Paula's Choice

CLINICAL Ceramide-Enriched Firming Moisturizer

CLINICAL Ceramide-Enriched Firming Moisturizer
1.8

/ 10

Is it right for me?

Moisturizing

3.1Humectancy0.4Occlusivity

Rich

In Antioxidants

Overview

How moisturizing is it? Slightly moisturizing. Paula's Choice CLINICAL Ceramide-Enriched Firming Moisturizer has a moisturizing rating of 1.8 out of 10.

Is it more humectant or occlusive? Rather humectant. It has a moderate Humectancy of 3.1 out of 10 and a low Occlusivity of 0.4 out of 10.

What else is good about it? Paula's Choice CLINICAL Ceramide-Enriched Firming Moisturizer is rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants are believed to reduce the oxidative stress caused by free radicals, thus preventing accelerated skin aging.

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

Score
IngredientOriginFunctions
60
WaterNaturally occurringFormula Helper
9
Sodium Ascorbyl PhosphateBotanical,SyntheticAntioxidant,Anti-wrinkle,Anti-acne,Soothing,Anti-pigmentation
6
Cetyl AlcoholBotanical,AnimalEmollient,Fragrance,Formula Helper
4
Ascorbyl GlucosideBotanical,SyntheticAntioxidant,Anti-wrinkle,Anti-pigmentation
3
Neopentyl Glycol DiheptanoateSyntheticEmollient,Formula Helper
2.5
Potassium Cetyl PhosphateBotanical,SyntheticCleansing,Formula Helper
2
Glyceryl StearateBotanical,SyntheticEmollient,Fragrance,Formula Helper
1.5
PEG-100 StearateSyntheticCleansing,Formula Helper
1.3
GlycerinBotanical,Synthetic,AnimalMoisturizing (humectant),Soothing,Emollient,Fragrance,Formula Helper
1
PEG-12 Glyceryl DimyristateSynthetic
0.3
Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2SyntheticEmollient
0.3
DimethiconeSyntheticMoisturizing (occlusive),Emollient,Formula Helper

Ingredients explained

Score

60

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

Antioxidant, Anti-wrinkle, Anti-acne, Soothing, Anti-pigmentation

Origin

Botanical,Synthetic

The most researched derivative of vitamin C. It boosts collagen synthesis, thereby improving skin structure and elasticity. SAP is effective in the treatment of inflamed acne lesions and has a weak but positive effect on pigmentation issues.
Score

6

Function

Emollient, Fragrance, Emulsifying, Emulsion stabilizing, Foaming, Opacifying, Viscosity controlling

Origin

Botanical,Animal

A waxy solid fatty alcohol derived from palm oil. It is most commonly used as a co-emulsifier and affects the final aesthetic of the product, leaving a soft and silky feeling on the skin. Cetyl alcohol is also used as a viscosity controlling agent.
Score

4

Function

Antioxidant, Anti-wrinkle, Anti-pigmentation

Origin

Botanical,Synthetic

A derivative of vitamin C. It is more stable and less irritating than ascorbic acid. There are unfortunately no clinical studies on ascorbyl glucoside’s anti-pigment or anti-acne efficacy alone.
Score

3

Function

Emollient, Viscosity controlling

Origin

Synthetic

An emollient ester with an exceptionally lightweight feel. It absorbs quickly and produces a silky feel with excellent spreadability. It also serves as an excellent solvent and is commonly used to suspend sunscreen actives.

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