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Ingredients of Clinique Skin Care Products

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Based in San Francisco, Beth Rifkin has been writing health- and fitness-related articles since 2005. Her bylines include "Tennis Life," "Ms. Fitness," "Triathlon Magazine," "Inside Tennis," "American Fitness" and others. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Temple University.
Ingredients of Clinique Skin Care Products
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Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion has been a favorite among the cosmetic company’s followers for years and is a staple in their skin-care line. The pale yellow lotion is the third step in Clinique’s legendary 3-Step Skin Care System, following cleansing and toning. Clinique.com says its popular moisturizer “maintain’s optimal moisture balance” and “softens, smooths and improves.” For best results, Clinique recommends using it twice a day after cleansing.

Main Ingredients

Savvyskin.com lists the ingredients in Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion as: Water Purified, Mineral Oil, Sesame Oil, Propylene Glycol, Tea Stearate, Gylceryl Stearate, Lanolin Alcohol, Petrolatum, Methylparaben and Propylparaben.

Mineral Oil

Mineral oil is a regular in cosmetics and a highly refined and purified version has been used in products for over 100 years. Thebeautybrains.com reports that mineral oil acts as a barrier by preventing water, and therefore moisture, from leaving your body through your skin. Moisture retention leaves your skin soft and supple.

Sesame Oil

Sesame oil is a natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agent. Youthingstrategies.com says about sesame oil, “It is naturally antibacterial for common skin pathogens, such as staphylococcus and streptococcus, as well as common skin fungi, such as athlete's foot fungus.”

Propylene Glycol

Natural-health-information-centre.com reports that propylene glycol helps the skin retain moisture. It is a humescent and prevents moisture from escaping.


Cosmeticsinfo.org explains the wax-like solid TEA-stearate as the “triethanolamine (TEA) salt of stearic acid.” They report that TEA-stearate is commonly used in cosmetic products, including baby products, fragrances, nail polish, hair products and makeup.

Glyceryl Stearate

Another wax-like solid and similar to TEA-stearate, glyceryl stearate is also commonly used in cosmetics. Cosmeticsinfo.org reports that glyceryl stearage can be found in body products like lotions, creams, powders and cleansers; cosmetics such as mascara, makeup bases and foundations, eye shadow and eyeliner; hair products like shampoos and conditioners and suntan products, such as lotions, oils and sunscreens.

Lanolin Alcohol

Makingcosmetics.com says that lanolin alcohol, a non-gelling thickener and emollient, has good moisturizing properties, which is why it is readily found in cosmetics such as lipsticks, or others that require a “smooth application and soft feel.”


Petrolatum occurs as a colorless or pale yellow semisolid. In cosmetics and personal care products, petrolatum is used in the formulation of a variety of product types, including bath products, cleansing products, skin care products, makeup, shampoos, permanent waves, hair conditioners, shaving products, and suntan products.

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