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Cosmetics 2016, 3(4), 37; doi:10.3390/cosmetics3040037

Lipid Self-Assemblies and Nanostructured Emulsions for Cosmetic Formulations

Centre for Materials Science, School of Physical Sciences and Computing, University of Central Lancashire, Preston PR1 2HE, UK
Academic Editor: Lisa A. DeLouise
Received: 2 September 2016 / Revised: 4 October 2016 / Accepted: 26 October 2016 / Published: 31 October 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Nanotechnologies in Cosmetics)
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A majority of cosmetic products that we encounter on daily basis contain lipid constituents in solubilized or insolubilized forms. Due to their amphiphilic nature, the lipid molecules spontaneously self-assemble into a remarkable range of nanostructures when mixed with water. This review illustrates the formation and finely tunable properties of self-assembled lipid nanostructures and their hierarchically organized derivatives, as well as their relevance to the development of cosmetic formulations. These lipid systems can be modulated into various physical forms suitable for topical administration including fluids, gels, creams, pastes and dehydrated films. Moreover, they are capable of encapsulating hydrophilic, hydrophobic as well as amphiphilic active ingredients owing to their special morphological characters. Nano-hybrid materials with more elegant properties can be designed by combining nanostructured lipid systems with other nanomaterials including a hydrogelator, silica nanoparticles, clays and carbon nanomaterials. The smart materials reviewed here may well be the future of innovative cosmetic applications. View Full-Text
Keywords: lipid self-assembly; lipid nanostructures; cosmetics; formulations; oil-in-water emulsions; water-in-oil emulsions; hierarchically ordered materials; nano-hybrids lipid self-assembly; lipid nanostructures; cosmetics; formulations; oil-in-water emulsions; water-in-oil emulsions; hierarchically ordered materials; nano-hybrids

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Kulkarni, C.V. Lipid Self-Assemblies and Nanostructured Emulsions for Cosmetic Formulations. Cosmetics 2016, 3, 37.

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