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The Saem Chaga Anti-Wrinkle Skin

Phellinus Linteus/​Inonotus Obliquus (Mushroom) Extract Ferment Filtrate, Glycerin13, Niacinamide9 (2.0%), Butylene Glycol19, Pentylene Glycol7, Glycereth-2624, Phenoxyethanol, Trehalose2, Peg-32, Portulaca Oleracea4 Extract, Carbomer, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin10 Orange) Peel Oil, Arginine20, Adenosine21, Salix Alba23 (Willow) Bark Extract, Fomes Officinalis Extract, Tremella Fuciformis Extract3, Glycine14 Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Peg-5 Rapeseed Sterol, Ceteth-417, Aspergillus/​Castanea Pellicle Ferment Extract, Aspergillus/​Rice Ferment Extract, Saccharomyces/​Triticum Aestivum (Wheat) Seed Ferment Extract, Saccharomyces/​Barley25 Seed Ferment Filtrate, Cholesterol16, Potassium Hydroxide5, Acetic Acid22, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate186, Tuber Aestivum Extract, Chlorphenesin, Yeast1 Extract, Bacillus/​Soybean Ferment Extract, Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil11, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil8, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol12, Disodium Edta15, Water, Perfume

IngredientWhat it does
1Yeastmoisturizing
2trehalosehumectant moisturizer; skin-repairing ingredient
3Tremella Fuciformis Extracthumectant moisturizer
4portulaca oleraceamay have anti-inflammatory or analgesic; humectant moisturizing properties
5potassium 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.
6Potassium Cetyl Phosphateemulsifier; surfactant
7pentylene glycolsynthetic humectant moisturizer; also a solvent & anti-microbial preservative
8Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oilemulsifier; surfactant
9niacinamideProven healing antioxidant; stimulates collagen; some UV protection; reduces hyperpigmentation; anti-inflammatory; anti-acne; anti-rosacea
10mandarinfragrant skin irritant; no topical benefits
11hydrogenated castor oilused as an oily base ingredient; with PEG it's a non-ionic surfactant and is used as a solubilizer for essential oils.
12Hexanediola solvent to dissolve things in a formula
13GlycerinA humectant moisturizer; usually used as a base in (light) moisturizers
14glycinebuffering agent; keeps skin moist; said to relieve itching
15disodium EDTApreservative & product stabilizer; helps the topical penetration of active ingredients; chelating agent
16cholesterolEmollient moisturizer; stabilizes & increases viscosity in a product. According to PETA, it's derived from lanolin & alternatives include solid complex alcohols (sterols) from plant sources.
17Ceteth-4emulsifier; surfactant
18Cetyl Phosphateemulsifier; surfactant
19butylene 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
20arginineantioxidant amino acid; may be helpful in wound healing; also skin & hair conditioner
21adenosineanti-inflammatory
22acetic acidfragrance; pH adjuster; solvent for gums, resins, & volatile oils, this acid is found in vinegar & can disinfect, but can be drying & irritating to skin; banned in cosmetics by ASEAN.
23Salix albaanti-inflammatory, though not a substitute for salicylic acid
24Glycereth-26moisturizing & dispersing agent (in a formula)
25barleyskin protecting, apparently - contains gluten

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