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Aqua (Water), Butylene Glycol12, Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Polysorbate 20, Polyacrylamide, Mica, Glycerin7, Phenoxyethanol, Cyclopentasiloxane11, C13-14 Isoparaffin13, Dimethiconol, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Parfum (Fragrance9), Hydroxyethylcellulose6, Laureth-7, Methylparaben, Carbomer, Dipropylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol2, Tetrasodium Edta10, Retinyl Palmitate, Dimethicone Copolyol, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Lupinus Albus Seed Extract, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Panax Ginseng8 Root Extract, Pyrus Malus Fruit3 Extract (Apple), Potassium Hydroxide4, Butylphenyl Methylpropional14, Tocopherol, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide5, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide 3, Ci 7789115 (Titanium Dioxide1)

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IngredientWhat it does
1titanium dioxideA broad-spectrum SPF sunscreen; sometimes used as a pigment & for its opacity
2propylene glycolsolvent; humectant; gives a product "slip"; helps "carry" other ingredients into the skin; also enhances the efficacy of preservatives
3Pyrus Malus Fruitastringent
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.
5palmitoyl oligopeptideskin conditioner and cleansing ingredient
6hydroxyethylcellulosegelling & thickening agent
7GlycerinA humectant moisturizer; usually used as a base in (light) moisturizers
8ginsengreduces photo aging and wrinkles, increases collagen production; emollient moisturizer; however, there are conflicting reports that ginseng is effective at all
9fragranceFragrance 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.
10EdtaChelating agents bind up trace metal ion contaminants in your water-containing cosmetic thus keeping the product microbe free for longer.
11CyclopentasiloxaneSilicone; makes stuff easily spreadable; used as a conditioner, delivery agent, lubricant & solvent. Helps deliver other, heavier, silicones also in a product (like dimethicone)
12butylene 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
13C13-14 Isoparaffinemollient; solvent
14Butylphenyl Methylpropionalfragrance
15CI 77891A broad-spectrum SPF sunscreen; sometimes used as a pigment & for its opacity

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