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Rating Ingredient
Good

VA/crotonates copolymer

Best

Vaccinium macrocarpon fruit extract

Latin term for cranberry.

Good

Vaccinium myrtillus

Categories: Plant Extracts
Good

valine

Good

Vanilla planifolia fruit extract

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

Poor

verbena extract

Fragrant extract that can be a skin sensitizer...

Poor

vetiver oil or extract

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

Good

vinyl dimethicone/methicone silsesquioxane crosspolymer

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

Average

Viola tricolor extract

Best

vitamin A

Categories: Antioxidants, Vitamins
Good

vitamin B1

Categories: Vitamins
Good

vitamin B12

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

Categories: Vitamins
Average

vitamin B2

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

Categories: Sensitizing, Vitamins
Best

vitamin B3

Good

vitamin B5

Also known as pantothenic acid.

Categories: Vitamins
Average

vitamin B6

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

Categories: Vitamins
Best

vitamin C

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

Categories: Antioxidants, Vitamins
Good

vitamin D

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

Categories: Antioxidants, Vitamins
Best

vitamin E

One of the most well-known and researched antioxidants for the body and for skin. Vitamin E occurs...

Categories: Antioxidants, Vitamins
Best

vitamin F

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

Good

vitamin H

Categories: Vitamins
Good

vitamin K

Technically known as phytonadione, vitamin K is a fat-soluble....

Categories: Vitamins
Best

Vitis vinifera

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

Poor

volatile oil

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

Good

VP/eicosene copolymer

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

Good

VP/hexadecene copolymer

Synthetic polymer.

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