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Rating Ingredient
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maltooligosyl glucoside

A carbohydrate polysaccharide that’s naturally-derived and then combined...

Good

isopropyl titanium triisostearate

A synthetic or animal-derived ingredient used as a surface treatment for cosmetic pigments...

Good

lauryl PEG-9 polydimethylsiloxyethyl dimethicone

A silicone polymer that has multiple functions in cosmetic products, including skin/hair...

Good

hydrogenated vegetable glycerides citrate

A hydrogenated blend of vegetable glycerides that functions chiefly as an emollient and emulsifier in cosmetics...

Good

isoamyl laurate

The ester of isoamyl alcohol and lauric acid, this plant- or synthetic-based texture-enhancing ingredient feels velvety-soft.

Good

PEG-10 phytosterol

A synthetic or soy-derived (Paula’s Choice Skincare uses the latter) ingredient used in cosmetics as a cleansing agent and emulsifier.

Good

polyglyceryl-10 laurate

A plant-derived or synthetic ester of lauric acid and the synthetic polymer polyglycerin-10.

Good

PPG-26-Buteth-26

PPG stands for polypropylene glycol, and this ingredient combines PPG with a fatty alcohol....

Good

sodium dilauramidoglutamide lysine

A plant-derived ingredient that helps replenish skin and hair...

Good

tribehenin PEG-20 esters

A complex mixture of tribehenin and PEG-20, this ingredient has multiple functions in cosmetic...

Good

triethanolamine

Used in cosmetics as a pH balancer. Like all amines, it has the potential for creating...

Categories: Miscellaneous, Emulsifiers
Good

ceteareth-25

A fatty alcohol that functions as an emulsifier and surfactant in cosmetics.

Good

glyceryl rosinate

An ester of long chain acids derived from a plant-based ingredient known as rosin.

Good

sodium stearoyl lactylate

A synthetic or animal-derived ingredient...

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Paula Begoun is the best-selling author of 20 books about skincare and makeup. She is known worldwide as The Cosmetics Cop and creator of Paula’s Choice Skincare. Paula’s expertise has led to hundreds of appearances on national and international radio, print, and television including:

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The Paula's Choice Research Team is dedicated to busting beauty myths and providing expert advice that solves your skincare frustrations so you can have the best skin of your life!