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Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer

Glyceryl Acrylate/​Acrylic Acid Copolymer


Glyceryl acrylate/acrylic acid copolymer is the fancy word for a common polymer (big molecule from repeated subunits), namely polyacrylic acid (aka carbomer when it comes to cosmetics) with glycerin attached to it in some places.

The main thing of this polymer is that it forms a hydrogel (trade named Lubrajel) that can sit on top of the skin and provide moisturizing, water-soluble ingredients such as glycerin to the skin. Think of it as a very thin, wet sponge that a cosmetic manufacturer can fill with good ingredients for your skin. It also works as a thickening agent (remember, it is a carbomer type of molecule), and can provide the skin with a nice slippery feel. It can also draw water to the skin (thank you, pendant glycerol groups!), providing skin hydration.

Also, don’t let people scare you into thinking polyacrylic acid is dangerous because of the toxicity of acrylic acid. Since acrylic acid is dangerous due to its ability to absorb into the skin (since it’s small), when you chain them together into a polymer (which is big), this danger is no longer significant.

Show me some proof

  • “Proven performance and formulation latitude are key benefits offered by Lubrajel* hydrogel and Lubrasil* microemulsion.” Ashland, 2012.

Products with Glyceryl Acrylate/​Acrylic Acid Copolymer

Bioelements Probiotic Anti-Aging Serum Neostrata Eye Countour All-In-One Serum ECO YOUR SKIN Booster-Serum: Hyaluronic Acid Skindom Vitamin C Treatment Serum Body Drench Hydrating Sheet Mask Elizavecca Witch Piggy Hell-Pore Special Ample MINISO Hyaluronic Acid Essence Toner PAPA RECIPE Bombee Honey Mask Pyunkang Yul Acne Cream Secret Key Hyaluron Soft Micro-Peel Cream Borghese Insta Form Platinum PAPA RECIPE Bombee Black Honey Mask Avant Moisture Surge Overnight Treatment Celimax The Real Noni Energy Ampule Kiehl’s Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Mask Kiehl’s Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Masque Make P:rem Blending Me. Moisturizing Oil Mask PAPA RECIPE Bombee Rose Gold Honey Mask Pack 23 Years Old Black Cavidiol Mask BE THE SKIN Botanical Nutrition Power Serum Garnier Skinactive Hydra Bomb Tuchmaske Grüntee + Hyaluronsäure + Feuchtigkeitspendendes Serum Garnier SkinActive Hydra Bomb Tissue Mask Ultra Hydrating + De-Stressing Garnier SkinActive Super Purifying Charcoal Facial Mask La Roche-Posay Rosaliac Ar Intense Serum Nu Skin Galvanic Spa Facial Gel Pre-Treatment The Oozoo Bear Black Space Pore Caring Mask Tosowoong Propolis Honey Sleeping Pack Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Sheet Mask: The Super Hydrating Mask Soothing Skin + Pharmacy Advanced Skin Therapy Healing Gel Atrue Violet Petal Black Tea Hydrating Moisturizer Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster DrGL Moisturiser Anti-Aging Herborist Time Reverse Tonic La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra Light Mario Badescu Seaweed Night Cream Renu Skin Flash Relax Mask Versed Clarifying Serum COSRX Hydrium Green Tea Aqua Soothing Gel Cream La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra Eye Contour LadyKin Triple Fantasy Brilliant Repairing Ampoule MINISO Rose Crystal Clear Toner BE THE SKIN Purifying White Waterful Cream Belif Bergamot Herbal Extract Toner DCL Hydra Boost Finishing Serum Dr. Brandt Collagen Booster Serum Elemis Hydra-Balance Day Cream First Aid Beauty Anti Redness Serum Skin Inc. Oxy-Recharge Bubble Mask Tosowoong Propolis Sparkle Ampoule Zymogen Fermented Soybean Firming Serum