Extensive research and passion for skin are the foundation of Eucerin’s high quality products. Naturally, Eucerin experts take great care on choosing ingredients for all products and limit the number. Nevertheless, in case of intolerance or allergies, it may be helpful to check for certain ingredients in our Ingredients Database.
Eucerin products and their ingredients
Hydrogenated Castor Oil
- Benefit function
What is hydrogenated castor oil?
This is a combination of polyethylene glycol and hydrogenated castor oil. Mixing castor oil with hydrogen makes the formulation more stable and raises its melting point.
Also called PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, this ingredient functions as an emulsifier, a surfacant, a cleansing agent and a fragrance ingredient.
What does hydrogenated castor oil do?
PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil enhances viscosity control and supports the maintenance of a healthy skin. It's ideal for dry, itchy and irritable skin, which is why it can be found in our AtoControl Body Care Lotion. This is specifically formulated to soothe irritated and itchy skin. PEG 40 hydrogenated castor oil soothes and moistures the skin by creating a protective layer on the skin’s surface, “locking” the moisture in the skin.
It also helps remove the grease from oils, causing them to become suspended in the liquid so they are easier to wash away.
Hydrogenated caster oil also reduces stretch marks, helps prevents certain forms of cancer and assists the healing of inflamed or painful scars.
Is hydrogenated castor oil harmful?
PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil has been proven not to irritate the skin and is safe for use in certain concentrations. Safety assessments have proven that higher concentrations are also safe for the skin, but speak to a dermatologist for more information.