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Water /​ Aqua /​ Eau, Butylene Glycol22, Glycerin14, Squalane3, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Niacinamide10, Copernicia Cerifera20 (Carnauba) Wax /​ Copernicia Cerifera Cera /​ Cire De Carnauba, Cyclopentasiloxane19, Butyrospermum Parkii28 (Shea) Butter, Glyceryl Stearate15, Cyclohexasiloxane, C14-22 Alcohols2623, Stearic Acid2, Arachidyl Alcohol, Palmitic Acid7, Cetearyl Alcohol, Peg-100 Stearate6, Propanediol, Behenyl Alcohol, Polyacrylate-13, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, Arachidyl Glucoside25, Fragrance17 /​ Parfum, Polyisobutene5, Hydrogenated Lecithin12, Glyceryl Caprylate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Xanthan Gum, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Disodium Edta18, Adenosine27, Polysorbate 20, Sorbitan Isostearate4, Myristic Acid11, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Caffeine21, Hyaluronic Acid1, Lauric Acid13, Betaine24, Glucose16, Orchid Extract8, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopherol Cold-growed orchids, floral orchid9 fragrance

IngredientWhat it does
1hyaluronic acidA humectant moisturizer; proven to boost skin's moisture content, reduce inflammation, have cell-communicating abilitites & help prevent moisture loss
2stearic acidemulsifier; cleaning agent; stabilizes emulsions; lipophilic thickener; texturizer. Stearic acid is naturally found in skin and is used in cleansers to reduce cleansing-induced damage, aid in moisturization, and replenish with skin-natural lipids.
3squalanelight emollient veg oil, can be antibacterial & moisturizing; might break out some people
4Sorbitan Isostearateemulsifier, combines oil and water in the formula
5polyisobutenefilm-former; thickener
6PEG-100 Stearatea moisturizing emollient & emulsifier
7palmitic acidemollient; emulsifier
8Orchid Extractmoisturizing
9orchidconflicting sources on effectiveness; some say this is a skin conditioning humectant, others it has no beneficial impact on skin
10niacinamideProven healing antioxidant; stimulates collagen; some UV protection; reduces hyperpigmentation; anti-inflammatory; anti-acne; anti-rosacea
11myristic aciddetergent cleansing agent; makes a product foamy. Can be drying.
12lecithinmoisturizing phospholipid; emulsifies & thickens a product; water-binder; mild preservative; penetrates skin well so is a great ingredient others can "piggyback on" into your skin
13lauric acidin cleansers, this fatty acid is used as a base for detergent/cleansing agents; in leave-on products it's antibacterial & anti-inflammatory. Research has shown that lauric acid works on skin to control acne-causing bacteria.
14GlycerinA humectant moisturizer; usually used as a base in (light) moisturizers
15glyceryl stearateself-emulsifying emollient & thickening agent, the higher up an ingredient list it is, the thicker the formula
16glucosehas water-binding properties for skin; used also as a filler in a formula
17fragranceFragrance 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.
18EdtaChelating agents bind up trace metal ion contaminants in your water-containing cosmetic thus keeping the product microbe free for longer.
19CyclopentasiloxaneSilicone; makes stuff easily spreadable; used as a conditioner, delivery agent, lubricant & solvent. Helps deliver other, heavier, silicones also in a product (like dimethicone)
20Copernicia Ceriferaan emollient thickening agent; also a film-former; has absorbent properties too
21caffeineconstricts 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
22butylene 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
23C14-22 Alcoholsa mix of fatty alcohols used as an emulsion stabilizer
24betainea humectant moisturizer; can enhance the texture and height of foam
25Arachidyl Glucosideemulsifier; surfactant
26alcoholsantiseptic solvent; dissolves oil; can be irritating & drying; sometimes used as a preservative
27adenosineanti-inflammatory
28Butyrospermum Parkiiemollient & occlusive anti-inflammatory moisturizer; contains allantoin, phytosterols, fatty acids & vitamins A,D&E BUT may break out some people due to its richness

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