One of the many new brands that appeared in the internet era, Glossier is interesting for its lack of anything interesting in the ingredients lists.
Water, Niacinamide, Glycerin, Propanediol, Zinc PCA, Honeysuckle Flower Extract, Honeysuckle Extract, Citric Acid, Allantoin, Hydroxyethylcellulose.
Where are the preservatives?. An interesting product (and not in a good way). The actives are niacinamide and zinc PCA. As for the honeysuckle extracts, it has no proven beneficial activity, although I was able to find a paper on its effect on rat wounds. The most likely role here is hide the preservatives in the ingredient list, so the product can be advertised as “super pure”, whatever that might be.
What about the other Glossier products?
Super Bounce Ingredients
Water, Biosaccharide Gum-2 (oxidized beta glucan), Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Propanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Hexylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Disodium EDTA, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Sodium Hydroxide.
Comment: a gel, the sodium hyaluronate are probably low molecular weight pieces, know to promote inflammation.
Water, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Microcrystalline Wax/Cera Microcristallina/Cire Microcristalline, Dimethicone, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isopropyl Palmitate, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Propanediol, Undecane, Sodium Chloride, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Squalane, Avocado Oil, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Portulaca Pilosa Extract, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Swertia Chirata Extract, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, 1,2-Hexanediol, Tridecane, Propylene Carbonate, Lecithin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polyglyceryl-4 Diisostearate/Polyhydroxystearate/Sebacate, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Isostearate, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Sorbitan Isostearate, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Sucrose Cocoate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Tocopherol.
Super Glow Ingredients
Water, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Propanediol, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Polyglyceryl-10 Oleate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Magnesium PCA, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Evodia Rutaecarpa Fruit Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Betaine, Sodium Citrate, Xanthan Gum, Caprylhydroxamic Acid.
Finally an active! Magnesium ascorbyl phosphate.
Zit Stick Ingredients
Active Ingredient: Benzoyl Peroxide 5.0%
Water, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Glycerin, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Propanediol, Niacinamide, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Melaleuca Alternifolia Leaf Oil, Cucumber Fruit Extract, Isohexadecane, Saccharide Isomerate, Xanthan Gum, Polysorbate 80, Polyglyceryl-2 Isostearate, Hydroxyacetophenone, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Diethylhexyl Sodium Sulfosuccinate, Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide, Dimethicone, Sorbitan Stearate, PEG-40 Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Silica, Tocopherol.
And the bad actor here is: Benzoyl peroxide, ready to age your skin as it kills bacteria. Fast and furious, and bad for you.
Use Skin Actives Zit Ender instead.