Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate
What is Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate?
Aluminum starch octenylsuccinate is a modified starch that is often included in a variety of cosmetics and personal care products. Starch is a complex carbohydrate made by plants, and in the form of aluminum starch octenylsuccinate, it functions as an anti-caking agent, an absorbent, and a viscosity-increasing agent. You may see it listed as an ingredient in items like powder, lotion, makeup, and some underarm deodorants. This ingredient has been reported to enhance the SPF factor of some sunscreen formulations. It's also sometimes added to food to help improve texture since it serves as a thickener and binder. It is also used in various skin moisturizers, eyeshadows, lipsticks, concealers, and other cosmetic items. It is easy to find and to make, and some products may have it in concentration levels as high as 30-percent.