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10 Skin Care Terms in Regular Use – But do we really understand them?

I recently gave a presentation to a group of ladies and, as part of my introduction, I was explaining some of the skin care terms that we hear mentioned regularly but may not fully understand and I thought this may be a good subject for a blog post.

Most of these terms have been generated by new skin care technologies are general skin care parlance and my understanding of them:

  • Free Radicals – Free radicals are incomplete molecules which attach themselves to our skin cells and “steal” an existing skin molecule to complete themselves. The depleted, existing, skin molecules then, in turn have to “steal” parts from other whole skin particles, causing a “chain reaction” of deterioration.
  • Anti Oxidant – a product that counteracts oxidization caused by free radicals.
  • Barrier – Our skin’s natural barrier is known as the lipid barrier and can be simply defined as the outer layer of your skin that keeps foreign materials out and keeps water in.
  • Brightening – A product that contains ingredients which reduce pigmentation and even out skin tone.
  • Cosmeceutical – A cosmetic product that has medicinal properties such as an anti-ageing cream.
  • CoffeeBerry – A PRIORI® skincare product which contains potent anti-oxidant properties and helps prevent cell damage, rejuvenate dry skin, even out skin tone, soften skin and reduce wrinkles. They are all natural. Idebenone – targets ageing at the cellular source. 
  • Mineral makeup – Make up generally made from natural minerals that have been crushed into a silky powder and are ideally formulated without preservatives, talc, oil, waxes, and fragrance.
  • Protection – A cosmetic product that contains a sunscreen e.g. SPF 30. Look for a good product that is recommended by the Skin Cancer Federation. Did you know that two 16-35 year olds are diagnosed with skin cancer every week in the UK. So it is so important to protect our skin every day.
  • UVA – Radiation that is in the ultraviolet spectrum that contributes to aging of the skin e.g. lights, computers screens, mobiles etc
  • UVB – Radiation that is in ultraviolet spectrum and is primarily responsible for sunburn, ageing of the skin, and the development of skin cancer.

I hope this post helps clarify some of the most popular skin care terms in constant use today, are there any skin care terms you do not understand? Why not post a comments (see below) and ask me for their definition?

Warmest regards 

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