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Water, Phytic Acid11, Kaolin21, Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid39, Oleanolic Acid15, Carthamus Tinctorius40 Seed Oil, Sesamum Indicum Seed7 Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil16, Vitis Vinifera Seed Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Hyaluronic Acid1, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Piper Nigrum Seed12 Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract, Linum Usitatissimum Seed Extract20, Serenoa Serrulata Fruit Extract8, Diatomaceous Earth41, Bentonite32, Tocopheryl Acetate, Beta-Sitosterol33, Tocopherol, Bisabolol31, Allantoin35, PEG-60 Almond Glycerides14, Glycerin23, Urea2, Saccharide Hydrolysate, Magnesium Aspartate19, Glycine24, Alanine36, Creatine, Menthyl Lactate18, Microcrystalline Cellulose17, Cellulose Gum, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate13, Xanthan Gum, Hydrolyzed Collagen2722, Collagen Amino Acids34, Adenosine37 Triphosphate, Sea Salt38, Sodium Chloride5, Sodium Sulfate, Sodium Carbonate6, Potassium Chloride10, Butylene Glycol30, Propylene Glycol9, Carbomer, Fragrance25, Disodium EDTA26, Citric Acid28, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol29, Sorbic Acid, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite4, Titanium Dioxide3, Iron Oxides, Mica, Tin Oxide
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IngredientWhat it does
1hyaluronic acidA humectant moisturizer; proven to boost skin's moisture content, reduce inflammation, have cell-communicating abilitites & help prevent moisture loss
2ureaHumectant moisturizer; improves penetration of other ingredients; minimizes water loss; speeds up skin renewal; adjusts pH of a product. If you're in the UK and looking for urea products, check the ingredient list for "carbamide" instead. It's the same thing.
3titanium dioxideA broad-spectrum SPF sunscreen; sometimes used as a pigment & for its opacity
4Synthetic Fluorphlogopitefunctions as a bulking agent and a watery viscosity increasing agent
5sodium chloridesalt; used in exfoliators or as a thickener/stabilizer in a formula
6sodium carbonateAbsorbent salt; can also be a skin irritant. Also a bulking agent and pH adjuster.
7Sesamum Indicum Seedabrasive exfoliant
8Serenoa Serrulata Fruit Extractmoisturizing
9propylene glycolsolvent; humectant; gives a product "slip"; helps "carry" other ingredients into the skin; also enhances the efficacy of preservatives
10potassium chloridecontrol viscosity
11phytic acidantioxidant with moisturizing, deodorizing & chelating properties
12Piper Nigrum Seedantioxidant
13PEG-7 Glyceryl CocoateCleansing surfactant; Solubilizer; makes the product smooth and foamy
14Peg-60 Almond Glyceridesemulsifier, combines oil and water in the formula
15oleanolic acidantioxidant with anti-tumor and anti-viral properties
16Olea Europaea Fruit Oilocclusive oil; rich & heavy; used as a solvent & emollient
17Microcrystalline Celluloseabsorbing, anti-caking, bulking aka makes a product bulkier, emulsion stabilizing, opacifying aka makes the formula less clear, solution stabilising, viscosity controlling
18menthyl lactateFlavoring, cooling agent and fragrance ingredient, derivative of menthol. Likely irritating.
19magnesium aspartatebinding agent, chelating agent and a skin conditioner.
20Linum Usitatissimum Seed Extractfragrance; conditioning
21kaolina 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.
22Hydrolyzed Collagenantistatic, emollient moisturizing, film forming, hair moisturizing, humectant moisturizing
23GlycerinA humectant moisturizer; usually used as a base in (light) moisturizers
24glycinebuffering agent; keeps skin moist; said to relieve itching
25fragranceFragrance 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.
26disodium EDTApreservative & product stabilizer; helps the topical penetration of active ingredients; chelating agent
27collagenhumectant moisturizer; film-former; has never been shown to have a direct effect on producing or building collagen in skin
28citric acidmainly used as a cleaning agent & preservative; pH adjuster; in higher concentration it's an AHA (in peels & antiaging products)
29caprylyl glycolAn alcohol, derived from a plant which is used as an emollient and coconut derived preservative.
30butylene 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
31bisabololanti-irritant; reduces dry & damaged skin flaking; restores suppleness; also a fragrance. It also increases the skin penetration of other cosmetic ingredients.
32bentoniteHighly absorbent; thickens, stabilizes and bulks up a product
33beta-sitosterolTopically, it is considered a good moisturizing and anti-inflammatory It's like a fatty acid and structurally similar to cholesterol.
34Amino AcidsWidely used in moisturizers and emollients because they are thought to help penetrate the skin; have water-binding, antioxidant and wound-healing abilities
35allantoinconsidered an effective anti-irritant; an occlusive that temporarily helps protect from chapped skin or windburn damage; softens skin & exfoliates; also a preservative
36alaninemay have water-binding, antioxidant properties
38sea saltsalt; used in exfoliators or as a thickener/stabilizer in a formula
39nordihydroguaiaretic acidChaparral extract has antioxidant & antimicrobial properties, can also be used as a fragrance. Thought to reduce DHT levels and slow hair regrowth.
40Carthamus Tinctoriusan emollient oil high in primarily linolenic acid (omega 3); great for dry skins
41Diatomaceous EarthAbsorbent powder & thickening agent; gives products that "dry-touch" feel; silica is a main component of collagen

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