Polyethylene

Commonly used in dense plastic packaging, its primary function in skincare is as a film-forming agent, which protects the product from being easily rinsed away by water or sweat. It also controls viscosity by increasing the thickness of oily products.
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Polyethylene

Overview

Polyethylene is a high molecular weight, nonpolar hydrocarbon, which basically means that the individual molecules are very large and are very resistant to water and alcohols.

Commonly used in dense plastic packaging, polyethylene also has several uses in skincare products. Its primary function is as a film-forming material, which protects the product from being rinsed away very easily by water or sweat.

In addition, polyethylene also controls viscosity by increasing the thickness of oily products, and as a result, it can also stabilize emulsions when utilized in the oil phase. Occasionally, this ingredient is also used as an adhesive, a binding agent, and a bulking agent.