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Synthetic Fluorphlogopite

*A synthetically altered version of the mineral phlogopite

Synthetic fluorphlogopite is a fluorine substituted mineral, produced at very high temperatures and is composed of magnesium aluminium silicate sheets, weakly bound together by potassium. This substance is found to exist as very large heavy particles due to its high molecular weight. It is this high molecular weight which makes it ideal for increasing the viscosity of a formulation and being used as a bulking agent (Cosmetic Database). It is the large size of the particles that also means this substance will only penetrate the skin to a very limited degree, preventing the body from absorbing any potentially harmful elements found in the ingredient.

Phlogopite

*A synthetically altered version of the mineral phlogopite

Functions:

Synthetic fluorphlogopite is a fluorine substituted mineral, produced at very high temperatures and is composed of magnesium aluminium silicate sheets, weakly bound together by potassium. This substance is found to exist as very large heavy particles due to its high molecular weight. It is this high molecular weight which makes it ideal for increasing the viscosity of a formulation and being used as a bulking agent (Cosmetic Database). It is the large size of the particles that also means this substance will only penetrate the skin to a very limited degree, preventing the body from absorbing any potentially harmful elements found in the ingredient.

According to Cosmetic Ingredient Review it is used in products in as high concentration as 67%, and been found in products including nail polish, eye shadow, lip gloss and eye liner.

Safety Measures/Side Effects:

Human based studies on the effects of this ingredient on the epidermis and on the eye region showed that it is non irritating. Studies on both non-humans and humans have shown that this ingredient does not cause sensitization (Cosmetic Ingredient Review).

Due to the large size of the particles of this compound, it is thought that only a very limited amount of the substance will penetrate the skin, preventing the leaching of fluoride ions and aluminium into the body in any significant quantity, as well as causing the compound to be largely biologically inactive according to the Cosmetic Ingredient Review. No studies of the possible carcinogenic properties of this compound currently exist.

It is recommended by the Cosmetics Ingredient Review that the ingredient be used at concentrations of between 0.05 and 2% in aerosols, and between 0.6 and 67% in powders.

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