Soothing Agent



Soothing Agent description

Any ingredient that soothes and improves signs of sensitivity. Interestingly, most antioxidants function as soothing ingredients because one of the skin’s responses to environmental damage is sensitivity, visible signs of stress on skin’s surface, and redness. These ingredients go a long way toward helping the skin deal with its daily struggle against environmental damage and seasonal environmental extremes.

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Ingredient ratings


Proven and supported by independent studies. Outstanding active ingredient for most skin types or concerns.


Necessary to improve a formula's texture, stability, or penetration.


Generally non-irritating but may have aesthetic, stability, or other issues that limit its usefulness.


There is a likelihood of irritation. Risk increases when combined with other problematic ingredients.


May cause irritation, inflammation, dryness, etc. May offer benefit in some capability but overall, proven to do more harm than good.


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