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Aqua/Water*, Glycerin8, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride15, Dicaprylyl Ether11, Alcohol, C10-18 Triglycerides18, C14-22 Alcohols2119, Hydroxyethyl Acrylates/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer2420, Pentylene Glycol4, Xylitylglucoside, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate143, Anhydroxylitol25, 1-2-Hexanediol7, Caprylyl Glycol16, Fragrance10 (Parfum), Sodium Citrate, Xylitol, Citric Acid12, Propylene Glycol2, Polysorbate-6023, Sorbitan Isostearate1, Glucose9, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde6, Citronellol13, Carnosine17, Linalool, Disodium Adenosine22 Triphosphate, Tocopherol, Laminaria Digitata Extract5.

* Cellular Water.

Institut Esthederm Cellular Water Fondant Cream

IngredientWhat it does
1Sorbitan Isostearateemulsifier, combines oil and water in the formula
2propylene glycolsolvent; humectant; gives a product "slip"; helps "carry" other ingredients into the skin; also enhances the efficacy of preservatives
3Potassium Cetyl Phosphateemulsifier; surfactant
4pentylene glycolsynthetic humectant moisturizer; also a solvent & anti-microbial preservative
5Laminaria Digitata Extractskin protectant
6Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehydefragrance masking
7Hexanediola solvent to dissolve things in a formula
8GlycerinA humectant moisturizer; usually used as a base in (light) moisturizers
9glucosehas water-binding properties for skin; used also as a filler in a formula
10fragranceFragrance 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.
11dicaprylyl etherskin-conditioning emollient & solvent
12citric acidmainly used as a cleaning agent & preservative; pH adjuster; in higher concentration it's an AHA (in peels & antiaging products)
13Citronellolfragrance
14Cetyl Phosphateemulsifier; surfactant
15Caprylic/Capric TriglycerideCoconut derived emollient moisturizer, sometimes used as a thickener. Rich in fatty acids that replenish skin; has a silky, dry oil feel
16caprylyl glycolAn alcohol, derived from a plant which is used as an emollient and coconut derived preservative.
17carnosineanti-inflammatory antioxidant
18c10-18 triglyceridesthickener
19C14-22 Alcoholsa mix of fatty alcohols used as an emulsion stabilizer
20Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymerviscosity controlling
21alcoholsantiseptic solvent; dissolves oil; can be irritating & drying; sometimes used as a preservative
22adenosineanti-inflammatory
23polysorbate-60thickening agent, emulsifier, mild surfactant; used to form emulsions
24Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymeremulsion stabilizer & hydrophilic thickener
25Anhydroxylitolhumectant moisturizer; often used as a preservative substitute for glycerin

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