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Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant

Aloe11 Barbadensis Gel, Diatomaceous Earth14 (Sloum Diatomeae), Butylene Glycol9, Isodecyl Salicylate6, Apricot (Prunus Armeniaca) Kernel Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20,Papain3, Bromelain10, Glyceryl Stearate7, Titanium Dioxide1, Salicylic Acid, Algin12, Lactic Acid5, Sulfur, Sodium Hydroxymethyglycinate, Lavender4 (Lavandula Anjustifolia) Oil, Cornflower (Centaurea Cyanus) Extract, Lemon (Citrus Medica Limonum), orange (Citrus Aurantium Dulcis13), Orange (Citrus Aurantium Dulcis) Flower, Matricaria (Chamomilla Recututa); Silica2, Tetrasodium EDTA8, Methylparaben.

Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant

IngredientWhat it does
1titanium dioxideA broad-spectrum SPF sunscreen; sometimes used as a pigment & for its opacity
2silicaAbsorbent powder & thickening agent; gives products that "dry-touch" feel; silica is a main component of collagen
3papainstrong allergen, one study showed it may be effective for exfoliation but only in pure concentration, shows the same irritating effects as hydrogen peroxide but was shown to be antibacterial in one study
4lavenderMainly used for aromatherapy than skincare; mild antimicrobial/anti-inflammatory effects make it useful as part of a preservative system in a product; fragrance components oxidize on skin & can cause irritation
5lactic acidthe most moisturizing of AHAs; whitening astringent; exfoliant
6isodecyl salicylateanti-inflammatory, antiseptic BHA derivative
7glyceryl stearateself-emulsifying emollient & thickening agent, the higher up an ingredient list it is, the thicker the formula
8EdtaChelating agents bind up trace metal ion contaminants in your water-containing cosmetic thus keeping the product microbe free for longer.
9butylene glycolsolvent; penetration enhancer; humectant moisturizer; in cleansing creams it dissolves dirt, avoids the product from drying too quickly during the removal stage & helps formulas spread better
10bromelainchemical exfoliator from pineapples; also used as a texturizer; very little research on topical human applications. Pineapple extract has antibacterial properties
11aloeemollient moisturizer with anti-inflammatory; antioxidant, & antibacterial qualities
12alginderived from seaweed, used as a emulsifier, barrier, thickener and stabilizer.
13Citrus aurantium dulcisfragrant skin irritant; no topical benefits
14Diatomaceous EarthAbsorbent powder & thickening agent; gives products that "dry-touch" feel; silica is a main component of collagen

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