal, for example, in creams or bath foams that are too liquid, to improve the consistency and allow for easier use and distribution of the product.

Gen-Hyal has chosen to use natural viscosifiers such as Xanthan Gum, a natural polysaccharide derived from the fermentation of sugars by the bacterium Xanthomonas Campestris, in its formulations.

Xanthan Gum disperses quickly in water at room temperature and when fully hydrated can be heated. Its most frequent use is as a stabilizer in formulations and for its ability to increase viscosity.
Xanthan Gum offers the advantage that its performance remains unchanged even in the presence of salts and as the pH of the formulation changes.

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