BEAUTY TERMS We All Should Know
Do you know half the jargon printed on your skin cream jars and potions? Well, now you do!
( Fruit Acids or AHAs) are weak acids derived from fruits that help in exfoliating dead cells from the surface of the skin. They help in reducing fine lines, bemishes, and also smoothen and firm-up skin, while moisturising and protecting skin.
is a dye that doesn’t open up the hair fibre as much as ammonia-based options. Using them, results in less damage and healthier, softer locks post-colouring.
is a new haircolouring technique. Unlike traditional highlights, where hair is folded in foil, the balayage process involves hand-painting peroxidebased dyes on the ends of hair to replicate grown-out, sun-kissed locks.
is an antiseptic and bacterial growth-inhibitor known for its toning, antiseptic and deodorising qualities.
( ser-A-mid or seramide) hold the skin’s cells together in a firm, smooth structure. They maintain the moisture-retention ability of the skin. A drop in the level of ceramides results in skin becoming dry and tough, which then leads to fine lines and wrinkles.
(also emulsion) is a thickening agent added to products to change their physical composition. For example, it can turn a lotion into a cream. Often used in eye shadow.
(EFAs) are acids that help maintain the suppleness and elasticity of skin. EFAs nourish from deep within and are an intensive constituent of skincare products.
(also Hyaluronan or hyaluronate or HA) helps provide long lasting hydration and plumps skin cells to restore its natural youth and glow.
is named after a style of Japanese theatre, famous for its heavy make-up. These short-handle, fluffy brushes are designed to easily sweep powder over the face for full coverage.
helps smoothen coarse, rough and frizzy hair. It protects the hair shaft by coating the hair follicle and binding it together.
is an organic acid that can be derived from fruit. It penetrates deep into the core of hair fibre and targets distressed and damaged lengths, in order to repair and restore hair’s cellular integrity.
encourages the exfoliation of dead skin. It renews the outer layer of skin and opens blocked hair pores. It also helps prevent acne.
Clinique AntiBlemish Solutions Clarifying Lotion, ` 1,350, with salicylic acid
L’Oréal Professionnel Absolut Repair Cellular Leave-in Cream, ` 475, with lactic acid Lakmé Absolute White
Intense Two-Way Compact, ` 595, with
hyaluronic acid The Body Shop Tea Tree Minimiser, ` 1,245, with bergamot Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Skin
Smoothing Concealer, ` 1,120,
Pond’s Age Miracle Cell ReGEN Facial Foam, ` 215,