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Water, Butylene Glycol34, PEG-75, Dimethicone, Caprylyl Methicone, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Beheneth-2536 Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Phormidium Persicinum Extract13, Laminaria Digitata Extract19, Goji berry Fruit Extract, Tourmaline6, Pearl Powder14, Algae39 Extract, Gold40, Algae Extract, St. Paul’s Wort Extract, Mimosa Tenuiflora Bark Extract, Spike Moss Extract, Acetyl Hexapeptide-820, Arabidopsis Thaliana Extract38, Trisodium Resveratrol9 Triphosphate, Laminaria Ochroleuca Extract, Oleth-315 Phosphate, Artemia Extract, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene11, Avocado Oil37, Oleth-3, Melon Fruit Extract, Sweet Almond Seed Extract , Yeast1 Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum12 Root Extract, Cholesterol29 Sulfate, Cordyceps Sinensis Extract, Hydrolyzed Fish Collagen26 , Silk Powder, Mushroom Extract16, Oleth-5, Ligustrum Lucidum Fruit Extract17, Caffeine30, Acetyl Glucosamine21, Linoleic Acid, Cholesterol, Wheat Bran Extract2, Decarboxy Carnosine31 HCL25, Algae Extract, Olive Fruit Extract, Isoniacinamide , Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein3, Propylene Glycol10 Dicaprylate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride32, Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate4, Lecithin18, Phenyl Methicone, Jojoba Wax PEG-120 Esters, Skullcap Root Extract, Apple Fruit Extract, Glycereth-2641, Cucumber27 Fruit Extract, Glycerin22, Boswellia Serrata35 Extract, Hexylene Glycol, Ergothioneine, Laurdimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Soy Protein8, Caprylyl Glycol33, Cellulose, Disodium EDTA24, Xanthan Gum, Tromethamine5, Fragrance23, Citric Acid28, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Mica, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide7, Yellow 5

Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lift Age-Correcting Serum 30ml/1oz Ingredients Review

IngredientWhat it does
2wheat bran extractskin protecting and conditioning extract
3wheat proteinFirms & conditions skin; anti-itch properties; Wheat amino acids are a blend of amino acids from wheat protein after it has been broken down via hydrolysis
4sodium hyaluronateA humectant moisturizer; proven to boost skin's moisture content, reduce inflammation, have cell-communicating abilitites & help prevent moisture loss
5tromethaminefragrance; adjusts pH; buffering agent
6Tourmalineviscosity controlling
7titanium dioxideA broad-spectrum SPF sunscreen; sometimes used as a pigment & for its opacity
8soy proteinproven skin benefits: depigmentation, anti-aging & increases collagen production; also used as an emulsifier & emollient. Soy has also been found to have anti-androgenic effects.
9resveratrolproven antioxidant; anti-inflammatory
10propylene glycolsolvent; humectant; gives a product "slip"; helps "carry" other ingredients into the skin; also enhances the efficacy of preservatives
11polyisobutenefilm-former; thickener
12polygonum cuspidatumContains the antioxidant resveratrol which when applied to skin seems to have a stimulating and protective effect on glutathione, the body's master antioxidant
13Phormidium Persicinum Extractantioxidant
14pearl powderproven moisturizing antioxidant
15Oleth-3emulsifier, combines oil and water in the formula
16mushroom extractemollient; humectant; skin protectant; antioxidant but no research backing up other claims
17Ligustrum Lucidum Fruit Extractmoisturizing
18lecithinmoisturizing phospholipid; emulsifies & thickens a product; water-binder; mild preservative; penetrates skin well so is a great ingredient others can "piggyback on" into your skin
19Laminaria Digitata Extractskin protectant
21Glucosamineantistatic moisturizer
22GlycerinA humectant moisturizer; usually used as a base in (light) moisturizers
23fragranceFragrance 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.
24disodium EDTApreservative & product stabilizer; helps the topical penetration of active ingredients; chelating agent
25Decarboxy Carnosine HCLAnti-static hair conditioner
26collagenhumectant moisturizer; film-former; has never been shown to have a direct effect on producing or building collagen in skin
27cucumbermoisturizing & anti-inflammatory (contains 95% water)
28citric acidmainly used as a cleaning agent & preservative; pH adjuster; in higher concentration it's an AHA (in peels & antiaging products)
29cholesterolEmollient moisturizer; stabilizes & increases viscosity in a product. According to PETA, it's derived from lanolin & alternatives include solid complex alcohols (sterols) from plant sources.
30caffeineconstricts 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
31carnosineanti-inflammatory antioxidant
32Caprylic/Capric TriglycerideCoconut derived emollient moisturizer, sometimes used as a thickener. Rich in fatty acids that replenish skin; has a silky, dry oil feel
33caprylyl glycolAn alcohol, derived from a plant which is used as an emollient and coconut derived preservative.
34butylene 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
35boswellia serratagum resin of the Indian Frankincense tree; has research showing it has an anti-inflammatory effect on skin and can stimulate fibroblasts (cells that make collagen). However, it can also be a skin sensitizer and cause contact dermatitis. It's used in the manufacture of L'Oreal products as the anti-wrinkle agent "Boswelox", which has been criticized as being ineffective.
36Beheneth-25emulsifying, cleanser
37avocado oilstabilizes emulsions; emollient bactericidal carrier oil helps transport active substances into the skin; 2/5 on comedogenic scale
38Arabidopsis Thaliana Extractantioxidant
39algaemarine compounds are emollient antioxidants; some claim to brighten skin; some are simply skin conditioners, known to be highly comedogenic, thickeners/emulsifiers in a product
40goldGold is a well-known irritant and skin sensitizer, especially on the eyelids and rest of the face. Gold won the title of Allergen of the Year in 2001 from The American Contact Dermatitis Society. Claims of gold helping to create electric charges in skin to trigger wrinkle repair have not been proven in any scientific study.
41Glycereth-26moisturizing & dispersing agent (in a formula)

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