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Mineral Spring Water, Acer Saccharinum (Sugar Maple3) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis36 (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon)33 Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar4 Cane) Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Leaf Extract, Water, Butylene Glycol25, Ruscus Aculeatus1 Root (Butcherbroom35) Extract, Myristyl Myristate9, Ethylhexyl Palmitate19, C13-14 Isoparaffin26, Laureth-7, Polyacrylamide, Propanediol (Corn-derived Glycol), Squalene (Phytosqualene), Maris Sal10 (Dead Sea Water), Centella Asiatica22 Extract, Glycerin16, Steareth-2, Steareth-21, Horse Chestnut14 Seed Extract, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Leaf Extract, Ceratonia Siliqua (Carob Bean) Gum, Caprylyl Glycol24 , Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Diethylhexyl Adipate34, Cetyl Alcohol23, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate17, Propylene Glycol5, PVM/MA Copolymer6, Hydroxypropyl Guar12, Saccharide Isomerate, Allantoin31, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose13, Fragrance18, Dunaliella Salina (Dead Sea Algae32) Extract, Potassium Sorbate, PVP, Phoenix Dactylifera37 (Date) Fruit Extract, Alcohol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil158, Tocopherol (Vitamin E2), Grapeseed Extract, BHA, Citric Acid20, Propyl Gallate7, Disodium Lauriminodipropionate Tocopheryl Phosphates, Lecithin11, Beta-Sitosterol28, Ascorbyl Palmitate30, Hydrogenated Vegetable Glycerides Citrate, Rosemary Flower Extract, Retinyl(Vitamin A) Palmitate, Alpha Isomethyl Ionone38, Benzyl Salicylate29, Butylphenyl Methylpropional27, Citronellol21, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool

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IngredientWhat it does
1Ruscus aculeatusmay have anti-inflammatory properties for skin, but there is little research proving it
2Vitamin 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)
3sugar maplemoisturizing properties, not the same as glycolic or lactic acids nor does it exfoliate skin
4sugarhumectant moisturizer; often used as a preservative substitute for glycerin
5propylene glycolsolvent; humectant; gives a product "slip"; helps "carry" other ingredients into the skin; also enhances the efficacy of preservatives
6PVM/MA Copolymerbinder, film former, hair fixative, emulsion stabilizer, suspending agent, viscosity controlling agent
7propyl gallateantioxidant & fragrance ingredient; reported to cause allergic reactions
8Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oilemulsifier; surfactant
9Myristyl MyristateEmollient; Opacifying agent; Skin conditioning
10Maris Salmoisturizing
11lecithinmoisturizing phospholipid; emulsifies & thickens a product; water-binder; mild preservative; penetrates skin well so is a great ingredient others can "piggyback on" into your skin
12Hydroxypropyl GuarBinder; Emulsion Stabilizer; Film Former; Viscosity Increasing Agent; Detergent cleansing agent
13hydroxyethylcellulosegelling & thickening agent
14horse chestnutpotent antioxidant & anti-inflammatory; but no studies prove it works on cellulite; contains high levels of saponins
15hydrogenated castor oilused as an oily base ingredient; with PEG it's a non-ionic surfactant and is used as a solubilizer for essential oils.
16GlycerinA humectant moisturizer; usually used as a base in (light) moisturizers
17glyceryl polymethacrylateFilm-former; controls viscosity in a product
18fragranceFragrance 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.
19Ethylhexyl Palmitateemollient; solvent; fragrance
20citric acidmainly used as a cleaning agent & preservative; pH adjuster; in higher concentration it's an AHA (in peels & antiaging products)
22centella asiaticaantibacterial, anti-psoriatic, and wound-healing properties
23Cetyl 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
24caprylyl glycolAn alcohol, derived from a plant which is used as an emollient and coconut derived preservative.
25butylene 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
26C13-14 Isoparaffinemollient; solvent
27Butylphenyl Methylpropionalfragrance
28beta-sitosterolTopically, it is considered a good moisturizing and anti-inflammatory It's like a fatty acid and structurally similar to cholesterol.
29benzyl salicylatefragrance & UV light absorber
30ascorbyl palmitateA moisturizing vitamin C ester, fat/lipid soluble, antioxidant and preservative
31allantoinconsidered an effective anti-irritant; an occlusive that temporarily helps protect from chapped skin or windburn damage; softens skin & exfoliates; also a preservative
32algaemarine compounds are emollient antioxidants; some claim to brighten skin; some are simply skin conditioners, known to be highly comedogenic, thickeners/emulsifiers in a product
33(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.
34Diethylhexyl Adipateused in skincare as an emollient and plasticizer; a non-oily emollient lubricant with mild drying effects
35Butcherbroommay have anti-inflammatory properties for skin, but there is little research proving it
36Citrus aurantium dulcisfragrant skin irritant; no topical benefits
37Phoenix DactyliferaDate fruit extract, Phoenix Dactylifera in particular is an emollient antioxidant with skin smoothing properties. Early research suggests that applying a cream containing 5% date palm seed extract around the eyes for 5 weeks reduces the depth and improves the appearance of wrinkles. However, there is insufficient evidence to support this claim.
38Alpha Isomethyl IononeFragrance 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.

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