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Cosmetic serums are a very light formulation with a high density of active ingredients dispersed in oil, water, or gel. This makes serums well suited to the delivery of vitamins, antioxidants, and anti-aging ingredients, but provide less moisturization and protection. Serum production is mainly divided into stages related to optimal mixing and preventing degradation of the active ingredients.

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Dispersing machine for emulsions and suspensions

Equipment operating under the rotor/stator principal is often employed wh...

Economic dispersing machine for emulsions and suspensions

For products of medium viscosity and relatively consistent par...

Dispersing machine for very fine emulsions and suspensions

For continuous high performance mixing of solid and liquid ra...

Ultra-fine dispersing machine for emulsions and suspensions

Producing the finest micro-emulsions and suspensions require...

Colloid mill

For creating extremely fine emulsions and high quality dispersions a high pressure homogenizer is often chosen.  ...

Cone mill machine

When your raw materials include agglomorated suspensions of grainy or crystalline solids and your process n...

Corundum disk mill

Wet milling and grinding of viscous liquids or pastes containing solid particles such as peanut butter,mus...

Inline batch mixer for solids and liquids

Several issues often arise when your process requires batch-wise mixing of powde...

Continuous homogenizing system

Certain mixing tasks present unique challenges and manufacturers need equipment that is speci...

High accuracy homogenizing system

When extremely high accuracy is required in your recipe or formulation traditional mixing...

Horizontal kneader

For high viscosity products, better results and reduced process times can be achieved with kneading type r...

Vertical kneader

Production of highly viscous products with high solid content often benefits from kneading processes rather t...

Continuous kneader

Effective mixing of highly viscous products with extremely high solids content can be difficult and the re...

Batch dispersing machine

Equipment operating under the rotor/stator principal is often employed when more traditional methods...

Batch dispersing machine for abrasive products

For mixing and dispersing tasks that cannot be completed by conventional st...

Batch dispersing machine for bottom entry into vessels

When your process requires high performance mixing or dispersion b...

GMP homogenizing system

Manufacturers need production mixing equipment that is capable, flexible, and easy to maintain. Accur...

Cost-effective homogenizing and emulsifying system

Manufacturers need production mixing equipment that is capable, flexib...

Dust-free continuous homogenizing system

Producers in a wide variety of industries benefit from equipment that can continuo...

Dilution system for two or more liquids in one pass

Onsite dilution of liquid process ingredients has historically been a...

Small-scale laboratory dispersing machine

Developing and validating new processes requires reliable and highly versatile e...

Pilot dispersing machine for testing and scale-up

Innovators in process development need laboratory equipment that helps ...

In-line laboratory dispersing machine

Innovators in a wide variety of industries need laboratory equipment on which process...

Laboratory dispersing machine for low-viscous masses

Laboratory mixers have not always been easy to work with.  Getting a...

Jet flow agitator for high-viscosity media

Processes including homogenization, dispersing, suspension, emulsification and ...

Agitator for medium viscosity media

Mixing fluids of medium viscosity for many production processes requires an agitator wi...

Agitator for low viscosity media

Reliably agitating fluids in open or pressure-less vessels in a laboratory or small scale p...

High-pressure homogenizer

When processes call for homogenized emulsions with extremely fine particle sizes the traditional t...

Compact monoblock filler

Filling and capping bottles and pots for food, chemical and cosmetic...

In-line monoblock linear filler & capper

In many food, chemicals and cosmetic industry...

Multi-head capper

For the stand-alone capping of bottles of up to 2.5litre capacity you need ...

Servo controlled filler

For food and non-food liquid products that are high foam or have a hi...

Single head capper

For the stand-alone capping of bottles of up to 30 litre capacity for smal...

High pressure pilot homogenizer

Biotech and pharmaceutical development programs often requir...

High pressure industrial homogenizer

For any industrial pharmaceutical process that relies ...

High pressure electric laboratory homogenizer

It’s vital that small units for experimenta...

High pressure air powered laboratory homogenizer

Offering lab-scale to small pharmaceutica...

Vibrating sieve for liquid solid separation

Many industrial processes require the efficient separation of solids from a sl...

Self-adhesive linear labeling machine for bottles

It is vital to have precise and long-lasting labels on bottles to avoid...

Cosmetic cream filler

From thin liquid baby oils and perfumes to thicker lotions and creams for hair and skincare, cosmetic p...

Evaporator for heat sensitive products

The removal of solvents when making products in industries like food, cosmetics, pha...

Horizontal thin film evaporators

Horizontal thin film evaporators can increase the residence time of the product and achieve...

Thin film dryers

Dry dissolved or slurried crystallizing or amorphous products to a pourable powder.
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Most important considerations of equipment for making serums

When making cosmetic serums, you start by preparing the oil-soluble and water-soluble constituents separately. Add active ingredients after any thermal treatments as heat may damage or destroy them. Water-based serums will typically comprise oil solubles in very low concentrations of a few percent, active ingredients in a relatively high concentration, and water-solubles forming the majority of the solution. An emulsifier facilitates the distribution of oil solubles, and a preservative protects against microbial growth.

Equipment for making serums requires mixers to prepare the initial stages and to reach a uniform consistency. These may also include thermal functions to assist the incorporation of heat-stable ingredients. You then join the two phases with the help of an emulsifier, and may now introduce your active ingredients safely. Production nuances present with the variety of serum applications, such as acne management, anti-aging, skin-shining, and the reduction of wrinkles. As a result, the selection of your formulation and the necessary accommodations to produce it successfully are important. With oil-based serums, you don’t need to process a water phase entirely for example. Gel-based serums require mixing equipment able to develop the gelling phase.

Alternative options for serum bases

Gel-based serums provide better moisturization and need a gelling agent to reach the desired consistency and texture. You still need an emulsifier to incorporate lipid components, and preservatives to prevent microbial growth. Contrary to water-based serums, their oil-based counterparts contain no water, so they don’t need emulsifiers, and to some degree preservatives. Emulsifiers can strip away the natural oils of the skin and may not be desirable in some circumstances. Consumers may also prefer preservative-free cosmetics, though these are very safe ingredients essential to maintaining shelf life in hydrated formulations. Common bases for such serums include Argan oil and Jojoba oil.

Regulatory compliance for crafting cosmetics

Regulations for production and sale of cosmetic serums vary from country to country, but prioritize safety and transparency of ingredients. The EU has defined its expectations in EU Regulation 1223/2009, for example, and includes an extensive list of banned substances. It also highlights good manufacturing practices, and requires accessibility of relevant data to track economic and medical aspects of the serum. You need to appoint a responsible party, and develop an ongoing conversation with your regulatory agency regarding the safety of your serum.

How homogenization gives you consistency

One of the most important aspects of serum production is the homogenization of its composition. A reliable serum should maintain the same look and feel in every batch. Different ingredients behave differently in solution, and clumping can produce irregularities in the texture as well as discrepancies in relative potency. When selecting equipment for making serums, consider the needs of your formula to find the optimal fit. If clumping can be an issue, use agitators to help ingredients disperse into the mixture. Prior to adding active ingredients, you may also want to heat elements to facilitate even incorporation for a smooth, uniform outcome.

Processing steps involved in serums making

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