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Paula’s Choice CALM SPF 30 Moisturizer for Normal to Dry Skin

Product Ingredients:
Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide9 3.85%, Zinc Oxide1 3.12%.
Other Ingredients: Water (Aqua), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate (texture-enhancing/emollient), Isononyl Isononanoate17 (texture-enhancing/emollient), Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil (apricot oil/non-fragrant plant oil/emollient), Cyclopentasiloxane22 (hydration), Glyceryl Stearate18 (emollient), PEG-100 Stearate14 (texture-enhancing), Butylene Glycol26 (hydration/penetration enhancing), Pentylene Glycol13 (hydration/penetration enhancing), Cetearyl Alcohol (emollient), Dimethicone (hydration), Glycine19 Soja Sterols (soybean/emollient), VP/Eicosene Copolymer2 (texture-enhancing), Avena Sativa Kernel Extract (oat extract/skin-soothing), Glycerin20 (hydration/skin replenishing), Sodium Hyaluronate3 (hydration), Allantoin28 (skin-soothing), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E5/antioxidant), Hydrogenated Lecithin16 (skin replenishing), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (vitamin C6/antioxidant), Superoxide Dismutase10 (antioxidant), Ubiquinone7 (antioxidant), Ceramide4 NG (hydration/skin replenishing), Methicone (hydration), Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12 (texture-enhancing), PEG-10 Dimethicone (texture-enhancing), Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract (cucumber23 extract/skin-soothing), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride24 (emollient), Tribehenin8 (emollient), PEG-10 Phytosterol15 (texture-enhancing/emollient), Sorbitan Stearate11 (texture-enhancing), Polyhydroxystearic Acid12 (texture-enhancing), Alumina29 (stabilizer), Polysorbate 20 (stabilizer), Aluminum Stearate27 (texture-enhancing), Xanthan Gum (texture-enhancing), Caprylyl Glycol25 (preservative), Disodium EDTA21 (stabilizer), Ethylhexylglycerin (preservative), Phenoxyethanol (preservative), Chlorphenesin (preservative).

Paula's Choice CALM SPF 30 Moisturizer for Normal to Dry Skin

IngredientWhat it does
1zinc oxideUVA + UVB sunscreen; anti-irritant, thickener, coloring agent/pigment; bulking agent
2VP/eicosene copolymerfilm former; often seen in water-resistant sunscreens
3sodium hyaluronateA humectant moisturizer; proven to boost skin's moisture content, reduce inflammation, have cell-communicating abilitites & help prevent moisture loss
4ceramidecan help restore the skin's barrier system; improves texture, reduces topical irritation, restores moisture
5Vitamin 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)
6Vitamin 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
7ubiquinonemay have potential depigmentation effects; proven moisturizing antioxidant; reduces UV damage; stimulates collagen; anti-inflammatory
8tribeheninemollient occlusive agent
9titanium dioxideA broad-spectrum SPF sunscreen; sometimes used as a pigment & for its opacity
10superoxide dismutaseproven potent antioxidant
11Sorbitan Stearateemulsifier, combines oil and water in the formula
12Polyhydroxystearic Acidemulsifier, combines oil and water in the formula
13pentylene glycolsynthetic humectant moisturizer; also a solvent & anti-microbial preservative
14PEG-100 Stearatea moisturizing emollient & emulsifier
15Peg-10 Phytosterolemulsifier, combines oil and water in the formula
16lecithinmoisturizing phospholipid; emulsifies & thickens a product; water-binder; mild preservative; penetrates skin well so is a great ingredient others can "piggyback on" into your skin
17isononyl isononanoateskin-conditioning emollient
18glyceryl stearateself-emulsifying emollient & thickening agent, the higher up an ingredient list it is, the thicker the formula
19glycinebuffering agent; keeps skin moist; said to relieve itching
20GlycerinA humectant moisturizer; usually used as a base in (light) moisturizers
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)
23cucumbermoisturizing & anti-inflammatory (contains 95% water)
24Caprylic/Capric TriglycerideCoconut derived emollient moisturizer, sometimes used as a thickener. Rich in fatty acids that replenish skin; has a silky, dry oil feel
25caprylyl glycolAn alcohol, derived from a plant which is used as an emollient and coconut derived preservative.
26butylene 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
27aluminum stearateAnticaking agent; Pigment; Emulsion Stabilizer; Lipophilic Thickener
28allantoinconsidered an effective anti-irritant; an occlusive that temporarily helps protect from chapped skin or windburn damage; softens skin & exfoliates; also a preservative
29aluminaAbrasive; Opacifying agent; Anticaking agent; Absorbent; Viscosity Controlling; feels like fine grains of sand in microdermabrasion creams; in lower concentrations, can be used to create a soft focus effect in leave-on products

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