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Aqua (Water, Eau)*, Dimethicone, Methylsilanol Mannuronate8, Glycerin15, Isononyl Isononanoate12, Propanediol, Hexyldecanol13, Betaine26, Butylene Glycol23, Dipropylene Glycol, Polyacrylamide, Pentylene Glycol7, Methylpropanediol9, C13-14 Isoparaffin24, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer28, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sodium Citrate, 1-2 Hexanediol14, Fragrance16 (Parfum), Caprylyl Glycol20, Carnosine21, Sodium Chloride1, Silica2, Laureth-7, Citric Acid18, Aminoethanesulfinic Acid27, Propylene Glycol4, Adenosine29, Potassium Chloride5, Biosaccharide Gum25-4, Sodium Bicarbonate3, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Seed Extract, Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Sterols, Disodium Phosphate17, Magnesium Sulfate10, Linalool, Potassium Phosphate6, Tocopherol, Citronellol19, Disodium Adenosine Triphosphate31, Laminaria Digitata Extract11, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone30, Calcium Chloride22, Blue 1 (CI 42090).

* Cellular Water.

Institut Esthederm Eau Cellulaire Moisturizing Fresh Gel

IngredientWhat it does
1sodium chloridesalt; used in exfoliators or as a thickener/stabilizer in a formula
2silicaAbsorbent powder & thickening agent; gives products that "dry-touch" feel; silica is a main component of collagen
3sodium bicarbonatebaking soda; used as a buffering agent and as a feature ingredient in certain Korean cleansers and exfoliants
4propylene glycolsolvent; humectant; gives a product "slip"; helps "carry" other ingredients into the skin; also enhances the efficacy of preservatives
5potassium chloridecontrol viscosity
6potassium phosphatebuffering agent & pH adjuster
7pentylene glycolsynthetic humectant moisturizer; also a solvent & anti-microbial preservative
8methylsilanol mannuronatemoisturizing seaweed derivative
9methylpropanediolHydrating glycol that functions as a solvent; enhances the penetration of other ingredients
10magnesium sulfateanti-inflammatory moisturizer; can also be found in self-heating products; its most common use in skincare is as a thickener
11Laminaria Digitata Extractskin protectant
12isononyl isononanoateskin-conditioning emollient
13hexyldecanolhumectant moisturizer & solvent
14Hexanediola solvent to dissolve things in a formula
15GlycerinA humectant moisturizer; usually used as a base in (light) moisturizers
16fragranceFragrance 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.
17disodium phosphateused to adjust a formula's pH
18citric acidmainly used as a cleaning agent & preservative; pH adjuster; in higher concentration it's an AHA (in peels & antiaging products)
20caprylyl glycolAn alcohol, derived from a plant which is used as an emollient and coconut derived preservative.
21carnosineanti-inflammatory antioxidant
22calcium chlorideemulsifier and texturizer
23butylene 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
24C13-14 Isoparaffinemollient; solvent
25biosaccharide gummoisturizing & skin soothing ingredient; anti-irritant; creates a moisture-binding film on the skin
26betainea humectant moisturizer; can enhance the texture and height of foam
27Aminoethanesulfinic Acidantioxidant, reducing
28alkyl 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
30Alpha-Isomethyl Iononefragrance; conditioning
31adenosine triphosphatecell-communicating ingredient & inflammation modulator; studies are lacking on its topical use

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