Article by: Perry Romanowski

I’m traveling today so I’ll keep this short.  This project 94 Elements seems rather interesting.  I look forward to them finishing more videos.  But it got me thinking, what elements are used most in cosmetics?

Here are the ones I can think of off the top of my head.

Hydrogen
Carbon
Nitrogen
Oxygen
Chlorine
Sodium
Potassium
Silicon
Aluminum
Zinc
Iron
Copper
Titanium

Any that I missed?

 

11 comments

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    DaddyLover98

    I don’t have a lot of experience in this field but I find Scandium a very common ingredient.

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    Adalbertofleitas

    Magnesium

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    Pedro

    Cerium. Some Japanese companies are using Cerium oxides as a novel sunscreen active.

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      Perry

      Interesting. I’ve not heard of that one.

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        Pedro

        I’ve found some interesting studies. Here is an example:

        Cerium oxide for sunscreen cosmetics

        http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2003JSSCh.171….7Y

        I bought a sunscreen with cerium, but the formula contains zinc oxide and other actives as well. In my product the cerium oxide seems to be used just a “boosting ingredient”. Anyway, I guess this element will be more popular in a soon future.

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    David

    Bromine in Cetrimonium Bromide

  5. Valerie
    Valerie

    If you’re not careful, MERCURY! (Just kidding!)

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      Perry

      lol! And don’t forget Lead

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    alchemist

    Magnesium (as, Talc, Mg Stearates in w/o cream and also hidden away in Kathon CG)
    Sulfur
    Calcium

    Fluorine and Boron used.

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