A monoester of glycerin and stearic acid which offers skin conditioning, moisturization and hydration due to the glycerin component. Organic Vegetable origin. Glycerol Mono Stearate (GMS) is a well known emulsifying agent which is extensively used by the modern cosmetic industries. It contains both water and oil soluble groups in one molecule which enables it to be a very effective emulsifier. Glyceryl stearate is safe and green food grade emulsifier. Glyceryl stearate is not toxic and readily biodegradable which can be done not only by micro-organisms but by humans. Therefore, when you use GMS in an emulsion for the skin, there will be no danger or harm.
Glycerol monostearate acts as a lubricant on the skin’s surface, which gives the skin a soft and smooth appearance. It also slows the loss of water from the skin by forming a barrier on the skin’s surface. It lends a silky feeling to the product. It helps to form emulsions by reducing the surface tension of the substances to be emulsified.