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Water, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane15, Glycerin9, Propylene Glycol4, Cyclohexasiloxane, Betaine18, Camellia Sinensis Extract, Algae20 Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium PCA2, Proline5, Arginine19, Glycine10, Alanine21, Lysine8, Glutamic Acid11, Serine, Threonine, Sorbitol3, Butylene Glycol16, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene6, Glyceryl Polyacrylate12, C13-14 Isoparaffin17, Polyacrylamide, PEG-12 Dimethicone7, Carbomer, Laureth-7, Disodium EDTA13, Benzophenone4, Triethanolamine1, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Dmdm Hydantoin14, Ext. Violet 2, Red 40
Mary Kay Oil-Free Hydrating Gel

IngredientWhat it does
1triethanolamineadjusts pH; emulsifier; surfactant; masking fragrance; buffering agent
2sodium PCAHumectant moisturizer
3sorbitola humectant moisturizer; product thickener; similar to glycerin with a gel-like consistency; creates a slippery feel
4propylene glycolsolvent; humectant; gives a product "slip"; helps "carry" other ingredients into the skin; also enhances the efficacy of preservatives
6polyisobutenefilm-former; thickener
7Peg-12 Dimethiconemoisturizer
8Lysineanti-static moisturizer
9GlycerinA humectant moisturizer; usually used as a base in (light) moisturizers
10glycinebuffering agent; keeps skin moist; said to relieve itching
11glutamic acidhumectant anti-static hair conditioner
12Glyceryl Polyacrylatefilm-former
13disodium EDTApreservative & product stabilizer; helps the topical penetration of active ingredients; chelating agent
14Dmdm Hydantoinpreservative
15CyclopentasiloxaneSilicone; makes stuff easily spreadable; used as a conditioner, delivery agent, lubricant & solvent. Helps deliver other, heavier, silicones also in a product (like dimethicone)
16butylene 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
17C13-14 Isoparaffinemollient; solvent
18betainea humectant moisturizer; can enhance the texture and height of foam
19arginineantioxidant amino acid; may be helpful in wound healing; also skin & hair conditioner
20algaemarine compounds are emollient antioxidants; some claim to brighten skin; some are simply skin conditioners, known to be highly comedogenic, thickeners/emulsifiers in a product
21alaninemay have water-binding, antioxidant properties

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