Hey my little Brushaflies and welcome back to my blog, Brushafly Mua 🦋 Today’s blog post is a discussion on Cosmetic terminology that is good or useful to know, especially if you are starting out on your makeup or skincare journey. Some of the language to many might sound like mumbo Jumbo and sound mega confusing, but with a little explanation they can become easy to know and understand.
In the beauty realm of makeup and beauty there is a vast spectrum of words, here are the ones I feel are most useful to know:
- Cosmetic – A cosmetic is a product applied to the skin of the face and or body and are mostly used to enhance its appearance. Examples – Mascara, lipstick, foundations, concealers… A cosmetic can also be sold to us as a treatment which uses products or tools which again are used to help improve or enhance someone’s appearance. Examples – Face lift, nose job, boob job…
- Skincare – This is the way in which you use products to look after your skin. Examples – exfoliaters, cleansers, toners, moisturisers, sugar scrubs, face masks…
- Toiletries – These are considered the products you will most likely find in your bathrooms at home and are usually great for bathroom shelfies especially if the packaging is cute (although skincare is also great for bathroom shelfies) Examples – shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toothpaste…
- Hypo-allergenic – This is considered a product which is relatively unlikely to cause an allergic reaction. This is not 100% true for everyone though. But these types of products tend to have less allergy causing ingredients but they could still have some.
- Dermatologically tested – This means a product has been reviewed by a Dermatologist which is a skin doctor.
- Natural – Not the best word in beauty because anyone can claim their products are natural even when they are NOT! Some cosmetic products can have naturally derived ingredients but they could have been processed highly within an inch of their life and therefore potentially be harmful to your skin and not good for it.
- Organic – This one is a much better word to see on product packaging as there is a law surrounding it. Organic ingredients in beauty means products using organically farmed and sourced ingredients. Organically farmed ingredients mean that they must be grown without chemicals, pesticides and herbicides.
- Certified Organic – Even better than just organic because it means they have been certified and officially recognised as meeting organic standards.
- Extract of – This means there is a small amount or extract of a certain ingredient in it. Examples – plants. Some companies do put the smallest amount in their products so they can label it as having it in. But usually you can see how much is in a product by reading the ingredient list. Usually the list starts with the most amount of a product and goes down to the least amount of a product.
- Derived from – This one is a little harder to understand so pay attention! So you might have a shampoo and think great, it has an ingredient in it derived from plant X, but then these companies process it, turn it into a detergent come chemical and use it in the shampoo… As you can see, not as desirable as you might think.
- Anti-aging – You can in no way turn back time or change the effects of aging (unless you have surgery maybe) but some products may have more ingredients in that are great for your skin, are good at re-plumping it and hydrating it so it looks and feels better. Which can be considered Anti-aging. Hyaluronic acid is a super great ingredient for this!
- Younger looking skin – This can mean different things to different people. For me it means ‘skin I had when I was younger’ but to others they might think of baby soft and baby smooth skin. Once again hard to achieve because you cannot turn back time and everyone has different skin types which don’t all play the same. But with certain products you can achieve some results which do make your skin feel and look better and somewhat younger.
I hope this has helped you to understand the makeup and beauty terminology and words and that you can now understand your products a bit more.
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