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.
Trideceth-6 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.
Squalane A natural oil that’s a component of sebum.
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.)
Alcohol 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.
Allantoin 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.)