What are the texturizers used in skin care products?

Dr. Ellen Marmur, MD
Texturizers are substances that thicken or add slip to a product, so it can be applied smoothly. They literally add a rich texture to a cream or lotion.

The common texturizers used are:
  • Alkyl benzoate (also an emollient)
  • Carbomer
  • Polymers (in the form of either polyethylene glycol or natural polysaccharides such as seaweed)
  • Dimethicone, cyclomethicone (these silicones are also emollients)
  • Polysorbate 20 and 80 (also surfactants)
  • Pentaerythrityl tetraoctanoate
  • Caprylic and succinic triglycerides (also emollients)
  • Sodium chloride
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