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Paula’s Choice Calm Mineral Moisturizer SPF 30 for Normal To Dry Skin

Active Ingredients: ​Titanium Dioxide8 (3.85%), Zinc Oxide1 (3.12%) Inactive Ingredients: ​Water (Aqua), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate (Texture-Enhancing/​Emollient), Isononyl Isononanoate16 (Texture-Enhancing/​Emollient), Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil (Apricot Oil/​Non-Fragrant Plant Oil/​Emollient), Cyclopentasiloxane21 (Hydration), Glyceryl Stearate17 (Emollient), PEG-100 Stearate13 (Texture-Enhancing), Butylene Glycol24 (Hydration), Pentylene Glycol12 (Hydration), Cetearyl Alcohol (Emollient), Dimethicone (Hydration), Glycine18 Soja Sterols (Soybean/​Emollient), Vp/​Eicosene Copolymer (Texture-Enhancing), Avena Sativa Kernel Extract (Oat Extract/​Skin-Soothing), Glycerin19 (Hydration/​Skin Replenishing), Sodium Hyaluronate2 (Hydration), Allantoin26 (Skin-Soothing), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E4/​Antioxidant), Hydrogenated Lecithin15 (Skin Replenishing), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C5/​Antioxidant), Superoxide Dismutase9 (Antioxidant), Ubiquinone6 (Antioxidant), Ceramide3 NG (Hydration/​Skin Replenishing), Methicone (Hydration), Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12 (Texture-Enhancing), PEG-10 Dimethicone (Texture-Enhancing), Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract (Cucumber22 Extract/​Skin-Soothing), Caprylic/​Capric Triglyceride (Emollient), Tribehenin7 (Emollient), PEG-10 Phytosterol14 (Texture-Enhancing/​Emollient), Sorbitan Stearate10 (Texture-Enhancing), Polyhydroxystearic Acid11 (Texture-Enhancing), Alumina27 (Stabilizer), Polysorbate 20 (Stabilizer), Aluminum Stearate25 (Texture-Enhancing), Xanthan Gum (Texture-Enhancing), Caprylyl Glycol23 (Preservative), Disodium EDTA20 (Stabilizer), Ethylhexylglycerin (Preservative), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Chlorphenesin (Preservative)

IngredientWhat it does
1zinc oxideUVA + UVB sunscreen; anti-irritant, thickener, coloring agent/pigment; bulking agent
2sodium hyaluronateA humectant moisturizer; proven to boost skin's moisture content, reduce inflammation, have cell-communicating abilitites & help prevent moisture loss
3ceramidecan help restore the skin's barrier system; improves texture, reduces topical irritation, restores moisture
4Vitamin 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)
5Vitamin Can 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
6ubiquinonemay have potential depigmentation effects; proven moisturizing antioxidant; reduces UV damage; stimulates collagen; anti-inflammatory
7tribeheninemollient occlusive agent
8titanium dioxideA broad-spectrum SPF sunscreen; sometimes used as a pigment & for its opacity
9superoxide dismutaseproven potent antioxidant
10Sorbitan Stearateemulsifier, combines oil and water in the formula
11Polyhydroxystearic Acidemulsifier, combines oil and water in the formula
12pentylene glycolsynthetic humectant moisturizer; also a solvent & anti-microbial preservative
13PEG-100 Stearatea moisturizing emollient & emulsifier
14Peg-10 Phytosterolemulsifier, combines oil and water in the formula
15lecithinmoisturizing phospholipid; emulsifies & thickens a product; water-binder; mild preservative; penetrates skin well so is a great ingredient others can "piggyback on" into your skin
16isononyl isononanoateskin-conditioning emollient
17glyceryl stearateself-emulsifying emollient & thickening agent, the higher up an ingredient list it is, the thicker the formula
18glycinebuffering agent; keeps skin moist; said to relieve itching
19GlycerinA humectant moisturizer; usually used as a base in (light) moisturizers
20disodium EDTApreservative & product stabilizer; helps the topical penetration of active ingredients; chelating agent
21CyclopentasiloxaneSilicone; makes stuff easily spreadable; used as a conditioner, delivery agent, lubricant & solvent. Helps deliver other, heavier, silicones also in a product (like dimethicone)
22cucumbermoisturizing & anti-inflammatory (contains 95% water)
23caprylyl glycolAn alcohol, derived from a plant which is used as an emollient and coconut derived preservative.
24butylene 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
25aluminum stearateAnticaking agent; Pigment; Emulsion Stabilizer; Lipophilic Thickener
26allantoinconsidered an effective anti-irritant; an occlusive that temporarily helps protect from chapped skin or windburn damage; softens skin & exfoliates; also a preservative
27aluminaAbrasive; Opacifying agent; Anticaking agent; Absorbent; Viscosity Controlling; feels like fine grains of sand in microdermabrasion creams; in lower concentrations, can be used to create a soft focus effect in leave-on products

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