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Obagi Nu-Derm Blend FX 5

Aqua/Water/Eau, Arbutin8, Cetyl Alcohol7, Glycerin5, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Stearyl Alcohol, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E2), Ascorbic Acid1, Saponins, Sodium Metabisulfite3, BHT, Lactic Acid4, Disodium EDTA6, Butylparaben, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.

Obagi Nu-Derm Blend FX 5

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
2Vitamin EAntioxidant 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)
3Sodium metabisulfitedisinfectant, antioxidant (for the formula) and preservative.
4lactic acidthe most moisturizing of AHAs; whitening astringent; exfoliant
5GlycerinA humectant moisturizer; usually used as a base in (light) moisturizers
6disodium EDTApreservative & product stabilizer; helps the topical penetration of active ingredients; chelating agent
7Cetyl Alcoholemollient moisturizing, emulsifying, emulsion stabilizing, foam boosting, masks the scent of other ingredients in a formula , opacifying aka makes the formula less clear, cleansing surfactant, viscosity controlling
8arbutinlightened skin in in vitro studies, from hydroquinone; it's unclear how much is needed to show whitening effects. Low concentrations have no effect, while high concentrations of about 5% or more can be as irritating as hydroquinone & may potentially result in unexpected hyperpigmentation

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