Essay on Cosmetic Applications Of Inorganic Materials

2165 Words Apr 24th, 2016 9 Pages
Cosmetic Applications of Inorganic Materials
Historically, cosmetics and personal care products have been made with naturally occurring organic compounds. However, many inorganic compounds have found a place in the personal care product industry. Inorganic compounds are now common ingredients in sunscreens, shampoos, and makeup. In regards to inorganic materials enhanced longevity, increased product performance, preservative applications, and decreased health risks are possible attributes. Inorganic materials have so far been very advantageous in cosmetic and personal care formulation and have been used in various applications. One of the biggest successes could arguably be the use of ZnO and TiO2 in sunscreens. Despite successes researchers are always interested in improving products.
In the past few decades sunscreen formulation has gained more interest due to understanding the harm of UV light, and harsher UV effects from the sun attributed to the depletion of the ozone layer. This puts more people at risk for sunburn and developing skin cancer. As the risks of UV radiation rise researchers are increasingly looking for ways to improve the sun protection factor (SPF) in personal care products. A significant recent advancement in the cosmetic formulation industry has been with nanotechnology. As this new technology has become more readily available researchers have begun to analyze the effects of particle size in many different products. One of the most successful and…

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