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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

Ahava Dead Sea Osmoter Concentrate Cover fx High Performance Setting Spray Kat Von D Beauty Lock-It Makeup Setting Mist Kiehl’s Ginger Leaf & Hibiscus Firming Mask Kiko 30 Days Extension Night Treatment Booster iS Clinical Youth Serum LILAH B. Aglow™ Face Mist Tosowoong Sos Repair Cica Clinic Spot Shield Gel Patch Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray Urban Decay De-Slick Oil Control Makeup Setting Spray Ecoco Eco Styler Olive Oil Styling Gel Milani Make It Last Setting Spray 7th Heaven Tea Tree Peel-Off Cover fx Dewy Finish Setting Spray Koh Gen Do Macro Vintage Royal Massage Milk NYX Professional Makeup Glitter Primer Too Faced Primed & Peachy Primer Holika Holika Pig Nose Clear Blackhead Peeling Massage Gel Dermaceutic Tri Vita C30 innisfree Wrinkle Science Spot Treatment Grow Gorgeous Scalp Stimulating Masque Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Creme SKIN&CO Roma Truffle Therapy Cleansing Foam Blanc & Eclare Serein Effervescent Toner Etude House Big Fit Cushion Concealer Private Doctor Minus Serum Rivecowe Plenty Volume Mascara Ahava Facial Renewal Peel Gosh Growth Mascara | The Secret Of Longer Lashes (Black) Mesoestetic Melanogel Antispot Cream SkinCeuticals Equalizing Toner innisfree Pore Refining Serum With Green Persimmon it Cosmetics Confidence In A Neck Cream Ahava Mineral Mud Brightening & Hydrating Mask Guinot Masque Dynamisant Anti-Fatigue Philosophy Purity Made Simple Pore Extractor Face Mask Uriage Bariéderm Drying Repairing Cica-Spray Evy Sunscreen Mousse Spf 50 Filorga Skin Structure Firmness Redefinition Serum Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Foaming Cleanser SK-II Facial Treatment Oil BOSCIA Charcoal Pore Pudding Intensive Wash-Off Treatment KIKO Milano Hydra Pro Mask Aveda Brilliant™ Damage Control Maybelline New York Full 'N Soft Washable Mascara, Very Black 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