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Aqua/Water/eau*, Cyclopentasiloxane17, Glycerin11, Cyclohexasilocane, Butylene Glycol21, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer8, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Acetyl Glucosamine12, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disteardimonium Hectorite14, Paraffinum Liquidum/Mineral Oil7/Huile Minérale, Pentylene Glycol6, C30-45 Alkyl Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer22, 1-2-Hexanediol10, Caprylyl Glycol19, Sodium Hydroxide, Carnosine20, Creatine, Disodium Edta15, Potassium Phosphate5, Fragrance13 (Parfum), Silica3, Propylene Glycol4, Citric Acid18, Saccharide Isomerate, Disodium Phosphate16, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Tocopherol, Disodium Adenosine23 Triphosphate, Laminaria Digitata Extract9, Phenoxyethanol, Superoxide Dismutase2, Tromethamine1.

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IngredientWhat it does
1tromethaminefragrance; adjusts pH; buffering agent
2superoxide dismutaseproven potent antioxidant
3silicaAbsorbent powder & thickening agent; gives products that "dry-touch" feel; silica is a main component of collagen
4propylene glycolsolvent; humectant; gives a product "slip"; helps "carry" other ingredients into the skin; also enhances the efficacy of preservatives
5potassium phosphatebuffering agent & pH adjuster
6pentylene glycolsynthetic humectant moisturizer; also a solvent & anti-microbial preservative
7mineral oilAn oil with occlusive properties (baby oil), paraffin, by itself, is a waxy petroleum-based thickener
8Methyl Methacrylate CrosspolymerUsed as a film former and viscosity increasing agent.
9Laminaria Digitata Extractskin protectant
10Hexanediola solvent to dissolve things in a formula
11GlycerinA humectant moisturizer; usually used as a base in (light) moisturizers
12Glucosamineantistatic moisturizer
13fragranceFragrance 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.
14disteardimonium hectoritesuspending agent used to thicken oily products and a stabilizer for emulsions. It keeps other ingredients suspended so they don't sink to the bottom of the container.
15disodium EDTApreservative & product stabilizer; helps the topical penetration of active ingredients; chelating agent
16disodium phosphateused to adjust a formula's pH
17CyclopentasiloxaneSilicone; makes stuff easily spreadable; used as a conditioner, delivery agent, lubricant & solvent. Helps deliver other, heavier, silicones also in a product (like dimethicone)
18citric acidmainly used as a cleaning agent & preservative; pH adjuster; in higher concentration it's an AHA (in peels & antiaging products)
19caprylyl glycolAn alcohol, derived from a plant which is used as an emollient and coconut derived preservative.
20carnosineanti-inflammatory antioxidant
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
22C30-45 Alkyl Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymerfilm forming emollient skin-conditioner

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