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bareMinerals Prep Step Spf 50

Active Ingredients: ​Titanium Dioxide2 (4.1%), Zinc Oxide1 (23.8%) Inactive Ingredients: ​Coconut Alkanes15, Caprylyl Caprylate/​Caprate, Water, Squalane3, Adipic Acid/​Neopentyl Glycol Crosspolymer, Polyglyceryl-2 Diisostearate, Silica5, Glycerin8, Propanediol, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate4, Isostearic Acid, Coco-Caprylate11/​Caprate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane14, Gentiana Urnula Flower Extract9, Moringa16 Oleifera Seed Extract7, Butylene Glycol13, Magnesium Hydroxide, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid12, Polyester-16, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Disodium Phosphate10, Phenoxyethanol., Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides

IngredientWhat it does
1zinc oxideUVA + UVB sunscreen; anti-irritant, thickener, coloring agent/pigment; bulking agent
2titanium dioxideA broad-spectrum SPF sunscreen; sometimes used as a pigment & for its opacity
3squalanelight emollient veg oil, can be antibacterial & moisturizing; might break out some people
4Sorbitan Sesquiisostearateemulsifier, combines oil and water in the formula
5silicaAbsorbent powder & thickening agent; gives products that "dry-touch" feel; silica is a main component of collagen
6Polyester-1film-former
7Moringa Oleifera Seed Extractmoisturizing
8GlycerinA humectant moisturizer; usually used as a base in (light) moisturizers
9Gentiana Urnula Flower Extracthumectant moisturizer
10disodium phosphateused to adjust a formula's pH
11Coco-Caprylateemollient moisturizer
12citric acidmainly used as a cleaning agent & preservative; pH adjuster; in higher concentration it's an AHA (in peels & antiaging products)
13butylene 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
14Triethoxycaprylylsilaneprovides cohesion in the formula
15alkanesemollient; solvent
16moringaskin-conditioning emollient; may be anti-fungal and hasten wound healing (one source)

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