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Look at the Label: Proactiv Green Tea Moisturizer

Posted Dec 13 2011 1:01am

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A Mom In Red High Heels recently blogged about how Proactiv Green Tea is good for skin, but does green tea really moisturize? Let’s look at the label to find out.

Water (aqua)
This ingredient is properly listed for a change! Usually we see “”pure water” or “natural spring water” or some other illegal version. Kudo’s to Proactiv for getting it right.

A good humectant which means it will attract moisture to skin from the air.

Butylene glycol
Another moisture binder.

One of the best ingredients for sealing moisture into the skin. 

Iris florentina root extract, macadamia ternifolia seed oil
Nuts and flowers.

Epigallocatechin gallate
This active ingredient in green tea extract that everyone is so excited about. (It’s not found in black tea.) When taken internally it supposedly has a variety of therapeutic effects; when rubbed into the skin it MAY act as an antioxidant. (Read this article to learn how to tell if you’re using enough antioxidants .)  Maybe good for skin but it is NOT providing the moisturizing benefits of this product.

Sodium polyacrylate
A thickening agent.

Hydrogenated polydecene
Another occlusive moisturizer like dimethicone.

Surfactant, probably is carried in with one of the other ingredients. 

Zinc PCA
Moisturizing salt, one of the natural moisturizing factors of skin. 

Retinyl palmitate
Vitamin A. 

Sodium hyaluronate
Another natural moisturizer.

A natural oil that’s a component of sebum. 

Caprylic/capric triglyceride
Coconut oil derived moisturizer.

Ethylhexyl palmitate
A chemical known as an ester that used to provide a slippery feel. 

PPG-2 myristyl ether propionate
Emulsifier (helps oil and water mix together.)

Not sure why this is here, my guess is that it’s a carrier for one of the other ingredients in the formula. Also, thinking about it makes me thirsty. 

Alleged skin calming ingredient. I wonder if there’s enough in here to do any good. 

C12-15 alkyl lactate
Emulsifier, feel-modifier.


Disodium EDTA
pH control, also helps boost preservative efficacy. 

Ethylparaben, Methylparaben, propylparaben, phenoxyethanol
Preservatives. And lots of ‘em! You rarely see formulators include three different parabens, especially these days when parabens scare the crap out of people (for no real scientific reason.)

Fragrance (parfum)
Smell ‘em if you got ‘em.

Alpha-isomethyl ionone, butylphenyl methylpropional, citronellol, hexyl cinnamal, hydroxycitronellal, linalool
Friendly neighborhood fragrance allergens.

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