APTO - Pomegranate Moisturizer with Squalane

APTO Pomegranate Moisturizer with Squalane

  • Anti-oxidation
  • Moisturizing
  • allantoin
  • brassica campestris seed oil
  • camellia sinensis leaf extract
  • cetyl alcohol
  • glyceryl stearate se
  • glycine soja oil
  • hamamelis virginiana extract
  • punica granatum extract
  • squalene
  • tocopherol
  • undecane
  • +8 more
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"Pomegranate Moisturizer with Squalane"
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This product can help improve hydration of the skin with the two types of ingredients.

The first type is called “humectants”:
these ingredients help attract water. When humectants are on the surface of the skin, they “pull in” the moisture from the outside environment, or from within deeper layers of the skin. The following ingredients in this product do the job: allantoin, aloe barbadensis extract.

This product also contains ingredients called “occlusives”. They help reduce the speed with which our skin loses moisture to the outside environment. These ingredients also help soften the upper layer of the skin, so it feels less tight and nicer to the touch. The following ingredients in this product do the job: squalene, glycine soja oil.

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This product contains antioxidants (punica granatum extract, squalene) that might be able to help neutralize free radicals in skin to lessen the damage it gets from the UV light (sun). There is not enough evidence to confirm their effectiveness in skin though.

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Potential irritants

Ingredient Irritancy Skin Benefit
Has skin benefit
does not have skin benefit
tocopheryl acetate
Has skin benefit

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
45% - 55%
A non-drying alcohol that works to soften the skin and stabilize product formulations helping oil and water mix together
5.9% - 7.2%
Used to stabilize the product formulations and works as an emollient
4.3% - 5.2%
Helps create a non-greasy finish on the skin
3.4% - 4.1%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin while creating a non-greasy feel on the skin. Helps to dissolve other ingredients
2.6% - 3.2%
Acts as a solvent for other ingredients. Speeds up the absorption of other ingredients into the skin
2.2% - 2.7%
Helps create a dry, non-greasy finish of the skin
1.5% - 1.9%
1.6% - 1.9%
An oil that is naturally part of skin sebum that helps to soften its upper layer, reduce water loss and neutralize free radicals. It might be comedogenic. Avoid applying large concentrations (or pure oil) before sun exposure as oxidized squalene can clog pores and lead to skin irritation. Today squalene is mostly derived from vegetable oils or synthetized by yeast
1.4% - 1.7%
A more stable but less bio-available form of vitamin E compared to Tocopherol. Might help moisturize and protect the skin from free radicals, but mostly used in low concentrations to stabilize other ingredients.
1.1% - 1.3%
An emollient that can also help water and oil mix together, as well as prevent bacteria growth in products
0.75% - 1.1%
Used to create gel-like formulas and stabilize emulsions
0.55% - 0.85%
Helps calm down inflammation in skin and can help reduce itching. Helps to repair the skin barrier and keep skin hydrated
0.4% - 0.6%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.5% - 0.75%
A good emollient that helps soften the skin and helps repair its barrier function
0.45% - 0.7%
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
0.45% - 0.65%
An alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), but is mostly used to stabilize product formulations in cosmetics
0.45% - 0.65%
Helps oil and water mix together and helps preserve the product formulation
0.45% - 0.65%
Plant extract that can have healing and anti-inflammatory properties. It is a potential allergen and can be irritating
0.3% - 0.6%
A plant extract that can help calm down inflammation in skin. Can, however, itself be irritating
0.3% - 0.55%
A plant extract that can help neutralize free radicals in skin and even out the skin tone, but is typically used in products in a concentration that is too low to be effective
0.25% - 0.5%
0.25% - 0.5%
Traditionally used to treat sunburns, dermatitis and inflammation, but evidence for its effectiveness is lacking. The extract can contain humectants that help attract water into the skin
0.25% - 0.5%
Can contain potent anti-oxidant compounds (abbreviated ECG, GCG, EGC, and EGCG) that might help protect the skin from free radicals. Can help calm down inflammation and has some anti-bacterial properties. Unfortunately, these antioxidants are unstable and lose their effectiveness very quickly in products. The concentration of the antioxidant compounds in the extract also tends to be low to be effective in topical formulation
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
0.2% - 0.35%
0.15% - 0.3%
0.15% - 0.3%
A plant extract that might have some anti-oxidant properties, but evidence is lacking
0.1% - 0.25%
Can be helpful in reducing inflammation in skin. Is a likely irritant
0.1% - 0.15%
Pure form of vitamin E. Can help moisturise and protect the skin from free radicals. Often used to help stabilise other ingredients or the formula itself
0.1% - 0.15%

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