Substance information

The name component "capryloyl" means that the ingredient contains, as fatty acid component, amongst others, caprylic acid (octanoic acid) (mostly introduced via an acylation reaction). "Hydrolyzed" means: hydrolysed or a hydrolysate (product of the separation of a chemical compound by reaction with water, often by means of enzymes). Ingredient on the basis of collagen or hydrolysed collagen.

Function(s) of this ingredient in cosmetic products


Reduces electrostatic charges (eg of the hair)


Leaves the hair easy to comb, supple, soft and shiny and / or imparts volume



Background information on use in cosmetics

Collagen (INCI name component: collagen) is a very important protein molecule in the human body and a main component of the skin. It takes over the function of supporting the connective tissue of the skin like a scaffold, whereby the skin remains elastic and supple. In the young skin, old collagen fibres are permanently replaced by new ones, so that the skin has a smooth and fresh appearance. With advancing age, this process is slowing down and the existing collagen loses increasingly in elasticity, hardens and becomes cracked – the scaffold becomes unstable and there can be wrinkles. To counter this process, anti-ageing products use special active ingredient combinations which have caring, moisturising and skin renewing properties. Collagen has proven to be a good hydroscopic agent and moisturiser in these active ingredient complexes. Because of its water-binding properties, the active ingredient is increasingly also used in products such as lipsticks. To promote and accelerate the natural regeneration process of the skin, collagen fragments are, moreover, used in the form of so-called polycollagen peptides in care products. These imitate the naturally occurring collagen fragments and hence support the repair process of the skin. The result of this care is a rapid mitigation of lines and wrinkles; the complexion and elasticity of the skin are significantly improved.

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