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The Face Shop The Smim Firming Care Essence

Water/​Eau, Glycerin13, Dipropylene Glycol, Triethylhexanoin2, Butylene Glycol20, Niacinamide10, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Extract, Glycereth-2624, Propanediol, Polysorbate 606, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane16, Betaine21, Panthenol9, Glycosyl Trehalose3, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Yogurt1, Disodium Edta15, Adenosine23, Beta-Glucan, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract11, Caprylic/​Capric Triglyceride, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Curcuma Longa25 (Turmeric) Root Extract, Iron Oxides (Ci 7749117), Polysorbate 8026, Pentylene Glycol8, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Caprylyl Glycol18, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Saccharomyces Ferment4, Propolis27 Extract5, Potassium Hydroxide7, Fragrance14/​Parfum, Acrylates/​ C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer22, Glyceryl Acrylate/​Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Carbomer, 1,2-Hexanediol12, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dimethiconol, Diethylhexyl Syringylidenemalonate, Caprylhydroxamic Acid19

IngredientWhat it does
1Yogurtskin protecting moisturizer
2triethylhexanoinAn occlusive emollient synthetic ester; also a fragrant solvent
3trehalosehumectant moisturizer; skin-repairing ingredient
4Saccharomyces Fermentmoisturizing
5Propolis Extractmoisturizing
6polysorbate 60thickening agent, emulsifier, mild surfactant; used to form emulsions
7potassium hydroxideAKA Lye is used in a tiny amount in skincare as a pH adjuster. Most commonly used in cleansers as a base for liquid soaps and in higher concentrations is a significant skin sensitizer.
8pentylene glycolsynthetic humectant moisturizer; also a solvent & anti-microbial preservative
9panthenolhumectant emollient moisturizer; anti-inflammatory
10niacinamideProven healing antioxidant; stimulates collagen; some UV protection; reduces hyperpigmentation; anti-inflammatory; anti-acne; anti-rosacea
11Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extractmoisturizing
12Hexanediola solvent to dissolve things in a formula
13GlycerinA humectant moisturizer; usually used as a base in (light) moisturizers
14fragranceFragrance 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.
15disodium EDTApreservative & product stabilizer; helps the topical penetration of active ingredients; chelating agent
16CyclopentasiloxaneSilicone; makes stuff easily spreadable; used as a conditioner, delivery agent, lubricant & solvent. Helps deliver other, heavier, silicones also in a product (like dimethicone)
17Ci 77491cosmetic colorant
18caprylyl glycolAn alcohol, derived from a plant which is used as an emollient and coconut derived preservative.
19Caprylhydroxamic AcidChelating agents bind up trace metal ion contaminants in your water-containing cosmetic thus keeping the product microbe free for longer.
20butylene 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
21betainea humectant moisturizer; can enhance the texture and height of foam
22alkyl acrylate crosspolymeremulsifier that thickens & stabilizes formulas, makes it possible for a product to release the oils in it immediately when rubbing the product into the skin
23adenosineanti-inflammatory
24Glycereth-26moisturizing & dispersing agent (in a formula)
25curcuma longaanti-inflammatory antioxidant; proven skin lightener; also improves shelf life of formulations
26polysorbate 80depending on the product, this ingredient cleanses; emulsifies; lathers; makes products foamy/creamy & spread better
27propolisproven antibacterial, wound healing, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory abilities; the wax is skin conditioning. If you're allergic to honey, bee stings, poplar and conifers, balsam peru, or salicylates you *may* have an allergic reaction to propolis.

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