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Water/Aqua/Eau, Kaolin12, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride19, Glyceryl Stearate15, Glycerin16, Polysorbate 609, Salicylic Acid1, Stearic Acid4, Polysorbate 20, Retinol7, Bisabolol21, Oligopeptide-24, Aloe23 Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Safflower Seed Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate2, Ceramide3 2, Shea Butter6, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Aspalathus Linearis Leaf Extract22, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid11, Stearyl Alcohol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer13, Squalane5, Caprylyl Glycol20, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate24, Carrageenan, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil1410, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid18, Propylene Glycol8, Disodium EDTA17, Phenoxyethanol

IngredientWhat it does
1salicylic acidinduces exfoliation in oily areas of skin; oil-soluble so can penetrate pores to exfoliate inside; prevents clogged pores; mildly anti-inflammatory; higher concentrations help fade post-acne marks
2sodium hyaluronateA humectant moisturizer; proven to boost skin's moisture content, reduce inflammation, have cell-communicating abilitites & help prevent moisture loss
3ceramidecan help restore the skin's barrier system; improves texture, reduces topical irritation, restores moisture
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.
5squalanelight emollient veg oil, can be antibacterial & moisturizing; might break out some people
6shea butteremollient & occlusive anti-inflammatory moisturizer; contains allantoin, phytosterols, fatty acids & vitamins A,D&E BUT may break out some people due to its richness
7retinolProven antioxidant anti-wrinkle treatment; induces collagen synthesis, increases skin elasticity, smoother skin & skin lightening effects; treats hyperpigmentation
8propylene glycolsolvent; humectant; gives a product "slip"; helps "carry" other ingredients into the skin; also enhances the efficacy of preservatives
9polysorbate 60thickening agent, emulsifier, mild surfactant; used to form emulsions
10Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oilemulsifier; surfactant
11linolenic acidhelps improve many skin concerns, including eczema, psoriasis, acne, and non-melanoma skin cancers; can help repair skin's barrier function and reduce pro-inflammatory substances that would otherwise cause damage. It is believed to communicate with cells that comprise skin's immune system, as evidenced by research showing that topical linolenic (and similar) fatty acids improve wound healing
12kaolina clay much like any other, absorbs excess oil and dirt from skin. High in potassium and can be used in cleansers to give a silkier feel. Also has anti-caking properties; said to be ideal for sensitive skin.
13Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate CopolymerEmulsion Stabilizer; Opacifying agent; Suspending agent; Hydrophilic Thickener
14hydrogenated castor oilused as an oily base ingredient; with PEG it's a non-ionic surfactant and is used as a solubilizer for essential oils.
15glyceryl stearateself-emulsifying emollient & thickening agent, the higher up an ingredient list it is, the thicker the formula
16GlycerinA humectant moisturizer; usually used as a base in (light) moisturizers
17disodium EDTApreservative & product stabilizer; helps the topical penetration of active ingredients; chelating agent
18citric acidmainly used as a cleaning agent & preservative; pH adjuster; in higher concentration it's an AHA (in peels & antiaging products)
19Caprylic/Capric TriglycerideCoconut derived emollient moisturizer, sometimes used as a thickener. Rich in fatty acids that replenish skin; has a silky, dry oil feel
20caprylyl glycolAn alcohol, derived from a plant which is used as an emollient and coconut derived preservative.
21bisabololanti-irritant; reduces dry & damaged skin flaking; restores suppleness; also a fragrance. It also increases the skin penetration of other cosmetic ingredients.
22Aspalathus Linearis Leaf Extractmoisturizing
23aloeemollient moisturizer with anti-inflammatory; antioxidant, & antibacterial qualities
24Magnesium Aluminum Silicatea natural mica used as an alternative to talc, as a binding agent; gives a smooth feel

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