Skincare Glossary

Here's a handy skincare glossary explaining what all those terms mean. Don't get overwhelmed. Start here and click on the links for further information.

::: Skincare Glossary :::

  • Acne - also known as blemishes, zits, and pimples.
  • Age Spots - also called liver spots, these are small spots that appear slightly darker than the surrounding skin.
  • Alpha Hydroxy Acids - used to slow the appearance of aging, application thins the outer layer of the skin.
  • Anti-Aging - products and techniques which help slow down the effects of aging on your face.
  • Botox - material which can be injected into areas of the face to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
  • Cellulite - the stuff on your thighs that looks like cottage cheese. Here's how to reduce Cellulite
  • Cleanser - formulated for facial skin, it's used in place of soap, which tends to dry.
  • Combination Skin - a skin type that can be dry or normal in some areas and oily in others, like in the "T" zone of the forehead and nose.
  • Dermal Fillers - used to reverse the effects of aging by reducing or eliminating wrinkles and replacing soft-tissue loss.
  • Dry Skin - a skin type where the facial skin is dry.
  • Exfoliation - see Mask and Microdermabrasion and Skin Brushing
  • Facial - a pampering treatment which can be done at home or at a spa/salon.
  • Firming Creams - see Anti-Aging
  • Glycolic peels - Done at the Dermatologist's office, a solution of 30 - 70% glycolic acid is applied to the skin. Home kits are available which contain a lower concentration.
  • Mask - used for removing dead skin cells.
  • Massage - a rubbing or manipulation of the body which can aid to de-stress. It offers other health benefits as well.
  • Microdermabrasion - removes dead skin cells. Can be performed with the use of a home kit, or at a Dermatologist's office.
  • Moisturizer - a lotion or cream applied to the skin which keeps the water from evaporating from the skin.
  • Oily Skin - a skin type where the skin is oily.
  • Organic Body Products - are the "organic" products you're buying really organic? Here's how to tell.
  • Sensitive Skin - a skin type where the skin is very delicate and may react easily to certain products applied to it.
  • Shaving - method of hair removal with the use of a razor.
  • Shower Filter - removes chemicals like chlorine and other chemicals which can damage your hair and skin.
  • Skin Brushing - Once a week before a shower, dampen the skin - try organic Coconut Oil - and use a short, natural-bristle brush starting at your feet and working your way up using short, light strokes.
  • Spray Tan - also called Self Tanner. see also "Sunless Tan"
  • Sunless Tan - a great option for those with no time to lay out, or bake on a tanning bed.
  • Sunscreen - There's a great debate over sunscreen. Some say it's needed to block the sun's harmful rays and others swear the Vitamin D received from the sun prevents cancer, and that sunscreen actually causes cancer.
  • Toner - Commonly used after cleansing the face, can restore the pH balance to your skin. Often applied with a cotton ball.
  • Waxing - Hair removal on face and body with the use of wax.
  • Wrinkles - fine lines that show up on the face.

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