Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate Good Humectant Hydration Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate at a glance Plant-derived or synthetic ingredient formed by the controlled hydrogenation of hydrolysed starch Offers multifunctional properties, most famous for its humectant (hydrating) benefits Can also be used as a film-forming agent for added barrier protection in skin care products Deemed safe by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate description Hydrogenated starch hydrolysate offers multifunctional properties, mainly acting as a humectant (hydrator) and film-forming agent for added barrier protection in skin care products. This ingredient may be plant-derived or synthetic. It is formed by the controlled hydrogenation of hydrolysed starch. In 2015, the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel concluded hydrogenated starch hydrolysate is safe as used in cosmetics. Their report surveyed products containing up to 3.8%. Beyond skin care, this ingredient is also used in oral care.