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Updated on January 17, 2024 Submitted by Lapaki

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Overview

What it is

Face primer with 43 ingredients

Suited For

It has ingredients that are good for dry skin, brightening skin and scar healing

Free From

It doesn't contain any harsh alcohols, common allergens, oils or sulfates

Fun facts

The History of Whoo is from South Korea.

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Face primer with 43 ingredients

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Ingredients 43

Cyclopentasiloxane Emollient, Skin Conditioning, Solvent
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Cyclopentasiloxane is a silicone used to improve texture and trap moisture. An easier name for this is D5.

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Water Skin Conditioning, Solvent

Water. It's the most common cosmetic ingredient of all. You'll usually see it at the top of ingredient lists, meaning that it makes up the largest part of the product.

Dipropylene Glycol Masking, Solvent

Dipropylene Glycol is a synthetically created stabilizer and solvent. It is a part of the glycol class in the alcohol family.

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Butylene Glycol Humectant, Masking, Skin Conditioning
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Butylene Glycol (or BG) is used within cosmetic products for a few different reasons:

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Dimethicone Crosspolymer Emulsion Stabilising

Dimethicone Crosspolymer is a silicone created by modifying dimethicone with hydrocarbon side chains. Due to its large size, it does not penetrate skin. It is considered non-occlusive.

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Glycerin Humectant, Skin Conditioning, Skin Protecting
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Glycerin is already naturally found in your skin. It helps moisturize and protect your skin.

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Poncirus Trifoliata Fruit Extract Skin Conditioning

We don't have a description for Poncirus Trifoliata Fruit Extract.

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Portulaca Oleracea Extract Skin Conditioning

Portulaca Oleracea Extract is an extract of the whole plant of the Purslane, Portulaca oleracea L., Portulacaceae. It has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and hydrating properties.

Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer Emulsion Stabilising

This is a synthetic polymer. It helps improve the texture of products by adding thickness and gel-like feel.

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Gold Cosmetic Colorant

We don't have a description for Gold.

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Pearl Powder

Pearl Powder is made by grinding up fresh-water or salt-water pearls. Pearls are rich in amino-acids, magnesium, potassium, calcium, and antioxidant compounds.

Cucurbita Pepo Powder Skin Conditioning

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Hydroxyproline Skin Conditioning

We don't have a description for Hydroxyproline.

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Velvet Extract Humectant, Skin Conditioning

We don't have a description for Velvet Extract.

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Cornus Officinalis Fruit Extract Skin Conditioning

We don't have a description for Cornus Officinalis Fruit Extract.

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Thymus Vulgaris Extract Perfuming, Skin Conditioning
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Thymus Vulgaris Extract is a fragrance.

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Angelica Acutiloba Root Extract Skin Conditioning

We don't have a description for Angelica Acutiloba Root Extract.

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Honey Extract Humectant, Skin Conditioning

We don't have a description for Honey Extract.

Polygonum Multiflorum Root Extract Skin Conditioning

We don't have a description for Polygonum Multiflorum Root Extract.

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Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract Masking

We don't have a description for Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract.

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Schisandra Chinensis Fruit Extract Skin Conditioning

We don't have a description for Schisandra Chinensis Fruit Extract.

Rehmannia Chinensis Root Extract Skin Conditioning, Tonic

We don't have a description for Rehmannia Chinensis Root Extract.

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Cuscuta Japonica Seed Extract Skin Conditioning

We don't have a description for Cuscuta Japonica Seed Extract.

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Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract Skin Conditioning, Tonic

We don't have a description for Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract.

Anemarrhena Asphodeloides Root Extract Skin Conditioning

This ingredient is more commonly known as Zhi Mu root. You might see this ingredient listed under 'Volufiline' products.

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Polygonum Aviculare Extract Emollient

We don't have a description for Polygonum Aviculare Extract.

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Laminaria Japonica Extract Skin Protecting

Laminaria Japonica Extract comes from a kelp more commonly known as 'sweet kelp'. It is commonly eaten in Japan, Korea, and China.

Dioscorea Japonica Root Extract Skin Conditioning

Dioscorea Japonica Root Extract comes from the Asian Mountain Yam. It contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Tussilago Farfara Flower Extract Astringent, Emollient

We don't have a description for Tussilago Farfara Flower Extract.

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Trichosanthes Kirilowii Root Extract Skin Protecting

We don't have a description for Trichosanthes Kirilowii Root Extract.

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Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Extract Skin Conditioning

We don't have a description for Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Extract.

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Platycodon Grandiflorus Root Extract Antioxidant
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Platycodon Grandiflorus Root Extract is an antioxidant.

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Perilla Ocymoides Leaf Extract Tonic

We don't have a description for Perilla Ocymoides Leaf Extract.

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Schizonepeta Tenuifolia Extract Skin Conditioning

We don't have a description for Schizonepeta Tenuifolia Extract.

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Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract Astringent, Humectant, Soothing
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Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract comes from the Baikal skullcap or Chinese skullcap plant. This plant is native to Northeast Asia and can be found in China, Mongolia, Korea, and Siberia.

Ophiopogon Japonicus Root Extract Skin Conditioning, Tonic

We don't have a description for Ophiopogon Japonicus Root Extract.

Houttuynia Cordata Extract Skin Conditioning
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Houttuynia Cordata Extract is more commonly known as Heart Leaf, Fish Mint, or Chameleon plant.

Belamcanda Chinensis Root Extract Skin Conditioning

We don't have a description for Belamcanda Chinensis Root Extract.

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Eriobotrya Japonica Leaf Extract Skin Conditioning, Skin Protecting, Tonic

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Squalane Emollient, Skin Conditioning
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Squalane is an emollient that helps the skin hold onto moisture. It's an oily liquid that occurs naturally in certain types of fish and plant oils.

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Polysorbate 60 Emulsifying
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Polysorbate 60 is used to help stabilize products. It is a surfactant and emulsifier. These properties help keep ingredients together in a product. Surfactants help reduce surface tension between ingredients with different states, such as liquids and solids. Emulsifiers help prevent oils and waters from separating.

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Methylparaben Preservative
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Methylparaben is a preservative and is a paraben. It is used to prevent the growth of fungus, mold, and other harmful bacteria. Parabens are chemicals used as preservatives in both cosmetics and food.

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Synthetic Fluorphlogopite

Synthetic Fluorphlogopite is the synthethic version of mica. It consists of fluorine, aluminum and silicate.

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Ingredients Explained

This product contains 43 ingredients. Click on any ingredient to learn more about it
Emollient, Skin Conditioning, Solvent
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Cyclopentasiloxane is a silicone used to improve texture and trap moisture. An easier name for this is D5.

D5 is considered lightweight and volatile. Volatile means it evaporates quickly after application. Once evaporated, D5 leaves a thin barrier that helps keep skin hydrated.

D5 is an emollient. Emollients help soften the skin and prevent water loss. Silicones create a silky texture in products. D5 helps other ingredients become more spreadable.

Studies show D5 is safe to use in skincare products. We recommend speaking with a skincare professional if you have concerns.

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Skin Conditioning, Solvent
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Water. It's the most common cosmetic ingredient of all. You'll usually see it at the top of ingredient lists, meaning that it makes up the largest part of the product.

So why is it so popular? Water most often acts as a solvent - this means that it helps dissolve other ingredients into the formulation.

You'll also recognize water as that liquid we all need to stay alive. If you see this, drink a glass of water. Stay hydrated!

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Masking, Solvent
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Dipropylene Glycol is a synthetically created stabilizer and solvent. It is a part of the glycol class in the alcohol family.

Dipropylene Glycol helps dissolve and evenly distribute ingredients. It also helps decrease viscosity and thin out texture.

As a masking agent, Dipropylene Glycol can be used to cover the smell of other ingredients. However, it does not have a scent.

Studies show Dipropylene Glycol is considered safe to use in skincare.

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Humectant, Masking, Skin Conditioning
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Butylene Glycol (or BG) is used within cosmetic products for a few different reasons:

  • It is a solvent, meaning that it helps to dissolve other ingredients. This also enhances the absorption of the product into one's skin.
  • It is a humectant, which means that it helps attract moisture into the skin.
  • It helps improve product application.

Overall, Butylene Glycol is a safe and well-rounded ingredient. It is unlikely to irritate skin, and works well with pretty much all other ingredients.

Emulsion Stabilising
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Dimethicone Crosspolymer is a silicone created by modifying dimethicone with hydrocarbon side chains. Due to its large size, it does not penetrate skin. It is considered non-occlusive.

Dimethicone Crosspolymer is used to stabilize and thicken products. It also helps give products a silky feel.

Humectant, Skin Conditioning, Skin Protecting
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Glycerin is already naturally found in your skin. It helps moisturize and protect your skin.

A study from 2016 found glycerin to be more effective as a humectant than AHAs and hyaluronic acid.

As a humectant, it helps the skin stay hydrated by pulling moisture to your skin. The low molecular weight of glycerin allows it to pull moisture into the deeper layers of your skin.

Hydrated skin improves your skin barrier; Your skin barrier helps protect against irritants and bacteria.

Glycerin has also been found to have antimicrobial and antiviral properties. Due to these properties, glycerin is often used in wound and burn treatments.

In cosmetics, glycerin is usually derived from plants such as soybean or palm. However, it can also be sourced from animals, such as tallow or animal fat.

This ingredient is organic, colorless, odorless, and non-toxic.

Glycerin is the name for this ingredient in American English. British English uses Glycerol/Glycerine.

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We don't have a description for Poncirus Trifoliata Fruit Extract.

Skin Conditioning
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Portulaca Oleracea Extract is an extract of the whole plant of the Purslane, Portulaca oleracea L., Portulacaceae. It has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and hydrating properties.

Purslane is very nutritious. It contains omega-3 fatty acids, NMFs, many vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. The vitamins found in purslane include: Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and Vitamin E.

Purslane is a succulent with an extensive habitat. It is used in traditional Korean medicine to treat irritated skin.

Nowadays, it is becoming a superfood due to its highly nutritious content.

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This is a synthetic polymer. It helps improve the texture of products by adding thickness and gel-like feel.

It is also an emulsifer, meaning it prevents ingredients such as oil and water from separating. It also helps evenly disperse other ingredients.

Cosmetic Colorant
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Pearl Powder is made by grinding up fresh-water or salt-water pearls. Pearls are rich in amino-acids, magnesium, potassium, calcium, and antioxidant compounds.

Two antioxidants found in pearls include: superoxide dismutase (SOD) and glutathione. Antioxidants aid in reducing the signs of aging. Gluthatione has been shown to help prevent the melanin creation process, though further research is needed.

Studies show pearls can aid in wound healing.

Pearls are harvested from oysters. To be vegan, an ingredient cannot be from an animal source.

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Skin Conditioning

We don't have a description for Cucurbita Pepo Powder.

Skin Conditioning

We don't have a description for Hydroxyproline.

Humectant, Skin Conditioning

We don't have a description for Velvet Extract.

We don't have a description for Cornus Officinalis Fruit Extract.

Perfuming, Skin Conditioning

Thymus Vulgaris Extract is a fragrance.

We don't have a description for Angelica Acutiloba Root Extract.

Humectant, Skin Conditioning
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We don't have a description for Honey Extract.

We don't have a description for Polygonum Multiflorum Root Extract.

We don't have a description for Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract.

Skin Conditioning
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We don't have a description for Schisandra Chinensis Fruit Extract.

Skin Conditioning, Tonic

We don't have a description for Rehmannia Chinensis Root Extract.

Skin Conditioning

We don't have a description for Cuscuta Japonica Seed Extract.

Skin Conditioning, Tonic
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We don't have a description for Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract.

This ingredient is more commonly known as Zhi Mu root. You might see this ingredient listed under 'Volufiline' products.

That's because 'Volufiline' is comprised of this ingredient and Hydrogenated Polyisobutene.

Zhi Mu root is rich in sarsasapogenin. This compound has anti-inflammatory and soothing properties.

It is commonly used in East Asian medicine.

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We don't have a description for Polygonum Aviculare Extract.

Skin Protecting
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Laminaria Japonica Extract comes from a kelp more commonly known as 'sweet kelp'. It is commonly eaten in Japan, Korea, and China.

Sweet kelp is a humectant and helps hydrate your skin. Humectants draw moisture from the air to your skin.

Studies show Laminaria Japonica has antioxidant compounds. Antioxidants may help with anti-aging. Kelp also contains magnesium and zinc, making it great for calming inflammation and redness.

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Skin Conditioning
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Dioscorea Japonica Root Extract comes from the Asian Mountain Yam. It contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Antioxidants help neutralize free-radical molecules. These molecules may damage your skin cells and DNA.

Astringent, Emollient

We don't have a description for Tussilago Farfara Flower Extract.

We don't have a description for Trichosanthes Kirilowii Root Extract.

We don't have a description for Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Extract.

Platycodon Grandiflorus Root Extract is an antioxidant.

We don't have a description for Perilla Ocymoides Leaf Extract.

We don't have a description for Schizonepeta Tenuifolia Extract.

Astringent, Humectant, Soothing
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Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract comes from the Baikal skullcap or Chinese skullcap plant. This plant is native to Northeast Asia and can be found in China, Mongolia, Korea, and Siberia.

In cosmetics, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract provides antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. This is due to the flavonoid composition of Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract.

In Chinese traditional folk medicine, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract is used to help treat lung and hypertension.

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Skin Conditioning, Tonic
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We don't have a description for Ophiopogon Japonicus Root Extract.

Skin Conditioning
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Houttuynia Cordata Extract is more commonly known as Heart Leaf, Fish Mint, or Chameleon plant.

The components found in Heart Leaf give it antioxidant, hydrating, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties.

Heart Leaf is rich in flavonoids such as quercetin, apigenin, and more. It also contains polysaccharides, the most common type of carbs in food.

Flavonoids have been shown to be effective antioxidants. They help neutralize free-radical molecules. Free-radical molecules are unstable molecules that may damage our skin cells and DNA. The flavonoids in Heart Leaf also help soothe the skin.

Polysaccharides are naturally found in our skin. They play a role in hydrating and repairing the top layer of skin. The polysaccharides in Heart Leaf help moisturize our skin.

Studies show decanoyl acetaldehyde, a component of Heart Leaf oil, is effective at killing bacteria.

The name 'Fish Mint' comes from the herb's natural fishy smell. Is is native to southeast Asia and used throughout the continent for traditional cooking and medicine.

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We don't have a description for Belamcanda Chinensis Root Extract.

Skin Conditioning, Skin Protecting, Tonic

We don't have a description for Eriobotrya Japonica Leaf Extract.

Emollient, Skin Conditioning
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Squalane is an emollient that helps the skin hold onto moisture. It's an oily liquid that occurs naturally in certain types of fish and plant oils.

Because squalane boosts hydration in the skin, it also comes with plenty of benefits: it is an antioxidant and can help fight free radicals and skin damage. Squalane is also found to have a detoxifying effect when applied.

Squalane comes from squalene, which occurs naturally within the sebum of our skin. It is one of the oils our skin produces to keep itself hydrated. Squalane is the hydrogenated version of squalene and has a longer shelf life.

Research shows that squalane is non-irritating (even at 100% concentration).

In general, it's a fantastic ingredient. It does a great job at hydrating the skin, and it's suitable for those with sensitive skin.

The source of squalane may impact malassezia / fungal acne. This is because olive oil derived squalane can contain impurities such as fatty acids and plant waxes. Sugarcane derived squalane is recommended for anyone with malassezia concerns.

Is squalane vegan?

This depends on the source. Squalane can be derived from both plants and animals. Most squalane used in skincare comes from plants.

Please note: the source of squalane is only known if disclosed by the brand. We recommend reaching out to the brand if you have any questions about their squalane.

Read more about squalene with an "e".

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Emulsifying
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Polysorbate 60 is used to help stabilize products. It is a surfactant and emulsifier. These properties help keep ingredients together in a product. Surfactants help reduce surface tension between ingredients with different states, such as liquids and solids. Emulsifiers help prevent oils and waters from separating.

Polysorbate 60 is sorbitol-based and created from the ethoxylation of sorbitan. Ethoxylation is a chemical reaction used to add ethylene oxide. Sorbitan is a the dehydrated version of sorbitol, a sugar found in fruits.

In this case, the 60 comes from reacting 60 units of ethylene oxide with sorbitan.

Polysorbates are commonly used in medicine and foods.

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Preservative
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Methylparaben is a preservative and is a paraben. It is used to prevent the growth of fungus, mold, and other harmful bacteria. Parabens are chemicals used as preservatives in both cosmetics and food.

Methylparaben can be synthetically created. It can also be found naturally in some fruits, such as blueberries.

Oftentimes, Methylparaben is combined with other parabens to help increase the shelf life.

The safety of Methylparaben is currently being studied. While ongoing studies are looking into the safety of parabens, the results have been very mixed. Some studies have not found Methylparaben to be harmful.

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Synthetic Fluorphlogopite is the synthethic version of mica. It consists of fluorine, aluminum and silicate.

Synthetic Fluorphlogopite is used to add volume to products.

It is considered non-irritating on the skin.

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Directions

Use after skincare routine and sun screen, take an appropriate amount, apply evenly on face. Next, apply makeup product step by step.

Use after skincare routine and sun screen, take an appropriate amount, apply evenly on face. Next, apply makeup product step by step.

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