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Water, Acetyl Octapeptide-329, Caprylic/​Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin15, Candelilla/​Jojoba/​Rice Bran6 Polyglyceryl-3 Esters, Glyceryl Stearate16, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Palmitoyl Dipeptide-10218, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide9, Tetrapeptide-143, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate17, Propylene Glycol7, Octyldodecyl Myristate, Butylene Glycol25, Camellia Sinensis (Tea) Extract, Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) Extract, Boswellia Serrata27 Extract, Honey12 Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Dicaprylyl Ether23, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Glycerides, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides13, Tetrapeptide-214, Tripeptide-1, Tetrapeptide-7, Cetyl Alcohol24, Palmitoyl Urea2, Glucose18, Guanidine Hcl14, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate30, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-175, Colloidal Platinum, Bakuchiol28, Acetyl Glucosamine19, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance20, Lactic Acid11, Xanthan Gum, Caffeine26, Disodium EDTA22, Methylisothiazolinone10, Sodium Hyaluronate1

IngredientWhat it does
1sodium hyaluronateA humectant moisturizer; proven to boost skin's moisture content, reduce inflammation, have cell-communicating abilitites & help prevent moisture loss
2ureaHumectant 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.
4Tetrapeptide-21a peptide with anti-aging properties; according to the manufacturer it activates collagen production
6rice branA non-greasy oil rich in fatty acids & phytic/ferulic acids; contains oryzanol, a potent antioxidant & said to be soothing to irritated skin
7propylene glycolsolvent; humectant; gives a product "slip"; helps "carry" other ingredients into the skin; also enhances the efficacy of preservatives
8Palmitoyl Dipeptide-10moisturizing
9palmitoyl oligopeptideskin conditioner and cleansing ingredient
11lactic acidthe most moisturizing of AHAs; whitening astringent; exfoliant
12honeyhumectant 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.
13hydrogenated palm glyceridesEmollient moisturizer; emulsifier; makes the product more viscous
14Guanidine HclpH buffering
15GlycerinA humectant moisturizer; usually used as a base in (light) moisturizers
16glyceryl stearateself-emulsifying emollient & thickening agent, the higher up an ingredient list it is, the thicker the formula
17glyceryl polymethacrylateFilm-former; controls viscosity in a product
18glucosehas water-binding properties for skin; used also as a filler in a formula
19Glucosamineantistatic moisturizer
20fragranceFragrance 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.
22disodium EDTApreservative & product stabilizer; helps the topical penetration of active ingredients; chelating agent
23dicaprylyl etherskin-conditioning emollient & solvent
24Cetyl 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
25butylene 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
26caffeineconstricts the skin; may be anti-inflammatory but also irritating; a potential antioxidant (there is no independent research that caffeine helps cellulite); aids ingredients to penetrate the skin
27boswellia serratagum resin of the Indian Frankincense tree; has research showing it has an anti-inflammatory effect on skin and can stimulate fibroblasts (cells that make collagen). However, it can also be a skin sensitizer and cause contact dermatitis. It's used in the manufacture of L'Oreal products as the anti-wrinkle agent "Boswelox", which has been criticized as being ineffective.
28bakuchiolUsed as a germicide
29Acetyl Octapeptide-3humectant moisturizer
30Magnesium Aluminum Silicatea natural mica used as an alternative to talc, as a binding agent; gives a smooth feel

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