The construction of collapsible tubes used for creams and gels is another, often hidden, application of alufoil. The metal layer maintains the quality of the product against the damaging effect of light and adds deadfold characteristics to the laminates. Deadfold means the tube made with alufoil laminate, once squeezed, remains squeezed and will not spring back to draw in air and micro-organisms, so avoiding the ingress of contamination and maintaining a high level of hygiene.
For many cosmetic creams, which contain oils, water and vitamins, this can mean the quality and viability of the product are extended for the whole of the likely period of use. In addition anti-counterfeiting holograms can be used with alufoil laminate tubes.