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Beta-Sitosterol

Plant Extract,  Skin-Replenishing,  Skin-Soothing, 

Derived from sugar beets, this ingredient is sometimes used as an alternative to the exfoliating ingredient salicylic acid in countries where the usage of salicylic acid is prohibited or the amount permitted is severely restricted. Although betaine salicylate appears to be promising, thereŠ—Ès no independent research to go on, and no independent studies comparing its effectiveness to the well-established BHA ingredient salicylic acid.

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Butylene Glycol

Texture Enhancer,  Moisturizer,  Solvent, 

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.

Good

Butyrospermum Parkii

Emollient,  Plant Extract,  Skin-Replenishing,  Moisturizer, 

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Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride

Emollient,  Plant Extract,  Texture Enhancer,  Fragrance, 

Derived from coconut oil and glycerin, itŠ—Ès considered an excellent emollient and skin-replenishing ingredient. ItŠ—Ès included in cosmetics due to its mix of fatty acids that skin can use to replenish its surface and resist moisture loss. Caprylic/capric triglyceride can also function as a thickener, but its chief job is to moisturize and replenish skin. This ingredientŠ—Ès value for skin is made greater by the fact that itŠ—Ès considered gentle.Reference for this information:Food and Chemical Toxicology, January 2000, issue 1, pages 79-98

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Ceramide Ap

Skin-Replenishing,  Moisturizer, 

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Ceramide Eop

Skin-Replenishing, 

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Ceramide Np

Skin-Replenishing,  Moisturizer,  Fragrance, 

One of several types of ceramides, which are naturally occurring, long chains of lipids (fats) that are major components of skinŠ—Ès outer layers. Research shows moisturizers containing ceramide NP can improve the look and feel of dry skin.

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Cholesterol

Emollient,  Emulsifier,  Skin-Replenishing,  Viscosity Control, 

Applied topically, cholesterol in cosmetics can help maintain the skinŠ—Ès healthy feel and appearance. It is also a stabilizer, emollient, and water-binding agent.

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Cocos Nucifera

Emollient,  Plant Extract,  Moisturizer,  Fragrance, 

The extract of the fruit of the coconut tree, this ingredient is rich in skin-conditioning fatty acids, proteins, and complex B vitamins. References for this information: American Journal of Pharmacological Sciences, May 2017, pages 25-30 Medicines, May 2016

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D-Alpha-Tocopherol

Antioxidant,  Vitamin, 

Antioxidant that's considered the most effective form of vitamin E.

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Dimethicone

Emollient,  Silicone, 

A type of silicone, dimethicone is one of the most frequently used emollient ingredients in moisturizers due to its gentleness and effectiveness. Dimethicone is considered a synthetic ingredient, even though itŠ—Ès derived from natural silicon.

Good

Ethylhexylglycerin

Preservative,  Moisturizer,  Miscellaneous, 

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

Good

Glycerin

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

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

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Glyceryl Stearate Se

Emollient,  Emulsifier,  Thickeners/Emulsifier, 

Widely used ingredient that is a self-emulsifying (thatŠ—Ès what the Š—“SEŠ—

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Glycine Soja Oil

Antioxidant,  Emollient,  Emulsifier,  Plant Extract,  Moisturizer,  Fragrance,  Solvent, 

Oil derived from wild soybeans; it has emollient properties.

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Hydrogenated Vegetable Glycerides Citrate

Emollient,  Emulsifier,  Texture Enhancer, 

A hydrogenated blend of vegetable glycerides that functions chiefly as an emollient and texture enhancer in cosmetics. In this case, the vegetable glyceride component is mixed with citric acid, at which point it can also help to stabilize cosmetic formulas.

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Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter

Emollient,  Plant Extract,  Skin-Replenishing,  Moisturizer, 

Plant-based emollient as it is a rich source of fatty acids and skin-soothing ingredients.ξ

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Olea Europaea Fruit Oil

Antioxidant,  Emollient,  Plant Extract,  Skin-Replenishing,  Fragrance,  Solvent, 

Good

Oryza Sativa Oil

Emollient,  Plant Extract,  Viscosity Control,  Fragrance,  Antistatic, 

Good

Persea Gratissima Oil

Antioxidant,  Emollient,  Moisturizer,  Anti, 

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Phenoxyethanol

Preservative, 

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.

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Phospholipid

Emollient,  Skin-Replenishing,  Moisturizer, 

Type of lipid (fat) composed of glycerol, fatty acids, and phosphate. Lecithin is an example of a phospholipid. See lecithin.

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Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate

Emollient,  Uncategorized,  Viscosity Control, 

Gel-textured ingredient used in many lightweight moisturizers. ItŠ—Ès a mix of propylene glycol and capric acid, a fatty acid derived from plants.

Good

Simmondsia Chinensis

Emollient,  Plant Extract,  Skin-Replenishing,  Moisturizer, 

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Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate

Cleansing Agent,  Emulsifier,  Thickeners/Emulsifier, 

Used as an emulsifier and mild thickening agent in cosmetics. In higher concentrations, it functions as a surfactant.

Good

Sphingolipids

Emollient,  Skin-Replenishing,  Skin-Restoring, 

Sphingolipids are complex, long chain lipids (fats) that function as skin-replenishing and conditioning ingredients.

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Squalene

Antioxidant,  Emollient,  Skin-Replenishing,  Moisturizer,  Antistatic, 

Oil derived from shark liver or from plants (usually olives). Its derivative squalane is a natural component of skin and a good emollient that has antioxidant properties.

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Water

Solvent,  Miscellaneous, 

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.

Good

Glyceryl Stearate & PEG-100 Stearate

Emulsifier,  Viscosity Control,  Solvent, 

Avena Sativa Peptide

Antioxidant,  Emollient,  Viscosity Control,  Anti,  Solvent, 

Cetyl Stearyl Alcohol

Emulsifier,  Viscosity Control,  Surfactant, 

Potassium Carbomer

Viscosity Control, 

Palm Stearic Acid

Emulsifier,  Viscosity Control, 

D-Panthenol

Moisturizer,  Antistatic, 

Natural Xanthan Gum

Viscosity Control, 

This luxuriant cream moisturizer relieves dryness with soothing antioxidants and nourishing plant oils to keep skin thoroughly hydrated, soft, and comforted.
Plumps the look of dehydrated skin
Smooths the appearance of wrinkles
Leaves skin feeling remarkably soft and supple
Rich, velvety cream texture
Use as the last step in your PM skincare routine
SKIN TYPES: Extra Sensitive Skin, Dry/Very Dry Skin
CONCERNS: Redness

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