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A summary of commonly used surfactants in cosmetics


As a current AI language model and not an actual chemist, I can provide a general translation of the cosmetic ingredients mentioned in the article. However, keep in mind that this translation is not a substitute for professional advice, and for accurate information, you should consult a professional translator or chemist.

Here's a translation of the cosmetic ingredients:


Alfalfa Oil: Used in sunscreens to prevent skin redness after sun exposure.

Alkyl Benzoate: Moisturizing ingredient.

Allantoin: Soothing ingredient.

Aloe Vera: Moisturizes, dissolves keratin, repairs damaged cells and wounds.

Alpha Lipoic Acid: Antioxidant.

Alpha Tocopherol: Vitamin E, antioxidant.

Aluminum Chlorohydrate: Absorbs moisture, keeps the skin dry, inhibits odor.

Apricot Kernel Oil: Softens and maintains skin elasticity.

Arbutin: Inhibits melanin formation, whitening effect.

Avocado Oil: Contains unsaturated fatty acids, plant sterols, Vitamin A, E; softens and maintains skin elasticity.

Azelaic Acid: Inhibits melanin formation, lightens pigmentation, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory.


Babassuamidopropylamine: Foam enhancer.

Bees Wax: Increases skin softness and elasticity, antimicrobial, anti-mold.

Bentonite: Natural clay.

Benzalkonium Chloride: Antimicrobial and preservative.

Benzophenone: UV absorber for sunscreens, may cause sensitivity.

Benzyl Alcohol: Antimicrobial and preservative.

Benzoyl Peroxide: Antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory.

Borage Oil: Contains linolenic acid, reduces skin roughness, moisturizes.

Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane: UV absorber for sunscreens.

Butylparaben: Preservative.


Candelilla Wax: Concentration enhancer.

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride: Fat, moisturizing ingredient.

Carbomer: High polymer gel, concentration enhancer.

Castor Oil: Contains ricinoleic acid, lubricates and moisturizes.

Ceresin: Emulsifier.

Cetyl Acetate: Concentration enhancer.

Cetyl Alcohol: Emulsifier.

Cetyl Dimethicone: Moisturizing ingredient.

Chamomile: Antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic.

Cholesterol: Lubricates the skin, emulsifier.

Citric Acid: Preservative and pH balancer.

Cocamidopropyl Betaine: Surfactant, low-irritation foaming agent.

Coconut Diethanolamide: Surfactant for foaming and thickening.

Cyclomethicone: Cyclical silicone, moisturizing ingredient.


Dead Sea Salt Extract: Extracted salt from the Dead Sea.

Diazolidinyl Urea: Preservative.

Dimethicone: Moisturizing ingredient.

Dimethicone Copolyol: Silicone emulsifier, moisturizing ingredient.

Dioxybenzone: UV absorber for sunscreens.

Disodium EDTA: Preservative.

Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate: Surfactant for foaming in cleansing formulas.

Dimonium Chloride Phosphate: Essential fatty acid, degreasing and emulsifying agent.


Erucamidopropyl Hydroxy Sultane: Foam enhancer.

Evening Primrose Oil: Contains linolenic acid, softens and moisturizes.

Ethylparaben: Preservative.


Fatty Alcohol Ether Sulfates: Emulsifier.


Germaben II: Preservative.

Glycerin: Moisturizing and lubricating.

Glyceryl Ricinoleate: Moisturizing and hydrating.

Glyceryl Stearate: Emulsifier.

Glyceryl Cocoate.

Glycolic Acid: Fruit acid, softens keratin layer, stimulates collagen and elastic fiber production.


Hyaluronic Acid: Non-protein polysaccharide, water-based moisturizing.

Hybrid Safflower Oil: Sunscreen, bath oil, makeup remover, foundation.

Hydrogenated Soy Glyceride: Moisturizing ingredient.

Hydrolyzed Whole Wheat Protein: Moisturizing, anti-irritant, anti-wrinkle, antioxidant.

Hydroquinone: Suppresses melanin formation, lightens pigmentation.

Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose: Preservative.

Hydroxybenzoate: Moisturizing ingredient.


Imidazolidinyl Urea: Preservative.

Isopropyl Alcohol: Isopropanol, emulsifier.

Isopropyl Myristate: Reduces greasiness, used as a solvent for mixtures and fragrances, also moisturizes.


Jojoba Oil: Non-greasy, excellent penetration, high moisturizing.


Kojic Acid: Inhibits melanin formation, whitening effect, antibacterial.

Kukui Nut Oil: Contains various fatty acids, non-greasy, excellent penetration and moisturizing.


Lactic Acid: Fruit acid, softens keratin layer, stimulates collagen and elastic fiber production.

Lanolin Alcohol: Emulsifier.

Lauryl Betaine: Surfactant, strong foaming agent.

Lauryl Diethanolamide: Surfactant, foaming and thickening agent.

L-Ascorbic Acid: Vitamin C, antioxidant.

Linoleamidopropyl PG: Essential fatty acid.

Linoleic Acid: Unsaturated fatty acid, prevents epidermal moisture loss, softens the skin.

Liquid Paraffin: Moisturizing ingredient.


Macadamia Nut Oil: Contains palmitoleic acid, protects cell membranes, moisturizes.

Malic Acid: Fruit acid, softens keratin layer, stimulates collagen and elastic fiber production.

Magnesium Aluminum Silicate: Concentration enhancer.

Menaquinones: Vitamin K, prevents bruising.

Methyl Anthranilate: UV absorber for UVA, sunscreen.

Methyl Hydroxybenzoate: Moisturizing ingredient.

Methylparaben: Preservative.

Mineral Oil: Moisturizing and lubricating.

Myricyl Alcohol: Emulsifier.


Octyl Dimethyl PABA: UV absorber for sunscreens.

Octyl Methoxycinnamate: Cinnamate salt, UV absorber for sunscreens.

Octyl Salicylate: Salicylate salt, UV absorber for sunscreens.

Oleic Acid: Oleic fatty acid, excellent penetration and low irritation, used in sun oil bases and massage oils.

Olive Oil: Contains unsaturated fatty acids, softens the skin.

Oxybenzone: UV absorber for sunscreens.

Ozokerite: Concentration enhancer.


Palmitoleic Acid: Palmitoleic fatty acid, prevents epidermal moisture loss, softens the skin, helps regenerate the keratin layer.

Para Amino Benzoic Acid (PABA): UV

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