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GlyMed Plus Age Management Anti-Aging Exfoliant Masque 4 oz

IngredientWhat it does
1zinc oxideUVA + UVB sunscreen; anti-irritant, thickener, coloring agent/pigment; bulking agent
2salicylic acidinduces exfoliation in oily areas of skin; oil-soluble so can penetrate pores to exfoliate inside; prevents clogged pores; mildly anti-inflammatory; higher concentrations help fade post-acne marks
3Vitamin EAntioxidant emollient & occlusive moisturizer with proven effects: protects the epidermis from early stages of ultraviolet light damage; increases the efficacy of active sunscreen ingredients; reduces the formation of free radicals upon skin exposure to UVA rays and other sources of skin stress; reduces transepidermal water loss from skin and strengthens the skin's barrier function; protects the skin barrier's oil (lipid) balance during the cleansing process; reduces the severity of sunburn; preservative (if at the end of the list)
4papainstrong 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
5Methylisothiazolinonepreservative
6lecithinmoisturizing phospholipid; emulsifies & thickens a product; water-binder; mild preservative; penetrates skin well so is a great ingredient others can "piggyback on" into your skin
7lavenderMainly 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
8jojoba oilmoisturizing skin-friendly oil (actually a wax) that limits oil production in skin; stimulates collagen; enhances skin's barrier repair properties & ability to heal from damage
9lactic acidthe most moisturizing of AHAs; whitening astringent; exfoliant
10ginsengreduces photo aging and wrinkles, increases collagen production; emollient moisturizer; however, there are conflicting reports that ginseng is effective at all
11glyceryl stearateself-emulsifying emollient & thickening agent, the higher up an ingredient list it is, the thicker the formula
12GlycerinA humectant moisturizer; usually used as a base in (light) moisturizers
13glycolic acidProven to reduce fine lines & wrinkles; hyperpigmentation; smooths, exfoliates & thickens skin; increases skin hydration & elasticity; good melasma treatment
14glycinebuffering agent; keeps skin moist; said to relieve itching
15chamomileanti-inflammatory,calming,soothing
16Cetearyl glucosidea blend of cetearyl alcohol and glucose that functions as an emulsifier and surfactant
17allantoinconsidered an effective anti-irritant; an occlusive that temporarily helps protect from chapped skin or windburn damage; softens skin & exfoliates; also a preservative

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