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Ingredient Dictionary

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VP/eicosene copolymer

A film-forming agent often used in water-resistant sunscreen products. It helps the sunscreen... Read More »

Categories: Film-Forming/Holding Agents

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volatile oil

Group of volatile fluids derived primarily from plants and used in cosmetics primarily as fragrant... Read More »

Categories: Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts, Sensitizing

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Vitis vinifera

Latin name for the vines that produce wine grapes. More commonly known as grape seed oil or grape... Read More »

Categories: Antioxidants, Emollients, Plant Extracts

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vitamin K

Technically known as phytonadione, vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin manufactured in the liver.... Read More »

Categories: Vitamins

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vitamin H

See biotin

Categories: Vitamins

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vitamin F

Name sometimes used to represent essential fatty acids of linoleic acid and linolenic acid. These... Read More »

Categories: Antioxidants, Vitamins, Emollients, Skin Restoring

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vitamin E

Considered an antioxidant superstar. It is one of the most well-known and researched antioxidants,... Read More »

Categories: Vitamins, Antioxidants

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vitamin D

A fat-soluble vitamin (actually, it's a hormone) that may have antioxidant, soothing, and... Read More »

Categories: Vitamins, Antioxidants

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vitamin C

Vitamin C is a top rated skin care ingredient to help maintain healthy-looking and radiant skin. Read More »

Categories: Antioxidants, Vitamins

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vitamin B6

There is no research showing it to have benefit for skin. Read More »

Categories: Vitamins

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vitamin B5

Also known as pantothenic acid. Read More »

Categories: Vitamins

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vitamin B3

See niacinamide

Categories: Vitamins, Skin Restoring

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vitamin B2

There is no research showing this has any benefit when applied topically to skin. However, there is... Read More »

Categories: Sensitizing, Vitamins

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vitamin B12

Overall there is limited research showing vitamin B12 has any benefit when applied topically on skin Read More »

Categories: Vitamins

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vitamin B1

See thiamine HCL

Categories: Vitamins

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vitamin A

Considered a good antioxidant in some of its various forms, particularly as retinol and retinyl... Read More »

Categories: Antioxidants, Vitamins

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Viola tricolor extract

See pansy extract

Categories: Skin Soothing, Plant Extracts, Antioxidants

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vinyl dimethicone/methicone silsesquioxane crosspolymer

Blend of silicone polymers that functions as a thickening agent and texture enhancer. Read More »

Categories: Thickeners, Silicones

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vetiver oil or extract

Fragrant component in skincare products that also has some beneficial properties... Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Sensitizing, Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts

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verbena extract

Fragrant extract that can be a skin sensitizer. Read More »

Categories: Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts, Plant Extracts, Sensitizing

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Vanilla planifolia fruit extract

Extract used primarily as a fragrance and flavoring agent. The vanilla plant is a source of... Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Antioxidants, Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts, Skin Soothing

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valine

See amino acid

Categories: Antioxidants, Skin Replenishing

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Vaccinium myrtillus

See bilberry extract

Categories: Plant Extracts

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Vaccinium macrocarpon fruit extract

Latin term for cranberry. Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Skin Soothing, Antioxidants

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VA/crotonates copolymer

See VA/crotonates

Categories: Film-Forming/Holding Agents

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