Stearic Acid

Stearic Acid

Stearic acid (Octadecanoic acid) is a saturated fatty acid with 18 carbon atoms in length that can be derived from animal or plant oils. Octadecanoic acid is a significant component of famous skincare ingredients like cocoa and shea butters. It is a white, waxy solid, and safe food-grade ingredient that helps to emulsify, thicken, bind, and stabilize lotions and creams.

Thanks to multiple beneficial properties, Stearic acid is used in skin care preparations as a surfactant, thickening agent, solubilizer, emulsifier, pacifier, and softening agent. It is an excellent oil-in-water emulsifier and emulsion stabilizer, keeping oil and water-based phases of formulation in a stable homogeneous consistency while improving sensory profile with a pleasant feel on the skin.

Applied topically, Octadecanoic acid incorporates into the lipid layer of the epidermis, improving barrier functions while leaving a moisturizing effect. In addition, reaching skin fibroblasts, which can metabolize it via beta-oxidation, Stearic acid provides additional energy, nourishing and boosting their functions.

Thanks to a dual structure of the molecule with polar and lipophilic parts, Stearic acid is a perfect penetration enhancer that temporarily binds to biologically active ingredients like beta-carotene and passes through the lipid barrier speeding up delivery with high concentrations and improving the effectiveness of the formula.

It is a natural, safe, environment-friendly, and biodegradable ingredient used in many types of formulations, from liquid to solid. Stearic acid protects, cleanses, and moisturizes skin leaving it fresh, healthy, and radiant.

Products containing Stearic Acid

Henne Citrus Luxury Hand Cream
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50 ml / 1.7 fl oz
$25
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Environ RAD Sunscreen SPF 30
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88 ml
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Hydroxy Acid Sebu-Clear Masque Environ
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50 ml / 1.7 fl oz
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Environ Alpha Hydroxy Night Cream
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50 ml / 1.7 fl oz
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Environ Intense C-Boost Mela-Even Cream
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25 ml /3.5 fl oz
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