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Cosmetics 2015, 2(1), 1-10;

Green Polymers in Personal Care Products: Rheological Properties of Tamarind Seed Polysaccharide

Dipartimento di Scienze del Farmaco, University of Padova, Via F. Marzolo, 5, 35131 Padova, Italy
Unired Srl, Spin off-University of Padova, Via N. Tommaseo 69, 35131 Padova, Italy
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Academic Editor: Carla Villa
Received: 11 November 2014 / Accepted: 17 December 2014 / Published: 23 December 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Green Cosmetic Ingredients)
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Tamarind seed polysaccharide (TSP) is a xyloglucan of vegetable origin, recently proposed for the cosmetic and pharmaceutical market as a “green” alternative to hyaluronic acid. In this study, TSP water dispersions, at different concentrations, were characterized by means of rheological measurements, both in continuous and oscillatory flow conditions. The results were compared with those of hyaluronic acid of two different molecular weights. The results pointed out the close rheological behaviors between TSP and hyaluronic acid with comparable molecular weight. Afterwards, the structural features of binary and ternary polysaccharide associations prepared with TSP, hyaluronic acid (very high MW) and dehydropolysaccharide gum, a modified xanthan gum, with high stabilizing properties, were investigated. The rheological properties were significantly affected by the polysaccharide ratios in the mixture, suggesting that the combination of TSP with other polymers can lead to a modulation of the texture and functional properties of cosmetics. View Full-Text
Keywords: polysaccharides; moisturization; xyloglucan; rheology polysaccharides; moisturization; xyloglucan; rheology

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Semenzato, A.; Costantini, A.; Baratto, G. Green Polymers in Personal Care Products: Rheological Properties of Tamarind Seed Polysaccharide. Cosmetics 2015, 2, 1-10.

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