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Obagi Retinol 1.0

Caprylic/​Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Stearate10, Cyclopentasiloxane13, Butylene Glycol15, Stearic Acid5, Butyrospermum Parkii18 (Shea) Butter, Polysorbate 609, Stearyl Alcohol, Glycerin11, Allyl Methacrylates Crosspolymer17, Retinol7, Polysorbate 20, Dimethicone, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Hypericum Perforatum Flower Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Flower Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Sambucus Nigra Flower Extract, Cyclohexasiloxane, Sorbitol6, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbic Acid1, Ubiquinone3, Sodium Hyaluronate2, Propylene Glycol8, BHT, Bisabolol16, Dimethicone/​Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Disodium EDTA12, Triethanolamine4, Carbomer, Glyceryl Acrylate/​Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Caprylyl Glycol14, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol

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
2sodium hyaluronateA humectant moisturizer; proven to boost skin's moisture content, reduce inflammation, have cell-communicating abilitites & help prevent moisture loss
3ubiquinonemay have potential depigmentation effects; proven moisturizing antioxidant; reduces UV damage; stimulates collagen; anti-inflammatory
4triethanolamineadjusts pH; emulsifier; surfactant; masking fragrance; buffering agent
5stearic acidemulsifier; cleaning agent; stabilizes emulsions; lipophilic thickener; texturizer. Stearic acid is naturally found in skin and is used in cleansers to reduce cleansing-induced damage, aid in moisturization, and replenish with skin-natural lipids.
6sorbitola humectant moisturizer; product thickener; similar to glycerin with a gel-like consistency; creates a slippery feel
7retinolProven antioxidant anti-wrinkle treatment; induces collagen synthesis, increases skin elasticity, smoother skin & skin lightening effects; treats hyperpigmentation
8propylene glycolsolvent; humectant; gives a product "slip"; helps "carry" other ingredients into the skin; also enhances the efficacy of preservatives
9polysorbate 60thickening agent, emulsifier, mild surfactant; used to form emulsions
10glyceryl stearateself-emulsifying emollient & thickening agent, the higher up an ingredient list it is, the thicker the formula
11GlycerinA humectant moisturizer; usually used as a base in (light) moisturizers
12disodium EDTApreservative & product stabilizer; helps the topical penetration of active ingredients; chelating agent
13CyclopentasiloxaneSilicone; makes stuff easily spreadable; used as a conditioner, delivery agent, lubricant & solvent. Helps deliver other, heavier, silicones also in a product (like dimethicone)
14caprylyl glycolAn alcohol, derived from a plant which is used as an emollient and coconut derived preservative.
15butylene 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
16bisabololanti-irritant; reduces dry & damaged skin flaking; restores suppleness; also a fragrance. It also increases the skin penetration of other cosmetic ingredients.
17Allyl Methacrylates Crosspolymeremulsion stabilizing, opacifying aka makes the formula less clear, viscosity controller
18Butyrospermum Parkiiemollient & occlusive anti-inflammatory moisturizer; contains allantoin, phytosterols, fatty acids & vitamins A,D&E BUT may break out some people due to its richness

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