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In vitro studies on rice bran wax as skin moisturizer

Author(s): Vidya Sabale1, PM Sabale2, CL Lakhotiya3
1 Parul Arogya Seva Mandal's Baroda College of Pharmacy, Vadodara-391 760, India 2 Pharmacy Department, Faculty of Technology and Engineering, M.S. University of Baroda, Vadodara-390 001, India 3 University Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Nagpur University Campus, Nagpur-440 010, India

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Waxes have been used in many cosmetic preparations and pharmaceuticals as formulation aids. Rice bran wax is a byproduct of rice bran oil industry. Present study aims to investigate possible use of rice bran wax as occlusive moisturizer. The rice bran wax obtained was purified and its physicochemical characteristics were determined. In vitro studies were carried out to determine trans epidermal water loss through stratum corneum and water holding capacity of stratum corneum of human cadaver skin treated with pure rice bran wax and formulation of rice bran wax. The results show that rice bran wax can be used as a promising occlusive moisturizer.

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