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Anti-pollution benefits of multi-tasking esterquats

US firm Stepan Personal Care initiated laboratory testing for its two novel skin and hair conditioning esterquats to see if they could provide anti-pollution properties. Test results showed Stepanquat Helia and Stepanquat Soleil can build a film on the skin and hair that then protected them against the adhesion of polluting microparticles

ABSTRACT

Pollution is an external stressor that can lead to premature ageing for skin and hair, and consumers looking for preventative skin and hair care products are boosting the demand for anti-pollution ingredients. Stepan Personal Care initiated laboratory testing for its two novel skin and hair conditioning esterquats to see if they could provide anti-pollution properties. Test results showed Stepanquat® Helia and Stepanquat Soleil can build a film on the skin and hair that then protected them against the adhesion of polluting microparticles. In addition to this protective film, both conditioning agents provide excellent hair conditioning performance and sensorial benefits for skin, improving spreadability and imparting a velvety skin feel. Formulators would be able to leverage all of these properties to create multi-tasking hair and skin care products with anti-pollution benefits.

Consumer concerns regarding air pollution have escalated in the last year, with nearly half of global consumers (36%) surveyed by Mintel citing air quality as a top three environmental concern.1 Pollutants from exhaust fumes and industrial emissions, among others, have been linked to premature ageing of the skin and hair, along with other skin conditions like acne, eczema and hives. 

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Royal College of Physicians, London
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