Paula's Choice

CLINICAL 1% Retinol Treatment

CLINICAL 1% Retinol Treatment
7.4

/ 10

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Moisturizing

10.0Humectancy4.8Occlusivity

Overview

How moisturizing is it? Highly moisturizing. Paula's Choice CLINICAL 1% Retinol Treatment has a moisturizing rating of 7.4 out of 10.

Is it more humectant or occlusive? Significantly more humectant. It has a maximum Humectancy of 10.0 out of 10 and a moderate Occlusivity of 4.8 out of 10.

  • ALCOHOL-FREE
  • SULFATE-FREE
  • FRAGRANCE-FREE
  • NON-COMEDOGENIC
  • PHTHALATE-FREE
  • PARABEN-FREE
  • ESSENTIAL OIL-FREE
  • OIL-FREE

Score
IngredientOriginFunctions
55
WaterNaturally occurringFormula Helper
9
DimethiconeSyntheticMoisturizing (occlusive),Emollient,Formula Helper
6
GlycerinBotanical,Synthetic,AnimalMoisturizing (humectant),Soothing,Emollient,Fragrance,Formula Helper
4
Butylene GlycolBotanical,Petroleum,SyntheticMoisturizing (humectant),Fragrance,Formula Helper
3
Isononyl IsononanoateSyntheticEmollient,Formula Helper
2.5
Castor Isostearate SuccinateBotanical,Synthetic,Animal
2
Glyceryl StearateBotanical,SyntheticEmollient,Fragrance,Formula Helper
1.5
C12-15 Alkyl BenzoateSyntheticEmollient,Antimicrobial,Formula Helper
1.3
Dimethicone CrosspolymerSyntheticFormula Helper
1.2
PEG-33SyntheticMoisturizing (humectant),Formula Helper
1.1
Polysorbate 20Botanical,SyntheticFragrance,Formula Helper
1
Behenyl AlcoholBotanical,SyntheticEmollient,Formula Helper

Ingredients explained

Score

55

Function

Solvent

Origin

Naturally occurring

The most used ingredient in skincare. Its concentration defines the product texture: rich creams may have about 50% of water while a light jelly about 90%. Water doesn’t moisturize the skin by itself and is used in skincare as a solvent for other ingredients.
Score

9

Function

Moisturizing (occlusive), Emollient, Antifoaming, Solvent

Origin

Synthetic

The most common silicone in skincare. It forms a silky, smooth film on the skin’s surface and can help to prevent water loss. It also aids in wound healing and can treat and soften scars. Dimethicone is considered to be very safe for use.
Score

6

Function

Moisturizing (humectant), Soothing, Emollient, Fragrance, Denaturant, Solvent, Viscosity controlling

Origin

Botanical,Synthetic,Animal

The most popular moisturizing ingredient in the world. It is a powerful humectant – cheap yet very effective. Glycerin also has soothing and anti-irritant properties and is considered to be very safe for use.
Score

4

Function

Moisturizing (humectant), Fragrance, Solvent, Viscosity controlling

Origin

Botanical,Petroleum,Synthetic

A clear, colorless liquid humectant that draws moisture to the skin. The humectancy of butylene glycol, owed to its two hydroxyl groups, is quite considerable, although not as powerful as glycerin, which contains three hydroxyl groups.
Score

3

Function

Emollient, Antistatic, Solvent

Origin

Synthetic

An ester of a branched fatty acid with a branched fatty alcohol. It is an easily spreadable emollient that has a silky, dry, non-greasy feel on the skin.

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