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Murad Essential-C Cleanser

Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine1713, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Glycerin10, Butylene Glycol16, Aminomethyl Propanol19, Polysorbate 20, Acrylates/​C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer21, Panthenol7, Phospholipids6, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate18, Ascorbic Acid1, Chitosan23, Rice Amino Acids204, Zinc Aspartate2, Allantoin22, Sodium Pca3, Lactose, Cellulose, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose9, Propyl Gallate5, Disodium Edta12, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol15, Chlorphenesin, Limonene, Linalool, Orange Oil, Mandarin8 Orange Peel Oil, Basil Oil, Grapefruit Peel Oil, Galbanum Resin Oil, Fragrance11, Iron Oxides (Ci 7749214)

IngredientWhat it does
1ascorbic acidan antioxidant proven to give you photoprotection by preventing oxidation & inflammation; boosts collagen production; can lighten hyperpigmentation if the concentration is high enough; also used as pH adjuster/buffering agent; fragrance ingredient
2Zinc Aspartatemoisturizing
3sodium PCAHumectant moisturizer
4Rice Amino Acidsmoisturizer
5propyl gallateantioxidant & fragrance ingredient; reported to cause allergic reactions
6phospholipidsemollient moisturizers
7panthenolhumectant emollient moisturizer; anti-inflammatory
8mandarinfragrant skin irritant; no topical benefits
9hydroxypropyl methylcelluloseBinds ingredients; stabilizes emulsions; film former; gelling & coating agent. Used as an inactive ingredient in the pharmaceutical industry. It has also been used as a rate-controlling polymer for sustained-release dose forms. It has a high viscosity and is often used in ophthalmic preparations as artificial tears for dry eyes. In the US, it is available over-the-counter (OTC) in such products as Isopto Tears and Nature’s Tears.
10GlycerinA humectant moisturizer; usually used as a base in (light) moisturizers
11fragranceFragrance 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.
12disodium EDTApreservative & product stabilizer; helps the topical penetration of active ingredients; chelating agent
13Cocamidopropyl Betainefoam boosting, hair moisturizing, cleansing surfactant, viscosity controlling
14Ci 77492cosmetic colorant
15caprylyl glycolAn alcohol, derived from a plant which is used as an emollient and coconut derived preservative.
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
17betainea humectant moisturizer; can enhance the texture and height of foam
18ascorbyl palmitateA moisturizing vitamin C ester, fat/lipid soluble, antioxidant and preservative
19aminomethyl propanolemulsifying ingredient; prolonged skin exposure may cause irritation due to alkalinity, but in most commercial products the alkalinity is neutralized
20Amino AcidsWidely used in moisturizers and emollients because they are thought to help penetrate the skin; have water-binding, antioxidant and wound-healing abilities
21alkyl acrylate crosspolymeremulsifier that thickens & stabilizes formulas, makes it possible for a product to release the oils in it immediately when rubbing the product into the skin
22allantoinconsidered an effective anti-irritant; an occlusive that temporarily helps protect from chapped skin or windburn damage; softens skin & exfoliates; also a preservative
23chitosanwound-healer; exfoliator; shown to lighten hyperpigmentation

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