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Aqua (Water)*, Cyclopentasiloxane21, Glycerin17, Cyclohexadecane, Triethylhaxanoin, Alcohol Denat, Xylitol, Peg-100 Diethicone, Propylene Glycol8, Oryzanol11, Cyclomethicone, Dioscorea Villosa (Wild Yam) Root Extract, Hexyldecanol15, Disteardimonium Hectorite19, Tocopheryl Acetate, Alcohol, Butylene Glycol28, Fragrance18 (Parfum), 1-2 Hexanediol16, Caprylyl Glycol25, Cetearyl Alcohol, Creatine, Polysorbate 8035, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate7, Batyl Alcohol30, Stearic Acid4, Mica (CI77019), Lecithin14, Benzyl Salicylate31, Pentylene Glycol10, Pentarythrityl Tetra-di-t-Buyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Titanium Dioxide3 (CI 7789134), Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Carbomer, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride26, Ceramide1 NP, Linalool, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Lactate, Ceramide AP24, Phytosphingosine9, Morus Alba Leaf Extract, Limonene, Cholesterol23, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene, Carboxaldehyde, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Xanthan Gum, Butylphenyl Methylpropional29, Polysorbate 20, Citronellol22, Soy Isoflavones6, Carnosine27, Asiaticoside, Tocopherol, Asiatic Acid, Madecassic Acid13, Algae32 Extract, Disodium Adenosine33, Triphosphate, Phenoxyethanol, Ascorbyl Methylsilanol Pectinate, Superoxide Dismutase5, Tromethamine2, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Sodium Methylparaben, Sodium Bisulfite, Sodium Sulfite, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-712, Red 33 (CI 17200), Propylparaben, Ceraide EOP, Disodium Edta20.

*Cellular water.

Institut Esthederm Cyclo System Youth Concentrate

IngredientWhat it does
1ceramidecan help restore the skin's barrier system; improves texture, reduces topical irritation, restores moisture
2tromethaminefragrance; adjusts pH; buffering agent
3titanium dioxideA broad-spectrum SPF sunscreen; sometimes used as a pigment & for its opacity
4stearic 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.
5superoxide dismutaseproven potent antioxidant
6Soy Isoflavonesmoisturizing
7sodium lauroyl lactylatewhen used in higher concentrations (at the beginning of an ingredient list) this is a surfactant, but it's also used as a penetration enhancer, emulsifier, thickener, foaming agent & mild skin conditioner
8propylene glycolsolvent; humectant; gives a product "slip"; helps "carry" other ingredients into the skin; also enhances the efficacy of preservatives
9phytosphingosineanti-inflammatory & anti-microbial moisturizing ingredient; used in hair and skin conditioners; derived from yeast; also a preservative
10pentylene glycolsynthetic humectant moisturizer; also a solvent & anti-microbial preservative
11oryzanola potent antioxidant, from rice
12Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7a moisturizing regenerating peptide; may suppress the production of inflammation
13Madecassic Acidmoisturizing
14lecithinmoisturizing phospholipid; emulsifies & thickens a product; water-binder; mild preservative; penetrates skin well so is a great ingredient others can "piggyback on" into your skin
15hexyldecanolhumectant moisturizer & solvent
16Hexanediola solvent to dissolve things in a formula
17GlycerinA humectant moisturizer; usually used as a base in (light) moisturizers
18fragranceFragrance 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.
19disteardimonium hectoritesuspending agent used to thicken oily products and a stabilizer for emulsions. It keeps other ingredients suspended so they don't sink to the bottom of the container.
20disodium EDTApreservative & product stabilizer; helps the topical penetration of active ingredients; chelating agent
21CyclopentasiloxaneSilicone; makes stuff easily spreadable; used as a conditioner, delivery agent, lubricant & solvent. Helps deliver other, heavier, silicones also in a product (like dimethicone)
23cholesterolEmollient moisturizer; stabilizes & increases viscosity in a product. According to PETA, it's derived from lanolin & alternatives include solid complex alcohols (sterols) from plant sources.
24Ceramide Apmoisturizer
25caprylyl glycolAn alcohol, derived from a plant which is used as an emollient and coconut derived preservative.
26Caprylic/Capric TriglycerideCoconut derived emollient moisturizer, sometimes used as a thickener. Rich in fatty acids that replenish skin; has a silky, dry oil feel
27carnosineanti-inflammatory antioxidant
28butylene 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
29Butylphenyl Methylpropionalfragrance
30batyl alcoholemulsion stabilizer
31benzyl salicylatefragrance & UV light absorber
32algaemarine compounds are emollient antioxidants; some claim to brighten skin; some are simply skin conditioners, known to be highly comedogenic, thickeners/emulsifiers in a product
34CI 77891A broad-spectrum SPF sunscreen; sometimes used as a pigment & for its opacity
35polysorbate 80depending on the product, this ingredient cleanses; emulsifies; lathers; makes products foamy/creamy & spread better

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