Polyquaternium-10

A cellulose-based film former.
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Polyquaternium-10

Overview

Polyquaternium-10 is a polymeric cationic surfactant, which means that it has large molecular structure made up of repeating subunits and it features a positive charge.

The positive charge on this ingredient attracts water to its surface. This ability to attract water helps polyquaternium-10 function as an antistatic agent, as water helps reduce the buildup of static electricity.

In addition to serving as an antistatic agent, this light yellow powder also works as a film former. The polymeric nature, or the presence of many repeating molecular subunits, allows this ingredient to form networks throughout the skincare products that protect the ingredients and the skin beneath it.