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Water, Butylene Glycol10, Glycerin7, Pentylene Glycol6, Ceramide1 1, Ceramide 29, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6 II, Alcaligenes Polysaccharides11, Algin12, Phytosphingosine5, Cholesterol8, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate3, Polysorbate 8013, Carbomer, Titanium Dioxide2, Titanium Dioxide CI pigment green 50, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Hydroxide4.

Skin Inc. Ceramide Serum

IngredientWhat it does
1ceramidecan help restore the skin's barrier system; improves texture, reduces topical irritation, restores moisture
2titanium dioxideA broad-spectrum SPF sunscreen; sometimes used as a pigment & for its opacity
3sodium lauroyl lactylatewhen used in higher concentrations (at the beginning of an ingredient list) this is a surfactant, but it's also used as a penetration enhancer, emulsifier, thickener, foaming agent & mild skin conditioner
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.
5phytosphingosineanti-inflammatory & anti-microbial moisturizing ingredient; used in hair and skin conditioners; derived from yeast; also a preservative
6pentylene glycolsynthetic humectant moisturizer; also a solvent & anti-microbial preservative
7GlycerinA humectant moisturizer; usually used as a base in (light) moisturizers
8cholesterolEmollient moisturizer; stabilizes & increases viscosity in a product. According to PETA, it's derived from lanolin & alternatives include solid complex alcohols (sterols) from plant sources.
9Ceramide 2moisturizer
10butylene 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
11Alcaligenes PolysaccharidesA water gelling agent made from a Gram-negative bacteria, similar to xanthan gum. It also has moisturizing properties, similar to hyaluronic acid.
12alginderived from seaweed, used as a emulsifier, barrier, thickener and stabilizer.
13polysorbate 80depending on the product, this ingredient cleanses; emulsifies; lathers; makes products foamy/creamy & spread better

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