Hydrogenated Phosphatidylcholine is a natural skin-identical emulsifier suitable for forming a derma membrane structure . It occurs naturally in our bodies and is a component of every human cell membrane. Hydrogenated phosphatidylcholine can be obtained plant-based from soy or sunflower.
Hydrogenated phosphatidylcholine contains phospholipids , a subtype of fats (lipids), which make up around 75% of the main component of all cell membranes. Phospholipids have one water-loving head and two water-hostile tails. This sophisticated structure gives the molecule an emulsifying property, meaning it allows fat to combine with water.
If you want your skin to stay healthy and strong, you should always apply skin-derived emulsifiers (found in a cream or serum). The skin's own emulsifiers also include Glyceryl Stearate and Glyceryl Stearate Citrate . These two also occur in the skin itself. In contrast to emulsifiers that are foreign to the skin, which lie like a layer on the skin and can wash out fats, the skin's own emulsifiers naturally weave themselves into the skin's structure.
Derma membrane structure
The skin has a lamellar structure, also called derma membrane structure. The skin's own emulsifiers can integrate seamlessly into this structure. For this reason, creams with hydrogenated phosphatidylcholine are also called DMS creams . Thanks to a biomembrane, Hydrogenated Phosphatidylcholine is able to bind all fats and active ingredients and transport them better into the skin. Through this mechanism, the skin barrier is built up even stronger.
Encapsulation of active ingredients
Hydrogenated lecithin/lecithin, like hydrogenated phosphatidylcholines, can be used to encapsulate active ingredients .
Liposomes are small spheres that are surrounded by a phospholipid bilayer and carry an active ingredient in order to transport it deeper and more specifically into the skin using a fatty envelope. This is called encapsulation.
Encapsulation with hydrogenated lecithin/lecithin or hydrogenated phosphatidylcholine makes sense, especially when active ingredients such as vitamin C or niacinamide are delivered deeper into the skin. If these are on the INCI list, you can be sure that your active ingredients penetrate deeper into the skin.
Products with Hydrogenated Phosphatidylcholine
Products with (Hydrogenated) Lecithin