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Also-called-like-this: Poly Vinyl Pyrollidone
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These three letters stand for Poly Vinyl Pyrollidone, a big molecule created from repeated units of Vinyl Pyrrolidone, aka VP. Its main thing is being an important film former. It was the first synthetic polymer introduced as a hair fixative in the 1950s instead of insect-derived Shellac. 

So PVP likes to attach itself to surfaces such as the hair and the skin and forms a nice, thin, even film there. The film is useful for holding a hairstyle or extending the wear of color cosmetics and sunscreens. The disadvantage of PVP is that the film is a bit brittle and that PVP loves water (hygroscopic) that tends to destroy the film. This is the reason why hair styled with a PVP based product loses its style in high humidity. To fix this problem, there are now several versions of VP containing film formers that are less sensitive to humidity, for example, the molecule called VP/VA Copolymer

Products with PVP

Kat Von D Beauty Lock-It Makeup Setting Mist Kiko 30 Days Extension Night Treatment Booster iS Clinical Youth Serum Tosowoong Sos Repair Cica Clinic Spot Shield Gel Patch Urban Decay De-Slick Oil Control Makeup Setting Spray Ecoco Eco Styler Olive Oil Styling Gel Milani Make It Last Setting Spray Cover fx Dewy Finish Setting Spray Koh Gen Do Macro Vintage Royal Massage Milk Too Faced Primed & Peachy Primer Holika Holika Pig Nose Clear Blackhead Peeling Massage Gel Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Creme Blanc & Eclare Serein Effervescent Toner Etude House Big Fit Cushion Concealer Private Doctor Minus Serum Rivecowe Plenty Volume Mascara Gosh Growth Mascara | The Secret Of Longer Lashes (Black) SkinCeuticals Equalizing Toner innisfree Pore Refining Serum With Green Persimmon Uriage Bariéderm Drying Repairing Cica-Spray Evy Sunscreen Mousse Spf 50 Filorga Skin Structure Firmness Redefinition Serum SK-II Facial Treatment Oil BOSCIA Charcoal Pore Pudding Intensive Wash-Off Treatment KIKO Milano Hydra Pro Mask Aveda Brilliant™ Damage Control Rodial Pink Diamond Instant Lifting Serum TonyMoly Painting Therapy Pack Sebum Control Black Color Clay Comme Deux Pink Paint Face Mask Erno Laszlo Firmarine Lift Essence Lotion Rodial Rose Gold Serum Coola Makeup Setting Spray Organic Sunscreen Spf 30 Cyberderm Every Morning Sun Whip Spf 25 GLAMGLOW Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Night Cream SunSense Daily Face Spf 50+ Rodan and fields Lash Boost Saturday Skin Freeze Frame innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask Herbery Earth Raw Honey Skin Lotion J.One Black Jelly Pack Marc jacobs beauty Shameless Youthful-Look 24H Foundation Spf 25 Rodial Stem Cell Magic Gel Zelens Daily Defence Broad Spectrum Sunscreen Spf30 Dermalogica Age Smart Power Rich Murad Anti-Aging Moisturiser Broad Spectrum SPF 30 PA+++ iS Clinical Reparative Moisture Emulsion J.One Jelly Pack Simple Kind To Skin+ Protecting Moisture Cream Spf30