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Water, Kaolin16, Glycerin18, Witch Hazel1 Water, Cetyl Alcohol24, Sorbitan Stearate7, Hexylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate19, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate32, PEG-32, Silica8, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate9, Cetyl Palmitate25, PEG-8 Beeswax29, Hydrogenated Lecithin15, Phenoxyethanol, Polysorbate 20, Xanthan Gum, Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane22, Stearic Acid6, Palmitic Acid12, Fragrance20, Propylene Glycol10, Methylparaben, Cyclohexasiloxane, Tromethamine4, Lauroyl Lysine14, Niacinamide13, Disodium EDTA21, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, PEG-8, Yeast2 Extract, Aesculus (Horse Chestnut17) Seed Extract, Biosaccharide Gum27-2, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate31, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Tocopherol, Panthenol11, Zinc Gluconate3, Sodium Citrate, Caffeine26, Ascorbyl Palmitate30, Citric Acid23, Biotin28, Cananga Odorata Flower Extract, Yellow 5, Blue 1, Titanium Dioxide5

Chanel Purifying Cream Mask

IngredientWhat it does
1witch hazelfragrant astringent; antioxidant & anti-irritant properties (some forms can be irritating, click to read why)
3zinc gluconateProven to treat inflammatory acne; also preventative. Reduces the production of Squalane, a component of human sebum.
4tromethaminefragrance; adjusts pH; buffering agent
5titanium dioxideA broad-spectrum SPF sunscreen; sometimes used as a pigment & for its opacity
6stearic acidemulsifier; cleaning agent; stabilizes emulsions; lipophilic thickener; texturizer. Stearic acid is naturally found in skin and is used in cleansers to reduce cleansing-induced damage, aid in moisturization, and replenish with skin-natural lipids.
7Sorbitan Stearateemulsifier, combines oil and water in the formula
8silicaAbsorbent powder & thickening agent; gives products that "dry-touch" feel; silica is a main component of collagen
9sodium methyl cocoyl tauratea mild surfactant
10propylene glycolsolvent; humectant; gives a product "slip"; helps "carry" other ingredients into the skin; also enhances the efficacy of preservatives
11panthenolhumectant emollient moisturizer; anti-inflammatory
12palmitic acidemollient; emulsifier
13niacinamideProven healing antioxidant; stimulates collagen; some UV protection; reduces hyperpigmentation; anti-inflammatory; anti-acne; anti-rosacea
14Lysineanti-static moisturizer
15lecithinmoisturizing phospholipid; emulsifies & thickens a product; water-binder; mild preservative; penetrates skin well so is a great ingredient others can "piggyback on" into your skin
16kaolina clay much like any other, absorbs excess oil and dirt from skin. High in potassium and can be used in cleansers to give a silkier feel. Also has anti-caking properties; said to be ideal for sensitive skin.
17horse chestnutpotent antioxidant & anti-inflammatory; but no studies prove it works on cellulite; contains high levels of saponins
18GlycerinA humectant moisturizer; usually used as a base in (light) moisturizers
19glyceryl stearateself-emulsifying emollient & thickening agent, the higher up an ingredient list it is, the thicker the formula
20fragranceFragrance in skin care is like spraying perfume on your face. Smells nice, but potentially irritating and damaging to your skin's acid mantle. Especially if these ingredients are high up on the ingredient list.
21disodium EDTApreservative & product stabilizer; helps the topical penetration of active ingredients; chelating agent
22CyclopentasiloxaneSilicone; makes stuff easily spreadable; used as a conditioner, delivery agent, lubricant & solvent. Helps deliver other, heavier, silicones also in a product (like dimethicone)
23citric acidmainly used as a cleaning agent & preservative; pH adjuster; in higher concentration it's an AHA (in peels & antiaging products)
24Cetyl Alcoholemollient moisturizing, emulsifying, emulsion stabilizing, foam boosting, masks the scent of other ingredients in a formula , opacifying aka makes the formula less clear, cleansing surfactant, viscosity controlling
25Cetyl Palmitateemollient moisturizing, masks the scent of other ingredients in a formula , moisturizing
26caffeineconstricts the skin; may be anti-inflammatory but also irritating; a potential antioxidant (there is no independent research that caffeine helps cellulite); aids ingredients to penetrate the skin
27biosaccharide gummoisturizing & skin soothing ingredient; anti-irritant; creates a moisture-binding film on the skin
28biotintexturizer; no reported skin benefit when applied topically; may regulate sebum
29beeswaxa thickening agent that has some emollient properties
30ascorbyl palmitateA moisturizing vitamin C ester, fat/lipid soluble, antioxidant and preservative
31Ammonium Glycyrrhizateanti-inflammatory; anti-allergic; the root has been proven to treat hyperpigmentation so its used in whitening products
32Magnesium Aluminum Silicatea natural mica used as an alternative to talc, as a binding agent; gives a smooth feel

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