BEAUTY TERMS We All Should Know

Do you know half the jar­gon printed on your skin cream jars and po­tions? Well, now you do!

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( 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,

with ce­ramides

Pond’s Age Mir­a­cle Cell Re­GEN Fa­cial Foam, ` 215,

with AHAs

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