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Water, Butylene Glycol12, Aloe13 Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Gel, Isohexadecane, Propylene Glycol5 Dicaprylate/dicaprate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene6, Hydrogenated Lecithin7, Sucrose, Caffeine11, Cholesterol10, Lactic Acid8, Phytomarine Extract, Wheat (Triticum Vulgare) Sphingolipids, Sodium C8-16 Isoalkylsuccinyl Lactoglobullin Sulfonate, Green Olive (Olea Europaea) Extract, Linoleic Acid, Whey2 (Lactos Proteinum) Protein, Modified Heteropolysaccharides, Sodium Hyaluronate1, Squalane3, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Scymnol Sulfate, Silica4, Dimethicon, Acrylates,c10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer14, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose9, Xanthan Gum, Phenyl Trimethicone

Clinique Moisture In-Control

IngredientWhat it does
1sodium hyaluronateA humectant moisturizer; proven to boost skin's moisture content, reduce inflammation, have cell-communicating abilitites & help prevent moisture loss
3squalanelight emollient veg oil, can be antibacterial & moisturizing; might break out some people
4silicaAbsorbent powder & thickening agent; gives products that "dry-touch" feel; silica is a main component of collagen
5propylene glycolsolvent; humectant; gives a product "slip"; helps "carry" other ingredients into the skin; also enhances the efficacy of preservatives
6polyisobutenefilm-former; thickener
7lecithinmoisturizing phospholipid; emulsifies & thickens a product; water-binder; mild preservative; penetrates skin well so is a great ingredient others can "piggyback on" into your skin
8lactic acidthe most moisturizing of AHAs; whitening astringent; exfoliant
9hydroxypropyl methylcelluloseBinds ingredients; stabilizes emulsions; film former; gelling & coating agent. Used as an inactive ingredient in the pharmaceutical industry. It has also been used as a rate-controlling polymer for sustained-release dose forms. It has a high viscosity and is often used in ophthalmic preparations as artificial tears for dry eyes. In the US, it is available over-the-counter (OTC) in such products as Isopto Tears and Nature’s Tears.
10cholesterolEmollient moisturizer; stabilizes & increases viscosity in a product. According to PETA, it's derived from lanolin & alternatives include solid complex alcohols (sterols) from plant sources.
11caffeineconstricts the skin; may be anti-inflammatory but also irritating; a potential antioxidant (there is no independent research that caffeine helps cellulite); aids ingredients to penetrate the skin
12butylene 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
13aloeemollient moisturizer with anti-inflammatory; antioxidant, & antibacterial qualities
14alkyl 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

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