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Allantoin is an odourless, white crystalline powder that is a synthetic version of the active component found in the roots of the comfrey plant. Unfortunately, we cannot source the natural version. It is fully compatible with anionic, non-ionic and cationic materials.
According to the Cosmetic Ingredient Database (Cosing), the functions of Allantoin Powder are: Skin Conditioning, Skin Protecting, Soothing.
To view more information, visit the Cosing Database here.
It is an ideal ingredient to use on skin damaged by acne-type or other dry-type problems. It promotes exfoliation so an obvious choice to add to cleansers and exfoliating scrubs. The sloughing action also increases the smoothness of the skin so add it to anti aging and wrinkle serums.
Use in formulations at 0.5 - 2%. It is water soluble and is heat tolerant up to 60°C, the heat helps it to dissolve better. It can be difficult to dissolve and may need to be crushed with the back of a spoon or mixed with a stick blender. It is important that it dissolves thoroughly otherwise the finished product will feel gritty. It is water soluble and therefore cannot be used in oil only products.
It has a pH between 4 and 6 and so little is used that it should not affect any of the products you make. Store at room temperature in dry and airtight container away from direct sunlight.
It is a humectant that is moisturising as well so add to daily use creams, lotions and gels. It also helps the skin to hold onto water keeping it better hydrated. This is excellent in creams, lotions and serums for dry skin.
Consider using it in after-sun products as well where it can help soothe damaged skin. It's also ideal to use in men's after-shave products where it will calm and soothe any irritation and help to lock moisture into the skin.
As a skin soothing agent, Allantoin is a great choice in peeling AHA masks where it will calm and protect the skin.
Excellent to use in deodorants for people with sensitive skin or after shaving the underarms.
Add to foot creams for cracked heels. Its skin conditioning properties also make for a wonderfully soothing nappy rash cream.
Superb in facial toners and spritzes. Use in products containing tinctures to buffer the effect of the alcohol.
Very soothing to use in sensitive shampoos and shampoos for dandruff. Excellent in hair conditioners for after the hair has been processed. An excellent ingredient to use in pre conditioning hair packs used before hair undergoes extreme processing.
Use Allantoin Powder with Comfrey products to further enhance the benefits.
Combine with other soothing materials such as Bisabolol, Aloe Vera Concentrate and Roman Chamomile Essential Oil.
Use in skin rejuvenation products with other active ingredients such as Hyaluronic acid and Eco Marine Algae Extract.
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