Dermalogica - Essential Cleansing Solution

Dermalogica Essential Cleansing Solution

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  • Cleansing
  • beeswax
  • caprylic/capric triglyceride
  • carthamus tinctorius seed oil
  • cetyl alcohol
  • dimethicone
  • ethylhexyl hydroxystearate
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This product works by removing dirt and oil from the surface of the skin. It uses a combination of mild cleansing agents (carbomer, cetyl alcohol, polysorbate 60, ricinoleth-40, sorbitan stearate) and should be able to cleanse the skin gently. Still keep in mind that any cleansing can disrupt the skin barrier, and most people do not need to cleanse their skin more than once per day.

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Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
45% - 55%
A good mix of fatty acids that forms a protective layer on the skin. Improves the shelf life of products. Derived from coconut and glycerin
6.6% - 8%
Used to create a nice product texture and help delivery of other ingredients. Might be somewhat helpful in attracting water to the upper layer of the skin
4.3% - 5.2%
An emollient that helps soften the skin and might help calm down inflammation
3.3% - 4%
Used to create a nice product consistency
2.4% - 3%
Helps oil and water mix together
2% - 2.5%
A non-drying alcohol that works to soften the skin and stabilize product formulations helping oil and water mix together
1.8% - 2.1%
Helps water and oil mix together
1.4% - 1.8%
1.2% - 1.4%
Can be helpful in reducing inflammation in skin. Is a likely irritant
0.95% - 1.2%
0.6% - 0.9%
0.6% - 0.85%
Used as a fragrance. Can be irritating and cause photosensitivity
0.55% - 0.8%
Used as a fragrance for its citrus smell. Can be irritating
0.5% - 0.75%
0.55% - 0.85%
Forms a protective barrier that holds water and keeps dry skin hydrated. Keeps an emulsion from separating into its oil and liquid components, and increases the thickness of a product. Can be an allergen
0.5% - 0.75%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin and reduce water loss from it
0.4% - 0.6%
Used to adjust the pH in formulations
0.25% - 0.5%
Being a lipid soluble form of vitamin C, it is more stable and can penetrate the skin better than L-Ascorbic acid. It is effective in protecting the skin from free radicals, as well as evening the skin tone, but is less effective in stimulating collagen production compared to L-Ascorbic acid.
0.25% - 0.4%
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.
0.25% - 0.45%
A silicone that helps to reduce water loss from the surface of the skin. Can temporarily "fill in" lines and wrinkles, absorb oil, and create a nice product finish
0.25% - 0.45%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.15% - 0.3%
A preservative
0.15% - 0.25%
0.15% - 0.25%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.05% - 0.1%
Helps create a thicker or gel-like product texture. It is not a surfactant but can be used in gentle cleansing formulations
0.1% - 0.15%

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