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Vichy Aqualia Thermal Hydrating Concentrate

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum (formerly Aqualia Thermal Hydrating Concentrate)

Water, Glycerin3, Dimethicone, Serine, Alcohol Denatured, Propylene Glycol1, Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil2, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer4, Dimethiconol, Ammonium Polyacrylate10 Dimethyl Tauramide, Disodium Edta6, Caprylyl Glycol8, Citric Acid7, Biosaccharide Gum9 1, Fragrance5

IngredientWhat it does
1propylene glycolsolvent; humectant; gives a product "slip"; helps "carry" other ingredients into the skin; also enhances the efficacy of preservatives
2hydrogenated castor oilused as an oily base ingredient; with PEG it's a non-ionic surfactant and is used as a solubilizer for essential oils.
3GlycerinA humectant moisturizer; usually used as a base in (light) moisturizers
4Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymerhumectant moisturizer; controls viscosity in a product
5fragranceFragrance 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.
6disodium EDTApreservative & product stabilizer; helps the topical penetration of active ingredients; chelating agent
7citric acidmainly used as a cleaning agent & preservative; pH adjuster; in higher concentration it's an AHA (in peels & antiaging products)
8caprylyl glycolAn alcohol, derived from a plant which is used as an emollient and coconut derived preservative.
9biosaccharide gummoisturizing & skin soothing ingredient; anti-irritant; creates a moisture-binding film on the skin
10ammonium polyacrylateAn emulsion stabilizer.

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