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Aqua (Water/Eau)*, Cyclopentasiloxane12, Dipropylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol1, Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Alcohol Denat, Glycerin8, Isohexadecane, Isononyl Isononanoate7, Caffeine13, Glycol Palmitate9, Glyceryl Stearate10, Peg-100 Stearate2, Cetearyl Alcohol, Methylsilanol Mannuronate4, Coco-Glucoside, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer15, Disodium Edta11, Methylpropanediol5, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hydroxide, Peg/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone3, Propylene Glycol, Glycoaminoglycans, Saccharide Hydrolyzate, Alcohol, Tris-Tetramethylhydroxypiperidinol Citrate, Carnosine14, Disodium Adenosine16 Triphosphate, Sodium Benzoate, Laminaria Digitata Extract6, Ethylhexylglycerin, Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid17, Sodium Sorbate.

* Cellular Water.

Institut Esthederm Absolute Firming-Contouring Body Care

IngredientWhat it does
1propylene glycolsolvent; humectant; gives a product "slip"; helps "carry" other ingredients into the skin; also enhances the efficacy of preservatives
2PEG-100 Stearatea moisturizing emollient & emulsifier
3PEG/PPG-18/18 dimethiconesilicone-based thickener & surfactant
4methylsilanol mannuronatemoisturizing seaweed derivative
5methylpropanediolHydrating glycol that functions as a solvent; enhances the penetration of other ingredients
6Laminaria Digitata Extractskin protectant
7isononyl isononanoateskin-conditioning emollient
8GlycerinA humectant moisturizer; usually used as a base in (light) moisturizers
9Glycol palmitateemulsifier; skin-conditioner; opacifying agent
10glyceryl stearateself-emulsifying emollient & thickening agent, the higher up an ingredient list it is, the thicker the formula
11disodium EDTApreservative & product stabilizer; helps the topical penetration of active ingredients; chelating agent
12CyclopentasiloxaneSilicone; makes stuff easily spreadable; used as a conditioner, delivery agent, lubricant & solvent. Helps deliver other, heavier, silicones also in a product (like dimethicone)
13caffeineconstricts 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
14carnosineanti-inflammatory antioxidant
15alkyl 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
17nordihydroguaiaretic acidChaparral extract has antioxidant & antimicrobial properties, can also be used as a fragrance. Thought to reduce DHT levels and slow hair regrowth.

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