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Ingredient
Skin-Restoring,  Skin-Soothing, 

Adenosine Triphosphate

Best

Organic compound from adenosine, which is formed by the hydrolysis of yeast nucleic acids.

Texture Enhancer,  Ph Adjusters, 

Alkyloamides

Average

Identified on skincare product labels as DEA, triethanolamine (TEA), and monoethanolamine (MEA), these are used primarily for their foaming ability in shampoos, but can also be used as thickening or binding agents. They can be skin sensitizers. In addition, alkyloamides contain a free amine that can combine with formaldehyde-releasing preservatives in cosmetics, and there is concern that they may form harmful substances.

Antioxidant,  Emollient,  Plant Extract,  Skin-Soothing, 

Borago Officinalis Seed Oil

Best

Texture Enhancer,  Moisturizer,  Solvent, 

Butylene Glycol

Good

Commonly-used ingredient that has multiple functions in cosmetics, including as a texture enhancer. It’s similar to propylene glycol, but has a lighter texture.

Antioxidant,  Emollient,  Plant Extract,  Sunscreen Active,  Moisturizer,  Fragrance,  Astringent, 

Camellia Sinensis

Best

Antioxidant,  Plant Extract,  Skin-Soothing,  Anti, 

Centella Asiatica

Best

Antioxidant-rich extract that may be listed on labels as asiatic acid, hydrocotyl, or gotu kola. It is a source of amino acids and has soothing properties. Concentrations of 5% show notable improvement in skinŠ—Ès moisture content.

Antioxidant,  Plant Extract,  Fragrance,  Anti, 

Chamomilla Recutita

Best

Antioxidant,  Emollient,  Plant Extract,  Moisturizer,  Anti, 

Cucumis Sativus

Good

Skin-Replenishing, 

Decylene Glycol

Good

A synthetic glycol that functions as a skin-conditioning agent. Glycols also give slip to products (for easier application) and can help enhance the penetration of other ingredients.

Preservative,  Moisturizer,  Miscellaneous, 

Ethylhexylglycerin

Good

A synthetic skin-softening agent also used as a preservative, a carrier, or suspending agent for other preservatives such as phenoxyethanol.

Fragrance: Synthetic And Fragrant Plant Extract,  Sensitizing,  Fragrance, 

Fragrance

Poor

One or a blend of volatile and/or fragrant plant oils (or synthetically derived oils) that impart aroma and odor to products. These are often skin sensitizers because they are composed of hundreds of individual chemical components. Fragrance is a leading source of sensitivity to cosmetics.

Emollient,  Thickeners/Emulsifier,  Moisturizer, 

Glycereth-26

Good

Synthetic glycerin-based ingredient used as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics.

Skin-Replenishing,  Skin-Restoring,  Moisturizer,  Solvent, 

Glycerin

Best

Also called glycerol or glycerine, glycerin is a humectant thatŠ—Ès present in all natural lipids (fats), whether animal or vegetable. It can be derived from natural substances by hydrolysis of fats and by fermentation of sugars; it also can be synthetically manufactured, which is usually the case with modern-day skincare products.Glycerin is a skin-replenishing and restoring ingredient, meaning it is a substance found naturally in skin, helping to establish normal balance and hydration. ItŠ—Ès one of the many substances in skin that helps maintain a healthy look and feel, defending against dryness and working to maintain skinŠ—Ès moisture level. Essentially, glycerin is a master at hydration, and works best when combined with other replenishing and emollient ingredients.Some people wonder whether using products with glycerin takes too much water from skin when there isnŠ—Èt enough humidity in the air. This can occur with pure glycerin (100% concentrationŠ—”an amount thatŠ—Ès never used in skincare products). Any humectant (including glycerin) used in pure form can increase water loss by attracting water from the lower layers of skin into the surface layers when the climate is too arid (low humidity). For this reason, glycerin and humectants are typically used in concentrations of 5% or less and always combined with other ingredients to soften skin. In fact, glycerin combined with other emollients and/or oils is a fundamental cornerstone of most moisturizers.References for this information:International Journal of Cosmetic Science, August 2016, ePublicationBritish Journal of Dermatology, July 2008, pages 23-34Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, June 2007, pages 75-82Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, June 2003, pages 7,360-7,365

Emollient,  Plant Extract,  Skin-Soothing,  Fragrance,  Anti,  Whitening, 

Glycyrrhiza Glabra

Best

Antioxidant,  Plant Extract,  Sensitizing,  Astringent,  Anti, 

Hamamelis Virginiana

Poor

Antioxidant,  Emollient,  Plant Extract,  Fragrance, 

Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil

Best

Emulsifier,  Slip Agent,  Surfactant,  Solvent, 

Hexylene Glycol

Good

Antioxidant,  Emollient,  Plant Extract, 

Hordeum Vulgare

Average

More commonly known as barley extract, this plant is a source of gluten.

Antioxidant,  Skin-Restoring,  Skin-Soothing,  Vitamin, 

Niacinamide

Best

Also known as vitamin B3 and nicotinic acid, niacinamide is a very effective skin-restoring ingredient that offers multiple benefits for aging skin. Among these benefits is the ability to visibly improve the appearance of enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, fine lines, dullness, and a weakened skin surface. Niacinamide can also mitigate the damage environmental attack can cause, and is stable in the presence of heat and light.What about using vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and niacinamide in the same product or applied at the same time in separate products?ξYou might have read or heard that niacinamide and vitamin C shouldnŠ—Èt be used at the same time, whether found together in the same product or applied separately one after the other. Rest assured, this combination is fine and is in fact quite beneficial!ξThe research this misconception is based on was conducted in the 1960s; the forms of niacinamide and vitamin C used in this study were not stabilizedŠ—”although niacinamide itself is very stable. The base of the formula used in this study was also far different than todayŠ—Ès sophisticated skincare formulas. ξToday, cosmetic chemists know how to combine niacinamide and vitamin C in the ideal base formulas that enhance their compatibility.ξThe other common concern weŠ—Ève seen about combining these two ingredients has to do with the pH range. The concern is that the acidic environment ascorbic acid needs to be most effective will cause niacinamide will convert to nicotinic acid, a form that can be sensitizing, possibly inducing redness. Good news: This conversion process would only happen under conditions of the formula being exposed to very high heat for a long period of time. This would not apply to layering skincare products or to heat conditions that occur during manufacturing, transport, and storage of cosmetic products that contain niacinamide and ascorbic acid.

Emollient,  Emulsifier,  Plant Extract,  Texture Enhancer,  Surfactant, 

PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil

Good

Emollient ingredient that is a mixture of synthetic polyethylene glycol (PEG) with natural castor oil. ItŠ—Ès considered safe for use in cosmetics. The weight and size of this ingredient is too large to penetrate beyond skinŠ—Ès surface, but thatŠ—Ès fineŠ—”this type of emollient is needed on the surface to stop moisture loss and keep skin feeling soft.

Preservative, 

Phenoxyethanol

Good

Common cosmetics preservative that's considered one of the least sensitizing for use in formulations. It does not release formaldehyde. Phenoxyethanol is approved worldwide (including in Japan and in the EU) for use in all types of water-based cosmetics, up to a 1% concentration.

Cleansing Agent,  Emulsifier,  Antistatic, 

Ppg-26-Buteth-26

Good

PPG stands for polypropylene glycol, and this ingredient combines PPG with an ether of a fatty alcohol known as buty alcohol. It has multiple functions in cosmetic products, ranging from hair conditioning agent to surfactant (cleansing agent), and emulsifier. This ingredient is always synthetic.

Emollient,  Plant Extract, 

Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis

Good

Antioxidant,  Fragrance: Synthetic And Fragrant Plant Extract,  Plant Extract,  Fragrance,  Astringent, 

Rosmarinus Officinalis

Poor

Antioxidant,  Cleansing Agent,  Plant Extract,  Thickeners/Emulsifier,  Astringent,  Anti, 

Salvia Officinalis

Poor

Thickeners/Emulsifier,  Viscosity Control, 

Sclerotium Gum

Good

Used as a thickening agent in cosmetics.

Antioxidant,  Plant Extract,  Skin-Soothing,  Moisturizer,  Astringent,  Anti, 

Scutellaria Baicalensis

Good

Antioxidant,  Skin-Replenishing,  Skin-Restoring,  Moisturizer, 

Sodium Hyaluronate

Best

Salt form of skin-replenishing ingredient hyaluronic acid; considered more effective for skin than pure hyaluronic acid due to its greater compatibility. References for this information:

Antioxidant,  Vitamin,  Moisturizer, 

Tocopheryl Acetate

Best

Antioxidant,  Hydration,  Plant Extract,  Thickeners/Emulsifier,  Moisturizer, 

Undaria Pinnatifida

Good

Form of brown algae.

Solvent,  Miscellaneous, 

Water

Good

Most widely used cosmetic ingredient; water is almost always listed first on an ingredient label because it is usually the ingredient with the highest concentration in the formula. Despite claims of skinŠ—Ès need for hydration and claims regarding special types of water, it turns out that water may not be an important ingredient for skin. Only a 10% concentration of water in the outer layer of skin is necessary for softness and pliability in this part of the epidermis. Studies that have compared the water content of dry skin with that of normal or oily skin do not find a statistically significant difference in moisture levels between them.

Emollient,  Emulsifier,  Plant Extract,  Viscosity Control,  Antistatic,  Solvent, 

Zea Mays Starch

Emollient,  Plant Extract, 

Panax Ginseng

Moisturizer,  Viscosity Control,  Antistatic, 

Betaine

Emollient,  Emulsifier,  Viscosity Control,  Surfactant, 

Hydrogenated Castor Oil

Pigment, 

Ci 42090

Emollient,  Plant Extract, 

Macadamia Integrifolia

Moisturizer, 

Mannitol

Plant Extract,  Fragrance,  Astringent, 

Punica Granatum Glycerides

Emulsifier,  Antistatic, 

Sucrose Cocoate

Pigment, 

Ci 77007

Antioxidant, 

Totarol

Antioxidant,  Emollient,  Moisturizer,  Astringent, 

Nelumbo Nucifera

Viscosity Control, 

Potassium Carbomer

Emollient,  Moisturizer,  Antistatic, 

Zinc Hydrolyzed Collagen Zinc Lactate

Sea Water

No Match

Sea Mays Starch

No Match

Codium Fragile

No Match

Decline Glycol

No Match

Total

No Match

This All-in-One Ampoule can be used to substitute toner, lotion, essence, or all three! This ampoule Helps to moisturize dry skin, while also giving your skin a healthy glow. This all in one ampoule contains 50% aqua complex and marine collagen capsules.

To Use: After washing your face, use the provided spatula to scoop the ampoule onto your face. Gently spread the ampoule and massage onto face and neck until absorbed

Allergic ingredients not found