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Paula's Choice Skincare Triple Algae Pollution Shield

Paula's Choice Skincare Triple Algae Pollution Shield

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Serums & Essences

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Paula's Choice

DATA LAST UPDATED

December 2021

Ingredient concerns

See how this product scores for common concerns.

  • LOW
    Cancer
  • MODERATE
    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 (AQUA)
Data Availability: Robust
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FUNCTION(S) solvent
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Ingredient score: 02
GLYCERIN
Appeared as: GLYCERIN (SKIN-REPLENISHING)
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: 01
BUTYLENE GLYCOL
Appeared as: BUTYLENE GLYCOL (HYDRATION/TEXTURE ENHANCER)
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: 01
COCO-CAPRYLATE/ CAPRATE
Appeared as: COCO-CAPRYLATE/CAPRATE (EMOLLIENT)
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) skin-conditioning agent - emollient, emollient, skin conditioning
CONCERNS • Enhanced skin absorption
• Use restrictions (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)
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Ingredient score: 01
DECYL OLEATE
Appeared as: DECYL OLEATE (EMOLLIENT)
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) skin-conditioning agent - emollient, emollient, skin conditioning
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (low)
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Ingredient score: 01
CUCUMIS SATIVUS (CUCUMBER) FRUIT EXTRACT
Appeared as: CUCUMIS SATIVUS EXTRACT (CUCUMBER)
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) skin-conditioning agent - emollient, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, emollient, skin conditioning
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Ingredient score: 01
ARCTOSTAPHYLOS UVA-URSI (BEARBERRY) LEAF EXTRACT
Appeared as: ARCTOSTAPHYLOS UVA-URSI LEAF EXTRACT (BEARBERRY)
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous
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Ingredient score: 02
PROPANEDIOL
Appeared as: PROPANEDIOL (HYDRATION/SLIP AGENT)
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
GLUTATHIONE
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, reducing agent, reducing
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Ingredient score: 01
CHONDRUS CRISPUS (CARRAGEENAN) EXTRACT
Appeared as: CHONDRUS CRISPUS EXTRACT (ALGAE)
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, skin conditioning, viscosity controlling
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Ingredient score: 01
TETRAHEXYLDECYL ASCORBATE
Appeared as: TETRAHEXYLDECYL ASCORBATE (VITAMIN C/)
Data Availability: None
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FUNCTION(S) antioxidant, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, skin conditioning
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Ingredient score: 01
VITIS VINIFERA (GRAPE) SEED EXTRACT
Appeared as: VITIS VINIFERA SEED EXTRACT (GRAPE)
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) anticaries agent, antidandruff agent, antifungal agent, antimicrobial agent, antioxidant;oral care agent, oral health care drug, sunscreen agent, ultraviolet light absorber
CONCERNS • Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)
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Ingredient score: 01
UBIQUINONE
Appeared as: UBIQUINONE (COENZYME Q10/)
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) antioxidant, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, skin conditioning
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Ingredient score: 01
CI 75300
Appeared as: CURCUMIN (/SKIN-SOOTHING)
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) antioxidant
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Ingredient score: 01
SILYBUM MARIANUM (LADY'S THISTLE) FRUIT EXTRACT
Appeared as: SILYBUM MARIANUM FRUIT EXTRACT (MILK THISTLE)
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous
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Ingredient score: 02
EPIGALLOCATECHIN GALLATE
Appeared as: EPIGALLOCATECHIN GALLATE (GREEN TEA-DERIVED)
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) antioxidant
CONCERNS • Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
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Ingredient score: 01
ASCOPHYLLUM NODOSUM (KNOTTED WRACK) EXTRACT
Appeared as: ASCOPHYLLUM NODOSUM (KELP) EXTRACT
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) not reported, skin conditioning
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Ingredient score: 01
MORINGA OLEIFERA SEED OIL
Appeared as: MORINGA OLEIFERA SEED OIL (NON-FRAGRANT PLANT) OIL
Data Availability: None
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FUNCTION(S) skin-conditioning agent - occlusive, skin conditioning
CONCERNS • Cancer (low)
• Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)
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Ingredient score: 01
FUCUS VESICULOSUS EXTRACT
Appeared as: FUCUS VESICULOSUS EXTRACT (SEAWEED)
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, perfuming
CONCERNS • Endocrine disruption (moderate)
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Ingredient score: 01
FICUS CARICA (FIG) FRUIT EXTRACT
Appeared as: FICUS CARICA FRUIT EXTRACT (FIG)
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) plasticizer, skin-conditioning agent - emollient, skin-conditioning agent - humectant
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Ingredient score: 01
LEONTOPODIUM ALPINUM (EDELWEISS) FLOWER EXTRACT
Appeared as: LEONTOPODIUM ALPINUM FLOWER EXTRACT (EDELWEISS)
Data Availability: Limited
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Ingredient score: 01
EMBLICA OFFICINALIS (INDIAN GOOSEBERRY) FRUIT EXTRACT
Appeared as: EMBLICA OFFICINALIS FRUIT EXTRACT (GOOSEBERRY)
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) skin conditioning
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Ingredient score: 01
BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER
Appeared as: BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII BUTTER (SHEA)
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 • Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)
• Use restrictions (low)
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Ingredient score: 01
LINOLEIC ACID
Appeared as: LINOLEIC ACID (SKIN-RESTORING)
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, hair conditioning agent, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous;surfactant - cleansing agentsurfactant-cleansing agent is included as a function for the soap form of linoleic acid., antistatic, cleansing, emollient, hair conditioning, skin conditioning, surfactant
CONCERNS • Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)
• Use restrictions (low)
• Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)
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Ingredient score: 02
LINOLENIC ACID
Appeared as: LINOLENIC ACID (SKIN-RESTORING)
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, hair conditioning agent, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous;surfactant - cleansing agentsurfactant-cleansing agent is included as a function for the soap form of linolenic acid., antistatic, cleansing, emollient, hair conditioning, perfuming, skin conditioning, surfactant
CONCERNS • Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)
• Use restrictions (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)
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Ingredient score: 01
PHYTOSPHINGOSINE
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
PHOSPHATE (SKIN-REPLENISHING)
Data Availability: Fair
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Ingredient score: 01
THERMUS THERMOPHILLUS FERMENT
Data Availability: None
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FUNCTION(S) skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, skin conditioning
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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
SESAMUM INDICUM (SESAME) OIL
Appeared as: SESAMUM INDICUM (SESAME) SEED OIL (NON-FRAGRANT PLANT) OIL
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, skin-conditioning agent - occlusive, emollient, hair conditioning, masking, skin conditioning
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Ingredient score: 03
TOCOPHERYL ACETATE
Appeared as: TOCOPHERYL ACETATE (VITAMIN E/)
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) antioxidant, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, skin conditioning
CONCERNS • Cancer (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Contamination concerns (HYDROQUINONE)
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Ingredient score: 03
LECITHIN
Appeared as: LECITHIN (SKIN-RESTORING)
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 (moderate)
• Enhanced skin absorption
• Use restrictions (low)
• Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)
• Contamination concerns (NITROSAMINES)
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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: 03
ACACIA SENEGAL GUM
Appeared as: ACACIA SENEGAL GUM (FILM-FORMING AGENT)
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) adhesive, fragrance ingredient, film forming, masking
CONCERNS • Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
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Ingredient score: 01
ECTOIN
Appeared as: ECTOIN (HYDRATION)
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) buffering agent, skin-conditioning agent - emollient, skin conditioning
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Ingredient score: 01
GLYCERYL MONOSTEARATE
Appeared as: GLYCERYL STEARATE (TEXTURE ENHANCER)
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: 06
POLYACRYLAMIDE
Appeared as: POLYACRYLAMIDE (FILM-FORMING AGENT)
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) binder, film former, hair fixative, antistatic, binding, film forming
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (high)
• Persistence and bioaccumulation (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Ecotoxicology (low)
• Contamination concerns (ACRYLAMIDE)
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Ingredient score: 01
CETEARYL ALCOHOL
Appeared as: CETEARYL ALCOHOL (HYDRATION)
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) emulsion stabilizer, opacifying agent, surfactant - foam booster, viscosity increasingagent - aqueous, viscosity increasing agent - nonaqueous, emollient, emulsifying, emulsion stabilising, foam boosting, opacifying, surfactant, viscosity controlling
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Ingredient score: 01
CAPRYLYL GLYCOL
Appeared as: CAPRYLYL GLYCOL (HYDRATION)
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) hair conditioning agent, skin-conditioning agent - emollient, emollient, hair conditioning, humectant, skin conditioning
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Ingredient score: 01
C13-14 ISOPARAFFIN
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) solvent, emollient
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
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Ingredient score: 04
UNSPECIFIED EMOLLIENTS
Appeared as: C12-15 ALKYL BENZOATE (EMOLLIENT)
Data Availability: None
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Ingredient score: 03
POLYSORBATE-80
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) denaturant, fragrance ingredient, surfactant - emulsifying agent, surfactant - solubilizingagent, emulsifying, surfactant
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)
• Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE and 1,4-DIOXANE)
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Ingredient score: 01
1,2-HEXANEDIOL
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) solvent
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Ingredient score: 03
LAURETH-7
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) surfactant - emulsifying agent, emulsifying, surfactant
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)
• Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE and 1,4-DIOXANE)
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Ingredient score: 02
DIPROPYLENE GLYCOL
Appeared as: DIPROPYLENE GLYCOL (TEXTURE ENHANCER)
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, solvent, viscosity decreasing agent, masking, viscosity controlling
CONCERNS • Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)
• Endocrine disruption (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (moderate)
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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), Butylene Glycol (hydration/texture enhancer), Coco-Caprylate/Caprate (emollient), Decyl Oleate (emollient), Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Extract (antioxidant), Arctostaphylos Uva-Ursi (Bearberry) Leaf Extract (antioxidant), Propanediol (hydration/slip agent), Glutathione (antioxidant), Chondrus Crispus (Algae) Extract (skin-soothing/film-forming agent), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (vitamin C/antioxidant), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract (antioxidant), Ubiquinone (coenzyme Q10/antioxidant), Curcumin (antioxidant/skin-soothing), Silybum Marianum (Milk Thistle) Fruit Extract (antioxidant), Epigallocatechin Gallate (green tea-derived antioxidant), Ascophyllum Nodosum (Kelp) Extract, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil (non-fragrant antioxidant plant oil), Fucus Vesiculosus (Seaweed) Extract (hydration/film-forming agent), Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract (hydration), Leontopodium Alpinum (Edelweiss) Flower Extract (antioxidant), Emblica Officinalis (Gooseberry) Fruit Extract (antioxidant), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter (emollient/antioxidant), Linoleic Acid (skin-restoring), Linolenic Acid (skin-restoring), Phytosphingosine Phosphate (skin-replenishing), Thermus Thermophillus Ferment (antioxidant), Tocopherol (vitamin E/antioxidant), Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil (non-fragrant plant oil), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E/antioxidant), Lecithin (skin-restoring), Xanthan Gum (thickener), Acacia Senegal Gum (film-forming agent), Ectoin (hydration), Glyceryl Stearate (texture enhancer), Polyacrylamide (film-forming agent), Cetearyl Alcohol (hydration), Caprylyl Glycol (hydration), C13-14 Isoparaffin (solvent), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate (emollient), Polysorbate 80 (emulsifier), 1,2-Hexanediol (preservative), Laureth-7 (emulsifier), Dipropylene Glycol (texture enhancer), Phenoxyethanol (preservative), Ethylhexylglycerin (preservative).

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