Sunday, September 25, 2011Cosmetics glossary

Buffering Agent


A family of cosmetics ingredients. A buffering agent is used to stabilise ou adjust the pH of a cosmetic product.

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Among buffering agents:

• Acids:
acetic, adipic, ascorbic, boric, citric, fumaric, glycolic, lactic, malic, uric …

• Hydoxides:
ammonium, calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium …

• Phosphates:
ammonium, calcium, potassium, sodium …

• Alkalonamines:
Dimethyl MEA, Ethanolamine, Triethanolamine, Tromethamine …

Also see
• the "pH" sheet in the Cosmetic glossary

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