Isopropyl lanolate, also known as isopropyl myristate, is a synthetic ester derived from lanolin, a natural wax-like substance obtained from sheep’s wool. It is commonly used in cosmetic and personal care products as an emollient, lubricant, and solvent.
Isopropyl lanolate has a light, non-greasy texture, making it a popular ingredient in skincare products, hair care products, and pharmaceutical preparations. It helps to soften and smooth the skin, acting as a moisturizer and improving the spreadability of creams and lotions. It can also be found in various makeup products, such as foundations and lipsticks, as it imparts a smooth, silky feel and helps with the even application of the product.
Additionally, isopropyl lanolate has solvent properties, allowing it to dissolve other substances. This property makes it useful as a carrier for active ingredients in topical medications and pharmaceutical creams. It helps enhance the absorption and delivery of these ingredients into the skin.