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Product score: 03

Data Availability:

Limited

Insta Natural Glycolic Acid Serum

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Serums & Essences

BRAND

InstaNatural

DATA LAST UPDATED

September 2020

Ingredient concerns

See how this product scores for common concerns.

  • LOW
    Cancer
  • HIGH
    Allergies & Immunotoxicity
  • LOW
    Developmental and Reproductive Toxicity
  • HIGH
    Use Restrictions

Ingredient scores

Ingredients are scored based on their formulation and concentration in this product. Click on an ingredient for more information.

Ingredient score: 05
CITRUS RETICULATA PEEL OIL
Appeared as: CITRUS NOBILIS (MANDARIN ORANGE) PEEL OIL
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, masking, skin conditioning, tonic
CONCERNS • Cancer (low)
• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (high)
• Persistence and bioaccumulation (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Ecotoxicology (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)
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Ingredient score: 04
GLYCOLIC ACID
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) exfoliant, ph adjuster, buffering
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (high)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)
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Ingredient score: 04
SODIUM HYDROXIDE
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) denaturant, ph adjuster, buffering
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (high)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)
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Ingredient score: 04
PHENOXYETHANOL
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, preservative
CONCERNS • Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)
• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)
• Occupational hazards (high)
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Ingredient score: 03
ROSA CANINA (DOG ROSE) FRUIT OIL
Appeared as: ROSA CANINA FRUIT OIL
Data Availability: Limited
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CONCERNS • Allergies/immunotoxicity (high)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
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Ingredient score: 02
GLYCERIN
Data Availability: Good
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FUNCTION(S) denaturant, fragrance ingredient, hair conditioning agent, humectant, oral care agent;oral health care drug, skin-conditioning agent - humectant, skin protectant, viscosity decreasing agent, perfuming, solvent
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (moderate)
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Ingredient score: 02
FERULIC ACID
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) antioxidant, preservative, ultraviolet light absorber, antimicrobial
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (moderate)
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Ingredient score: 02
LECITHIN
Data Availability: Good
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FUNCTION(S) skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, surfactant - emulsifying agent, antistatic, emollient, emulsifying, skin conditioning
CONCERNS • Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)
• Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)
• Contamination concerns (NITROSAMINES)
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Ingredient score: 01
WATER
Appeared as: AQUA
Data Availability: Robust
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FUNCTION(S) solvent
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Ingredient score: 01
ALOE BARBADENSIS (ALOE VERA) LEAF JUICE
Appeared as: ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE
Data Availability: Limited
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CONCERNS • Cancer (moderate)
• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Use restrictions (low)
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Ingredient score: 01
TETRAHEXYLDECYL ASCORBATE
Data Availability: None
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FUNCTION(S) antioxidant, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, skin conditioning
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Ingredient score: 01
CARTHAMUS TINCTORIUS (SAFFLOWER) SEED OIL
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, skin-conditioning agent - occlusive, masking, skin conditioning
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Ingredient score: 01
LIMNANTHES VERSICOLOR (MEADOWFOAM) SEED OIL
Appeared as: LIMNANTHES ALBA (MEADOWFOAM) SEED OIL
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) skin-conditioning agent - occlusive, deodorant, emollient
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Ingredient score: 01
GLYCERYL STEARATE CITRATE
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) skin-conditioning agent - emollient, emollient, emulsifying, skin conditioning
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (low)
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Ingredient score: 01
BEHENYL OLIVATE
Data Availability: None
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CONCERNS • Use restrictions (low)
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Ingredient score: 01
XANTHAN GUM
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) binder, emulsion stabilizer, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, surfactant -emulsifying agent, viscosity increasing agent - aqueous, binding, emulsifying, emulsion stabilising, gel forming, skin conditioning, surfactant, viscosity controlling
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Ingredient score: 01
SODIUM HYALURONATE
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, humectant, skin conditioning
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Ingredient score: 01
HESPERIDIN
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) flavoring agent, emollient
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Ingredient score: 01
ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS (ROSEMARY) LEAF EXTRACT
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) antimicrobial agent, antioxidant, fragrance ingredient, skin-conditioning agent -miscellaneous, skin-conditioning agent - occlusive, perfuming
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Ingredient score: 01
CENTELLA ASIATICA (GOTU KOLA) EXTRACT
Appeared as: CENTELLA ASIATICA EXTRACT
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, skin conditioning
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Ingredient score: 01
HIBISCUS ROSA-SINENSIS (CHINESE HIBISCUS) EXTRACT
Appeared as: HIBISCUS ROSA-SINENSIS FLOWER EXTRACT
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) not reported, skin conditioning, tonic
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Ingredient score: 01
HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, skin-conditioning agent - occlusive, emollient
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Ingredient score: 01
DAUCUS CAROTA SATIVA (CARROT) ROOT EXTRACT
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) not reported, perfuming
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Ingredient score: 01
DAUCUS CAROTA SATIVA (CARROT) SEED OIL
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, skin-conditioning agent - emollient, emollient, masking, skin conditioning
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Ingredient score: 01
BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, skin-conditioning agent - occlusive, viscosityincreasing agent - nonaqueous, skin conditioning, viscosity controlling
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (low)
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Ingredient score: 01
HIPPOPHAE RHAMNOIDES (SEA BUCKTHORN) OIL
Appeared as: HIPPOPHAE RHAMNOIDES SEED OIL
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) skin-conditioning agent - occlusive, emollient, skin conditioning
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Ingredient score: 01
LAMINARIA DIGITATA EXTRACT
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, skin protecting
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Ingredient score: 01
MALUS DOMESTICA FRUIT CELL CULTURE EXTRACT
Data Availability: None
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Ingredient score: 01
ARGANIA SPINOSA (ARGAN) KERNEL OIL
Appeared as: ARGANIA SPINOSA KERNEL OIL
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) skin-conditioning agent - emollient, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous;skin-conditioning agent - occlusive, emollient, skin conditioning
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Ingredient score: 01
PERSEA GRATISSIMA (AVOCADO) OIL
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) skin-conditioning agent - occlusive, skin conditioning
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Ingredient score: 01
RUBUS IDAEUS (RASPBERRY) SEED OIL
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) skin-conditioning agent - emollient, emollient
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Ingredient score: 01
OCTYLDODECYL OLEATE
Data Availability: None
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FUNCTION(S) skin-conditioning agent - occlusive, emollient
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (low)
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Ingredient score: 01
TOCOPHEROL
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) antioxidant, fragrance ingredient, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous;skin-conditioning agent - occlusive, skin conditioning
CONCERNS • Cancer (low)
• Contamination concerns (HYDROQUINONE)
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Ingredient score: 01
GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) OIL
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) antioxidant, fragrance ingredient, skin-conditioning agent - occlusive, emollient, skin conditioning
CONCERNS • Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
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Ingredient score: 01
SUNFLOWER SEED OIL GLYCERIDE
Appeared as: SUNFLOWER SEED OIL GLYCERIDES
Data Availability: None
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FUNCTION(S) skin-conditioning agent - emollient, surfactant - emulsifying agent, emollient, emulsifying, skin conditioning, surfactant
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Ingredient score: 01
OCTANOHYDROXAMIC ACID
Appeared as: CAPRYLHYDROXAMIC ACID*
Data Availability: Limited
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Ingredient score: 01
GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) skin-conditioning agent - emollient, surfactant - emulsifying agent, emollient, emulsifying
CONCERNS • Enhanced skin absorption
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Ingredients from packaging:

AQUA, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE, TETRAHEXYLDECYL ASCORBATE, CARTHAMUS TINCTORIUS (SAFFLOWER) SEED OIL, GLYCERIN*, GLYCOLIC ACID, CITRUS NOBILIS (MANDARIN ORANGE) PEEL OIL, LIMNANTHES ALBA (MEADOWFOAM) SEED OIL, FERULIC ACID, GLYCERYL STEARATE CITRATE*, BEHENYL OLIVATE*, LECITHIN*, XANTHAN GUM*, SODIUM HYALURONATE*, HESPERIDIN, ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS (ROSEMARY) LEAF EXTRACT, CENTELLA ASIATICA EXTRACT, HIBISCUS ROSA-SINENSIS FLOWER EXTRACT, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, DAUCUS CAROTA SATIVA (CARROT) ROOT EXTRACT, DAUCUS CAROTA SATIVA (CARROT) SEED OIL, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER, HIPPOPHAE RHAMNOIDES SEED OIL, LAMINARIA DIGITATA EXTRACT, MALUS DOMESTICA FRUIT CELL CULTURE EXTRACT, ARGANIA SPINOSA KERNEL OIL, PERSEA GRATISSIMA (AVOCADO) OIL, ROSA CANINA FRUIT OIL, RUBUS IDAEUS (RASPBERRY) SEED OIL, OCTYLDODECYL OLEATE*, TOCOPHEROL*, GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) OIL, SUNFLOWER SEED OIL GLYCERIDES, SODIUM HYDROXIDE*, PHENOXYETHANOL, CAPRYLHYDROXAMIC ACID*, GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE*

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Understanding scores

Cosmetics and personal care products are not required to be tested for safety before being allowed on the market. The Skin Deep® scoring system was designed to help the public understand whether a product is safe to use or whether it contains ingredients of concern.

Every product and ingredient in Skin Deep gets a two-part score – one for hazard and one for data availability. The safest products score well by both measures, with a low hazard rating and a fair or better data availability rating.

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Hazard score

The Skin Deep ingredient hazard score, from 1 to 10, reflects known and suspected hazards linked to the ingredients. The EWG VERIFIED™ mark means a product meets EWG’s strictest criteria for transparency and health.

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The Skin Deep data availability rating reflects the number of scientific studies about the product or ingredient in the published scientific literature.

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