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Ingredient Dictionary

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acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer

See film-forming agent

Categories: Texture Enhancer

Good

acrylates/dimethicone copolymer

A silicone-enhanced film-forming agent. Also functions as a binding agent so products adhere better... Read More »

Categories: Silicones, Texture Enhancer

Good

acrylates/steareth-20 methacrylate copolymer

A synthetic polymer that blends stearth-20 with one or more forms of methacrylic acid. Functions as... Read More »

Categories: Texture Enhancer

Average

Actaea racemosa

See black cohosh

Categories: Plant Extracts

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active ingredient

The active ingredients list is the part of a cosmetic, drug, or pharmaceutical ingredient label... Read More »

Categories: Sunscreen Actives

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adapalene

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adenosine

Yeast-derived ingredient that functions as a good soothing and skin-restoring agent. Read More »

Categories: Skin-Restoring, Skin-Soothing

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adenosine triphosphate

An organic compound from adenosine, which is formed by the hydrolysis of yeast nucleic acids. All... Read More »

Categories: Skin-Soothing, Skin-Restoring

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adipic acid/neopentyl glycol/trimellitic anhydride copolymer

A synthetic polymer. Read More »

Categories: Texture Enhancer

Poor

advanced glycation endproduct

Advanced glycation endproducts, also known as AGEs, are caused by the body's major fuel source,... Read More »

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Aerocarpus santalinus

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

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Aesculus hippocastanum

See horse chestnut extract

Categories: Plant Extracts, Skin-Soothing

Good

agar

See algae

Categories: Emollients, Texture Enhancer, Antioxidants, Plant Extracts

Poor

AGE

See advanced glycation endproduct

Average

Agrimonia eupatoria leaf extract

Research shows this plant extract has antioxidant properties.... Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Antioxidants

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AHA

AHA is the acronym for alpha hydroxy acid, which is derived from various plant sources or from milk. Read More »

Categories: Exfoliant

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Ahnfeltia concinna extract

See algae

Categories: Emollients, Antioxidants, Texture Enhancer, Plant Extracts

Good

ahnfeltia extract

See algae

Categories: Plant Extracts, Antioxidants, Emollients, Texture Enhancer

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alanine

See amino acid

Categories: Antioxidants

Good

Alaria esculenta

See algae

Categories: Emollients, Plant Extracts, Texture Enhancer, Antioxidants

Poor

albumin

Found in egg white, and can leave a film over skin. It can constrict skin temporarily, which can... Read More »

Categories: Texture Enhancer

Poor

alcloxa

More technically known as aluminum chlorhydroxy allantoinate, alcloxa has constricting properties... Read More »

Average

alcohol

A group of organic compounds with a vast range of forms and uses in cosmetics... Read More »

Categories: Emollients, Cleansing Agents

Best

Aleurites moluccana seed oil

See kukui nut oil

Categories: Antioxidants, Plant Extracts

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alfalfa extract

Can be an antioxidant in skincare products… Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Antioxidants

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