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Water, Butylene Glycol13, Saccharomyces/Xylinum/Black Tea Ferment18, Pentylene Glycol4, Phenoxyethanol, Propylene Glycol2, Glycerin9, Ethylhexylglycerin, Xanthan Gum, Fragrance11, PPG-26-Buteth-263, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil85, Hydroxyethylcellulose7, Sodium Citrate, Urea1, Saccharide Hydrolysate, Citric Acid12, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Magnesium Aspartate6, Alanine16, Glycine10, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis19 (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon)17 Fruit Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Benzyl Alcohol14, Creatine, Tocopherol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Biotin15.

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IngredientWhat it does
1ureaHumectant 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.
2propylene glycolsolvent; humectant; gives a product "slip"; helps "carry" other ingredients into the skin; also enhances the efficacy of preservatives
4pentylene glycolsynthetic humectant moisturizer; also a solvent & anti-microbial preservative
5Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oilemulsifier; surfactant
6magnesium aspartatebinding agent, chelating agent and a skin conditioner.
7hydroxyethylcellulosegelling & thickening agent
8hydrogenated castor oilused as an oily base ingredient; with PEG it's a non-ionic surfactant and is used as a solubilizer for essential oils.
9GlycerinA humectant moisturizer; usually used as a base in (light) moisturizers
10glycinebuffering agent; keeps skin moist; said to relieve itching
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.
12citric acidmainly used as a cleaning agent & preservative; pH adjuster; in higher concentration it's an AHA (in peels & antiaging products)
13butylene 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
14benzyl alcoholpreservative; solvent; fragrance; may cause irritation
15biotintexturizer; no reported skin benefit when applied topically; may regulate sebum
16alaninemay have water-binding, antioxidant properties
17(lemon)Lemon extract in skincare is a known skin sensitizer and irritant. It can have antibacterial properties but it’s incredibly irritating, as lemon juice has a pH of 2, which is very acidic and its use is linked with damage to your skin’s acid mantle. Lemon extract/juice/peel/oil does way more harm than good. Using lemon juice on your skin, or products containing lemon extract, lemon oil, lemon peel and even other citrus extracts and peel oils (like orange, mandarin, grapefruit, etc.) can cause brown discolorations and red rash looking irritation when you go out into the sun. This is a reaction known as phytophotodermatitis.
18Saccharomyces/Xylinum/Black Tea Fermentfermented yeast, no proven skincare benefits
19Citrus aurantium dulcisfragrant skin irritant; no topical benefits

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