The Impact of Pollutants to Skin: How to protect our skin from the pollutants?

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How much are we aware of the Potential Impact of Pollutants on our Skins?

With the drastic climate change, pollution has been one of the HOT topics in Asia. Out of the world’s 100 most polluted cities, 99 cities are in Asia. Furthermore, Jarkata, Hanoi, Thailand and Philippines are ranked in the top 10 cities with the worst air quality.

As pollutants are 20 times smaller than skin pores, it can penetrate deeper into the skin layers and eventually damage skin. The potential harms that can be caused include:

  • Dry Skin
  • Higher sebum secretion rate
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Loss of firmness due to insufficient hydration
  • Skin Inflammation when particles penetrate into our skin

So how can we overcome the challenges faced by our skin?

MahaChem is capable of providing oil-based chemicals that can protect skin from pollutants.

Our Solution: Lumorol & Sebumol Series

Protect your skin from pollutants with SEBUMOL WO 300 and LUMOROL K 5229

Lumorol and Sebumol series are respectively primary surfactant and emulsifier series that are mainly being used for wash off applications.

The mechanisms of these series to protect the skin from pollutants include the following:

  1. Remove Pollutants from Skin
  2. Boost up water level in skin
  3. Build up the skin’s protective barrier

Efficacy of Lumorol/Sebumol Series in Each Application

The efficacy of Lumorol / Sebumol series is dependent on its application. The following table portrays the efficacy of Lumorol / Sebumol series in different applications.

Dead Sea Salt & Oil Body Scrub Wind & Weather Cream & Pollution Protection Oil foam bath/Shower Oil

  • Water-free cleansing oil becomes feasible
  • Easy to use
  • Control deposition and penetration of pollutants into the skin
  • Turns into a white foaming emulsion during shower

  • Provide moisturizing, hydrating protection
  • Improve rigidity and firmness of the skin
  • Does not leave any sticky feeling on skin and provide excellent emulsifying effect



  • Water-free cleansing with good foaming effect becomes feasible
  • Superb moisturizing and nourishing effect
  • Replenish natural oil loss in our skin and strengthen the skin protective barrier

Formulation guides

LUMOROL K 5229-Dead Sea Salt & Oil Body Scrub

A Castor oil Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil 44.0
A Hydrogenated castor oil Hydrogenated castor oil 2.0
B Antioxidant q.s.
B Miglyol 840 Gel B Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate


C LUMOROL K 5229 MIPA-Laureth Sulfate, Laureth-4, Propylene Glycol 28.8 Z&S
C Dyestuff (oil soluble) q.s.
C Dead Sea Salt Maris Sal 10.0
C OXYPON 401 PEG-9 Cocoglycerides 2.7 Z&S
Total 100


  1. Combine A and heat up to approx. 85-90 °C and if melted homogenize.
  2. Add B to A and homogenize until getting a homogeneous mixture
  3. If necessary heat up again
  4. Cool down to approx. 40 °C whilst stirring and at the same time add the other components of part C.

Final Product Appearance: Translucent, High Viscous Gel, with Salt Particles

SEBUMOL WO 300- Wind & Weather Cream & Pollution Protection

A Isopropyl palmitate Isopropyl palmitate 8.0
A Finsolv TN C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate 6.0
A Soybean oil Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil 5.0
A Jojoba oil Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil 4.0
A SEBUMOL WO 300 Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Polyglyceryl-4 Oleate, Propanediol 4.0 Z&S
A Lanolin Blend Lanolin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride 2.0
A Kahlwax 2039L Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax 2.0
A Tocopherol Acetate Tocopheryl Acetate 1.0
A DL- alpha-Tocopherol Care Tocopherol 0.01
B Deionized water Aqua (Water) Approx.
B Glycerin Glycerin 3.0
B MgSO4*7 H2O Magnesium Sulfate 0.5
C Panthenol 75% Panthenol 2.0
C Perfume Perfume 0.2
C Preservative q.s.
Total 100


  1. Combine A and heat up to minimum 76°C whilst stirring.
  2. Combine B and heat up to approx. 75 °C whilst stirring.
  3. Add B in small portions to A whilst stirring and wait until the mixture has a uniform, white appearance.
  4. Homogenize AB for about 1-2 minutes.
  5. Cool down AB whilst stirring to approx. 40 °C. Add C and stir to homogeneity.
  6. Cool down ABC whilst stirring to approx. 35 °C. After reaching 35 °C do not stir anymore and let cool down to room temperature without stirring. Do not homogenize at the end.

Final Product Appearance: White soft cream

LUMOROL K 5229 – Shower Oil

A LUMOROL K 5229 (Water-Free Surfactant blend of anionic and non-ionic surfactant) MIPA-Laureth Sulfate, Laureth-4, Propylene Glycol 57.0 Z&S
A Olive Oil Olea Europaea (Olive Oil) 29.0
A Antioxidant q.s.
A Paraffin Oil Mineral Oil 13.0
C Perfume Perfume (Fragrance) 1.0
Total 100

Final Product Appearance: Clear Yellow Liquid

Let's protect your customers' skin with Lumorol and Sebumol series

Most of our customers are living in the cities with the severe level of pollution, and pollutants in those cities are potentially harmful to many people’s skins. Although it may seem hard to provide the solution that can protect the skin to customers, we are always ready to supply such chemicals to you. Contact us for more details now.

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