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Texture Enhancer,  Moisturizer,  Solvent, 

Butylene Glycol


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.

Emollient,  Emulsifier,  Texture Enhancer, 

C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate


Synthetic ingredient used as an emollient and texture enhancing agent in cosmetics. This common ingredient is soluble in oil and oil-like ingredients, and can impart a lightly conditioning, silky finish to products. Its excellent solubility is one of the main reasons its used in so many sunscreens, as it helps keep the active ingredients dispersed throughout the formula.

Emollient,  Plant Extract,  Preservative,  Moisturizer, 

Caprylyl Glycol


Skin and hair conditioning agent that may be plant-derived or synthetic. Often used as part of a preservative blend in cosmetics.

Plant Extract,  Skin-Replenishing, 

Ceramide Ng


Antioxidant,  Plant Extract,  Astringent, 

Cucumis Melo (Melon) Fruit


More commonly known as cantaloupe or honeydew melon, Cucumis melo (melon) is a fruit rich in vitamins A and C and a wide range of various antioxidant compounds.

Emollient,  Solvent, 



One of the numerous forms of synthetic silicone used in haircare and skincare products to improve texture, add shine (to hair) and impart emollience.

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.

Uncategorized,  Surfactant,  Antistatic, 

Disodium Lauriminodipropionate Tocopheryl Phosphates


A complex mixture of esters formed from a blend of tocopherol phosphates with lauriminodipropionic acid. This blend is part natural, part synthetic and has multiple functions, including as a cleansing agent. Lauriminodipropionic acid is a propionic acid, a natural acid that is part of the degraded contents of sugar. It has mild preservative properties.

Antioxidant,  Plant Extract,  Skin-Soothing, 

Epigallocatechin Gallate


One of the active constituents of green tea believed to be responsible for its many health and appearance benefits, both orally and topically. The chief benefit of epigallocatechin-3-gallate is skin-soothing and antioxidant.

Preservative,  Moisturizer,  Miscellaneous, 



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

Exfoliant,  Whitening, 

Glycolic Acid


A type of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that, like other ingredients in the category, can act as a water-binding agent and, when properly formulated, as an exfoliant. In its capacity as an exfoliant, it can help shed dead skin to renew skinŠ—Ès surface, visibly softening the signs of aging, particularly from sun damage. Glycolic acid is one of the most effective and well-researched forms of AHA.

Emulsifier,  Slip Agent,  Surfactant,  Solvent, 

Hexylene Glycol



Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12


Blend of the fatty acid palmitic acid with several amino acids, including glycine, histidine, and lysine, Also known as pal-KTTKS and formerly under the catchall term palmitoyl oligopeptide. Theoretically, many peptides have skin-restoring ability and this is one of the newer synthetic options that is believed to help skin look and act younger.

Cleansing Agent,  Emulsifier,  Moisturizer,  Surfactant,  Solvent, 

PEG-10 Phytosterol


A synthetic or soy-derived (PaulaŠ—Ès Choice Skincare uses the latter) ingredient used in cosmetics as a cleansing agent and emulsifier. As a class of ingredients, soy-based phytosterols are generally recognized as safe for use in cosmetic products.

Cleansing Agent,  Emulsifier,  Surfactant, 

PEG-40 Stearate


PEG-40 stearate typically functions as a cleansing agent, but also helps keep ingredients solubolized.




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,  Surfactant, 

Polysorbate 20


Uncategorized,  Antistatic, 

Ppg-14 Butyl Ether


Used as a hair- and skin-replenishing agent.

Texture Enhancer,  Viscosity Control,  Antistatic, 

Pvm/Ma Decadiene Crosspolymer


Synthetic polymer used as a film-forming and thickening agent.

Anti-Acne,  Exfoliant,  Skin-Soothing,  Whitening, 

Salicylic Acid


Also called beta hydroxy acid (BHA), this multifunctional ingredient addresses many of the systemic causes of acne. Its primary benefit is as an exfoliant, helping shed dead skin in a way similar to how skin acts when we are younger. Because it has the ability to penetrate into the pore lining and exfoliate inside the pore as well as on the surface of skin, it is especially effective for reducing breakouts, including blackheads and whiteheads.In addition to these benefits, salicylic acid also has soothing properties to calm aggravated skin, can help minimize the appearance of an uneven skin tone, and has hydrating abilities that can result in smoother skin.References for this information:Clinical, Cosmetic, and Investigational Dermatology,ξAugust 2015, pages 455-461Clinical, Cosmetic, and Investigational Dermatology, November 2010, pages 135-142Seminars in Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery, September 2008, pages 170-176Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, April 2007, pages 651-663International Journal of Cosmetic Science, February 2000, pages 21-52Seminars in Dermatology, December 1990, pages 305-308.

Cleansing Agent,  Sensitizing,  Ph Adjusters, 

Sodium Hydroxide


Also known as lye, sodium hydroxide is a highly alkaline ingredient used in small amounts in cosmetics to establish and hold the pH of a product.

Emulsifier,  Thickeners/Emulsifier, 

Sorbitan Stearate


Emulsifier used to thicken and stabilize cosmetics formulations.




A synthetic antioxidant derived from curcumin.

Antioxidant,  Skin-Soothing, 



A synthetic antioxidant that provides the beneficial effects of the antioxidant curcumin but without the deep yellow coloration this plant imparts, which would be cosmetically unacceptable. Known collectively as curcuminoids, these compounds exert an skin-soothing benefit.

Antioxidant,  Skin-Soothing, 



Antioxidant and skin-soothing plant extract.

Emollient,  Skin-Replenishing,  Thickeners/Emulsifier, 



Skin-softening agent thatŠ—Ès a mixture of glycerin and behenic acid. Also known as glyceryl tribehenate. May be synthetic or naturally-derived.

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.

Emulsifier,  Viscosity Control, 

Polyacrylamide & C13-14 Isoparaffin & Laureth-7

Emulsifier,  Viscosity Control,  Surfactant, 

Cetyl Stearyl Alcohol



A daily leave-on AHA exfoliant that reveals a truly smoother, more radiant, even-toned complexion by helping skin naturally exfoliate as younger skin does.
Renews the appearance of dry, sun-damaged skin
Naturally exfoliates dead skin cells
Lightweight, hydrating lotion consistency
Use once or twice daily after cleansing & toning
SKIN TYPES: Dry/Very Dry Skin
CONCERNS: Wrinkles, Anti-Aging

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