What is Hexylene Glycol?
Hexylene glycol is a common ingredient found in many cosmetic and skincare products. This ingredient is an organic compound that is classified as a glycol, a type of alcohol that contains two hydroxyl groups. This clear liquid has a mild, sweet odor and helps to improve the texture and sensory feel of formulations. It's widely added to bath and hair care products, eye makeup, facial cosmetics, personal cleansing products, and shaving products. It acts as a surfactant, which means it helps to cleanse and moisturize the skin. It also thins out formulations to help improve abruption, texture and helps ingredients in specific products to work better. Another bonus to using products that contain hexylene glycol is that it also acts as a protective barrier for the skin.