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Water, Butylene Glycol34, Dipropylene Glycol, Alcohol Denat.37, Glycerin23, Arbutin36, Sodium Hyaluronate1, Honey21 Extract, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Cassia Alata Leaf Extract29,Melon Extract, Laminaria Digitata Extract18, Manikara Multinervis Leaf Extract, Hydrolyzed Hibiscus Esculentus Extract19, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil22, Glycereth-2640, Methyl Gluceth-2014, PEG/PPG/Polybutylene, Glycol-8/5/3 Glycerin, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane35, Pentylene Glycol13, Octyldodeceth-16, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer20, Caprylyl Glycol32, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Acetyl Glucosamine24, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyllaurate/VP Copolymer, Xanthan Gum, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer38, Potassium Hydroxide11, Sodium Metabisulfite7, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Maltodextrin15 Crosspolymer, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein2, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein5, Sodium Lactate, Sodium PCA6, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride33, Alcohol, Propylene Glycol10, Hydrogenated Lecithin17, Polysorbate 20, Retinol9, Sucrose, Lecithin, Urea3, Sodium Citrate, Malic Acid16, Cholesterol28, Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Sterols, Silica8, Tartaric Acid, PEG-5, Rapeseed Sterol, Ceteth-3, Ceteth-530, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tripeptide-10 Citruline, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate3112, Carbomer, Tripeptide-1, Dextrin27, Triethanolamine4, Adenosine39, Disodium EDTA26, BHT, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance25

IngredientWhat it does
1sodium hyaluronateA humectant moisturizer; proven to boost skin's moisture content, reduce inflammation, have cell-communicating abilitites & help prevent moisture loss
2wheat proteinFirms & conditions skin; anti-itch properties; Wheat amino acids are a blend of amino acids from wheat protein after it has been broken down via hydrolysis
3ureaHumectant moisturizer; improves penetration of other ingredients; minimizes water loss; speeds up skin renewal; adjusts pH of a product. If you're in the UK and looking for urea products, check the ingredient list for "carbamide" instead. It's the same thing.
4triethanolamineadjusts pH; emulsifier; surfactant; masking fragrance; buffering agent
5soy proteinproven skin benefits: depigmentation, anti-aging & increases collagen production; also used as an emulsifier & emollient. Soy has also been found to have anti-androgenic effects.
6sodium PCAHumectant moisturizer
7Sodium metabisulfitedisinfectant, antioxidant (for the formula) and preservative.
8silicaAbsorbent powder & thickening agent; gives products that "dry-touch" feel; silica is a main component of collagen
9retinolProven antioxidant anti-wrinkle treatment; induces collagen synthesis, increases skin elasticity, smoother skin & skin lightening effects; treats hyperpigmentation
10propylene glycolsolvent; humectant; gives a product "slip"; helps "carry" other ingredients into the skin; also enhances the efficacy of preservatives
11potassium 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.
12Potassium Cetyl Phosphateemulsifier; surfactant
13pentylene glycolsynthetic humectant moisturizer; also a solvent & anti-microbial preservative
14Methyl Gluceth-20water-soluble liquid moisturizer & emollient; has moisture-binding properties; also a foaming agent
15maltodextrinbinding agent; may increase anti-aging properties of other ingredients when used together; anti-irritant
16malic acidMalic acid is an AHA ingredient derived from unripe fruit (usually apples) that also occurs naturally in the human body. It is used in cosmetics and skincare to adjust a product's pH. Malic acid also provides antioxidant action and assists in skin exfoliation and cellular renewal.
17lecithinmoisturizing phospholipid; emulsifies & thickens a product; water-binder; mild preservative; penetrates skin well so is a great ingredient others can "piggyback on" into your skin
18Laminaria Digitata Extractskin protectant
19Hydrolyzed Hibiscus Esculentus Extractmoisturizing
20Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate CopolymerEmulsion Stabilizer; Opacifying agent; Suspending agent; Hydrophilic Thickener
21honeyhumectant moisturizer; anti-inflammatory; may be an antioxidant; contains natural lactic acid; antimicrobial; straight up honey has wound-healing properties. Note: if you’re allergic to royal jelly, propolis, bee stings, etc., you may have an allergic reaction to honey.
22hydrogenated castor oilused as an oily base ingredient; with PEG it's a non-ionic surfactant and is used as a solubilizer for essential oils.
23GlycerinA humectant moisturizer; usually used as a base in (light) moisturizers
24Glucosamineantistatic moisturizer
25fragranceFragrance 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.
26disodium EDTApreservative & product stabilizer; helps the topical penetration of active ingredients; chelating agent
27dextrinAbsorbent; Bulking agent; Binding agent; Hydrophilic Thickener
28cholesterolEmollient moisturizer; stabilizes & increases viscosity in a product. According to PETA, it's derived from lanolin & alternatives include solid complex alcohols (sterols) from plant sources.
29Cassia Alata Leaf Extractastringent
30Ceteth-5emulsifier; surfactant
31Cetyl Phosphateemulsifier; surfactant
32caprylyl glycolAn alcohol, derived from a plant which is used as an emollient and coconut derived preservative.
33Caprylic/Capric TriglycerideCoconut derived emollient moisturizer, sometimes used as a thickener. Rich in fatty acids that replenish skin; has a silky, dry oil feel
34butylene 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
35Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl SilaneMoisturizer, Foam Booster, Surfactant adjuvant
36arbutinlightened skin in in vitro studies, from hydroquinone; it's unclear how much is needed to show whitening effects. Low concentrations have no effect, while high concentrations of about 5% or more can be as irritating as hydroquinone & may potentially result in unexpected hyperpigmentation
37Alcohol Denat.masking, solvent to dissolve things in a formula, viscosity controlling
38alkyl 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
40Glycereth-26moisturizing & dispersing agent (in a formula)

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