Skincare Product Glossary

Antioxidants

Nutrients, such as vitamins C and E, which neutralize free radicals and keep them from damaging skin cells.

Clay/Mud Mask

Rich with minerals, these masks clean oil and dirt from pores and leave skin soft and moisturized.

Exfoliation

The removal of dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. There are many methods of exfoliation, such as scrubs, chemicals, or lasers.

Free Radicals

Unstable oxygen molecules that damage skin cells and cause wrinkles. They occur naturally but also come from environmental toxins like cigarette smoke.

Micronized Zinc Oxide

Found in some sunscreens and moisturizers, this is an invisible form of zinc oxide that protects skin from UVA and UVB sun rays.

Retinol Cream

A derivative of vitamin A, which works as an antioxidant and helps diminish wrinkles.

Salicylic Acid

A beta-hydroxy acid that is used to clean oily skin and fight acne.

Shea Butter

Taken from the nut of the shea tree, this thick moisturizer penetrates and hydrates skin very well.

Soy-Based Products

Moisturizers or cleansers that have protein extracts from soybeans, which balance skin, brighten brown spots, and reduce fine lines.

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