* An anti-static agent and film former
* Also known as Quaternium-19
Polyquaternium 10 is a water soluble, white granulated powder that is a widely used ingredient in hair care products because of its anti-static and moisturizing properties. It is also considered a film former, supplying a sheen and coating to hair strands by easily being absorbed by proteins, according to Phibro Chem
, an animal health organization, and CosmeticsInfo.org
. It is sometimes seen in skin care products as well.
Safety Measures/Side Effects:
The Cosmetics Database
finds Polyquaternium 10 to be a low hazard, 99% safe ingredient, and it is approved for use in limited concentrations by the CIR. According to RealSelf.com
, it has a low order of toxicity, and studies showed that it "adhered to keratin tissue and was poorly absorbed" when applied to skin. Concentrations up to 5% were only mildly irritating to the skin and eyes, and under 2% concentrations caused no reaction.
Recommended Products w/ Polyquaternium 10:
Osmotics Male Facial Cleansing Scrub
, Dermalogica Soothing Shaving Cream with Daily Defense Block
, Alterna TEN Hair Spray