Sodium Acrylates Copolymer



No known benefits

Sodium Acrylates Copolymer at a glance

  • Synthetic polymer with multiple uses in cosmetics
  • Help stabilise, suspend and bind key ingredients
  • Higher amounts have film-forming and binding properties
  • Highly purified forms considered safe as used in cosmetics

Sodium Acrylates Copolymer description

A synthetic, acrylic-based, salt-derived polymer that functions in cosmetics as a texture enhancer, binder, and film-forming agent. A large group of acrylates copolymers, including this one, has been extensively studied and deemed safe for use in cosmetic products “when formulated to avoid irritation”. This means using highly purified copolymers to avoid residues (known as monomers) that can irritate skin. Paula’s Choice follows this practice whenever we use acrylate ingredients. Concentrations of sodium acrylates copolymer range from 0.5% when used to enhance texture, stabilise, or suspend ingredients in an emulsion (a mix of oil- and water-soluble ingredients). Amounts up to 25% may be used when the goal is film-forming or binding agent.

Sodium Acrylates Copolymer references

  • Journal of Preventive Medicine and Hygiene, March 2019, pages E50–E57
  • International Journal of Toxicology, October 2017, pages 59S–88S; and November 2002, Supplement 3, pages 1-50

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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