Production of Cosmetic Creams & Lotion: Why Homogenize?

Posted by David Shechter on May 6, 2016 1:00:00 PM

production-of-cosmetic-creams-lotion-why-homogenize.jpgIn 2010, Americans spent an impressive $33.3 billion on cosmetic & beauty products, up nearly 6% from the prior year (and continues rising past 2010). (1) A huge percentage of that value comes from creams and lotions that both men and women use on a daily basis. Companies trying to break into this multi-billion dollar, cutthroat market must therefore produce a cream/lotion that is more effective than that of competitors. High pressure homogenization is a preferred method of production for a variety of reasons; keep reading to better understand how this technique can improve your cosmetic cream or lotion.

Effective Particle Size Reduction

High pressure homogenization works by forcing a sample through a narrow space while imparting high pressure and multiple mechanical forces (e.g. turbulence, cavitation, shear). Because most other methods only impart a single mechanical force, high pressure homogenization is desirable for its ability to more effectively decrease particle size. Micronization is a desirable outcome for not just creams and lotions, but all cosmetic products, because of its significant effect on product quality. For example, it creates a more homogenous mixture, provides better active ingredient dispersion, and stabilizes the product emulsions (as described below).

Enhanced Texture & Consistency

For the skin to be able to absorb them, beauty creams and moisturizing lotions must have both the right texture and consistency. High pressure homogenization is recognized for its ability to create a uniformly mixed product, leading to smoother texture and better consistency than other mixing methods. Micronization ties in here, in that better droplet reduction contributes to product uniformity.

Increased Emulsion Stability

Semi-solid products like lotions and creams are comprised of emulsions, or mixtures of two immiscible liquids. Droplet micronization (as indicated above) can eliminate separation of the water phase, allowing for a more permanent mixture of oil and water. This can both extend the product’s shelf life and improve physical appearance by ensuring consistency in coloring.

BEEI: Homogenizers For High Quality Cosmetic Products

On the quest for a cosmetic homogenizer, it is important to select a high-quality model. Whether your product of interest is a cream, lotion, makeup, or personal care item, a high pressure homogenizer that is both highly capable and customizable will enhance its effectiveness. Start your search with BEE International, globally renowned for our laboratory homogenizers.

Contact us today if you're interested in learning how our technology can benefit your cosmetic application! Or if you're interested in learning more information on how to achieve efficient and consistent particle size reduction, download our FREE eBook now:

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