While researching skin care products and ingredients, I have come across several skin care terms I have not been too familiar with. You read and hear about them all the time but do you know what they mean?
Here are a few common skin care terms I have become familiar with:
Astringent: Used to remove skin surface oils and to temporarily help appearance of pores.
Antioxidant: Ingredient helps eliminate free radical attack.
Free Radicals: Environmental molecules that break down skin cell structure that helps cause skin to appear to age.
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.
Collagen – A protein that forms the chief constituent of the connective tissue and bones. It gives skin strength and durability. Age related declines in collagen production cause thinning of the skin, wrinkles, and sagging. Cosmeceuticals such as vitamin C and eating foods rich in amino acids stimulate collagen production.
Elastin – A protein component of skin that helps maintain skin resilience and elasticity. When elastin is abundant and undamaged, the skin regains its shape after being folded or stretched.
Antiseptic: A substance that stops the growth of bacteria
Comedogenic: Capable of triggering non-inflammatory acne lesion (comedones). A product and/or substance that promotes acne.
Comedone(open): Black Head
Comedone(closed): White Head
Cyst: A deep-seated mass filled with liquid or semisolid material (puss) and surrounded by a capsule.
Regenerative: Restores and revives tissue growth
Sebum – The semi fluid secretion of the sebaceous glands, consisting chiefly of fat, keratin, and cellular material. The oil naturally produced by ones skin to help protect it.
Antiseborrheic: A substance that controls the excessive secretion of sebum, and reduces oiliness of the face and greasy scalp, a condition that is most common in adolescents.
Acid Mantle: A protective oily layer on the skin’s surface which functions as a protectorate against environmental impurities and helps regulate moisture loss and water retention.
Antiseptic: A substance/property that stops the growth of bacteria.
Cicatrisant: Helps heal and fade wounds, scars from acne
Fungicide: Kills fungus
These are just the most common, check out the Sources/Links below for more Information and Terms: