basic beauty terms you need to know
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Sometimes navigating beauty products is as difficult as navigating the K-beauty skincare routine. With the advent of a some kind of new gadget or formula every season, we decided to get back to the basics and go over what you’re getting yourself into when you look for a product to add to your regiment.

These basic beauty terms a great primer for knowing exactly what your beauty cabinet needs.

Basic Beauty Terms

Astringents: These tighten pores and firm up the skin temporarily by causing a mild inflammation of the skin surface. Common natural astringents include witch hazel, apple cider vinegar and rose water.

Clarifying lotions: These are gentle liquid exfoliants that contain antibacterial properties and help problematic and acneic skin. Typically has salicylic acid. They slough away dead skin cells and remove excess oil.

Emollients: These include creams, moisturizers and ointments meant to prevent skin from drying out. They soothe and soften the skin. Common emollients are beeswax and shea butter.

Emulsifiers: They bind ingredients that have a tendency to separate. You’ll commonly see them as some sort of sulfate.

Essence: Balances skin after cleansing and toning. It primes the skin to absorb serums better.

Exfoliants: Rids the skin of dead skin cells and stimulates blood flow. The exfoliant can be chemical or abrasive.

Humectants: Draws moisture from the air to the skin. They draw water molecules from the air and help seal moisture.

Moisturizers: They form a seal that prevents moisture from seeping out by coating the skin. They hold the water on the surface of the skin.

Serums: Products with a high concentration of active ingredients that penetrate deeper into the skin. Used before moisturizing.

Toners: Regulate and balance the skin’s oil glands. They remove excess dirt and balance the pH of the skin.

Nataliya Ogle


Nataliya Ogle likes making sure others live to their full potential. She publishes articles on her primary website and works as a freelance writer for other women's interest sites. Her physical body is in New York but her presence can almost always be found online. The internet is her first love.

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