PEG 20 or Polysorbate 20 is a compound that functions in skin care products as an emulsifier. An emulsifier is an agent that stabilizes ingredients when they are mixed together. An emulsifier keeps components such as oil and water from separating, holding all of the ingredients together while allowing a mixture to be applied smoothly.
The compound PEG 20 is considered to be a polymer and some of its additional functions include acting as a humectant and solvent. The compound is found in many different skin care, cosmetic, and personal care products. Sorbital Beeswax is a common PEG 20 ingredient that is used in skin care products.
Beeswax is recognized for delivering a number of skin care benefits. As a natural ingredient, it has been found to function as an anti-inflammatory and skin conditioning agent. The non-toxic ingredient is used to thicken products, enabling them to be spread efficiently on the skin. Beeswax has been found provide anti-bacterial activity while also retaining water and calming skin irritation.
Research indicates that Sorbital Beeswax effectively treats skin and gastric conditions that are found to be the result of stomach irritation and inflammation. Research also suggests that the ingredient offers antioxidant properties as well as the capability to lower cholesterol.