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Water,​Cyclopentasiloxane16,​Dioctyl Succinate15,​Retinol4 (Pure Vitamin A),​Lecithin11,​Glucosamine Hcl12,​Algae21 (Laminaria Digitata) Extract,​Yeast1 Extract,​Urea2 (Water-Soluble Preservative, Less Than 1%),​Mugwort8 (Artemisia Vulgaris) Extract,​Glycerin13,​Mica,​Octyldodecanol7,​Ppg-12/​Smdi Copolymer,​Dimethicone Crosspolymer,​Dimethicone,​Tocopherol,​Carrot (Daucus Carota Sativa) Extract,​Beta-Carotene19,​Ethylhexylglycerin (Skin Conditioner),​Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/​Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer,​Ascorbic Acid,​Palmitoyl Tripeptide-386,​Peg-8 (Time-Released Agent),​Potassium Acrylates/​C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer22 (Thickening Agent),​Retinyl Palmitate,​Laureth-4,​Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin17,​Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (Licorice Extract10),​Propanediol,​Soybean (Glycine14 Soja) Oil,​Laureth-23,​Citric Acid18,​Polysorbate 605 (Emulsifier),​Polysorbate 20 (Emulsifier),​Methylisothiazolinone9,​Phenoxyethanol (Water-Binding Humectant),​Polysorbate 8023,​Ascorbyl Palmitate20,​Squalane3

IngredientWhat it does
1Yeastmoisturizing
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.
3squalanelight emollient veg oil, can be antibacterial & moisturizing; might break out some people
4retinolProven antioxidant anti-wrinkle treatment; induces collagen synthesis, increases skin elasticity, smoother skin & skin lightening effects; treats hyperpigmentation
5polysorbate 60thickening agent, emulsifier, mild surfactant; used to form emulsions
6Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38an anti-aging peptide
7OctyldodecanolEmulsifier; Fragrance; Solvent
8mugwortMay have antibacterial properties, but can also be irritating. Other sources claim this extract has NO benefit for skin.
9Methylisothiazolinonepreservative
10licorice extractanti-inflammatory; anti-allergic; the root has been proven to treat hyperpigmentation so its used in whitening products
11lecithinmoisturizing phospholipid; emulsifies & thickens a product; water-binder; mild preservative; penetrates skin well so is a great ingredient others can "piggyback on" into your skin
12glucosamine hclused as a pH adjuster, anti-static agent
13GlycerinA humectant moisturizer; usually used as a base in (light) moisturizers
14glycinebuffering agent; keeps skin moist; said to relieve itching
15dioctyl succinatewetting ingredient
16CyclopentasiloxaneSilicone; makes stuff easily spreadable; used as a conditioner, delivery agent, lubricant & solvent. Helps deliver other, heavier, silicones also in a product (like dimethicone)
17cyclodextrinabsorbent & chelating agent; also used as a carrier vehicle for essential oils and other actives.
18citric acidmainly used as a cleaning agent & preservative; pH adjuster; in higher concentration it's an AHA (in peels & antiaging products)
19beta-carotenecoloring, antioxidant, and photoprotective properties; however this is dose dependent. If it's at the end of the ingredient list, it's just being used as an (orange) colorant
20ascorbyl palmitateA moisturizing vitamin C ester, fat/lipid soluble, antioxidant and preservative
21algaemarine compounds are emollient antioxidants; some claim to brighten skin; some are simply skin conditioners, known to be highly comedogenic, thickeners/emulsifiers in a product
22alkyl 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
23polysorbate 80depending on the product, this ingredient cleanses; emulsifies; lathers; makes products foamy/creamy & spread better

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