Development of cosmetic textiles using microencapsulation technology

S.Y. Cheng, C.W.M. Yuen, Chi Wai Kan, K.K.L. Cheuk

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In recent years, textile materials have been found in applications in the cosmetics field. A new sector of cosmetic textiles is introduced and several commercial cosmetic textile products are currently available in the market. On contact with human body and skin, cosmetic textiles are designed to transfer an active substance for cosmetic purposes. The principle is achieved by simply imparting the cosmetic and pharmaceutical ingredients into the fabric of clothing so that with the natural movement of the body, the skin is slowly freshened and revitalised.||Microencapsulation technology is an effective technique used to control the release properties of active ingredients that prolong the functionality of cosmetic textiles. This paper will address the historical background of microencapsulation technology, its significant advantages and the most commonly used microencapsulation methods. Some typical examples of commercially available microencapsulation based cosmetic textile products will also be examined. Recent applications, as well as potential development in cosmetic textiles production, will be discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-51
Number of pages11
JournalResearch Journal of Textile and Apparel
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • Cosmetic Textiles
  • Microencapsulation
  • Body Care


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