Moroccanoil - Styling Perfect Defense

Moroccanoil Styling Perfect Defense

  • Moisturizing
  • panthenol
  • argania spinosa kernel oil
  • glycerin
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"A form of Vitamin B5 that hydrates and imparts a glossy finish."
WIMJ summary

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: glycerin, butylene glycol.

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: argania spinosa kernel oil.

The following ingredients in this product are especially good for supporting the skin barrier and helping with the hydration level: panthenol

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
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Potential irritants


Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
24% - 36%
Can be drying and contribute to skin irritation. Used in formulars to dissolve other ingredients, create a thinner product consistency or for its antibacterial properties
5.7% - 8.5%
Plain old water
3.5% - 5.3%
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
2.5% - 3.7%
1.9% - 2.8%
An emollient that helps soften the upper layer of the skin. Might have some weak anti-oxidant properties
1.5% - 2.2%
Plant extract that can help neutralize free radicals in skin. Can be used as a fragrance. Can be irritating
1.2% - 1.8%
Contains an essential oil. Can be irritating
1% - 1.5%
0.6% - 1.35%
Can be helpful in reducing inflammation in skin. Is a likely irritant
0.45% - 1%
0.45% - 1.05%
An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
0.2% - 0.8%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.2% - 0.75%
Used to adjust the pH in formulations
0.15% - 0.6%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and can help improve skin barrier function
0.15% - 0.5%
The ingredient is not recognized
0.15% - 0.65%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
0.15% - 0.55%
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.
0.1% - 0.4%
0.1% - 0.45%
0.1% - 0.4%
A preservative
0.05% - 0.25%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.05% - 0.2%
A fragrance. Potential allergen and can be irritating
0.05% - 0.2%

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