Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate
Hydrogenated starch hydrosylate (HSH) is a mixture of several sugar alcohols. They are produced by the partial hydrolysis of starch – most often corn starch but also potato starch or wheat starch. This creates dextrins (glucose and short glucose chains). The hydrolyzed starch (dextrin) then undergoes hydrogenation to convert the dextrins to sugar alcohols.
It is used in our formulations as a skin conditioning agent that increases water content of the top layers of the skin by drawing moisture from the surrounding air.