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BioTherm Pure Bright Illuminating Essence

Water, Cyclopentasiloxane17, Glycerin11, Butylene Glycol23, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride20, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Mica, Triethanolamine4, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite6, Phenoxyethanol, Polyacrylamide, PEG-100 Stearate8, Glyceryl Stearate12, Cetyl Alcohol19, C13-14 Isoparaffin21, Stearic Acid7, Sodium Citrate, Xanthan Gum, Methylparaben, Chlorphenesin, Fragrance13, Laureth-7, Tocopheryl Acetate, Propylparaben, Limonene, Sodium Hexametaphosphate, Sodium Hyaluronate1, Terminalia Sericea / Terminalia Sericea Extract, Disodium EDTA14, Citric Acid18, Vitreoscilla Ferment2, C9-15 Fluoroalcohol Phosphates, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, CI 7789127/Titanium Dioxide5, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate15, Butylphenyl Methylpropional22, Methicone, Hydrogenated Egg Oil16, Hexyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Salicylate24, Hydrogenated Lecithin9, Linalool, Aluminum Hydroxide26, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde10, Citral, Triticum Vulgare/Wheat Germ3 Extract, Benzyl Alcohol25

IngredientWhat it does
1sodium hyaluronateA humectant moisturizer; proven to boost skin's moisture content, reduce inflammation, have cell-communicating abilitites & help prevent moisture loss
2vitreoscilla fermentno proven topical benefits. In vitro studies show that it can help cells utilize oxygen better
3wheat germemollient oil; extract is also skin-conditioning. Extract is sometimes listed as a skin lightener (click to read more)
4triethanolamineadjusts pH; emulsifier; surfactant; masking fragrance; buffering agent
5titanium dioxideA broad-spectrum SPF sunscreen; sometimes used as a pigment & for its opacity
6Synthetic Fluorphlogopitefunctions as a bulking agent and a watery viscosity increasing agent
7stearic 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.
8PEG-100 Stearatea moisturizing emollient & emulsifier
9lecithinmoisturizing phospholipid; emulsifies & thickens a product; water-binder; mild preservative; penetrates skin well so is a great ingredient others can "piggyback on" into your skin
10Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehydefragrance masking
11GlycerinA humectant moisturizer; usually used as a base in (light) moisturizers
12glyceryl stearateself-emulsifying emollient & thickening agent, the higher up an ingredient list it is, the thicker the formula
13fragranceFragrance 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.
14disodium EDTApreservative & product stabilizer; helps the topical penetration of active ingredients; chelating agent
15Disodium Stearoyl Glutamatemoisturizer and emulsifier; from coconut & amino acids
16Egg Oilmoisturizer
17CyclopentasiloxaneSilicone; makes stuff easily spreadable; used as a conditioner, delivery agent, lubricant & solvent. Helps deliver other, heavier, silicones also in a product (like dimethicone)
18citric acidmainly used as a cleaning agent & preservative; pH adjuster; in higher concentration it's an AHA (in peels & antiaging products)
19Cetyl 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
20Caprylic/Capric TriglycerideCoconut derived emollient moisturizer, sometimes used as a thickener. Rich in fatty acids that replenish skin; has a silky, dry oil feel
21C13-14 Isoparaffinemollient; solvent
22Butylphenyl Methylpropionalfragrance
23butylene 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
24benzyl salicylatefragrance & UV light absorber
25benzyl alcoholpreservative; solvent; fragrance; may cause irritation
26aluminum hydroxideopacifying & skin protecting agent; also a coloring agent & absorbent
27CI 77891A broad-spectrum SPF sunscreen; sometimes used as a pigment & for its opacity

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