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Ingredient
Antioxidant,  Preservative, 

BHT

Average

Butylated hydroxytoluene, a potent synthetic antioxidant that also has health concerns when consumed orally. The amount of BHT uses in cosmetic products is typically 0.01-0.1%, and does not pose a risk to skin, nor does it penetrate skin far enough to be absorbed into the bloodstream.

Emollient,  Texture Enhancer,  Fragrance,  Synthetic Ester,  Solvent, 

Ethylhexyl Palmitate

Good

Mixture of a fatty alcohol and palmitic acid that functions as an emollient and texture enhancer. ThereŠ—Ès no research indicating this ingredient, which may be synthetic, plant-, or animal-derived, is a problem for skin.

Emollient,  Synthetic Ester, 

Isononyl Isononanoate

Good

Synthetic ester that functions as an emollient skin-softening agent. Occurs naturally in cocoa oil and lavender oil. The Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel has determined that isononyl isononanoate is safe in its current use and concentration in cosmetic products.

Emollient,  Silicone,  Slip Agent,  Viscosity Control, 

Silica Dimethyl Silylate

Good

Synthetic ingredient used as a slip and suspending agent in cosmetics.

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,  Emollient,  Hydration,  Skin-Replenishing,  Moisturizer, 

Squalane

Best

The saturated portion of emollient ingredient squalene, which is a natural component of human skin sebum (oil). It is a wonderfully moisturizing ingredient as well as being a source of replenishing fatty acids and antioxidants.ξNote that because itŠ—Ès highly saturated, squalane is less prone to breaking down in the presence of air than less-saturated squalene.ξReferences for this information:The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, June 2014, pages 25-32 Advances in Food and Nutrition Research, Volume 65, 2012, pages 223-233

Emollient,  Skin-Replenishing,  Thickeners/Emulsifier,  Viscosity Control,  Solvent, 

Trihydroxystearin

Good

Mixture of glycerin and fatty acids that is used as an emollient and thickening agent.

Emollient, 

Coco-Caprylate/Caprate

Emollient, 

Isodecyl Neopentanoate

Emollient,  Solvent, 

Coconut Alkanes

Antioxidant,  Whitening, 

3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid

This product is a water-free suspension of 23% L-Ascorbic Acid powder. The Ordinary's portfolio of Vitamin C includes the following formulations:

Allergic ingredients not found