Microfluidics in Cosmetics
Microfluidics in cosmetics offer new insights for the development of innovative products with the possibility to control and monitor emulsion production thanks to droplets microfluidics.
Offering entirely new visual and sensorial sensations
What are the advantages of Microfluidics in cosmetics?
Using Microfluidic Droplet Generation, cosmetic companies can provide high quality levels of product customization. More particularly, emulsions can use surfactants to mix and homogenize multiple unmiscible oils with high accuracy and reproducibility, opening up the possibilities for new and unprecedented products development. Microfluidics technology is also used in cosmetic research laboratories as it enables studying formulation interactions with the skin and skin capillary at the micrometer level, while allowing to reduce or eliminate animal experiments in cosmetics with the use of microfluidic chips. Formulation development time is also enhanced: microfluidic systems can rapidly develop new formulations and test them in high-throughput screening, significantly reducing the time required to bring new products to market. Associated to it, microfluidics allow to operate with very small volumes of material, reducing waste and minimizing costs associated with raw materials.
Advantage of droplet-based microfluidics for the cosmetic industry
Droplet-based microfluidics benefit the cosmetic industry. As reagents are encapsulated within highly monodispersed millimeter-sized droplets, active ingredients can be preserved and protected from the environment up to the moment of application. Depending on the needs of the product, different types of emulsions can be generated, each having different purposes. Droplets do not burst until they are applied directly to the skin, providing a visual & sensory experience, and improved product efficacy with better moisturization or drug absorption.
Unmatched droplet homogeneity
Microfluidics in cosmetics offers high control over a very large pannel of parameters such as droplet size, formulation, and aesthetics (colors, pigments), while providing unmatched consistency compared to traditional batch methods. Manufacturers can develop custom products with visual and sensory feels specific to their brand, which is paramount in the cosmetic industry. The possibility to monitor precisely the size of the droplets allows to have direct control over the drug loading capacity, and the functionality of the product. Microfluidic systems can be scaled up or down and automated with high degree of reproducibility to meet specific production needs, making them adaptable for both small-scale laboratory research and large-scale manufacturing.
Advantages of emulsions for the cosmetic industry
- Fine control over parameters such as droplet size & shape
- High homogeneity
- Lower droplet size dispersion (CV: less than 2%)
- Scale up capabilities
Expertise & resources
- Advantages of pressure-based microfluidics
Flow control for droplet generation using syringe pumps and pressure-based flow controllersRead more
- Support & Tools
Droplet Size CalculatorRead more
- Product presentation videos
DROPLET STARTER package – Make DROPLETS within minutes!Read more
- Droplet and particle generation in microfluidics
Microfluidic Droplet Production MethodRead more
- Application notes
Encapsulation of multiple emulsions in a single dropletRead more
- White Papers
Droplet-based Microfluidics – White PaperRead more
Raydrop, a universal droplet generator based on a non-embedded co-flow-focusingRead more
- Application notes
Production of water-in-oil emulsions using a droplet generator chipRead more
Robust technology for double emulsion production and focus on microcapsule/microparticle synthesisRead more
Looking for another market?
From the life sciences to the food industry, many applications require the use of fluids driven at flow rates from nanoliters to milliliters per minute. At such low flows, the success of these applications strongly depends on the level of control and automation of the fluidic operations.
These applications require flow control systems that are adapted for ensuring their success.
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