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Yon-Ka Alpha-Complex

15% Extracts (8% Pure AHA) Of Pineapple Extract, Passion Fruit Extract And Grape Extract9, Mimosa Tenuiflora Extract, Beech Buds Extract, Hyaluronic Acid1, Vitamin B53 And Aloe13 Vera. Water/Aqua, Lactic Acid7, Triethanolamine5, Urea4, Alcohol Denat.14, Glycolic Acid10, Citric Acid12, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon)15 Extract, Propylene Glycol6, Passiflora Quadrangularis (Passionflower) Fruit Extract, Grape Extract, Ananas Sativus16 (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Oleth-20, Hydroxyethylcellulose8, Salicylic Acid2, Grapefruit Peel Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens(Geranium11) Flower Oil, Limonene.

IngredientWhat it does
1hyaluronic acidA humectant moisturizer; proven to boost skin's moisture content, reduce inflammation, have cell-communicating abilitites & help prevent moisture loss
2salicylic acidinduces exfoliation in oily areas of skin; oil-soluble so can penetrate pores to exfoliate inside; prevents clogged pores; mildly anti-inflammatory; higher concentrations help fade post-acne marks
3vitamin B5hydrating & wound-healing
4ureaHumectant moisturizer; improves penetration of other ingredients; minimizes water loss; speeds up skin renewal; adjusts pH of a product. If you're in the UK and looking for urea products, check the ingredient list for "carbamide" instead. It's the same thing.
5triethanolamineadjusts pH; emulsifier; surfactant; masking fragrance; buffering agent
6propylene glycolsolvent; humectant; gives a product "slip"; helps "carry" other ingredients into the skin; also enhances the efficacy of preservatives
7lactic acidthe most moisturizing of AHAs; whitening astringent; exfoliant
8hydroxyethylcellulosegelling & thickening agent
9grape extractpotent antioxidant with proven effects
10glycolic acidProven to reduce fine lines & wrinkles; hyperpigmentation; smooths, exfoliates & thickens skin; increases skin hydration & elasticity; good melasma treatment
11geraniumthe oil is antibacterial and used as a fragrance but can be irritating, the extract is an antioxidant
12citric acidmainly used as a cleaning agent & preservative; pH adjuster; in higher concentration it's an AHA (in peels & antiaging products)
13aloeemollient moisturizer with anti-inflammatory; antioxidant, & antibacterial qualities
14Alcohol Denat.masking, solvent to dissolve things in a formula, viscosity controlling
15(lemon)Lemon extract in skincare is a known skin sensitizer and irritant. It can have antibacterial properties but it’s incredibly irritating, as lemon juice has a pH of 2, which is very acidic and its use is linked with damage to your skin’s acid mantle. Lemon extract/juice/peel/oil does way more harm than good. Using lemon juice on your skin, or products containing lemon extract, lemon oil, lemon peel and even other citrus extracts and peel oils (like orange, mandarin, grapefruit, etc.) can cause brown discolorations and red rash looking irritation when you go out into the sun. This is a reaction known as phytophotodermatitis.
16ANANAS SATIVUSchemical exfoliator from pineapples; also used as a texturizer; very little research on topical human applications. Pineapple extract has antibacterial properties

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