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Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Serum

Water, Cyclopentasiloxane22, Isopropyl Palmitate, C14-22 Alcohols3126, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Dimethicone, Propanediol, Glyceryl Stearate16, PEG-100 Stearate13, Shea Butter10 Ethyl Esters, Retinol12, Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate15, Ceramide1 NP, Sodium Hyaluronate2, Solanum Lycopersicum33 (Tomato) Fruit Extract, Swertia Chirata Extract, Squalane8, Punica Granatum Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycine17 Soja (Soybean) Extract, Urea4, Yeast3 Amino Acids29, Trehalose5, Inositol, Taurine, Betaine28, Glycerin18, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride25, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Silica11, Ethylhexyl Palmitate20, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Butylene Glycol27, Lecithin14, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer3430, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, Cetyl Palmitate24, Laureth-23, Polysorbate 20, Trideceth-6 Phosphate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite7, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Chlorphenesin, Disodium EDTA21, Sodium Hydroxide, Tris(Tetramethylhydroxypiperidinol) Citrate6, Sodium Benzotriazolyl Butylphenol Sulfonate9, CI 7789135, Red 4 (CI 14700), Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone32, Citronellol23, Fragrance19.

IngredientWhat it does
1ceramidecan help restore the skin's barrier system; improves texture, reduces topical irritation, restores moisture
2sodium hyaluronateA humectant moisturizer; proven to boost skin's moisture content, reduce inflammation, have cell-communicating abilitites & help prevent moisture loss
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.
5trehalosehumectant moisturizer; skin-repairing ingredient
6Tris(tetramethylhydroxypiperidinol) citrateUV absorbing (for the product), antistatic, dispersing and emulsifying ingredient
7Synthetic Fluorphlogopitefunctions as a bulking agent and a watery viscosity increasing agent
8squalanelight emollient veg oil, can be antibacterial & moisturizing; might break out some people
9Sodium Benzotriazolyl Butylphenol Sulfonatea solid, stable Amino sulfonic acid surfactant with excellent UV absorbing, emulsifying, antistatic, dispersing abilities.
10shea butteremollient & occlusive anti-inflammatory moisturizer; contains allantoin, phytosterols, fatty acids & vitamins A,D&E BUT may break out some people due to its richness
11silicaAbsorbent powder & thickening agent; gives products that "dry-touch" feel; silica is a main component of collagen
12retinolProven antioxidant anti-wrinkle treatment; induces collagen synthesis, increases skin elasticity, smoother skin & skin lightening effects; treats hyperpigmentation
13PEG-100 Stearatea moisturizing emollient & emulsifier
14lecithinmoisturizing phospholipid; emulsifies & thickens a product; water-binder; mild preservative; penetrates skin well so is a great ingredient others can "piggyback on" into your skin
15Hydroxypinacolone Retinoatea retinoic acid ester that is said to be gentler on skin than using retinol; has promise but there isn't a compelling amount of data evaluating its effectiveness, or comparing it to other forms of retinol. The claims on this ingredient can be sourced to the brand that manufactures it, and their study was conducted on just five people.
16glyceryl stearateself-emulsifying emollient & thickening agent, the higher up an ingredient list it is, the thicker the formula
17glycinebuffering agent; keeps skin moist; said to relieve itching
18GlycerinA humectant moisturizer; usually used as a base in (light) moisturizers
19fragranceFragrance 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.
20Ethylhexyl Palmitateemollient; solvent; fragrance
21disodium EDTApreservative & product stabilizer; helps the topical penetration of active ingredients; chelating agent
22CyclopentasiloxaneSilicone; makes stuff easily spreadable; used as a conditioner, delivery agent, lubricant & solvent. Helps deliver other, heavier, silicones also in a product (like dimethicone)
24Cetyl Palmitateemollient moisturizing, masks the scent of other ingredients in a formula , moisturizing
25Caprylic/Capric TriglycerideCoconut derived emollient moisturizer, sometimes used as a thickener. Rich in fatty acids that replenish skin; has a silky, dry oil feel
26C14-22 Alcoholsa mix of fatty alcohols used as an emulsion stabilizer
27butylene 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
28betainea humectant moisturizer; can enhance the texture and height of foam
29Amino AcidsWidely used in moisturizers and emollients because they are thought to help penetrate the skin; have water-binding, antioxidant and wound-healing abilities
30Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymerviscosity controlling
31alcoholsantiseptic solvent; dissolves oil; can be irritating & drying; sometimes used as a preservative
32Alpha-Isomethyl Iononefragrance; conditioning
33Solanum LycopersicumUsed as an astringent; can be irritating
34Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymeremulsion stabilizer & hydrophilic thickener
35CI 77891A broad-spectrum SPF sunscreen; sometimes used as a pigment & for its opacity

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