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Paula’s Choice Clinical Ultra-Rich Moisturizer

Aqua, Butyrospermum Parkii23 Butter, Caprylic/​Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Stearate SE11, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Dimethicone, Stearic Acid4, Glyceryl Stearate12, Mangifera Indica (Mango10) Seed Butter, Cetyl Alcohol17, Cocos Nucifera Oil1, Ceramide2 NP, Ceramide AP18, Ceramide EOP19, Sphingolipids, Phospholipids7, Phytosphingosine8, Squalene, Cholesterol16, Tocopherol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Butter, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Glycine13 Soja (Soybean) Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil3, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Glycerin14, Panthenol9, Ascorbyl Palmitate22, Beta-Sitosterol21, Hydrogenated Vegetable Glycerides Citrate, Propylene Glycol6, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate5, Butylene Glycol20, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA15, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol

IngredientWhat it does
1cocos nucifera oilemollient, hair conditioner, fragrance masking, skin conditioner, solvent - can be pore-clogging for some
2ceramidecan help restore the skin's barrier system; improves texture, reduces topical irritation, restores moisture
3Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran OilA non-greasy oil rich in fatty acids & phytic/ferulic acids; contains oryzanol, a potent antioxidant & said to be soothing to irritated skin
4stearic 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.
5sodium lauroyl lactylatewhen used in higher concentrations (at the beginning of an ingredient list) this is a surfactant, but it's also used as a penetration enhancer, emulsifier, thickener, foaming agent & mild skin conditioner
6propylene glycolsolvent; humectant; gives a product "slip"; helps "carry" other ingredients into the skin; also enhances the efficacy of preservatives
7phospholipidsemollient moisturizers
8phytosphingosineanti-inflammatory & anti-microbial moisturizing ingredient; used in hair and skin conditioners; derived from yeast; also a preservative
9panthenolhumectant emollient moisturizer; anti-inflammatory
10mangoan occlusive, skin-conditioning butter/oil; rich in fatty acids with anti-inflammatory properties. The extract is an antioxidant.
11glyceryl stearate SEself-emulsifying emollient & thickening agent, the higher up an ingredient list it is, the thicker the formula
12glyceryl stearateself-emulsifying emollient & thickening agent, the higher up an ingredient list it is, the thicker the formula
13glycinebuffering agent; keeps skin moist; said to relieve itching
14GlycerinA humectant moisturizer; usually used as a base in (light) moisturizers
15disodium EDTApreservative & product stabilizer; helps the topical penetration of active ingredients; chelating agent
16cholesterolEmollient moisturizer; stabilizes & increases viscosity in a product. According to PETA, it's derived from lanolin & alternatives include solid complex alcohols (sterols) from plant sources.
17Cetyl 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
18Ceramide Apmoisturizer
19Ceramide Eopmoisturizer
20butylene 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
21beta-sitosterolTopically, it is considered a good moisturizing and anti-inflammatory It's like a fatty acid and structurally similar to cholesterol.
22ascorbyl palmitateA moisturizing vitamin C ester, fat/lipid soluble, antioxidant and preservative
23Butyrospermum 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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