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Water/Aqua/Eau, Lactic Acid15, Glycolic Acid16, Squalane6, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Methyl Gluceth-2011, C15-19 Alkane27, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride25, Glycerin17, Propanediol, Potassium Hydroxide9, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium PCA7, Malic Acid12, Mandelic Acid13, Salicylic Acid1, Salix Alba33 (Willow) Bark Extract, Citric Acid24, Tartaric Acid, Rehmannia Glutinosa Root Extract, Ceramide2 NP, Sodium Hyaluronate3, Saccharide Isomerate, Jojoba Esters, Bisabolol30, Hydroxyethyl Urea4, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower/Leaf Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber22) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Rose Extract, Aloe32 Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Elettaria Cardamomum Seed Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Santalum Album8 (Sandalwood) Wood Extract, Cucumis Melo23 (Melon) Fruit Extract, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender14) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract, Sanguisorba Officinalis Root Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Ethylhexyl Palmitate18, Tridecane, Isoamyl Laurate, Isohexadecane, Dicaprylyl Ether21, Glycereth-2634 , Ethylhexyl Olivate3719, Undecane, Butylene Glycol28, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer3531, Caprylyl Glycol26, C13-15 Alkane29 , Polymethyl Methacrylate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Polysorbate 20, Polysorbate 6010, Tetrasodium EDTA20, Phenoxyethanol, Titanium Dioxide5 (CI 7789136), Mica (CI 77019).
Dr Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Exfoliating Moisturizer
Dr Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Collection

IngredientWhat it does
1salicylic acidinduces exfoliation in oily areas of skin; oil-soluble so can penetrate pores to exfoliate inside; prevents clogged pores; mildly anti-inflammatory; higher concentrations help fade post-acne marks
2ceramidecan help restore the skin's barrier system; improves texture, reduces topical irritation, restores moisture
3sodium hyaluronateA humectant moisturizer; proven to boost skin's moisture content, reduce inflammation, have cell-communicating abilitites & help prevent moisture loss
4ureaHumectant 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.
5titanium dioxideA broad-spectrum SPF sunscreen; sometimes used as a pigment & for its opacity
6squalanelight emollient veg oil, can be antibacterial & moisturizing; might break out some people
7sodium PCAHumectant moisturizer
8Santalum Albummoisturizing
9potassium 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.
10polysorbate 60thickening agent, emulsifier, mild surfactant; used to form emulsions
11Methyl Gluceth-20water-soluble liquid moisturizer & emollient; has moisture-binding properties; also a foaming agent
12malic 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.
13mandelic acidantimicrobial; anti-inflammatory; AHA exfoliator; fades post-acne marks & sun damage
14lavenderMainly used for aromatherapy than skincare; mild antimicrobial/anti-inflammatory effects make it useful as part of a preservative system in a product; fragrance components oxidize on skin & can cause irritation
15lactic acidthe most moisturizing of AHAs; whitening astringent; exfoliant
16glycolic acidProven to reduce fine lines & wrinkles; hyperpigmentation; smooths, exfoliates & thickens skin; increases skin hydration & elasticity; good melasma treatment
17GlycerinA humectant moisturizer; usually used as a base in (light) moisturizers
18Ethylhexyl Palmitateemollient; solvent; fragrance
19Ethylhexyl Olivatemoisturizing
20EdtaChelating agents bind up trace metal ion contaminants in your water-containing cosmetic thus keeping the product microbe free for longer.
21dicaprylyl etherskin-conditioning emollient & solvent
22cucumbermoisturizing & anti-inflammatory (contains 95% water)
23Cucumis meloantioxidant; soothing skin-conditioner
24citric acidmainly used as a cleaning agent & preservative; pH adjuster; in higher concentration it's an AHA (in peels & antiaging products)
25Caprylic/Capric TriglycerideCoconut derived emollient moisturizer, sometimes used as a thickener. Rich in fatty acids that replenish skin; has a silky, dry oil feel
26caprylyl glycolAn alcohol, derived from a plant which is used as an emollient and coconut derived preservative.
27C15-19 Alkanea solvent to dissolve things in a formula
28butylene 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
29C13-15 Alkanea solvent to dissolve things in a formula
30bisabololanti-irritant; reduces dry & damaged skin flaking; restores suppleness; also a fragrance. It also increases the skin penetration of other cosmetic ingredients.
31Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymerviscosity controlling
32aloeemollient moisturizer with anti-inflammatory; antioxidant, & antibacterial qualities
33Salix albaanti-inflammatory, though not a substitute for salicylic acid
34Glycereth-26moisturizing & dispersing agent (in a formula)
35Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymeremulsion stabilizer & hydrophilic thickener
36CI 77891A broad-spectrum SPF sunscreen; sometimes used as a pigment & for its opacity
37olivateDerived from olive oil.

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