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Where you can find it: In some shampoos, body washes, and face washes.
What is it? It's just a cleanser made from lauryl alcohol, which comes from coconut or palm oil, and glucoside, a sugar derived from corn, says cosmetic chemist Ni'Kita Wilson. Why it's in there: to help loosen dirt on your skin or hair so it can be rinsed away.
Where you can find it: In some anti-aging moisturizers and cosmetics.
What is it? No, it's not the newest dinosaur in Jurassic Park — just a form of vitamin C, says cosmetic chemist Ron Robinson. It may fight wrinkles by boosting collagen and preventing some free radical damage from UV rays.