The GLOSSary

A

Actinic keratoses
Thick wart-like, rough, reddish patches of skin.

Alpha-hydroxy Acids
Amino acid found in sugar that helps give you glowing skin.
Powerful antioxidant that boosts skin’s radiance by neutralizing free radicals in the body.

B

Blepharoplasty
Eyelid reshaping surgery, blepharoplasty, is the 3rd most sought after cosmetic surgery in the United States.

Body Logic
A massage that uses 6 to 10 inch balls to stretch, massage, and loosen tense muscles throughout the body. The small balls are used to gently work out target wrinkle spots like brows, cheekbones, and eye sockets. It gets deep into these trouble areas to relax the tissue, stretch muscles, and even move bones.

Brazilian Keratin Treatment (aka BKT)
A stylist-administered treatment (a keratin solution) that is flat ironed into hair. It is not permanent. It leaves hair moisturized and glossy for six weeks to three months, just in case you don’t want to give up your curly roots for good.

C

Chemical Peel
There are several different types of chemical peels, ranging from light to deep peels. This procedure targets the upper layers of the epidermis, eliminating fine lines, light sun damage, enlarged pores and hyperpigmentation.

D

Diastolic
The amount of pressure that blood creates on arteries when the heart relaxes.

G

Gel Manicures and Pedicures
Upgraded manis and pedis that last up to three weeks, yes three weeks. It goes on like polish instead of the old school treatments that required tons of buffing and filing. It sets under a UV lamp, and dries in a snap.

H

Halal Makeup
Makeup that is completely free from alcohol and animal products.

J

Jojoba Oil
The liquid wax produced in the seed of the jojoba plant, a shrub native to southern Arizona, southern California, and northwestern Mexico.

L

L-Theanine
A key amino acid found in green tea

M

Malic Acid
A natural humectant and antioxidant extracted from apples, that pulls moisture out of the deeper layers of skin to hydrate the top layers without leaving a greasy residue.

Melanoma
The most serious type of skin cancer.

Melatonin
A naturally occurring compound in the human body that helps to regulate the sleep/wake cycle as well as antioxidants and the traditional calming herbs chamomile and lavender.

Menthol
A counterirritant that causes the skin to feel cool and then warm.

Methylchloroisothiazolinone / Methylisothiazolinone
A potentially harmful preservative found in wet wipes.

Microdermabrasion
A treatment used to eliminate the outer layer of dead skin coating the epidermis with patients in the early stages of aging. In addition to improving skin texture and pore size, the procedure has been proven to reduce mild acne scarring.

MicroLaser Peel
This skin treatment is more invasive, penetrating the full epidermal layer to remove the out-most layers of the skin. Used for winkles, scars, overall sun damage and some pre-cancerous lesions, this procedure does contain a downtown of several days. Doctors may opt to use a topical anesthetic before the procedure.

Morroccan oil
The argan oil-based strand saver tames frizzies, boosts shine and conditions locks from the inside out. Rich in antioxidants, proteins, and vitamins, the emollient easily absorbs into wet or dry hair to increase elasticity.

O

Ombre
Trend in hair coloring where the roots are diffused to a lighter color towards the ends.

P

Parabens
Parabens are an additive in many beauty products such as lotions, lipsticks, shampoos, and scrubs, used to prevent bacteria growth. As much as 85 percent of cosmetics have them.
Are they harmful? Newer variations of the ingredient have raised red flags amongst manufacturers and medical researchers. The concern is that once absorbed into the skin, parabens are said to mimic estrogen in the body and “estrogen disruption” has been linked to breast cancer and reproductive issues.
Reason to worry? The jury is still out, but in general the amount of parabens in most product is very small. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the World Health Organization consider the chemicals safe at low levels.
What to look for: If you’re concerned, look at ingredient labels for additives ending with the word “paraben” such as methylparaben, ethylparaben, and propylparaben. Tons of brands have reformulated their products and have eliminated these ingredients, so it makes weeding out the potential hazard even easier.

Probiotics
What are they? The microorganisms (aka good bacteria) that give breast milk its nearly super human power is now said to be an essential part of beauty and health routines. Word is that it can help illuminate skin, boost immunity, and banish bad breath, amongst other things. Since we clearly don’t plan on incorporating breast milk into our diets anytime soon, here’s the scoop on how you can take advantage of its beauty-boosting benefits.
What can they do for you? Probiotics mainly help with digestion, and we all know that when things are on track inside, the results show in our skin, weight, and hair. Not to mention, we smile more because we’re, well, happier campers. Adding foods rich in probiotics can naturally decrease bloating in the belly, help digest carbs, and brighten skin.
Where can you find them? Look for probiotics in yogurt, fermented and unfermented milk, miso, and soy beverages. There are also probiotic supplements, but since many of these are fairly new, the safer bet may be adding more foods with them to your diet.

ProFractional Laser
This deep resurfacing treatment produces holes deep into the dermis layers to inspire collagen renewal to create new, healthier tissue. Since this procedure is essential creating microscopic “wounds” in the skin, swelling and redness are common side effects.

Protein Peptide
Found in some nail polishes to help strengthen flimsy nails.

R

Retinol and Retinoic Acid
Once upon a time there was a man named Retinoid who had fraternal twins named Retinol and Retinoic Acid (nickname: Retin-A). Retinol and Retin-A had similar life goals: to make women around the world look younger by smoothing out their fine lines and wrinkles. But since the twins had very distinct personalities, they approached anti-aging differently. Retinol made its home in drugstores and department stores, while Retin-A could be found hanging out in dermatologists’ offices. Retinol took its time making women’s skin glow. Retin-A was a faster worker that provided results quickly, but with more side effects like peeling. In the end, both siblings—Retinol and Retin-A—achieved their life goals. And Retinoid was a proud papa.

S

Squalene
Helps seal the cuticle to protect hair from flat iron heat, leaving locks looking beautiful, healthy and vibrant.

Stem Cell Facelift
Injecting the patient’s own stem cell growth factors into and under the facial skin—in hopes of creating a younger, healthier glow.

Sterolins
Specific protein that has been shown to help repair age spots, scars and sun damage.

Systolic
The amount of pressure that blood creates on arteries when the heart tenses.

V

Vatooing
After you get a bikini wax, a trained technician applies a stencil in the design of your choice. Some popular picks:  your beau’s initials, flowers, and butterflies. After the stencil is applied, the technician applies temporary (thank goodness!) airbrush tattoo ink directly to the area.

Valerian
The root of a flowering plant that has been used as a traditional sleeping remedy since ancient Roman times.

Y

Ylang Ylang
A super-aromatic plant that is historically known to assist in all of the following:
Depression: It has an uplifting effect on mood and is said to relax the body and soul.
Eczema: Ylang Ylang can be beneficial in curing inflammation and  peeling of the skin.
Sex Drive: The essential oil can really up the ante in the bedroom.
Insomnia: This oil calms nervous afflictions caused by stress, anger and anxiety.

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