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Is It Cosmetics Cc Cream Water Based?

Is It Cosmetics Cc Cream Water Based
Skin-boosting ingredients: The water-based formula is packed full of anti-ageing ingredients including niacinamide, vitamin C, hyaluronic acid and lots of delicious hydrating oils, so you’re getting loads of added skincare benefits while wearing a full face of makeup.

Is CC cream water or oil-based?

Skin-boosting ingredients: The water-based formula is packed full of anti-ageing ingredients including niacinamide, vitamin C, hyaluronic acid and lots of delicious hydrating oils, so you’re getting loads of added skincare benefits while wearing a full face of makeup.

How do I know if my foundation is oil or water based?

What makes a foundation water-based – Is It Cosmetics Cc Cream Water Based Credit: iStock Photo If you look at the first ingredient of a foundation and it is Aqua or Water, and there are no silicones or oils in the next four to five ingredients, then it is probably water-based. This doesn’t mean it cannot have silicones or oils in it at all to qualify as a water-based foundation, but that the main ingredients at the beginning should not be silicones or oils.

That will mean water is the primary ingredient in it. You can also check if a foundation is water-based by squeezing it out into a glass of water to see if it dissolves, as oil-based foundations don’t, but water-based ones do. iDiva loves: The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation used to have silicone in the older formulas, but now after being reformulated, the first ingredient Aqua is followed by many emollients.

The formula is really good for dry and normal skin, and the product looks refreshingly dewy on the skin, thanks to the presence of skincare ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerine, and aloe leaf juice. Is It Cosmetics Cc Cream Water Based Credit: The Body Shop India Buy it here,

Is CC cream foundation oil-Free?

Discover IT® CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40 works beautifully as your color-correcting full coverage foundation, anti-aging skincare and SPF 40 broad-spectrum physical sunscreen—all with a poreless, natural-looking matte finish that lasts! This multitasking, complexion-perfecting breakthrough instantly camouflages imperfections including redness on skin, acne scarring, and large pores without creasing or cracking and is clinically tested to reduce shine and control oil for up to 12 hours.

  1. It’s also infused with charcoal to detoxify, colloidal clay to absorb oil and tea tree extract to combat blemishes—plus, an advanced anti-aging serum made of hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, adenosine, vitamins and antioxidants.
  2. You’ll see powerful results instantly and more dramatic results over time! Learn more about the skincare benefits of CC Cream,

#1 Prestige SPF Foundation in the US* *Source: The NPD Group/U.S. Prestige Beauty Total Measured Market, Makeup Product Sales, January-December 2022. IT Cosmetics partners with plastic surgeons and dermatologists to develop skin-loving solutions and clinically tested formulas.

Apply 1-2 pumps of CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte SPF 40 to clean skin using your Heavenly Luxe™ Complexion Perfection Brush #7 makeup brush for effortless buffing and blending. CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte can be used as your moisturizer, anti-aging serum, concealer, full-coverage foundation and sunscreen for face, based on your coverage needs. For best results, apply a smooth, even layer to your face, neck and décolleté for complexion perfection!

Your full-coverage matte foundation, hydrating anti-aging serum, and SPF 40 physical sunscreen—in one step! Delivers flawless full coverage with a poreless, natural-looking matte finish—won’t crease or crack Reduces shine and controls oil for up to 12 hours Instantly improves the look of top skin concerns, including acne scarring and large pores

A little goes a long way! For your most natural-looking coverage, buff onto your skin using your Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin-Perfecting Brush #702, starting at the center of your face and blending outward. To make it easier to find your perfect shade of CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40, here are the undertones for all 12 shades:

Fair (W)—ultra porcelain skin, fairest of fair skin, with warm (yellow) undertone Fair Light (C)—fair skin, if you burn easily in the sun, with cool (pink) undertone Light (W)—light skin with more warmth (yellow) to your skin Light Medium (C)—light to medium skin with cool (pink) undertones Medium (W)—medium skin with warm (yellow) undertones (this is Jamie’s shade!) Neutral Medium(N)—medium skin with neutral undertone Medium Tan (W)—medium to tan skin with warm (yellow) undertone Neutral Tan (N)—tan skin with neutral undertone Tan (W)—tan skin with warm (yellow) undertone Rich (W)—tan to rich skin with warm (yellow) undertone Rich Honey (W)—deep skin with warm (yellow) undertone Deep (N)—deep skin with neutral undertone


Why use CC cream instead of foundation?

What’s the difference between BB cream and CC cream? – The main difference between both formulas lies in their coverage intensity and texture. BB creams are beauty balms that correct blemishes; CC creams are color correctors with lighter coverage than the former.

“BB cream is more hydrating and can provide a beautiful radiance to the skin, is ideal for dry skin types., CC cream is lighter in coverage and is great for oily skin as it often comes in a matte formula,” shares celebrity makeup artist Nydia Figueroa, who’s based in Cedar Grove, New Jersey. While BB and CC creams offer lighter, sheerer coverage compared with foundation, they can be easily paired with other beauty products to give your skin a smoother, even consistency.

For example, “concealers are great to pair with a BB cream or CC cream because you can target areas on the face that need more coverage,” recommends Figueroa.

Is CC cream mineral based?

CC Screen was made for all skin types, from oily to normal to combination. It’s 100% mineral, non-comedogenic, oil-free and super clean, making it a great choice for sensitive skin.

Which is more better BB or CC cream?

Both BB and CC creams offer natural and sheer coverage to the skin while being multifunctional and simplifying your skin routine. Where BB creams are ideal for dry skin due to their hydrating properties. CC creams are suitable for oily and acne-prone skin due to their mattifying, lightweight and anti-aging properties.

Which is better foundation or CC cream?

1. Is CC cream a foundation? – No, a CC cream is not the same as a foundation. Generally, a foundation is thicker and provides more coverage than a CC cream. You will also find more variety of shades while purchasing a foundation. CC creams can be used individually or as a base for foundation.

Is CC cream bad for acne?

– If you’re not a fan of traditional foundation, you may like BB or CC creams. Both products offer sheer coverage, so they look natural on the skin. Plus, BB and CC creams are multipurpose, so you can simplify your routine. BB cream is a hydrating makeup that’s ideal for dry skin.

Does the IT Cosmetics CC cream oxidize?

IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ Is Lightweight and Hydrating Byrdie / Tembe Denton-Hurst What We Like

Weightless Non-irritating Good coverage

What We Don’t Like

Limited shade range and undertone options

We put IT Cosmetics’ CC+ Cream to the test after receiving a complimentary sample from the brand. Keep reading for our full product review. The first time I saw IT Cosmetics’ CC+ Cream on someone up close, I was pretty much mesmerized. My coworker had come into work one day looking suspiciously glowy (her skin was radiant even under fluorescent lighting), and when she told me that this was the only product she was wearing, I was interested, to say the least.

And it’s not just me. This CC cream has a devoted cult following thanks to its ability to offer coverage (and sun protection!) without the heavy, cakey feel. Since I’m always on the hunt for ways to achieve even, dewy skin, I was all for trying it. But did it live up to the hype? Read on for my review.

IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream with SPF 50+

Best for: Normal to dry skin (oily-skinned folks could use it too, but there’s also ) Uses: Face makeup, skincare-makeup hybrid Key ingredients: Zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, collagen, niacinamide, peptides, hyaluronic acid Potential allergens: Lemon peel oil, phenoxyethanol, orange peel oil, chlorhexidine digluconate, tocopheryl acetate, cinnamon bark extract Cruelty-free?: Yes Price: $39.50

About the Brand: Founded in 2008, IT Cosmetics is a beauty brand founded by former news anchor Jamie Kern Lima. The company first before being acquired by L’Oréal in 2016. In terms of my skin, I’d consider myself pretty lucky. My skin type is normal—not super dry or oily—and breakouts are a rare occurrence for me.

  • I’m also pretty lazy and don’t do much by way of makeup or even skincare.
  • On a regular day, I can’t be bothered to do much more than wear a little and,
  • When I do wear makeup, I like to use just enough to even out my skin tone without making it totally obvious that I’m wearing anything in the first place.

Given this, from what I’d seen, IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream seemed like it might be a great fit for my daily routine. One of the things I liked most about this product is its formula. Packed with good-for-the-skin ingredients like,, and collagen, it felt like an extra dose of skincare and hydration in my makeup, which I always appreciate.

  • This product also has broad-spectrum mineral SPF 50 protection, thanks to and titanium dioxide.
  • While it definitely won’t replace my sunscreen (shoutout to ) it’s nice to know that there’s an extra layer of built-in protection.
  • Speaking of built-in ingredients, this product also acts as a primer, which is nice because it eliminates an extra step (especially for someone who’s lazy like me).

I think this contributed to why my skin liked it—it was hydrating but not oily and felt nourishing to my skin. It’s also worth noting that the brand offers a few other iterations of this CC cream, including one that for an extra glow, as well as an for a matte finish.

  1. In the past, I’ve had issues with full-coverage formulas making me look mask-like (or breaking me out completely), and CC creams not doing enough to make a difference.
  2. I’ve also had challenges accurately matching my skin tone, which has neutral, slightly golden undertones.
  3. Some foundations show up ashen, while others come off too red or make me look orange, which is less than ideal.

Color selection was definitely my biggest concern with this CC cream, which comes in 12 shades. Of those 12 shades, only three of these are for darker skin tones (the darkest shade, Deep, is also not that deep) so my choices were pretty limited. Also, unlike other CC and, this one offers a substantial amount of coverage, so cheating the color match isn’t as easy as it is with other formulas with less pigment.

  • I chose Rich, which ended up being a pretty decent match.
  • I tend to do okay with more yellow foundations (Rich is formulated for people with warm yellow undertones), but like to go with more neutral foundations when available.
  • If I leaned more cool-toned, it definitely would not have worked.
  • Fresh out of the bottle, this CC cream feels similar to an ordinary foundation but slightly like a serum.

It isn’t thick and gloopy, though—it floats somewhere in the middle. Overall, I really liked the feel of it because, well, I didn’t feel it. One pump covers the back of my hand and it spreads really easily over my skin. It definitely has a weightless quality, and it didn’t irritate my skin at all.

I didn’t need to use a lot of this product to see a major difference. For my entire face, I used a little more than a pump and applied it with a Beauty Blender (notorious for sucking up product), but still saw results. It’s definitely buildable, too, so if you wanted more coverage, you could definitely achieve it.

It also doesn’t oxidize dramatically either, though I did notice that it got a touch darker when dry—but, if anything, that actually worked better for my skin tone in the end. Byrdie / Tembe Denton-Hurst All of the good-for-skin ingredients, like hyaluronic acid and peptides, made the price point ($40 a bottle) worth it for me.

  1. Price-wise, it’s comparable to other popular formulations and is even a little cheaper than other high-end CC creams I’ve tried.
  2. Ultimately, I think it’s a good price for how much you get—but also, I don’t normally use a lot of product at once, so this one will likely last me a while.
  3. If I knew I’d be going through a bottle every six weeks or so, I might think otherwise.

Byrdie / Tembe Denton-Hurst Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer ($47):, which I also like, is pretty similar to the IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream. It has built-in SPF, too, and contains macadamia and kukui seed oils, which help moisturize the skin (although this might not be ideal for someone with oily skin).

  1. The Laura Mercier option also has a better shade selection but is a touch more expensive (about $7 more).
  2. Maybelline Dream Cover ($13): This is a of IT’s CC+ Cream and is much more affordable.
  3. This skincare-makeup hybrid is full-coverage, delivers SPF 50 protection, contains antioxidants, and clocks in at a mere $13.
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Final Verdict Overall, I liked IT Cosmetics’ CC+ Cream with SPF 50+. I would use it if I wanted to even out my skin tone or give my skin a little extra something. Ultimately, though, I was disappointed at the lack of color selection, especially for people with different undertones and deeper complexions than mine.

Product Name CC+ Cream With SPF 50+ Product Brand IT Cosmetics UPC 817919010668 Price $39.50 Weight 1.08 oz. Ingredients Water, Snail Secretion Filtrate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Magnesium Sulfate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Aluminum Hydroxide, Hexyl Laurate, Stearic Acid, Calcium Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Phenoxyethanol, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, 1,2-Hexanediol, Disodium Edta, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Punica Granatum Seed Oil, Pinus Sylvestris Leaf Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Niacinamide, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Cholesterol, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Water, Lactobacillus/Honeysuckle Flower/Licorice Root/Morus Alba Root/Pueraria Lobata Root/Schizandra Chinensis Fruit/Scutellaria Baicalensis Root/Sophora Japonica Flower Extract Ferment Filtrate, Perfluorohexane, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chrysanthemum Indicum Flower Extract, Pueraria Lobata Root Extract, Perfluorodecalin, Morus Alba Fruit Extract, Magnolia Kobus Bark Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sprout Extract, Diospyros Kaki Leaf Extract, Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract, Artemisia Princeps Leaf Extract, Pentafluoropropane, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Steareth-20, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Colloidal Oatmeal, Hydrolyzed Silk, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Tocopherol, Thiamine Hcl, Riboflavin, Retinyl Palmitate, Pantothenic Acid, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Niacin, Folic Acid, Chrysin, Carnitine Hcl, Biotin, Ascorbic Acid, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, May Contain: Iron Oxides (Ci 77492, Ci 77491, Ci 77499)

: IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ Is Lightweight and Hydrating

Is CC cream OK for acne prone skin?

Frequently Asked Questions – Why choose a CC Cream for acne-prone skin? CC creams are also known as color correcting creams. They are meant to even out one’s skin tone and cover flaws like redness and blemishes. Hence, they are suitable for acne-prone skin.

Can I replace my foundation with a CC cream? Yes, you can replace your foundation with a CC cream if you want sheer coverage. CC creams are ideal for daily use. Does a CC cream clog pores? CC creams are lightweight and are less likely to clog your pores. Should I wear sunscreen while using a CC cream? If your CC cream already has SPF, you do not need to wear a separate sunscreen.

Is it okay to use a CC cream daily? Yes, CC creams can be used daily. They have a lightweight formula and offer you sheer coverage. Is CC cream or BB cream better for acne? Yes. Due to its lightweight texture and anti-aging properties, CC cream is perfectly suited for oily and acne-prone skin.

What is better water based or silicone?

Water-Based Primers vs. Silicone-Based Primers – Though it is crucial to make sure your foundation is compatible with your primer, it can also be helpful to understand how water- and silicone-based primers individually benefit the skin. “Water-based primers are best for dry and dehydrated skin — they will last longer and look better on dry skin,” says Dorman.

  1. Whereas silicone-based primers look better on oily skin, as the silicone creates a layer that keeps the oil from breaking through.” That said, water-based primers will provide you with a more natural look because they “let your skin texture shine through,” says Dorman.
  2. When looking for a water-based primer be sure to look at the ingredients — water or glycerin should be one of the top three.

If your goal is to create a smoothed-out surface for makeup application, you’ll want to find a silicone-based foundation and primer. Again, ingredients matter: cyclopentasiloxane or dimethicone should be mentioned as one of the top three ingredients. Now that you understand the key differences and what to look for in silicone- and water-based primers, find some of our editor-approved favorites below. On top of moisturizing the skin, this unique jelly-textured primer smooths and tightens the skin for enhanced foundation application. Once absorbed, the base grips onto makeup and keeps it locked in place for 24 hours. Crafted with shea butter and glycerin, this primer doubles as a moisturizer that can be worn both alone and under makeup. Because it’s infused with light-reflecting pearls, you’ll look naturally dewy throughout the day. Available in two shades — Rosa for fair complexions and Ambra for medium to deep complexions — this multipurpose face illuminator works as a primer to smooth skin for makeup application, a highlighter for a subtle glow and as a hydrating facial moisturizer. Dorman likes to use this brightening cream as a primer because the bouncy texture locks in hydration and boosts elasticity, which allows makeup to go on more seamlessly. Especially great for extra oily spots (like the T-zone), this stick allows you to precisely blur out pores and absorb excess oil. It can be used either under or over makeup to minimize shine on the go. This oil-free primer instantly creates a smooth canvas for makeup.

  • Formulated with Lancôme’s signature elasto-smooth technology, it diffuses imperfections and gives you an air-brushed finish.
  • Enriched with four nourishing oils, this illuminating primer leaves skin soft instead of greasy.
  • Upon application, pores look minimized, texture feels smoother and skin tone is more even.

Mattify and smooth your skin with this lightweight primer. It glides onto skin to create the perfect base for foundation, and locks in makeup for the entire day. Photo: Chaunte Vaughn, Design: Hannah Packer

Is elf CC cream water or silicone based?

Also-called: Octinoxate, Octyl Methoxycinnamate;Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate | What-it-does: sunscreen | Irritancy: 0 Read where this data comes from and how to interpret it. “> | Comedogenicity: 0 Read where this data comes from and how to interpret it. “> A clear, oil-soluble, “cosmetically-elegant” liquid that is the most commonly used chemical sunscreen. It absorbs UVB radiation (at wavelengths: 280-320 nm) with a peak protection at 310nm. It only protects against UVB and not UVA rays (the 320-400 nm range) – so always choose products that contain other sunscreens too. It is not very stable either, when exposed to sunlight, it kind of breaks down and loses its effectiveness (not instantly, but over time – it loses 10% of its SPF protection ability within 35 mins). To make it more stable it can be – and should be – combined with other sunscreen agents to give stable and broad-spectrum protection (the new generation sunscreen agent, Tinosorb S is a particularly good one for that). Regarding safety, there are also some concerns around Octinoxate. In vitro (made in the lab not on real people) and animal studies have shown that it may produce hormonal (estrogen-like) effects. Do not panic, the studies were not conducted under real life conditions on real human people, so it is probably over-cautious to avoid Octinoxate altogether. However, if you are pregnant or a small child (under 2 yrs. old), choose a physical ( zinc oxide / titanium dioxide ) or new-generation Tinosorb based sunscreen, just to be on the super-safe side. 🙂 Overall, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate is an old-school chemical sunscreen agent. There are plenty of better options for sun protection today, but it is considered “safe as used” (and sunscreens are pretty well regulated) and it is available worldwide (can be used up to 10% in the EU and up to 7.5% in the US). Titanium Dioxide is one of the two members of the elite sunscreen group called physical sunscreens (or inorganic sunscreens if you’re a science geek and want to be precise ). Traditionally, UV-filters are categorized as either chemical or physical. The big difference is supposed to be that chemical agents absorb UV-light while physical agents reflect it like a bunch of mini umbrellas on top of the skin. While this categorization is easy and logical it turns out it’s not true. A recent, 2016 study shows that inorganic sunscreens work mostly by absorption, just like chemical filters, and only a little bit by reflection (they do reflect the light in the visible spectrum, but mostly absorb in the UV spectrum). Anyway, it doesn’t matter if it reflects or absorbs, Titanium Dioxide is a pretty awesome sunscreen agent for two main reasons: it gives a nice broad spectrum coverage and it’s highly stable, Its protection is very good between 290 – 350 nm (UVB and UVA II range), and less good at 350-400 nm (UVA I) range. Regular sized Titanium Dioxide also has a great safety profile, it’s non-irritating and is pretty much free from any health concerns (like estrogenic effect worries with some chemical filters ). The disadvantage of Titanium Dioxide is that it’s not cosmetically elegant, meaning it’s a white, “unspreadable” mess. Sunscreens containing Titanium Dioxide are often hard to spread on the skin and they leave a disturbing whitish tint, The cosmetic industry is, of course, really trying to solve this problem and the best solution so far is using nanoparticles, The itsy-bitsy Nano-sized particles improve both spreadability and reduce the whitish tint a lot, but unfortunately, it also introduces new health concerns. The main concern with nanoparticles is that they are so tiny that they are absorbed into the skin more than we want them (ideally sunscreen should remain on the surface of the skin). Once absorbed they might form unwanted complexes with proteins and they might promote the formation of evil free radicals. But do not panic, these are concerns under investigation. A 2009 review article about the safety of nanoparticles summarizes this, “to date, in-vivo and in-vitro studies have not demonstrated percutaneous penetration of nanosized particles in titanium dioxide and zinc oxide sunscreens”. The English translation is, so far it looks like sunscreens with nanoparticles do stay on the surface of the skin where they should be, All in all, Titanium Dioxide is a famous sunscreen agent and for good reason, it gives broad spectrum UV protection (best at UVB and UVA II), it’s highly stable, and it has a good safety profile. It’s definitely one of the best UV-filter agents we have today, especially in the US where new-generation Tinosorb filters are not (yet) approved. What-it-does: sunscreen | Irritancy: 0 Read where this data comes from and how to interpret it. “> | Comedogenicity: 1 Read where this data comes from and how to interpret it. “> When it comes to sunscreen agents, Zinc Oxide is pretty much in a league of its own, It’s a physical (or inorganic) sunscreen that has a lot in common with fellow inorganic sunscreen Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) but a couple of things make it superior even to TiO2. If physical sunscreens don’t tell you anything, go ahead and read about the basics here, Most of what we wrote about Titanium Dioxide is also true for Zinc Oxide so we will focus here on the differences. The first main difference is that while TiO2 gives a nice broad spectrum protection, Zinc Oxide has an even nicer and even broader spectrum protection. It protects against UVB, UVA II, and UVA I almost uniformly, and is considered to be the broadest range sunscreen available today, It’s also highly stable and non-irritating, So much so that Zinc Oxide also counts as a skin protectant and anti-irritant, It’s also often used to treat skin irritations such as diaper rash. As for the disadvantages, Zinc Oxide is also not cosmetically elegant. It leaves a disturbing whitish tint on the skin, although, according to a 2000 research paper by Dr. Pinnell, it’s slightly less white than TiO2. Still, it’s white and disturbing enough to use Zinc Oxide nanoparticles more and more often. We wrote more about nanoparticles and the concerns around them here, but the gist is that if nanoparticles were absorbed into the skin that would be a reason for legitimate health concerns. But luckily, so far research shows that sunscreen nanoparticles are not absorbed but remain on the surface of the skin or in the uppermost (dead) layer of the skin. This seems to be true even if the skin is damaged, for example, sunburnt. All in al l, if you’ve found a Zinc Oxide sunscreen that you are happy to use every single day, that’s fantastic and we suggest you stick with it. It’s definitely one of the best, or probably even the best option out there for sun protection available worldwide. Also-called: Aqua | What-it-does: solvent Good old water, aka H2O. The most common skincare ingredient of all. You can usually find it right in the very first spot of the ingredient list, meaning it’s the biggest thing out of all the stuff that makes up the product. It’s mainly a solvent for ingredients that do not like to dissolve in oils but rather in water. Once inside the skin, it hydrates, but not from the outside – putting pure water on the skin (hello long baths!) is drying. One more thing: the water used in cosmetics is purified and deionized (it means that almost all of the mineral ions inside it is removed). Like this, the products can stay more stable over time. What-it-does: emollient | Irritancy: 0 Read where this data comes from and how to interpret it. “> | Comedogenicity: 1 Read where this data comes from and how to interpret it. “> Probably the most common silicone of all. It is a polymer (created from repeating subunits) molecule and has different molecular weight and thus different viscosity versions from water-light to thick liquid. As for skincare, it makes the skin silky smooth, creates a subtle gloss and forms a protective barrier (aka occlusive). Also, works well to fill in fine lines and wrinkles and give skin a plump look (of course that is only temporary, but still, it’s nice). There are also scar treatment gels out there using dimethicone as their base ingredient. It helps to soften scars and increase their elasticity. As for hair care, it is a non-volatile silicone meaning that it stays on the hair rather than evaporates from it and smoothes the hair like no other thing. Depending on your hair type, it can be a bit difficult to wash out and might cause some build-up (btw, this is not true to all silicones, only the non-volatile types). A super commonly used 5 unit long, cyclic structured silicone that is water-thin and does not stay on the skin but evaporates from it (called volatile silicone). Similar to other silicones, it gives skin and hair a silky, smooth feel, It’s often combined with the non-volatile (i.e. stays on the skin) dimethicone as the two together form a water-resistant, breathable protective barrier on the skin without a negative tacky feel. Butylene glycol, or let’s just call it BG, is a multi-tasking colorless, syrupy liquid. It’s a great pick for creating a nice feeling product. BG’s main job is usually to be a solvent for the other ingredients. Other tasks include helping the product to absorb faster and deeper into the skin (penetration enhancer), making the product spread nicely over the skin (slip agent), and attracting water (humectant) into the skin. It’s an ingredient whose safety hasn’t been questioned so far by anyone (at least not that we know about). BG is approved by Ecocert and is also used enthusiastically in natural products. BTW, it’s also a food additive. A silicone fluid that gives a nonoily, easy to spread emolliency to the formulas. It is also used as a water repellent additive and to reduce the tackiness and stickiness of other ingredients. It also imparts gloss, softness and better manageability to hair. A silicone emulsifier that helps water and silicone oils to mix nicely together. We don’t have description for this ingredient yet. A nice, multi-functional helper ingredient that’s especially useful in sunscreens, It can solubilize some commonly used UV-filters like Oxybenzone or Avobenzone and it can also help to increase the SPF rating of sunscreens, We don’t have description for this ingredient yet. Porous spherical microbeads (tiny little balls) that can give an elegant silky texture to the products. They are also used to scatter light to reduce the look of fine lines on the skin, as well as to absorb excess oil and give a matt finish. We don’t have description for this ingredient yet. A fast spreading emollient ester (hexyl alcohol + lauric acid) that’s used in water in oil emulsions or in water-free formulas. It gives a light skin feel. A helper ingredient that is used as a bulking and viscosity controlling agent.

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It is also an emulsion stabilizer in water-in-oil emulsions, where water droplets are dispersed in the continuous oil phase and not the other way round. It can also be used as a heat generating agent in water-less formulas as it has an instant heat-generating chemical reaction with water. It’s pretty much the current IT- preservative,

It’s safe and gentle, but even more importantly, it’s not a feared-by-everyone-mostly-without-scientific-reason paraben. It’s not something new: it was introduced around 1950 and today it can be used up to 1% worldwide. It can be found in nature – in green tea – but the version used in cosmetics is synthetic.

  • Other than having a good safety profile and being quite gentle to the skin it has some other advantages too.
  • It can be used in many types of formulations as it has great thermal stability (can be heated up to 85°C) and works on a wide range of pH levels (ph 3-10).
  • It’s often used together with ethylhexylglycerin as it nicely improves the preservative activity of phenoxyethanol.

A clear, light yellow liquid that is used to coat pigments (such as inorganic sunscreen agents or colorants) in cosmetic products. The coating helps to stabilize pigments in the formulas and also helps them to spread easily and evenly on the skin. An organic derivative of hectorite clay, Disteardimonium Hectorite is used as a viscosity controller – it thickens up formulations to make them less runny. We don’t have description for this ingredient yet. Officially, CosIng (the official EU ingredient database) lists Aluminum Hydroxide ‘s functions as opacifying (making the product white and non-transparent), as well as emollient and skin protectant, However, with a little bit of digging, it turns out Aluminum Hyroxide often moonlights as a protective coating for UV filter superstar Titanium Dioxide,

Specifically, it protects our skin from the harmful effects of nasty Reactive Oxygen Species (free radicals derived from oxygen such as Superoxide and Hydrogen Peroxide) generated when Titanium Dioxide is exposed to UV light. Btw, chlorine in swimming pool water depletes this protective coating, so one more reason to reapply your sunscreen after a dip in the pool on holiday.

Other than that, Aluminum Hydroxide also often shows up in composite pigment technologies where it is used the other way around (as the base material and not as the coating material) and helps to achieve higher color coverage with less pigment, We don’t have description for this ingredient yet. We don’t have description for this ingredient yet. It’s a handy multi-tasking ingredient that gives the skin a nice, soft feel, At the same time, it also boosts the effectiveness of other preservatives, such as the nowadays super commonly used phenoxyethanol, The blend of these two (caprylyl glycol + phenoxyethanol) is called Optiphen, which not only helps to keep your cosmetics free from nasty things for a long time but also gives a good feel to the finished product. It’s a popular duo. If you have spotted ethylhexylglycerin on the ingredient list, most probably you will see there also the current IT-preservative, phenoxyethanol, They are good friends because ethylhexylglycerin can boost the effectiveness of phenoxyethanol (and other preservatives) and as an added bonus it feels nice on the skin too. Also, it’s an effective deodorant and a medium spreading emollient, Super common little helper ingredient that helps products to remain nice and stable for a longer time, It does so by neutralizing the metal ions in the formula (that usually get into there from water) that would otherwise cause some not so nice changes. It is typically used in tiny amounts, around 0.1% or less. Also-called: Vitamin E Acetate | What-it-does: antioxidant | Irritancy: 0 Read where this data comes from and how to interpret it. “> | Comedogenicity: 0 Read where this data comes from and how to interpret it. “> It’s the most commonly used version of pure vitamin E in cosmetics. You can read all about the pure form here, This one is the so-called esterified version. According to famous dermatologist, Leslie Baumann while tocopheryl acetate is more stable and has a longer shelf life, it’s also more poorly absorbed by the skin and may not have the same awesome photoprotective effects as pure Vit E. It’s the – sodium form – cousin of the famous NMF, hyaluronic acid (HA). If HA does not tell you anything we have a super detailed, geeky explanation about it here, The TL; DR version of HA is that it’s a huge polymer (big molecule from repeated subunits) found in the skin that acts as a sponge helping the skin to hold onto water, being plump and elastic. HA is famous for its crazy water holding capacity as it can bind up to 1000 times its own weight in water. As far as skincare goes, sodium hyaluronate and hyaluronic acid are pretty much the same and the two names are used interchangeably, As cosmetic chemist kindofstephen writes on reddit “sodium hyaluronate disassociates into hyaluronic acid molecule and a sodium atom in solution”. In spite of this, if you search for “hyaluronic acid vs sodium hyaluronate” you will find on multiple places that sodium hyaluronate is smaller and can penetrate the skin better. Chemically, this is definitely not true, as the two forms are almost the same, both are polymers and the subunits can be repeated in both forms as much as you like. (We also checked Prospector for sodium hyaluronate versions actually used in cosmetic products and found that the most common molecular weight was 1.5-1.8 million Da that absolutely counts as high molecular weight). What seems to be a true difference, though, is that the salt form is more stable, easier to formulate and cheaper so it pops up more often on the ingredient lists. If you wanna become a real HA-and-the-skin expert you can read way more about the topic at hyaluronic acid (including penetration-questions, differences between high and low molecular weight versions and a bunch of references to scientific literature).

A multi-functional skincare superstar with several proven benefits for the skinGreat anti-aging, wrinkle smoothing ingredient used at 4-5% concentrationFades brown spots alone or in combination with amino sugar, acetyl glucosamineIncreases ceramide synthesis that results in a stronger, healthier skin barrier and better skin hydrationCan help to improve several skin conditions including acne, rosacea, and atopic dermatitis

Read all the geeky details about Niacinamide here >> An easy-to-formulate, commonly used, nice to have ingredient that’s also called pro-vitamin B5. As you might guess from the “pro” part, it’s a precursor to vitamin B5 (whose fancy name is pantothenic acid). Its main job in skincare products is to moisturise the skin, It’s a humectant meaning that it can help the skin to attract water and then hold onto it. There is also research showing that panthenol can help our skin to produce more lovely lipids that are important for a strong and healthy skin barrier. Another great thing about panthenol is that it has anti-inflammatory and skin protecting abilities. A study shows that it can reduce the irritation caused by less-nice other ingredients (e.g. fragrance, preservatives or chemical sunscreens) in the product. Research also shows that it might be useful for wound healing as it promotes fibroblast (nice type of cells in our skin that produce skin-firming collagen) proliferation. If that wasn’t enough panthenol is also useful in nail and hair care products, A study shows that a nail treatment liquide with 2% panthenol could effectively get into the nail and significantly increase the hydration of it. As for the hair the hydration effect is also true there. Panthenol might make your hair softer, more elastic and helps to comb your hair more easily. Also-called: Form of Vitamin C | What-it-does: antioxidant | Irritancy: 0 Read where this data comes from and how to interpret it. “> | Comedogenicity: 2 Read where this data comes from and how to interpret it. “> A form of skincare superstar, vitamin C, Even though we are massive vitamin C fans, Ascorbyl Palmitate (AP) is our least favorite. (Btw, if you do not know what the big deal with vitamin C is then you are missing out. You must go and read our geeky details about it.) So, AP is one of the attempts by the cosmetics industry to solve the stability issues with vitamin C while preserving its benefits, but it seems to fall short on several things. What’s the problem? Firstly, it’s stability is only similar to that of pure ascorbic acid (AA), which means it is not really stable. A great study in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology compared a bunch of vitamin C derivatives and this derivative was the only one where the study said in terms of stability that it’s “similar to AA”. Not really that good. Second, a study that examined the skin absorption of vitamin C found that ascorbyl palmitate did not increase the skin levels of AA, This does not mean that ascorbyl palmitate cannot penetrate the skin (because it can, it’s oil soluble and the skin likes to absorb oil soluble things) but this means that it’s questionable if ascorbyl palmitate can be converted into pure Vit C in the skin, Even if it can be converted, the palmitate part of the molecule is more than the half of it, so the efficacy will not be good and we have never seen a serum that contains a decent (and proudly disclosed) amount of AP. We are highly skeptical what effect a tiny amount of AP has in a formula. Third, another study that wanted to examine the antioxidant properties of AP was surprised to find that even though AP does have nice antioxidant properties; following UVB radiation (the same one that comes from the sun) it also promotes lipid peroxidation and cytotoxicity, It was only an in-vitro study meaning that it was done on cell cultures and not on real people, but still, this also does not support the use of AP too much. The only good thing we can write about Ascorbyl Palmitate is that there is an in-vitro (made in the lab, not on real people) study showing that it might be able to boost collagen production. Regarding the skin-brightening properties of pure vitamin C, this is another magic property AP does not have, or at least there is no data, not even in-vitro, about it. Overall, Ascorbyl Palmitate is our least favorite vitamin C derivative, It is there in lots of products in tiny amounts (honestly, we do not really understand why), however, we do not know about any vitamin C serum featuring AP in high amounts. That is probably no coincidence. If you are into vitamin C, you can take a look at more promising derivatives here, Soluble Collagen refers to the big, natural collagen molecules mostly extracted from fish or bovine skin, Spotting collagen on the ingredient list, you might think that, aha, this must be there to supplement the collagen content of our own skin, but you have to know that collagen is a huge-huge molecule that cannot absorb to the middle layer of the skin where collagen is and even if it could, it cannot just magically go the right places to become part of the skin’s own collagen network. Putting collagen on your skin for anti-aging purposes is like throwing tent poles onto a ramshackle tent and expecting the tent to magically become nice and firm again. The strong point of collagen is being a large molecule with tremendous water binding capacity, i.e. an amazing humectant and moisturizer, It produces a water-rich film on the skin giving the stratum corneum (the uppermost layer of the skin) great hydration, making it nice and smooth and reducing trans-epidermal-water loss (the process of water evaporating out of your skin). It is also so gentle and non-irritant that it can actually be used in cleansers to reduce the irritating potential of harsh surfactants, aka cleansing agents. If you are fine with animal-derived ingredients and know that collagen in a jar has nothing to do with wrinkles but everything to do with skin hydration, Soluble Collagen is a nice ingredient. We don’t have description for this ingredient yet.

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A natural moisturizer that’s also in our skin A super common, safe, effective and cheap molecule used for more than 50 yearsNot only a simple moisturizer but knows much more: keeps the skin lipids between our skin cells in a healthy (liquid crystal) state, protects against irritation, helps to restore barrierEffective from as low as 3% with even more benefits for dry skin at higher concentrations up to 20-40%High-glycerin moisturizers are awesome for treating severely dry skin

Read all the geeky details about Glycerin here >> Also-called: Carrot Seed Oil | What-it-does: emollient The oil coming from the seeds of the carrot, the orange root vegetable we all know and eat regularly. This oil is a really tricky one, as it can refer to two types of oil that can both be extracted from the carrot seeds: the essential oil (about 0.83% yield) and the fixed oil (about 7.84% yield). The two seed oils are very different and to make matters even worse these two oils are also very different from carrot root oil, or carrot oil, that is basically carrot root extract macerated in a carrier oil such as sunflower or olive oil and is the one that contains the vitamin A precursor, carotene. Let’s start with the fixed oil : it’s a nice emollient plant oil that is loaded with moisturizing fatty acids (petroselinic acid – 60% and linoleic acid – 12% are the main ones). Other important components are carotol (30%) and daucol (12%) that give the seed oil antifungal and antioxidant properties. Browsing cosmetic manufacturer info, the oil is also often described as revitalizing, toning and stimulating, As for the essential oil, it is a light yellow colored oil with a rich, spicy and earthy fragrance. Its main component is carotol (about 65%) but similar to other essential oils, it is a chemically complex mixture with lots of compounds in small amounts. The essential oil also has antifungal and antioxidant properties but also contains fragrant components that might irritate sensitive skin types. A big molecule created from repeated subunits (a polymer of acrylic acid) that magically converts a liquid into a nice gel formula, It usually has to be neutralized with a base (such as sodium hydroxide ) for the thickening to occur and it creates viscous, clear gels that also feel nice and non-tacky on the skin. No wonder, it is a very popular and common ingredient. Typically used at 1% or less in most formulations. The oil-soluble extract coming from the edible, orange part of the carrot, It is created by macerating the carrot root in a carrier oil such as sunflower or olive oil, and the resulting thing (base oil + carrot root extract) is often called carrot oil or carrot root oil. (Not to be confused with carrot seed oil, that can be fixed or essential and comes from the seeds.) The root extract is known for containing the orange pigment beta-carotene, aka provitamin A. It is a famous molecule for being a potent antioxidant, suntan accelerator and having skin-regenerative abilities, Carrot oil also contains vitamin E and some fatty acids that give the oil further antioxidant and barrier repairing properties. Also-called: Sunflower Oil | What-it-does: emollient | Irritancy: 0 Read where this data comes from and how to interpret it. “> | Comedogenicity: 0 Read where this data comes from and how to interpret it. “> Sunflower does not need a big intro as you probably use it in the kitchen as cooking oil, or you munch on the seeds as a healthy snack or you adore its big, beautiful yellow flower during the summer – or you do all of these and probably even more. And by even more we mean putting it all over your face as sunflower oil is one of the most commonly used plant oils in skincare, It’s a real oldie: expressed directly from the seeds, the oil is used not for hundreds but thousands of years, According to The National Sunflower Association, there is evidence that both the plant and its oil were used by American Indians in the area of Arizona and New Mexico about 3000 BC. Do the math: it’s more than 5000 years – definitely an oldie. Our intro did get pretty big after all (sorry for that), so let’s get to the point finally: sunflower oil – similar to other plant oils – is a great emollient that makes the skin smooth and nice and helps to keep it hydrated. It also protects the surface of the skin and enhances the damaged or irritated skin barrier, Leslie Bauman notes in Cosmetic Dermatology that one application of sunflower oil significantly speeds up the recovery of the skin barrier within an hour and sustains the results 5 hours after using it. It’s also loaded with fatty acids (mostly linoleic (50-74%) and oleic (14-35%)). The unrefined version (be sure to use that on your skin!) is especially high in linoleic acid that is great even for acne-prone skin, Its comedogen index is 0, meaning that it’s pretty much an all skin-type oil, Truth be told, there are many great plant oils and sunflower oil is definitely one of them. We don’t have description for this ingredient yet. It’s a common little helper ingredient that helps water and oil to mix together. Also, it can help to increase the solubility of some other ingredients in the formula. Also-called: Part of Matrixyl 3000, Pal-GHK, Formerly also Palmitoyl Oligopeptide | What-it-does: cell-communicating ingredient A really famous peptide that is part of Matrixyl 3000, the most sold peptide complex in the word.

Before we go and find out what the big deal with Matrixyl 3000 is, let’s just focus on Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1 itself for a bit. It’s a small three amino acid (they are the building blocks of all proteins) peptide with the amino sequence of glycine-histidine-lysine, or GHK. GHK is attached to palmitic acid (a fatty acid) to increase oil solubility and skin penetration.

The GHK part is the important one as it’s a type I collagen fragment, When collagen naturally breaks down in the skin, the resulting peptide fragments signal to the skin that it should get to work and create some nice, new collagen. Adding in collagen fragment peptides, like GHK, might trick the skin into thinking that collagen has broken down and it’s time to create some more,

  • Therefore, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1 is believed to be able to stimulate collagen production in the skin, and more collagen means fewer wrinkles and younger looking skin.
  • In Matrixyl 3000, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1 is coupled with Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 and the duo works in synergy to reduce wrinkles and give younger looking skin,

According to the manufacturer’s in-vivo (made on real people) test, applying 3% Matrixyl 3000 twice a day for 2 months resulted in all of the following things:

39.4% reduction in surface occupied by deep wrinkles 32.9% reduction in main wrinkle density 19.9% reduction in main wrinkle average depth 16% improvement in roughness 16.2% in lifting effect 5.5% improvement in elasticity 15.5% improvement in skin tone

Manufacturer results, of course, always have to be taken with a pinch of salt, but if you like peptides, the Matryxil 3000 duo is one of the best-proven and most well-known ones and it’s something that is worth trying. Also-called: Part of Matrixyl 3000, Pal-GQPR, Previously Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3 | What-it-does: cell-communicating ingredient A four amino acid peptide with the amino sequence of glycine-glutamine-proline-arginine. It is attached to palmitic acid (a fatty acid) to increase oil solubility and skin penetration. It works by reducing the production of the signal molecule, interleukin-6 (IL-6) which promotes inflammation in the skin and less inflammation means slower degradation of important things (like collagen) that results in younger looking skin for a longer time. A really multi-functional helper ingredient that can do several things in a skincare product: it can bring a soft and pleasant feel to the formula, it can act as a humectant and emollient, it can be a solvent for some other ingredients (for example it can help to stabilize perfumes in watery products) and it can also help to disperse pigments more evenly in makeup products. And that is still not all: it can also boost the antimicrobial activity of preservatives, Also-called: Titanium Dioxide/Ci 77891;Ci 77891 | What-it-does: colorant | Irritancy: 0 Read where this data comes from and how to interpret it. “> | Comedogenicity: 0 Read where this data comes from and how to interpret it. “> Ci 77891 is the color code of titanium dioxide. It’s a white pigment with great color consistency and dispersibility. Also-called: Iron Oxide Yellow;Ci 77492 | What-it-does: colorant | Irritancy: 0 Read where this data comes from and how to interpret it. “> | Comedogenicity: 0 Read where this data comes from and how to interpret it. “> Yellow Iron Oxide is the super common inorganic (as in no carbon atom in the molecule) pigment that gives the yellow tones in your foundation. Blended with red and black iron oxides, it is essential in all “flesh-toned” makeup products. Chemically speaking, it is hydrated iron III oxide and depending on the conditions of manufacture, it can range from a light lemon to an orange-yellow shade, Also-called: Iron Oxide Red;Ci 77491 | What-it-does: colorant | Irritancy: 0 Read where this data comes from and how to interpret it. “> | Comedogenicity: 0 Read where this data comes from and how to interpret it. “> Red Iron Oxide is the super common pigment that gives the familiar, “rust” red color, It is also the one that gives the pink tones in your foundation. Chemically speaking, it is iron III oxide (Fe2O3). Also-called: Iron Oxide Black;Ci 77499 | What-it-does: colorant | Irritancy: 0 Read where this data comes from and how to interpret it. “> | Comedogenicity: 0 Read where this data comes from and how to interpret it. “> Black Iron Oxide is the super common inorganic (as in no carbon atom in the molecule) pigment that controls the darkness of your foundation or gives the blackness to your mascara. Blended with red and black iron oxides, it is essential in all “flesh-toned” makeup products. Chemically speaking, it is a mixture of iron II and iron III oxide. Btw, this guy, unlike the yellow and red pigments, is magnetic.

How do I know if my face product is water based?

Pros & Cons: Water Based vs. Oil Based Skincare Products Is It Cosmetics Cc Cream Water Based I walk into any beauty counter and it’s instant overwhelm. Even the smallest skincare store can become a confusing maze of product choices for me. The beauty industry is so huge, with so many companies and more entering the market every month that choosing products can be really difficult.

Topical skincare products fall into two main categories: water based skincare and oil based skincare. Water based skincare products contain mostly just that.water. Oil based skincare products contain no water and are made of oils. You can tell which type of product it is by looking at the ingredient label.

If water is listed as an ingredient in your product, it is a water based product. It also is considered a water based product if the ingredients list juice, aloe vera, or tea, or anything that is typically made mostly of water. The FDA requires that ingredients in any skincare product be listed by volume – that means the largest ingredient is listed first and the smallest last.

Is Dior face and body foundation oil or water based?

Before applying this foundation, a hydrating primer or moisturizer is definitely needed for people with dry skin. Is Dior Backstage foundation oil or water-based? The Dior Backstage Foundation is water-based.

Which foundations are silicone-based?

Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear Care & Glow Foundation – The serum-based formula of the Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear Care & Glow Foundation is infused with hyaluronic acid, a skin-loving ingredient that hydrates and nourishes your skin. Choose between 30 transfer-resistant shades to find the one that best matches your skin tone.

Are all foundations silicone-based?

Water-Based Foundations – Water-based foundations will contain neither oil nor silicone at the top of their ingredient lists. Some water-based foundations may have silicones in them, but the quantity is so small that it isn’t worth mentioning. If you’re prone to breakouts, a water-based foundation will be the most gentle on your skin.

Is Charlotte Tilbury silicone or water based?

IS AIRBRUSH FLAWLESS FOUNDATION WATER BASED OR OIL BASED? – Charlotte Tilbury’s Airbrush Flawless Foundation is a water-based formula.