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Paula's Choice Skincare Water-Infusing Electrolyte Moisturizer

Paula's Choice Skincare Water-Infusing Electrolyte Moisturizer

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Moisturizer

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Paula's Choice

DATA LAST UPDATED

December 2021

Ingredient concerns

See how this product scores for common concerns.

  • LOW
    Cancer
  • LOW
    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: 01
WATER
Appeared as: WATER GLYCERIN (AQUA;)
Data Availability: Robust
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FUNCTION(S) solvent
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Ingredient score: 04
DIMETHICONE
Appeared as: DIMETHICONE (HYDRATION/TEXTURE ENHANCER)
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) antifoaming agent, skin-conditioning agent - occlusive, skin protectant, antifoaming, emollient, skin conditioning, skin protecting
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (moderate)
• Persistence and bioaccumulation (high)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Ecotoxicology (low)
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Ingredient score: 01
BUTYLENE GLYCOL
Appeared as: BUTYLENE GLYCOL (HYDRATION)
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, solvent, viscositydecreasing agent, humectant, masking, skin conditioning, viscosity controlling
CONCERNS • Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (moderate)
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Ingredient score: 02
PROPANEDIOL
Appeared as: PROPANEDIOL (HYDRATION)
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) solvent, viscosity decreasing agent, viscosity controlling
CONCERNS • Cancer (low)
• Enhanced skin absorption
• Endocrine disruption (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)
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Ingredient score: 01
STEARIC ACID
Appeared as: STEARIC ACID (TEXTURE ENHANCER)
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, surfactant - cleansing agent, surfactant - emulsifying agentsurfactant-cleansing agent is included as a function for the soap form of stearic acid., cleansing, emulsifying, emulsion stabilising, masking, refatting, surfactant
CONCERNS • Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)
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Ingredient score: 01
GLYCERYL MONOSTEARATE
Appeared as: GLYCERYL STEARATE (EMOLLIENT/)
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, skin-conditioning agent - emollient, surfactant - emulsifying agent, emollient, emulsifying
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Ingredient score: 01
ISOHEXADECANE
Appeared as: ISOHEXADECANE (TEXTURE ENHANCER)
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) skin-conditioning agent - emollient, solvent, emollient, skin conditioning
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Ecotoxicology (low)
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Ingredient score: 01
POTASSIUM PCA
Appeared as: POTASSIUM PCA (MINERAL ELECTROLYTE/SKIN-REPLENISHING)
Data Availability: None
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FUNCTION(S) humectant, skin-conditioning agent - humectant
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Ingredient score: 01
MAGNESIUM PCA
Appeared as: MAGNESIUM PCA (MINERAL ELECTROLYTE/SKIN-REPLENISHING)
Data Availability: None
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FUNCTION(S) skin-conditioning agent - humectant, humectant, skin conditioning
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Ingredient score: 01
CALCIUM PCA
Appeared as: CALCIUM PCA (MINERAL ELECTROLYTE/SKIN-REPLENISHING)
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) skin-conditioning agent - humectant, humectant, skin conditioning
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Ingredient score: 01
ETHYLHEXYL OLIVATE
Appeared as: ETHYLHEXYL OLIVATE (HYDRATION)
Data Availability: None
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FUNCTION(S) skin-conditioning agent - occlusive, skin conditioning
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (low)
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Ingredient score: 01
POLYGLYCERYL 4 OLEATE
Appeared as: POLYGLYCERYL-4 OLIVATE (EMOLLIENT/)
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) skin-conditioning agent - emollient, surfactant - emulsifying agent, emollient, emulsifying
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (low)
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Ingredient score: 01
PYRUS MALUS (APPLE) FRUIT EXTRACT
Appeared as: PYRUS MALUS FRUIT EXTRACT (APPLE)
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) proprietary, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, skin conditioning
CONCERNS • Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)
• Use restrictions (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)
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Ingredient score: 01
LAMINARIA SACCHARINA EXTRACT
Appeared as: LAMINARIA SACCHARINA EXTRACT (BROWN ALGAE)
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, not reported
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Ingredient score: 01
ACTINIDIA CHINENSIS (KIWI) EXTRACT
Appeared as: ACTINIDIA CHINENSIS FRUIT EXTRACT (KIWI)
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) not reported, emollient, skin conditioning
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Ingredient score: 01
COFFEA ARABICA (ARABIAN COFFEE) SEED EXTRACT
Appeared as: COFFEA ARABICA SEED EXTRACT (COFFEE)
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous
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Ingredient score: 01
BIOTIN/ FOLIC ACID/ CYANOCOBALAMIN/ NIACINAMIDE/ PANTOTHENIC ACID/ RIBOFLAVIN/ THIAMINE/ YEAST POLYPEPTIDES
Appeared as: BIOTIN/FOLIC ACID/CYANOCOBALAMIN/NIACINAMIDE/PANTOTHENIC ACID/PYRIDOXINE/RIBOFLAVIN/THIAMINE/YEAST POLYPEPTIDES (SKIN-RESTORING)
Data Availability: None
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FUNCTION(S) skin conditioning
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Ingredient score: 01
GARCINIA MANGOSTANA PEEL EXTRACT
Appeared as: GARCINIA MANGOSTANA PEEL EXTRACT (MANGOSTEEN)
Data Availability: None
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FUNCTION(S) not reported, skin conditioning
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Ingredient score: 01
PRUNUS SEROTINA (WILD CHERRY) EXTRACT
Appeared as: PRUNUS SEROTINA FRUIT EXTRACT (WILD CHERRY)
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, not reported, masking, moisturising, skin conditioning
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Ingredient score: 01
SQUALANE
Appeared as: SQUALANE (EMOLLIENT)
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) hair conditioning agent, skin-conditioning agent - occlusive, emollient, hair conditioning, refatting, skin conditioning
CONCERNS • Endocrine disruption (low)
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Ingredient score: 01
CERAMIDE EOP
Appeared as: CERAMIDE EOP (SKIN-REPLENISHING)
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) hair conditioning agent, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, hair conditioning, skin conditioning
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Ingredient score: 01
CERAMIDE AP
Appeared as: CERAMIDE AP (SKIN-REPLENISHING)
Data Availability: None
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Ingredient score: 01
CERAMIDE NP
Appeared as: CERAMIDE NP (SKIN-REPLENISHING)
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) hair conditioning agent, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous
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Ingredient score: 01
PISUM SATIVUM (PEA) EXTRACT
Appeared as: PISUM SATIVUM EXTRACT (PEA)
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, skin protectant, skin conditioning, skin protecting
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Ingredient score: 01
PHYTOSPHINGOSINE
Appeared as: PHYTOSPHINGOSINE (SKIN-REPLENISHING)
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) hair conditioning agent, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, hair conditioning, skin conditioning
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Ingredient score: 01
CHOLESTEROL
Appeared as: CHOLESTEROL (SKIN-REPLENISHING)
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) emulsion stabilizer, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, viscosity increasing agent -nonaqueous, emollient, emulsifying, skin conditioning, stabilising, viscosity controlling
CONCERNS • Persistence and bioaccumulation (moderate)
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Ingredient score: 01
ACETYL HEXAPEPTIDE-37 (SKIN-RESTORING)
Data Availability: None
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Ingredient score: 02
ORYZA SATIVA (RICE) BRAN EXTRACT
Appeared as: ORYZA SATIVA BRAN EXTRACT (RICE)
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) not reported, skin conditioning, skin protecting
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (low)
• Contamination concerns (PESTICIDES)
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Ingredient score: 02
TOCOPHEROL
Appeared as: TOCOPHEROL (VITAMIN E/)
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)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)
• Endocrine disruption (low)
• Contamination concerns (HYDROQUINONE)
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Ingredient score: 01
CREATINE
Appeared as: CREATINE (SKIN-RESTORING)
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, skin conditioning
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Ingredient score: 02
BISABOLOL
Appeared as: BISABOLOL (SKIN-SOOTHING)
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, masking, skin conditioning, soothing
CONCERNS • Enhanced skin absorption
• Use restrictions (moderate)
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Ingredient score: 01
SORBITOL
Appeared as: SORBITOL (HYDRATION)
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) flavoring agent, fragrance ingredient, humectant, skin-conditioning agent - humectant, plasticiser, skin conditioning
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Ingredient score: 01
INOSITOL
Appeared as: INOSITOL (SKIN-REPLENISHING)
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) hair conditioning agent, humectant, antistatic, hair conditioning
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Ingredient score: 01
XYLITOL
Appeared as: XYLITOL (HYDRATION)
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) flavoring agent, humectant, skin-conditioning agent - humectant, skin conditioning
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Ingredient score: 01
CAPRYLIC/ CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE
Appeared as: CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE (SKIN-REPLENISHING)
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, skin-conditioning agent - occlusive
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Ingredient score: 01
SODIUM LEVULINATE
Appeared as: SODIUM LEVULINATE (SKIN-SOFTENING/)
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, skin conditioning
CONCERNS • Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)
• Enhanced skin absorption
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)
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Ingredient score: 01
BEHENYL BEHENATE
Data Availability: None
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FUNCTION(S) skin-conditioning agent - occlusive, emollient, skin conditioning
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (low)
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Ingredient score: 01
TRIBEHENIN
Appeared as: TRIBEHENIN (HYDRATION)
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) skin-conditioning agent - occlusive, emollient, skin conditioning
CONCERNS • Enhanced skin absorption
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Ingredient score: 01
SODIUM LAUROYL LACTYLATE
Appeared as: SODIUM LAUROYL LACTYLATE (THICKENER/EMULSIFIER)
Data Availability: None
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FUNCTION(S) surfactant - emulsifying agent, emulsifying
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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: 02
SODIUM ACRYLATES COPOLYMER
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) binder, film former, viscosity increasing agent - aqueous, binding, film forming, opacifying, viscosity controlling
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (low)
• Contamination concerns (METHACRYLIC ACID, ACRYLIC ACID, and 2-ETHYLHEXYL ACRYLATE)
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Ingredient score: 01
ACRYLATES/ C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER
Appeared as: ACRYLATES/C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER (FILM-FORMING AGENT)
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) emulsion stabilizer, viscosity increasing agent - aqueous, viscosity increasing agent -nonaqueous, emulsion stabilising, film forming, viscosity controlling
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)
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Ingredient score: 01
CARBOMER
Appeared as: CARBOMER (THICKNENER)
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) emulsion stabilizer, viscosity increasing agent - aqueous, emulsion stabilising, gel forming, viscosity controlling
CONCERNS • Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)
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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: 02
TETRASODIUM EDTA
Appeared as: TETRASODIUM EDTA (CHELATING AGENT)
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) chelating agent, chelating
CONCERNS • Enhanced skin absorption
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)
• Occupational hazards (high)
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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: 02
ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) deodorant agent, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, skin conditioning
CONCERNS • Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Ecotoxicology (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)
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Ingredients from packaging:

Water (Aqua,) Glycerin (skin-replenishing), Dimethicone (hydration/texture enhancer), Butylene Glycol (hydration), Propanediol (hydration), Stearic Acid (texture enhancer), Glyceryl Stearate (emollient/emulsifier), Isohexadecane (texture enhancer), Potassium PCA (mineral electrolyte/skin-replenishing), Magnesium PCA (mineral electrolyte/skin-replenishing), Calcium PCA (mineral electrolyte/skin-replenishing), Ethylhexyl Olivate (hydration), Polyglyceryl-4 Olivate (emollient/emulsifier), Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract (antioxidant), Laminaria Saccharina (Brown Algae) Extract (skin-soothing/antioxidant), Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract (antioxidant), Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract (antioxidant), Biotin/Folic Acid/Cyanocobalamin/Niacinamide/Pantothenic Acid/Pyridoxine/Riboflavin/Thiamine/Yeast Polypeptides (skin-restoring), Garcinia Mangostana (Mangosteen) Peel Extract (antioxidant), Prunus Serotina (Wild Cherry) Fruit Extract (antioxidant), Squalane (emollient), Ceramide EOP (skin-replenishing), Ceramide AP (skin-replenishing), Ceramide NP (skin-replenishing), Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract (antioxidant), Phytosphingosine (skin-replenishing), Cholesterol (skin-replenishing), Acetyl Hexapeptide-37 (skin-restoring), Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract (hydration/antioxidant), Tocopherol (vitamin E/antioxidant), Creatine (skin-restoring), Bisabolol (skin-soothing), Sorbitol (hydration), Inositol (skin-replenishing), Xylitol (hydration), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (skin-replenishing), Sodium Levulinate (skin-softening/preservative), Behenyl Behenate (thickener), Tribehenin (hydration), Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate (thickener/emulsifier), Xanthan Gum (thickener), Sodium Acrylates Copolymer Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer (film-forming agent), Carbomer (thicknener), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Tetrasodium EDTA (chelating agent), Phenoxyethanol (preservative), Ethylhexylglycerin (preservative).

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