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Beauty Terms : Glossary

Discussion in 'Body Care' started by hima, Jun 20, 2007.

  1. hima

    hima New IL'ite

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    Hai !
    Here am mentioning some beauty terms in Alphabetical order. Look them at once ..

    A:


    Acetic Acid: Sometimes used as a caustic or astringent.

    Acne: An inflammatory skin disease that effects the tiny pores thats 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: Allergen is 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 properties.
    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 oils and in lowering the pH after cleansing. Azulene: An anti-inflammatory and soothing agent, derived from German chamomile.


    B.


    Beeswax: One of the oldest ingredients in cosmetic preparations, 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 more supple.

    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.

    C.
    Calendula: An emollient believed to have healing, soothing and antiseptic properties. Used to treat dry skin.

    Callus: An excessive build up of the hard tough layers of skin. Can be removed at-home or by an esthetician.

    Candela Wax: Binds oils and waxes to give body to a formulation. Often used in lipsticks.

    Capillary: The smallest type of blood vessel in the body. Spider veins, for instance, are actually small capillaries commonly found on the face or legs.

    Cellulite: Deposits of fat and other material trapped in pockets beneath the skin.

    Ceramides: A natural substance within the skin that reduces natural water loss of the skin by forming a protective barrier. Can also be produced synthetically and added to skin care products

    Chakras: Energy centers throughout the body responsible for the condition of your mind, body and spirit.

    Chamomile: A clinically proven plant-derived anti-inflammatory. Offers benefits such as soothing skin. Also calms eczema and allergic reactions.

    Citric Acid: The same as vitamin C. Used commonly in hair and skincare products. Has astringent and antioxidant properties and also can be used as a preservative.

    Citronella Oil: Antiseptic widely used in soaps and deodorizers. Also has insect-repelling properties.

    Clarifying: Usually associated with a toner or other solution used after cleansing to maintain proper skin pH.

    Collagen: A natural substance within body tissues. It can be injected into the skin to plump up particular areas.

    Cortex: The middle layer of the hair shaft.

    Creatine: A protein derivative in muscle tissue. Sometimes found in body-building supplements.

    Cucumber Juice: It has moisture-binding, soothing and tightening properties.


    Continued....



    D.

    Depilate: To remove hair on the skin's surface.

    Dermabrasion: A procedure in which the skin is sanded to improve its texture. Microdermabrasion uses a type of sand to abrade the skin, usually done by an esthetician or a cosmetic doctor. Cosmetic physicians can perform a deeper type of dermabrasion using small burrs or wires to remove the outer layers of the skin.

    Dermal: Related to skin.

    Dermatitis: Inflamation of the skin.

    Dermis: The underlayers of the skin.

    Dihydroxyacetone (DHA): A self-tanning agent used in cosmetics.

    Dong Quai: Traditional Chinese herb used to treat menopausal symptoms and menstrual irregularity.

    E.

    Eau de Parfum: The most concentrated fragrance, usually more costly than eau de toilette because of its concentration.

    Eau de Toilette: A less-concentrated fragrance.

    Echinacea: An oral homeopathic substance thought to boost the immune system. Frequently taken for cold or flu symptoms. Has anti-itching and soothing properties when used in skin-care products.

    Eczema: A skin condition that causes areas of the skin to become red, itchy and scaly. The cause is unknown and it can affect any part of the body. The condition may be short-lived (acute) or long term (chronic), and is usually treated with topical anti-inflammatory medications available OTC or by prescription.

    Elastin: A surface protective agent used in cosmetics to alleviate the effects of dry skin.

    Electrolysis: Use of electricity to dissolve hair roots

    Emollient: A substance that softens and soothes the skin.

    Emulsifier: A thickening agent added to products to change their physical composition. For example, it can turn a lotion into a cream.

    Epidermabrasion: Skin peel in which the outermost layers of the skin are sloughed off

    Epidermis: The outer layers of the skin.

    Epilate: Remove hair from below the skin's surface

    Essence: Fragrant oil extracted from plant or herb.

    Esthetician: A specialist in the area of beauty

    Eucalyptus: A mild astringent with antiseptic properties.

    Evening Primrose: Used as an astringent and helpful for reducing skin irritation. Also beneficial for dehydrated skin.

    Exfoliate: To scale off layers of skin.
     
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  2. preethi27

    preethi27 Senior IL'ite

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    Great Work & thanks for it.

    Love
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  3. sujakalyan

    sujakalyan Silver IL'ite

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    Hi Hima

    Thanks For The Info
     
  4. sravy

    sravy Bronze IL'ite

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    HI,

    Thank u very much for information it is very useful to every IL


    bye
    anu:wave
     
  5. gokusha

    gokusha IL Hall of Fame

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    Hi Hima,

    Wonderful job..This is very informative for all of us.Thanks.

    Regards,
    USHA.
     
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  6. hima

    hima New IL'ite

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    thanks for your replies... more will be added
     
  7. Bhanvi

    Bhanvi Senior IL'ite

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    Hai


    Thanks a lot for the most useful dictionary in the world of beauty and cosmetics.I think this will help all our IL family members.


    RdgsHarhar
     
  8. Venonimiss

    Venonimiss Bronze IL'ite

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    Thanks. Very nice collection of beauty-terms. Informative!
     
  9. shalusaini

    shalusaini New IL'ite

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    hi hima
    thanks alot for this information. we usally cane across these terms but do not what they really mean. now i know all of them
    thanx

    shalu
     
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    nice info.. thanks for sharing!
     

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