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Octinoxate4 7.5%, Octisalate5 5.0%, Oxybenzone 6.0%, Octocrylene6 2.0%, Zinc Oxide1 3.3%

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SkinMedica Environmental Defense Sunscreen SPF 50 with UV ProPlex

IngredientWhat it does
1zinc oxideUVA + UVB sunscreen; anti-irritant, thickener, coloring agent/pigment; bulking agent
2VP/eicosene copolymerfilm former; often seen in water-resistant sunscreens
3titanium dioxideA broad-spectrum SPF sunscreen; sometimes used as a pigment & for its opacity
4OctinoxateA UVB-sunscreen usually combined with other sunscreens
5Octisalatechemical sunscreen (primarily UVB filter); emollient & water-resistant properties; oil-soluble & FDA approved; also used as a fragrance ingredient
6OctocryleneAbsorbs UVB & UVA2 rays
7Methyl Glucose Sesquistearateemollient & emulsifier
8Methyl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymerfilm-former
9GlycerinA humectant moisturizer; usually used as a base in (light) moisturizers
10glyceryl stearateself-emulsifying emollient & thickening agent, the higher up an ingredient list it is, the thicker the formula
11glucosehas water-binding properties for skin; used also as a filler in a formula
12disodium EDTApreservative & product stabilizer; helps the topical penetration of active ingredients; chelating agent
13Cetyl 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
14Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extractastringent, moisturizer
15butylene 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
16caffeineconstricts 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
17bentoniteHighly absorbent; thickens, stabilizes and bulks up a product
18aloeemollient moisturizer with anti-inflammatory; antioxidant, & antibacterial qualities

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