Emollients are basically used in skin care formulations in order to help retain the skin moisture. Emollients also help in making the skin supple by reducing water loss from the outer layer of the skin. Emollients offer a protective film on the skin and hence, it is also used for patients with conditions such as psoriasis or eczema. An emollient has a lubricant, a humectant, and an occluder. The lubricant decreases friction between the skin and other objects, while the humectant improves capacity of the skin to retain water. An occluder sets a layer of oil on the skin surface so as to reduce the water loss. These functions of an emollient help in repairing the skin surface. Hence, an emollient is an important part of daily skin care.
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Personal Care Emollients Market: Drivers and Restraints
Synthetic emollients are frequently manufactured under energy-intensive conditions at high temperatures. This manufacturing process destroys antioxidants, nutrients, and essential fatty acids present in vegetable oil-derived substances used. Natural emollients are key ingredients used in personal care formulations, which help impart a soft, smooth, moisturized feel to the skin and the hair. With the increase in consumer awareness about synthetic chemicals and the desire to use natural ingredients and products, the demand for natural emollients is expected to increase in the next few years. This is likely to drive the personal care emollients market during the forecast period.
Plant-based emollients are generally extracted by cold-pressing of leaves, seeds, etc. by using solvents. Natural emollients such as castor oil are expected to witness high demand in the near future. This high demand can be ascribed to excellent pigment dispersing, lubricating, and shining properties of these emollients, which make them usable in products such as lipsticks.
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In terms of geography, the global personal care emollients market has been segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. Asia Pacific held a major share of the global personal care emollients market in 2017, owing to high demand from countries such as Japan and South Korea. The market in Asia Pacific is anticipated to register a high growth rate during the forecast period, due to the increasing consumption of natural ingredient-based personal care products in the region. North America and Europe held significant shares of the global personal care emollients market in 2017, due to high per capita consumption of personal care products in these regions.