The Ordinary

MATRIXYL 10% + HA

Ingredient Rating

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

Chlorphenesin

Preservative, 

Type of alcohol used as a preservative in cosmetics.

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

Best

Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7

Skin-Restoring, 

Synthetic peptide that's part of Matrixyl 3000, which also contains palmitoyl oligopeptide, and is believed to work as a skin-restoring ingredient with anti-aging benefits.

Best

Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1

Skin-Restoring,  Moisturizer, 

One of a number of synthetic peptides, which are chained amino acids that can have restorative benefits for skin. For more on the benefits of peptides, see our article Peptides for Skin.

Best

Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38

Skin-Restoring, 

An ingredient manufactured by the brand Sederma under the trade name MATRIXYL syntheŠ—È6. The only research so far showing this ingredientŠ—Ès benefit comes from the brand. That research followed 25 women between the ages of 42 to 70 years old who had forehead lines and crowŠ—Ès feet. After two months, the women reported a decrease in signs of aging of 31% in some cases, and up to 100% in others using a 2% concentration of MATRIXYL syntheŠ—È6 versus the placebo.

Best

PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil

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

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.

Good

Phenoxyethanol

Preservative, 

Common cosmetics preservative thatŠ—Ès 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.

Good

Polysorbate 20

Cleansing Agent,  Emulsifier,  Surfactant, 

Good

Ppg-26-Buteth-26

Cleansing Agent,  Emulsifier,  Antistatic, 

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.

Good

Sodium Hyaluronate

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

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:

Best

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

Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin

Emulsifier,  Surfactant, 

A plant- derived or synthetic carbohydrate that functions as a chelating agent and stabilizer. It is considered safe for use in cosmetics and has also been deemed safe for oral consumption (where its application, of course, differs from that of cosmetics). References for this information: Journal of Pharmaceutical Science, February 2013, pages 352-364 Food and Chemical Toxicology, October 2005, pages 1,451-1,459

Maris Aqua

Solvent, 

Potassium Carbomer

Viscosity Control, 

Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6

Viscosity Control, 

A synthetic polymer that functions to protect skin's surface, thicken products, and help keep cosmetic formulas stable. Polyacrylate crosspolymer is a versatile ingredient that can also help give products clarity and improve texture.References for this information: http://www.happi.com/contents/view_unsorted/2007-10-19/whitepaper-polyacrylate-1-crosspolymer/

A High-Strength Peptide Formulation

Matrixyl is a trademarked peptide composition developed by Sederma in France. This highly-effective composition has been shown to reduce the look of static and dynamic wrinkles. This formula contains two generations of Matrixyl, Matrixyl 3000 and Matrixyl Synthe'6, at a combined concentration of 10% by weight in a specialized Hyaluronic Acid delivery system. The peptide in Matrixyl 3000 is palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7 and the peptide in Matrixyl Synthe'6 is palmitoyl tripeptide-38.

Directions
Apply a few drops to face AM and PM.

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