The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG

The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG

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Type of product Serum
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Description

  • cruelty-free serum that contains aha and hyaluronic acid.
  • it doesn't contain any oils, parabens, silicones or sulfates.
  • it does contain harsh alcohols, common allergens and fragrances.
  • it is likely to be good for anti aging.
  • it is fungal acne (malassezia) safe and reef safe.

This product was submitted by greeenc on October 05, 2020

Directions

Massage a small amount onto the eye contour AM and PM. If irritation occurs, cease use and consult a physician. Use only as directed on unbroken skin. Patch testing prior to use is advised.

Product Info

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alcohol-free
silicon-free
fragrance-free
sulfate-free
paraben-free
oil-free
fungal-acne safe
reef-safe
eu-allergen-free
vegan
cruelty-free

Ingredient Details

Here's a breakdown of the benefits, notable ingredients, and drawbacks that we found with The Ordinary's Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG.

Benefits (6)

Good For Oily Skin Icon
Good For Oily Skin
Good For Skin Texture Icon
Good For Skin Texture
Reduces Large Pores Icon
Reduces Large Pores
Good For Anti-Aging Icon
Good For Anti-Aging
Good For Scar Healing Icon
Good For Scar Healing
Helps Brighten Skin Icon
Helps Brighten Skin

Notable Ingredients (2)

AHA Icon
AHA
Hyaluronic Acid Icon
Hyaluronic Acid

Concerns (4)

May Worsen Dry Skin Icon
May Worsen Dry Skin
May Cause Irritation Icon
May Cause Irritation
May Worsen Rosacea Icon
May Worsen Rosacea
Urea β€’ Lactic Acid
May Worsen Eczema Icon
May Worsen Eczema

The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG Ingredients Explained

This product contains 27 ingredients. Click on any ingredient to learn more about it

1
Skin Conditioning, Solvent
Also known as: Aqua, Eau, Purified Water, Aqua / Water, Distilled Water, Deionized Water
Community rating: Loved

Water is the most common cosmetic ingredient of all. It often makes up the largest portion of a product, and is thus typically found at (or near) the top of an ingredients list.

In most cases, the purpose of water within an ingredient list is to act as a solvent - this means it's there to help dissolve other ingredients into the formulation.

Water also happens to be necessary for all life on Earth. If you see this, drink a glass of water. Stay hydrated!

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2
Perfuming, Skin Conditioning
Community rating: Liked

Caffeine is a fragrance.

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3
Absorbent, Emulsion Stabilising, Skin Conditioning

We don't have a description for Maltodextrin.

4
Humectant, Skin Conditioning, Skin Protecting, Solvent
Also known as: Vegetable Glycerin
Community rating: Liked

An organic, colorless, odorless, and non-toxic compound that has antimicrobial and antiviral properties. It acts a humectant in skincare products, meaning it helps skin retain moisture by pulling moisture from the air.

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5
Also known as: Propandiol, 1,3-Dihydroxypropane, Trimethylene Glycol, Methylpropanediol. Propane-1,3-Diol, 1,3-Dihydroxypropane, 2-Deoxyglycerol
Community rating: Mixed

Propanediol helps absorb ingredients into your skin, boosting their benefits. It can act as an emollient, making your skin softer. Propanediol can help products last longer by boosting the properties of preservatives within the formulation.

Propanediol is not likely to cause sensitivity and considered safe to use.

It is derived from corn or petroleum with a clear color and no scent.

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6
Antioxidant, Skin Conditioning

Epigallocatechin Gallatyl Glucoside is an antioxidant.

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7
Antioxidant, Skin Conditioning

Gallyl Glucoside is an antioxidant.

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8
Humectant, Moisturising, Skin Conditioning
Also known as: Hyaluronan
Community rating: Liked

Hyaluronic acid is naturally found in healthy skin. It acts as a humectant, meaning it draws moisture from the air. This ingredient helps to moisturize skin and protect the skin's outer layers.

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9
Emollient, Skin Conditioning

We don't have a description for Oxidized Glutathione.

10
Skin Protecting

We don't have a description for Melanin.

11
Skin Conditioning

We don't have a description for Glycine Soja Seed Extract.

12
Humectant, Skin Conditioning
Community rating: Mixed

Urea can worsen rosacea.

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13
Skin Conditioning, Solvent

Pentylene glycol is typically used within a product to thicken it, and also adds a smooth, soft, and moisturizing feel to the product.

This ingredient also acts as a mild preservative and helps to keep a product microbe-free.

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14
Emulsion Stabilising, Stabilising

We don't have a description for Hydroxyethylcellulose.

15
Emulsion Stabilising

We don't have a description for Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6.

16
Emulsifying, Emulsion Stabilising, Gel Forming, Skin Conditioning

Xanthan gum is used as a stabilizer and thickener within cosmetic products. It helps give products a sticky, thick feeling - preventing them from being too runny.

On the technical side of things, xanthan gum is a polysaccharide - a combination consisting of multiple sugar molecules bonded together.

Xanthan gum is a pretty common and great ingredient. It is a natural, non-toxic, non-irritating ingredient that is also commonly used in food products.

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17
Humectant, Skin Conditioning
Community rating: Mixed

Lactic Acid is an AHA that is derived from fermenting lactose, a carbohydrate from milk. It removes the top layer of old and dead skin cells and helps increase cell turnover.

Not only does it help exfoliate the skin, it helps strengthen the skin's barrier. When applied, lactic acid helps the skin create ceramides.

Lactic acid is an over-the-counter chemical exfoliant that comes from the fermentation of lactose β€” a carbohydrate found in milk.

According to legend, Cleopatra herself used to bathe in sour milk to help reduce wrinkles.

Read more about some other popular AHA's here:
* Glycolic Acid
* Citric Acid
* Malic Acid

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18

Dehydroacetic Acid is a preservative.

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We don't have a description for Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate.

20
Antioxidant, Perfuming

Propyl Gallate is an antioxidant and is a fragrance.

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We don't have a description for Dimethyl Isosorbide.

22
Humectant, Perfuming, Solvent

Ethoxydiglycol is a fragrance.

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23
Perfuming, Preservative, Solvent
Community rating: Very Disliked

Benzyl Alcohol is a fragrance, is a preservative, and is an alcohol.

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24
Skin Conditioning, Solvent
Community rating: Disliked

1,2-Hexanediol is a multi-tasker ingredient. It acts as a preservative to increase shelf-life and can aid other preservatives in preventing microbe growth. 1,2-Hexanediol also helps the skin retain moisture as a humectant.

In products that are water-based, this ingredient can help stabilize perfumes and fragrances. It can also help make the texture of products softer and more smooth.

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25
Skin Conditioning
Community rating: Liked

Ethylhexylglycerin (we can't pronounce this either) is commonly used as a preservative and skin softener. It is derived from glyceryl.

You might see Ethylhexylglycerin often paired with other preservatives such as phenoxyethanol. Ethylhexylglycerin has been found to increase the effectiveness of these other preservatives.

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26
Preservative
Also known as: 2-Phenoxyethanol
Community rating: Disliked

Phenoxyethanol has germicide, antimicrobial, and aromatic properties. In studies, Phenoxyethanol has been found to prevent germ and microbial growth. By itself, it has a scent similar to roses.

Phenoxyethanol is commonly used with Caprylyl Glycol to preserve the shelf life of products.

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27
Emollient, Skin Conditioning

Caprylyl Glycol is a humectant, meaning it retains and preserves moisture. It is a common ingredient in many products, especially those designed to hydrate skin. The primary benefits are retaining moisture, skin softening, and promoting a healthy skin barrier.

Though Caprylyl Glycol is an alcohol derived from fatty acids, it is not the kind that can dry out skin.

This ingredient is also used as a preservative to extend the life of products.

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