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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