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Alpha Hydrox Retinol ResQ

Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride11, Emulsifying Wax, Glycerin7, C10-30 Cholesterol9/Lanosterol Esters, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Cetyl Alcohol10, Dimethicone, Benzyl Alcohol13, Cyclomethicone, Retinol5, Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E1), Ascorbyl Palmitate14 (Vitamin C2), Acrylates Copolymer15, Bisabolol12, PEG-10 Soya Sterol, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate16, Stearic Acid4, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, BHT, Disodium EDTA8, Propyl Gallate6, Polysorbate-20, Triethanolamine3

Alpha Hydrox Retinol ResQ

IngredientWhat it does
1Vitamin EAntioxidant emollient & occlusive moisturizer with proven effects: protects the epidermis from early stages of ultraviolet light damage; increases the efficacy of active sunscreen ingredients; reduces the formation of free radicals upon skin exposure to UVA rays and other sources of skin stress; reduces transepidermal water loss from skin and strengthens the skin's barrier function; protects the skin barrier's oil (lipid) balance during the cleansing process; reduces the severity of sunburn; preservative (if at the end of the list)
2Vitamin Can 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
3triethanolamineadjusts pH; emulsifier; surfactant; masking fragrance; buffering agent
4stearic acidemulsifier; cleaning agent; stabilizes emulsions; lipophilic thickener; texturizer. Stearic acid is naturally found in skin and is used in cleansers to reduce cleansing-induced damage, aid in moisturization, and replenish with skin-natural lipids.
5retinolProven antioxidant anti-wrinkle treatment; induces collagen synthesis, increases skin elasticity, smoother skin & skin lightening effects; treats hyperpigmentation
6propyl gallateantioxidant & fragrance ingredient; reported to cause allergic reactions
7GlycerinA humectant moisturizer; usually used as a base in (light) moisturizers
8disodium EDTApreservative & product stabilizer; helps the topical penetration of active ingredients; chelating agent
9cholesterolEmollient moisturizer; stabilizes & increases viscosity in a product. According to PETA, it's derived from lanolin & alternatives include solid complex alcohols (sterols) from plant sources.
10Cetyl 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
11Caprylic/Capric TriglycerideCoconut derived emollient moisturizer, sometimes used as a thickener. Rich in fatty acids that replenish skin; has a silky, dry oil feel
12bisabololanti-irritant; reduces dry & damaged skin flaking; restores suppleness; also a fragrance. It also increases the skin penetration of other cosmetic ingredients.
13benzyl alcoholpreservative; solvent; fragrance; may cause irritation
14ascorbyl palmitateA moisturizing vitamin C ester, fat/lipid soluble, antioxidant and preservative
15acrylates copolymerabsorbs oil in products & skin; suspends other ingredients
16Magnesium Aluminum Silicatea natural mica used as an alternative to talc, as a binding agent; gives a smooth feel

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