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SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.5 Refining Night Cream

Aqua/​Water/​Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane8, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethiconol, Alcohol Denat, Pentylene Glycol4, Allyl Methacrylates Crosspolymer11, Dimethicone PEG-7 Isostearate, Sodium Polyacrylate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Glycerin6, Retinol1 0.5%, Hydrogenated Lecithin5, Polysorbate 20, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin9, Laureth-23, Laureth-4, Bisabolol10, BHT, Laureth-7, Trisodium EDTA7, Propylene Glycol2, Salvia Officinalis Leaf Extract/​Sage Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract​Matricaria Flower Extract, Propyl Gallate3

IngredientWhat it does
1retinolProven antioxidant anti-wrinkle treatment; induces collagen synthesis, increases skin elasticity, smoother skin & skin lightening effects; treats hyperpigmentation
2propylene glycolsolvent; humectant; gives a product "slip"; helps "carry" other ingredients into the skin; also enhances the efficacy of preservatives
3propyl gallateantioxidant & fragrance ingredient; reported to cause allergic reactions
4pentylene glycolsynthetic humectant moisturizer; also a solvent & anti-microbial preservative
5lecithinmoisturizing phospholipid; emulsifies & thickens a product; water-binder; mild preservative; penetrates skin well so is a great ingredient others can "piggyback on" into your skin
6GlycerinA humectant moisturizer; usually used as a base in (light) moisturizers
7EdtaChelating agents bind up trace metal ion contaminants in your water-containing cosmetic thus keeping the product microbe free for longer.
8CyclopentasiloxaneSilicone; makes stuff easily spreadable; used as a conditioner, delivery agent, lubricant & solvent. Helps deliver other, heavier, silicones also in a product (like dimethicone)
9C13-14 Isoparaffinemollient; solvent
10bisabololanti-irritant; reduces dry & damaged skin flaking; restores suppleness; also a fragrance. It also increases the skin penetration of other cosmetic ingredients.
11Allyl Methacrylates Crosspolymeremulsion stabilizing, opacifying aka makes the formula less clear, viscosity controller

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