ELEMIS - Advanced Skincare Gentle Foaming Facial Wash

ELEMIS Advanced Skincare Gentle Foaming Facial Wash

  • Cleansing
  • lactic acid
  • cetearyl alcohol
  • ficus carica fruit extract
  • glycerin
  • pentaclethra macroloba seed oil
  • +2 more
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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 (ammonium lauryl sulfate, cetearyl alcohol, disodium cocoamphodiacetate, hexylene glycol, sodium cocoyl apple amino acids, sodium stearoyl glutamate, xanthan gum) 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.

Even though this formulation is mild, the following cleansing agents could trigger an irritation or allergy for some people: ammonium lauryl sulfate

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Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
45% - 55%
A non-drying alcohol. Works as an emollient. Helps water and oil mix together and creates a nice product texture
7.2% - 8.8%
6.3% - 7.7%
3.2% - 3.9%
Helps oil and water mix together
2.3% - 2.9%
Helps oil and water mix together and works as a cleansing agent
2% - 2.4%
Helps oil and water mix together and can enhance the penetration of other ingredients into the skin
1.6% - 2%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.5% - 1%
Helps create a more spreadable product texture
1.2% - 1.5%
An exfoliating and moisturizing alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA). Typically causes less irritation than other AHAs, for example, glycolic acid. At high concentrations (about 15%), lactic acid can help reduce lines and wrinkles. Recent studies show that lactic acid can support the "good" bacteria living on skin's surface (healthy skin microbiom)
1% - 1.3%
Used to thicken the product formulation and might help to add minerals to the surface of the skin. It is used in scrubs as a physical exfoliant. Can increase sensitivity to other ingredients if left on the skin or used in high concentration
0.75% - 1.1%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.6% - 0.95%
0.55% - 0.8%
A preservative
0.16% - 0.32%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.5% - 0.75%
A preservative
0.25% - 0.5%
0.45% - 0.7%
A plant oil that can help soften the upper layer of the skin. It mostly contains oleic acid that according to some studies can increase transepidermal water loss, but might have an anti-inflammatory effect
0.5% - 0.7%
An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
0.3% - 0.6%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
0.4% - 0.6%
A preservative
0.3% - 0.55%
Fragrance with sweet balsamic smell. Help to preserve products and dissolve other ingredients. Could trigger allergic reactions and be irritating
0.25% - 0.5%
A very irritating fragrant ingredient
0.25% - 0.4%
Helps to stabilize the product formulation
0.25% - 0.45%
A plant extract that can help neutralize free radicals. The concentrations typically used in cosmetics are too small to have an effect
0.25% - 0.5%
An essential oil. Can be irritating
0.2% - 0.4%
An essentil oil from orange peel. Potential allergen and can be irritating
0.25% - 0.45%
A highly irritating fragrance
0.2% - 0.35%
Used as a fragrance
0.2% - 0.4%
A preservative
0.1% - 0.25%
A preservative
0.1% - 0.2%
0.1% - 0.2%
0.1% - 0.15%
A plant oil that is used as a fragrance. Can be irritating
0.05% - 0.1%

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