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SkinMedica Essential Defense Mineral Shield Broad Spectrum Spf 35

Active Ingredients: ​Titanium Dioxide2 (5.0%), Zinc Oxide1 (6.0%) Inactive Ingredients: ​Water, Cyclopentasiloxane5, Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-3 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol10, Aluminum Hydroxide11, Dimethicone/​PEG-10/​15 Crosspolymer, PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Sodium Chloride4, Caffeine9, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract8, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Citrate, Dimethicone/​Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Triethoxysilylethyl Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Hexyl Dimethicone, PEG/​PPG-18/​18 Dimethicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane12, Stearic Acid3, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Iron Oxides (Ci 774916, Ci 774927, Ci 77499)

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)
6Ci 77491cosmetic colorant
7Ci 77492cosmetic colorant
8Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extractastringent, moisturizer
9caffeineconstricts 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
10butylene 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
11aluminum hydroxideopacifying & skin protecting agent; also a coloring agent & absorbent
12Triethoxycaprylylsilaneprovides cohesion in the formula

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