What is it?
What are the effects?
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This substance may be derived from animals.
The word albumin origins from the latin word albu’men, meaning egg white. It is a group of simple proteins that in hydrolysis yields amino acids. Included in the group are ovalbumin from egg, serum albumin from blood, and lactalbumin from milk.
The non-profit organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has listed this substance in their Animal-derived Ingredients List. They write that albumen can be sourced from ”eggs, milk, muscles, blood, and many vegetable tissues and fluids.” Hence, this ingredient may also be vegan.
PETA also list albumin as an ingredient that “may cause allergic reaction.”
No matter how this ingredient is sourced, vegan or non-vegan, it is often named the same. To know if the product is free from animal biological parts, look for “vegetarian” or “vegan” stamps on the product or in the product description. In some cases you may even have to ask the manufacturer to know how the ingredient is sourced.
How is it used?
Albumins are often used in food and drinks such as cakes, cookies and candies, but they can also be found in glues, medicines and cosmetics.
In various cosmetic products*, albumins mainly functions as skin and hair conditioning agents (enhances and maintain), film forming (produces a film on f.ex skin) and humectants (holds and keeps moisture). However, it is known to be a not very helpful ingredient as it reportedly only leaves temporary effects, for example only temporarily smoother skin.
Historically albumins have most famously been used in photography. It was previously common to layer photographic print paper with egg white.
We use the European Commissions definition of Cosmetics:
“Cosmetics range from everyday hygiene products such as soap, shampoo, deodorant, and toothpaste to luxury beauty items including perfumes and makeup”.
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