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Wednesday, April 5, 2017Ingredient of the month

So many different waters… in cosmetics!

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Water usually makes up over 80% of the cosmetics formulas on the market. Today, several types of water – they are more than mere water – are used in beauty products for their recognized cosmetics virtues, or to provide a hint of exoticism. They are derived from different sources and obtained with various catch systems.

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It is the end (or almost!) of demineralized water in cosmetics, as several alternatives are now used to enrich formulas.

Sea water / Marine spring water

As regards sea water, it is divided into two very different categories, although they bear the same INCI name (Maris aqua).
Sea water
As its name suggests, it is directly drawn from the sea, at a particular depth, and filtrated to only keep its salt and trace elements.
Marine spring water
This category results from the reappearance of fresh water springs in the marine environment. Consequently, these waters are taken deep in the sea. They are popular in cosmetics for their compositions and often more stable in trace elements than sea water.
They are fossil waters which always keep the same minerality and temperature. They are often believed to have the property of reinforcing the skin’s barrier and offer immune-cosmetic actions, thanks to the presence of microbial fragments of the marine fauna and flora.

Floral water

There can be as many floral waters as flowers! They are actually made when the essential oils are produced.
The process is quite simple: you just need to pass water vapour through flowers of your choice, and it is …

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