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Aqua, cyclopentasiloxane21, hamamelis39 virginiana water, alcohol denat.33, glycerin16, hdi/trimethylol hexyllactone crosspolymer, cyclohexasiloxane, c30-45 alkyl cetearyl dimethicone crosspolymer24, peg-11 methyl ether dimethicone10, ammonium acryloyldimethyltaurate/vp copolymer4030, alkyl methacrylates crosspolymer, hydroxyethyl acrylate/sodium acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer15, squalane5, niacinamide12, bisabolol26, sodium citrate, hexylene glycol, methylparaben, salicylic acid1, parfum, faex extract19, aesculus hippocastanum seed extract34, silica7, phenoxyethanol, methyl methacrylate crosspolymer13, ammonium glycyrrhizate31, allantoin35, tromethamine3, polysorbate 609, acrylates/c10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer36, panthenol11, propylene glycol8, zinc gluconate2, benzophenone4, disodium edta20, butylene glycol25, PEG-8, glucose17, fructose, sucrose, caffeine23, urea4, citric acid22, sorbitan isostearate6, tocopherol, maltodextrin14, alteromonas38 ferment extract32, ascorbyl palmitate28, alanine37, glutamic acid18, biotin27, aspartic acid29, ascorbic acid, ethylparaben, butylparaben, propylparaben, isobutylparaben

IngredientWhat it does
1salicylic 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
2zinc gluconateProven to treat inflammatory acne; also preventative. Reduces the production of Squalane, a component of human sebum.
3tromethaminefragrance; adjusts pH; buffering agent
4ureaHumectant 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.
5squalanelight emollient veg oil, can be antibacterial & moisturizing; might break out some people
6Sorbitan Isostearateemulsifier, combines oil and water in the formula
7silicaAbsorbent powder & thickening agent; gives products that "dry-touch" feel; silica is a main component of collagen
8propylene glycolsolvent; humectant; gives a product "slip"; helps "carry" other ingredients into the skin; also enhances the efficacy of preservatives
9polysorbate 60thickening agent, emulsifier, mild surfactant; used to form emulsions
10Peg-11 Methyl Ether Dimethiconeemulsifying, hair moisturizing
11panthenolhumectant emollient moisturizer; anti-inflammatory
12niacinamideProven healing antioxidant; stimulates collagen; some UV protection; reduces hyperpigmentation; anti-inflammatory; anti-acne; anti-rosacea
13Methyl Methacrylate CrosspolymerUsed as a film former and viscosity increasing agent.
14maltodextrinbinding agent; may increase anti-aging properties of other ingredients when used together; anti-irritant
15Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate CopolymerEmulsion Stabilizer; Opacifying agent; Suspending agent; Hydrophilic Thickener
16GlycerinA humectant moisturizer; usually used as a base in (light) moisturizers
17glucosehas water-binding properties for skin; used also as a filler in a formula
18glutamic acidhumectant anti-static hair conditioner
19Faex Extractmoisturizing
20disodium EDTApreservative & product stabilizer; helps the topical penetration of active ingredients; chelating agent
21CyclopentasiloxaneSilicone; makes stuff easily spreadable; used as a conditioner, delivery agent, lubricant & solvent. Helps deliver other, heavier, silicones also in a product (like dimethicone)
22citric acidmainly used as a cleaning agent & preservative; pH adjuster; in higher concentration it's an AHA (in peels & antiaging products)
23caffeineconstricts 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
24C30-45 Alkyl Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymerfilm forming emollient skin-conditioner
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
26bisabololanti-irritant; reduces dry & damaged skin flaking; restores suppleness; also a fragrance. It also increases the skin penetration of other cosmetic ingredients.
27biotintexturizer; no reported skin benefit when applied topically; may regulate sebum
28ascorbyl palmitateA moisturizing vitamin C ester, fat/lipid soluble, antioxidant and preservative
29Aspartic Acidantistatic, hair moisturizing, masks the scent of other ingredients in a formula , moisturizing
30Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymerviscosity controlling
31Ammonium Glycyrrhizateanti-inflammatory; anti-allergic; the root has been proven to treat hyperpigmentation so its used in whitening products
32Alteromonas Ferment Extractanti-inflammatory; oceanic bacteria
33Alcohol Denat.masking, solvent to dissolve things in a formula, viscosity controlling
34Aesculus Hippocastanum Seed Extractmoisturizing
35allantoinconsidered an effective anti-irritant; an occlusive that temporarily helps protect from chapped skin or windburn damage; softens skin & exfoliates; also a preservative
36alkyl acrylate crosspolymeremulsifier that thickens & stabilizes formulas, makes it possible for a product to release the oils in it immediately when rubbing the product into the skin
37alaninemay have water-binding, antioxidant properties
38Alteromonasanti-inflammatory; oceanic bacteria
39Hamamelisfragrant astringent; antioxidant & anti-irritant properties (some forms can be irritating, click to read why)
40Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymeremulsion stabilizer & hydrophilic thickener

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