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Dr. Michelle Copeland AHA Face Cream dupes

Water[14], Glycolic Acid[7], Cetearyl Alcohol[4], Glyceryl Stearate[1], PEG-[17]100, Stearate, Dimethicone[11], Glycerin[15], Thiotic (Alpha Lipoic) Acid, Sodium Hydroxide[3], Ceteareth-20[4], Polysorbate 60[5], Kojic Acid[9], Tocopherol[10] (Vitamin E[10]), Retinyl Palmitate[16], Cucumber[13] Extract, Safflower Seed Oil[6], Xanthan Gum[12], Sodium Metabisulfite[2], Diazolidinyl-Urea[8], Phenoxyethanol[8].

Dr. Michelle Copeland AHA Face Cream

Ingredient Analysis
1. glyceryl stearate SE ( Glyceryl Stearate ) self-emulsifying emollient & thickening agent, the higher up an ingredient list it is, the thicker the formula
2. Sodium Metabisulfite. disinfectant, antioxidant (for the formula) and preservative.
3. buffering agent ( Sodium Hydroxide ) a buffering agent (stabilizes pH)
4. fatty alcohols ( Cetearyl Alcohol,Ceteareth-20 ) coconut-derived emollient moisturizer, emulsifies & stabilizes emulsions; thickeners; carrying agents; slightly waxy texture
5. Polysorbate 60. thickening agent, emulsifier, mild surfactant; used to form emulsions
6. safflower oil ( Safflower Seed Oil ) an emollient oil high in primarily linolenic acid (omega 3); great for dry skins
7. Glycolic Acid. Proven to reduce fine lines & wrinkles; hyperpigmentation; smooths, exfoliates & thickens skin; increases skin hydration & elasticity; good melasma treatment
8. preservatives ( Diazolidinyl-Urea,Phenoxyethanol ) Used as a preservative or enhances the efficacy of preservatives
9. Kojic Acid. Kojic Acid is used in skincare and cosmetics as a/an antioxidant ingredient.
10. Vitamin E ( Tocopherol ) Antioxidant emollient & occlusive moisturizer with proven effects: protects the epidermis from early stages of ultraviolet light damage; increases the efficacy of active sunscreen ingredients; reduces the formation of free radicals upon skin exposure to UVA rays and other sources of skin stress; reduces transepidermal water loss from skin and strengthens the skin's barrier function; protects the skin barrier's oil (lipid) balance during the cleansing process; reduces the severity of sunburn; preservative (if at the end of the list)
11. methicone. Methicone is used in skincare and cosmetics as a/an antistatic, emollient moisturizing ingredient.
12. thickener ( Xanthan Gum ) thickens/stabilizes the product; generally, the more thickening agents used in formulating a cream, for example, may enhance its stability, but can also cause difficulty in spreading.
13. Cucumber. moisturizing & anti-inflammatory (contains 95% water)
14. solvents ( Water ) solvent
15. Glycerin. A humectant moisturizer; usually used as a base in (light) moisturizers
16. retinol ( Retinyl Palmitate ) Proven antioxidant anti-wrinkle treatment; induces collagen synthesis, increases skin elasticity, smoother skin & skin lightening effects; treats hyperpigmentation
17. PEGs ( PEG- ) helps "carry" other ingredients into the skin; emollient; emulsifier; sufactant (cleans); solvent; the lower the number following, the more it can penetrate the skin; keeps products stable

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