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❌SkinMedica Daily Physical Defense Sunscreen SPF 30 (old formula, discontinued)

Active ingredients: Titanium Dioxide2 5.0% Zinc Oxide1 6.0%

Inactive ingredients: Water Cyclopentasiloxane5 Dimethicone Polyglyceryl-3 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone Butylene Glycol8 Aluminum Hydroxide9 Caffeine7 Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract6 Sodium Citrate Sodium Chloride4 Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone Triethoxysilylethyl Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Hexyl Dimethicone Stearic Acid3 Ethylhexylglycerin Phenoxyethanol

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
3stearic 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.
4sodium chloridesalt; used in exfoliators or as a thickener/stabilizer in a formula
5CyclopentasiloxaneSilicone; makes stuff easily spreadable; used as a conditioner, delivery agent, lubricant & solvent. Helps deliver other, heavier, silicones also in a product (like dimethicone)
6Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extractastringent, moisturizer
7caffeineconstricts the skin; may be anti-inflammatory but also irritating; a potential antioxidant (there is no independent research that caffeine helps cellulite); aids ingredients to penetrate the skin
8butylene 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
9aluminum hydroxideopacifying & skin protecting agent; also a coloring agent & absorbent

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