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1. Humectant - Binds with water to increase skin hydration. Also enhances water absorption of the skin
2. Preservative - Prevents and inhibits the growth of unwanted microorganisms which may be harmful
1,2-hexanediol is a synthetic compound commonly used in cosmetics and personal care products as a moisturizer and humectant. It is a clear, colorless liquid that is soluble in water and has a slightly sweet odor.
In cosmetics and personal care products, 1,2-hexanediol is often used as a solvent and preservative, helping to keep products stable and free from contamination. It is also used as a moisturizer, helping to hydrate and soften the skin.
While 1,2-hexanediol is generally considered safe for use in cosmetics and personal care products, some individuals may experience skin irritation or allergic reactions. It is always important to patch-test any new product before use and to follow the instructions on the product label.
1,2-hexanediol is not commonly used in food products, however, it is sometimes used in the production of certain food packaging materials.
Overall, 1,2-hexanediol is a versatile and widely used ingredient in cosmetics and personal care products, providing important benefits such as moisturization and preservation.
Scientific References:
Regulatory References:
1. CANADA Natural Health Products Ingredients Database [2018]
- 1,2-Hexanediol

Safety and Hazards (UN GHS):

1. Causes skin irritation (H315)
2. Causes serious eye irritation (H319)
3. May cause respiratory irritation (H335)

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