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Aqua (Water)*, Glycerin18, Hydrogenated Polydecene15, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride30, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane23, Boron Nitride35, Steareth-21, Alcohol Denat, Steareth-2, Cetyl Alcohol27, Ammonium Acryloyl Dimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Glycol Palmitate19, Oryzanol11, Propylene Glycol7, Dimethiconol, Pentylene Glycol10, Dioscorea Villosa (Wild Yam) Root Extract, Hexyldecanol16, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cyclomethicone, Disiloxane, Polyisobutene8 Alcohol, MICA (CI 77019), Butylene Glycol33, 1-2 Hexanediol17, Caprylyl Glycol31, Titanium Dioxide3 (CI77891), Disodium Edta22, Creatine, Fragrance21 (Parfum), Silica6, Polysorbate 8039, BHT, Sodium Lauroyl Lactilate, Lecithin14, Benzyl Salicylate36, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer20, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hydroxide, Carbomer, Sodium Lactate, Linalool, Morus Alba Leaf Extract, Ceramide1 NP, Ethylhexylglycerin, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Leaf Extract, Limonene, Polysorbate 20, Hydroxyisohexyl 3 Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Ceramide ap28, Phytosphingosine9, Butylphenyl Methylpropional34, Cholesterol25, Citronellol24, Carnosine32, Soy Isoflavones5, Asiaticoside, Asiatic Acid, Madecassic Acid13, Algae37 Extract, Disodium Adenosine38, Triphosphate, Iron Oxides (CI77491), Ascorbyl Methylsilanol Pectinate, Superoxide Dismutase4, Tromethamine2, Red 33 (CI17200), Yellow 5 (CI 1914026), Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Sodium Methylparaben, Sodium Bisulfite, Sodium Sulfite, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-712, Propylparaben, Ceramide EOP29.

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Institut Esthederm Cyclo System Youth Cream Face

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
4superoxide dismutaseproven potent antioxidant
5Soy Isoflavonesmoisturizing
6silicaAbsorbent powder & thickening agent; gives products that "dry-touch" feel; silica is a main component of collagen
7propylene glycolsolvent; humectant; gives a product "slip"; helps "carry" other ingredients into the skin; also enhances the efficacy of preservatives
8polyisobutenefilm-former; thickener
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
15hydrogenated polydecenebinding agent
16hexyldecanolhumectant moisturizer & solvent
17Hexanediola solvent to dissolve things in a formula
18GlycerinA humectant moisturizer; usually used as a base in (light) moisturizers
19Glycol palmitateemulsifier; skin-conditioner; opacifying agent
20Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymerhumectant moisturizer; controls viscosity in a product
21fragranceFragrance 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.
22disodium EDTApreservative & product stabilizer; helps the topical penetration of active ingredients; chelating agent
23CyclopentasiloxaneSilicone; makes stuff easily spreadable; used as a conditioner, delivery agent, lubricant & solvent. Helps deliver other, heavier, silicones also in a product (like dimethicone)
25cholesterolEmollient moisturizer; stabilizes & increases viscosity in a product. According to PETA, it's derived from lanolin & alternatives include solid complex alcohols (sterols) from plant sources.
26Ci 19140cosmetic colorant
27Cetyl Alcoholemollient moisturizing, emulsifying, emulsion stabilizing, foam boosting, masks the scent of other ingredients in a formula , opacifying aka makes the formula less clear, cleansing surfactant, viscosity controlling
28Ceramide Apmoisturizer
29Ceramide Eopmoisturizer
30Caprylic/Capric TriglycerideCoconut derived emollient moisturizer, sometimes used as a thickener. Rich in fatty acids that replenish skin; has a silky, dry oil feel
31caprylyl glycolAn alcohol, derived from a plant which is used as an emollient and coconut derived preservative.
32carnosineanti-inflammatory antioxidant
33butylene 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
34Butylphenyl Methylpropionalfragrance
35boron nitrideincreases adherence and absorbs oil
36benzyl salicylatefragrance & UV light absorber
37algaemarine compounds are emollient antioxidants; some claim to brighten skin; some are simply skin conditioners, known to be highly comedogenic, thickeners/emulsifiers in a product
39polysorbate 80depending on the product, this ingredient cleanses; emulsifies; lathers; makes products foamy/creamy & spread better

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