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4.0% Phytonutrient & Soy Isoflavone Complex
2.0% Laminaria Algae20 Complex
2.0% Hydrolyzed Pea10 Peptide Blend
2.0% Bellis Perennis Flower Extract

Water, Isododecane9, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol16, Cyclopentasiloxane13, Glycerin11, Polysilicone-116, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Bellis Perennis (Daisy)22 Flower Extract, Magnesium Stearate, Coco Caprylate/Caprate, Hydrolyzed Pea Protein, Lactic Acid8, Laminaria Digitala Extract, Lepidium Sativum Sprout Extract Garden Cress, Squalane3, Soy Isoflavones4, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer21, Alcohol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer2319, Arginine18, Shea Butter5, Decyl Glucoside14, Disodium EDTA12, Isohexadecane, Lecithin7, Polysorbate 20, Polysorbate 8024, Triethanolamine1, Ascorbyl Palmitate17, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylyl Glycol15, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Ext, Violet 2, Mica, Red 40, Titanium Dioxide2

Physicians Formula Dark Spot Corrector & Skin Brightener

IngredientWhat it does
1triethanolamineadjusts pH; emulsifier; surfactant; masking fragrance; buffering agent
2titanium dioxideA broad-spectrum SPF sunscreen; sometimes used as a pigment & for its opacity
3squalanelight emollient veg oil, can be antibacterial & moisturizing; might break out some people
4Soy Isoflavonesmoisturizing
5shea butteremollient & occlusive anti-inflammatory moisturizer; contains allantoin, phytosterols, fatty acids & vitamins A,D&E BUT may break out some people due to its richness
6polysilicone-11film forming silicone polymer
7lecithinmoisturizing phospholipid; emulsifies & thickens a product; water-binder; mild preservative; penetrates skin well so is a great ingredient others can "piggyback on" into your skin
8lactic acidthe most moisturizing of AHAs; whitening astringent; exfoliant
9Isododecanefragrant emollient solvent, with a matte finish
10Hydrolyzed Peamoisturizing
11GlycerinA humectant moisturizer; usually used as a base in (light) moisturizers
12disodium EDTApreservative & product stabilizer; helps the topical penetration of active ingredients; chelating agent
13CyclopentasiloxaneSilicone; makes stuff easily spreadable; used as a conditioner, delivery agent, lubricant & solvent. Helps deliver other, heavier, silicones also in a product (like dimethicone)
14decyl glucosideA surfactant for sensitive skin; mild penetration enhancer
15caprylyl glycolAn alcohol, derived from a plant which is used as an emollient and coconut derived preservative.
16butylene 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
17ascorbyl palmitateA moisturizing vitamin C ester, fat/lipid soluble, antioxidant and preservative
18arginineantioxidant amino acid; may be helpful in wound healing; also skin & hair conditioner
19Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymerviscosity controlling
20algaemarine compounds are emollient antioxidants; some claim to brighten skin; some are simply skin conditioners, known to be highly comedogenic, thickeners/emulsifiers in a product
21acrylamide/sodium acryloyldimethyltaurate copolymeremulsion stabilizer & hydrophilic thickener
22(daisy)there is no research showing this extract has any benefit for skin; can cause severe contact dermatitis and is considered unsafe for topical application; however some sources claim it is an alternative to hydroquinone in treating melasma
23Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymeremulsion stabilizer & hydrophilic thickener
24polysorbate 80depending on the product, this ingredient cleanses; emulsifies; lathers; makes products foamy/creamy & spread better

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