6 June 2016
The beauty buzzwords you need to know
When it comes to the world of beauty, the latest trends and newest buzzwords may seem hard to keep up with – after all, they change so rapidly. There are some essential terms that you need to know though. Why? Nail these and you’ll enjoy flawless-looking skin for years to come.
Have you ever looked on the back of your product to find the word ‘actives’? This refers to the product’s main ingredients – the ones that are going to help solve your woe – whether you’re in need of a hydration boost, skin-firming or soothing.
AHA stands for ‘alpha hydroxy acid’ and BHA stands for ‘beta hydroxy acid’. Together, these ingredients work deep into your skin to exfoliate dead skin cells, leaving your skin smooth and soft.
The term ‘anti’ usually means ‘against’ something. In this case, products containing antioxidants protect against ageing and the factors that contribute to it, such as pollution, smoking, sun and stress.
- Glycolic Acid
Ideal for exfoliating your skin, glycolic acid is found in face wash and cleansers. This useful skincare ingredient keeps your complexion looking hydrated and your skin soft and smooth.
- Hyaluronic Acid
Often referred to as the ‘fountain of youth’, hyaluronic acid is found commonly in face creams and serums, and helps to keep your skin hydrated, plump and smooth. With age, our skin loses elasticity and can start to sag so this is a great anti-ageing ingredient to look out for.
If you’re prone to breakouts, look out for products which are non-comedogenic. This means that it won’t clog your pores, so you’re less likely to encounter spots, blackheads and whiteheads.
Used to help minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, peptides contain amino acids, which are great for anti-ageing.
- Vitamin A
Vitamin A is used to treat ageing skin as well as pigmentation. It’s also known as Retinol. Be careful when using products containing vitamin A though as they are strong and can have a negative effect on your skin if used too frequently. Apply at night time only, every other night.
- Vitamin C
Similarly to vitamin A, vitamin C provides protection against ageing. It also helps to brighten and rejuvenate a dull complexion. You’ll find it in creams and serums.
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