Slip Agent



Slip Agent description

Term used to describe a range of ingredients that help other ingredients spread over skin and penetrate into it. Slip agents also have humectant properties. Slip agents include butylene glycol, glycerine, polysorbates, and propylene glycol, to name a few. They are as basic to the world of skincare as water.

Peer-reviewed, substantiated scientific research is used to assess ingredients in this dictionary. Regulations regarding constraints, permitted concentration levels and availability vary by country and region.

Ingredient ratings


Proven and supported by independent studies. Outstanding active ingredient for most skin types or concerns.


Necessary to improve a formula's texture, stability, or penetration.


Generally non-irritating but may have aesthetic, stability, or other issues that limit its usefulness.


There is a likelihood of irritation. Risk increases when combined with other problematic ingredients.


May cause irritation, inflammation, dryness, etc. May offer benefit in some capability but overall, proven to do more harm than good.


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Not Rated