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Water, Butylene Glycol21, Ruscus Aculeatus1 (Butcherbroom27) Extract, Propylene Glycol6, Zizyphus Jujuba, Algae24, Fenugreek (Trigonella Foenum Graecum) Extract, Sclerotium Gum, Propylene Glycol, Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar3 Cane) Extract, Acer Sacchrium (Sugar Maple4) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis29 (Orange) Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon)26 Extract, Ethylhexyl Palmitate18, Glyecin, Hydrocotyl (Centella Asiatica19) Extract, Ammonium Lactate, Aesculcus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut13) Extract, Equisetumaryense (Horsetail) Extract, Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis) Extract, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin22, Laureth-7, Ceratonia Siliqua (Carob Bean) Gum, Glyceryl Stearate15 Cetyl Alcohol20, Sea Salt28 Water (Dead Sea Water), Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil148, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate16, Propylene Glycol, Pvm/Ma Copolymer7, Peg-40 Stearate9, Hydroxypropyl Guar10, Sccaride Isomerate, Sorbitan Tristearate5, Potassium Sorbate, Pvp, Sodium Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance17 (Perfume), Sodium Hyaluronate2, Chlorohexidine Digluconate, Allantoin25, Linalool Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional23, Hydroxycitronellal11, Geraniol, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde12

Ahava Age Defying Optimizer Serum

IngredientWhat it does
1Ruscus aculeatusmay have anti-inflammatory properties for skin, but there is little research proving it
2sodium hyaluronateA humectant moisturizer; proven to boost skin's moisture content, reduce inflammation, have cell-communicating abilitites & help prevent moisture loss
3sugarhumectant moisturizer; often used as a preservative substitute for glycerin
4sugar maplemoisturizing properties, not the same as glycolic or lactic acids nor does it exfoliate skin
5Sorbitan Tristearateemulsifier, combines oil and water in the formula
6propylene glycolsolvent; humectant; gives a product "slip"; helps "carry" other ingredients into the skin; also enhances the efficacy of preservatives
7PVM/MA Copolymerbinder, film former, hair fixative, emulsion stabilizer, suspending agent, viscosity controlling agent
8Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oilemulsifier; surfactant
9Peg-40 Stearateemulsifier; surfactant
10Hydroxypropyl GuarBinder; Emulsion Stabilizer; Film Former; Viscosity Increasing Agent; Detergent cleansing agent
11Hydroxycitronellalfragrance
12Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehydefragrance masking
13horse chestnutpotent antioxidant & anti-inflammatory; but no studies prove it works on cellulite; contains high levels of saponins
14hydrogenated castor oilused as an oily base ingredient; with PEG it's a non-ionic surfactant and is used as a solubilizer for essential oils.
15glyceryl stearateself-emulsifying emollient & thickening agent, the higher up an ingredient list it is, the thicker the formula
16glyceryl polymethacrylateFilm-former; controls viscosity in a product
17fragranceFragrance 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.
18Ethylhexyl Palmitateemollient; solvent; fragrance
19centella asiaticaantibacterial, anti-psoriatic, and wound-healing properties
20Cetyl 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
21butylene 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
22C13-14 Isoparaffinemollient; solvent
23Butylphenyl Methylpropionalfragrance
24algaemarine compounds are emollient antioxidants; some claim to brighten skin; some are simply skin conditioners, known to be highly comedogenic, thickeners/emulsifiers in a product
25allantoinconsidered an effective anti-irritant; an occlusive that temporarily helps protect from chapped skin or windburn damage; softens skin & exfoliates; also a preservative
26(lemon)Lemon extract in skincare is a known skin sensitizer and irritant. It can have antibacterial properties but it’s incredibly irritating, as lemon juice has a pH of 2, which is very acidic and its use is linked with damage to your skin’s acid mantle. Lemon extract/juice/peel/oil does way more harm than good. Using lemon juice on your skin, or products containing lemon extract, lemon oil, lemon peel and even other citrus extracts and peel oils (like orange, mandarin, grapefruit, etc.) can cause brown discolorations and red rash looking irritation when you go out into the sun. This is a reaction known as phytophotodermatitis.
27Butcherbroommay have anti-inflammatory properties for skin, but there is little research proving it
28sea saltsalt; used in exfoliators or as a thickener/stabilizer in a formula
29Citrus aurantium dulcisfragrant skin irritant; no topical benefits

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