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Beauty Glossary, Learn the Terms Used by Beauty Experts!

Beauty Glossary, Learn the Terms Used by Beauty Experts!
Find all definitions and terms used in the beauty and health in this article.
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  • Acetic acid: Sometimes used as a caustic or astringent.

    Acne: An inflammatory skin disease that affects the tiny pores that cover the face, arms, back and chest as well as the oil glands attached to them.

    Acrylic: It has moisture barrier as well as waterproofing, water repelling properties.

    Age Spots: A darkly pigmented (colored) area on the skin that occurs with age.

    Alkaline: Any non-acid substance with a pH greater than 7.

    Allergen: A substance that causes an allergic reaction.

    Allantoin: A botanical extract said to heal and soothe. Used in creams and topical preparations for the skin.

    Almond oil: Vegetable oil derived from almonds with softening properties. Used in cosmetics.

    Aloe Vera: An emollient resin with hydrating/softening propertied.

    Alpha Hydroxy: An active substance with exfoliating and emollient properties.

    Althea: Botanical root believed to have emollient and soothing capabilities for skin.

    Astringent: Toner helpful in controlling surface oil and in lowering the pH after cleansing.

    Azulene: An anti-inflammatory and soothing agent, derived from German chamomile.

    Beeswax: One of the oldest ingredients in cosmetic preparation, traditionally used as an emulsifier.

    Benzoyl peroxide: An antibacterial ingredient commonly used in acne treatments.

    Bergamot: This is an antiseptic and bacterial growth-inhibitor known for its toning, antiseptic and deodorizing qualities.

    Beta carotene: Orange colored plant pigments, used in the manufacture of vitamin A.

    Beta hydroxy: An exfoliating agent with a smaller molecule size than the alpha hydroxy.

    Beta-glucan: A new ingredient derived from yeast, reported to enhance the skin natural defense mechanisms.

    Bioflavonoid: plant derivative with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Usually derived from citrus fruit rinds.

    Biotin: Part of vitamin B complex. Involved in the metabolism of fats, carbohydrates and proteins.

    Blackheads: A term used to describe the skin’s pores clogged by natural oils and impurities.

    Botanical: Refers to products derived from plants.

    Botox: trade name for botulinum toxin. Used in tiny amounts, it can temporarily paralyze a muscle and reduce or eliminate wrinkles or frown lines without harm.

    Bronzers: A synthetic preparation that causes the skin to darken or appeared tanned.

    Buffer: A pH balanced cleansing solution that improves the look and feel of the skin leaving it shiny and suppler.

    Burdock: A root extract with antibacterial properties. May also reduce inflammations such as rashes, redness, acne, eczema.

    Butcher’s Broom: Botanical extract used to improve circulation and reduce facial redness. Also believed to have anti-cellulite effects.

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