Back to Basics: Viscosity Fundamentals
Key Words: Face lotion, hand lotion, cream, viscosity, shear thinning, cleaning, high shear, non-Newtonian fluid, protocol, thixotropy
Goal: Cosmetic lotions are often non-Newtonian fluids with yield stresses and thixotropic structure. These properties are vital for their function as self-care products, but also make their rheological properties difficult to characterize. In particular, data collection can be time consuming and instrument cleaning can be challenging. This application note will share an easy-to-implement protocol to precisely measure complex cosmetic formulations using VROC technology.
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We are at the 2020 Peptalk conference in San Diego! Come to Booth #700 to say hello to our technical team!!