Acetone is a clear and strong-smelling chemical found in nail polish, gel polish, and acrylic nail removers. Acetone essentially breaks down nail polish and other nail products to make removing them from your nail bed much easier to do.
Argan oil is an oil derived from the argan plant. It is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatories that work to improve your skin’s health.
It’s also found in many hair products because it helps trap moisture and keep your hair looking sleek and beautiful. Argan oil can even help to promote healthy hair growth.
Blending refers to the act of using a brush or sponge to remove any harsh lines of a powder or cream product on your skin. For example, if you have a harsh crease in your eyeshadow, you can use a brush to fluff the rough edges and make the look appear softer.
The term “broad-spectrum” refers to a beauty product’s ability to absorb and block both UVA and UVB rays. Broad-spectrum products vary in SPF levels, and the higher the SPF, the more protection the broad spectrum product provides.
Products that exfoliate your face and body remove your skin’s layer of built-up dead skin cells to give your skin a smoother, healthier look. Products can exfoliate either physically or chemically.
Chemical exfoliants loosen the bond between your skin and the dead cells and sedum. When you rinse off the chemical exfoliant, the dead cells come off with it.
Physical exfoliants are products like sugar scrubs or soap with a grit added, and they remove your dead skin cells by loosening them up with their coarse texture.
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring acid that’s used in serums and moisturizers. Scientists discovered that this acid could help your skin hold onto water and retain moisture, which helps your skin stay hydrated, heal any imperfections, and reduce inflammation.
The term “kickback” refers to the powder that spills onto your cheek or other parts of your face while applying makeup, most commonly eyeshadow that falls onto your cheekbone.
Lactic acid is a naturally occurring chemical that is an active ingredient in many facial serums and creams. Lactic acid exfoliates your skin and makes it feel smooth while also brightening your skin tone.
Micellar water is a gentle facial cleanser made of soap molecules suspended in water. Micellar water is great for people with sensitive skin. It’s good for removing makeup and natural oils, and it also can help even out your skin tone.
Parabens are the most commonly used artificial preservatives in skincare products. Parabens help lengthen the shelf life of a product and make it resistant to mold and bacteria growth.
Retinol is a vitamin A product found in many skincare serums and creams. Retinol stimulates the production of collagen in your skin, which not only helps make you look more rejuvenated but also reduces fine lines and wrinkles.
Salicylic acid is a common active ingredient in acne treatments. Salicylic acid helps to clean your skin of dead skin cells and natural oils to prevent acne from occurring.