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Philosophy Help Me Retinol Night Treatment Dupe

Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride11, Emulsifying Wax, Glycerin7, C10-30 Cholesterol9 / Lanosterol Esters, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Cetyl Alcohol10, Dimethicone, Benzyl Alcohol13, Cyclomethicone, Retinol4, Tocopherol Acetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate14, Methyl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer6, Stearic Acid3, PEG-10 Soy Sterol, Phenoxyethanol, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate15, Methylparaben, Triethanolamine2, Disodium EDTA8, Bisabolol12, Bht, Polysorbate 20, Propyl Gallate5, Ascorbic Acid1.

Philosophy Help Me Retinol Night Treatment

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
2triethanolamineadjusts pH; emulsifier; surfactant; masking fragrance; buffering agent
3stearic 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.
4retinolProven antioxidant anti-wrinkle treatment; induces collagen synthesis, increases skin elasticity, smoother skin & skin lightening effects; treats hyperpigmentation
5propyl gallateantioxidant & fragrance ingredient; reported to cause allergic reactions
6Methyl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymerfilm-former
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
15Magnesium Aluminum Silicatea natural mica used as an alternative to talc, as a binding agent; gives a smooth feel

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