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Water, Glycerin9, Butylene Glycol15, Dimethicone, Niacinamide7, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Alcohol Denat.18, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid8, C13-14 Isoparaffin16, PEG-100 Stearate5, Stearic Acid3, Potassium Hydroxide4, Glyceryl Stearate10, Triethanolamine2, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Hyaluronate1, Palmitic Acid6, Adenosine19, Disodium EDTA13, Laureth-7, Xanthan Gum, Oxothiazolidinecarboxylic Acid, Castanea Sativa20 (Chestnut) Seed Extract, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate12, Polyacrylamide, Cetyl Alcohol14, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Bismuth Oxychloride17, Limonene, Fragrance11

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IngredientWhat it does
1sodium hyaluronateA humectant moisturizer; proven to boost skin's moisture content, reduce inflammation, have cell-communicating abilitites & help prevent moisture loss
2triethanolamineadjusts pH; emulsifier; surfactant; masking fragrance; buffering agent
3stearic 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.
4potassium hydroxideAKA Lye is used in a tiny amount in skincare as a pH adjuster. Most commonly used in cleansers as a base for liquid soaps and in higher concentrations is a significant skin sensitizer.
5PEG-100 Stearatea moisturizing emollient & emulsifier
6palmitic acidemollient; emulsifier
7niacinamideProven healing antioxidant; stimulates collagen; some UV protection; reduces hyperpigmentation; anti-inflammatory; anti-acne; anti-rosacea
8Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acidused as an enzyme activator but most commonly a buffering agent
9GlycerinA humectant moisturizer; usually used as a base in (light) moisturizers
10glyceryl stearateself-emulsifying emollient & thickening agent, the higher up an ingredient list it is, the thicker the formula
11fragranceFragrance 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.
12Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearateemollient moisturizer
13disodium EDTApreservative & product stabilizer; helps the topical penetration of active ingredients; chelating agent
14Cetyl 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
15butylene 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
16C13-14 Isoparaffinemollient; solvent
17bismuth oxychloridea mineral sourced cosmetic pigment
18Alcohol Denat.masking, solvent to dissolve things in a formula, viscosity controlling
19adenosineanti-inflammatory
20Castanea sativaResearch has shown that sweet chestnut offers antioxidant properties. One French study in 2005 examined sweet chestnut leaf’s ability to inhibit free radicals and found that its antioxidant potential was at least on a par with that of quercetin and Vitamin E.

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