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theBalm White Tea Grapefruit Antioxidant Day Face Cream

Water (Aqua), Ethylhexyl Palmitate11, Glyceryl Stearate8, Pinus Taeda Bark Extract6, Cyclopentasiloxane12, Squalane2, Isopropyl Palmitate, Glycerin9, Propylene Glycol4, Aloe17 Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sorbitan Stearate3, C12-20 Acid PEG-8 Ester, Cyclohexasiloxane, Ceteareth-20, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate145, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol15, Carbomer, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate19, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Allantoin18, Panthenol7, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Grapefruit Fruit Extract, Limonene, Ascorbic Acid1, Ascorbyl Palmitate16, Citric Acid13, PEG-8, Tocopherol, Fragrance10 (Parfum)

theBalm  TIMEBALM Skincare White Tea Grapefruit Antioxidant Day Face Cream

IngredientWhat it does
1ascorbic acidan 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
2squalanelight emollient veg oil, can be antibacterial & moisturizing; might break out some people
3Sorbitan Stearateemulsifier, combines oil and water in the formula
4propylene glycolsolvent; humectant; gives a product "slip"; helps "carry" other ingredients into the skin; also enhances the efficacy of preservatives
5Potassium Cetyl Phosphateemulsifier; surfactant
6Pinus Taeda Bark Extracttoner
7panthenolhumectant emollient moisturizer; anti-inflammatory
8glyceryl stearateself-emulsifying emollient & thickening agent, the higher up an ingredient list it is, the thicker the formula
9GlycerinA humectant moisturizer; usually used as a base in (light) moisturizers
10fragranceFragrance 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.
11Ethylhexyl Palmitateemollient; solvent; fragrance
12CyclopentasiloxaneSilicone; makes stuff easily spreadable; used as a conditioner, delivery agent, lubricant & solvent. Helps deliver other, heavier, silicones also in a product (like dimethicone)
13citric acidmainly used as a cleaning agent & preservative; pH adjuster; in higher concentration it's an AHA (in peels & antiaging products)
14Cetyl Phosphateemulsifier; surfactant
15caprylyl glycolAn alcohol, derived from a plant which is used as an emollient and coconut derived preservative.
16ascorbyl palmitateA moisturizing vitamin C ester, fat/lipid soluble, antioxidant and preservative
17aloeemollient moisturizer with anti-inflammatory; antioxidant, & antibacterial qualities
18allantoinconsidered an effective anti-irritant; an occlusive that temporarily helps protect from chapped skin or windburn damage; softens skin & exfoliates; also a preservative
19Magnesium Aluminum Silicatea natural mica used as an alternative to talc, as a binding agent; gives a smooth feel

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