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Beauty Buzz Words: What Do These Science-y Words Mean?

You've most likely come across these terms during your beauty shopping time online, and we can't blame you if it gets confusing from time to time. Lots of these terms are very scientific, and without proper knowledge, we can be doing our skin more harm than good. Time to get familiar with popular beauty terms like hyaluronic acid and retinol, for understanding these science-y terms is your next best beauty insider tip! 

 

 

RETINOL

Do your current skincare concerns include fine lines, wrinkles, pore size, uneven skin tone and texture? If you answered yes to any of those, then you may want to consider adding a retinol cream or serum to your routine. This skincare ingredient has been long touted as a skincare miracle as it can actually minimize fine lines, firm the skin and add radiance and luminosity into skin.


WE LOVE: Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Serum. At Rustan's

 

HYALURONIC ACID

Truth is, everyone looks great with hydrated skin. Lack of moisture is one of the main culprits of skin aging, which is why this ingredient is a must-have when it comes to repairing your skin’s moisture barrier. 


WE LOVE: Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Serum. At Rustan’s

 

PEPTIDES

Yes, your skin contains an abundance of collagen during your younger days, but the supply sadly decreases as you age, which is why you’ll likely want to introduce peptides to your skincare routine. Peptides boost collagen production and mimic the effect of Botox when applied topically.


WE LOVE: Celeteque Advanced Anti-Aging Facial Moisturizer SPF15. At Watson’s

 

ALPHA HYDROXY ACIDS (AHA)

AHAs are made up of tiny molecules of water-loving and water-soluble acids—preferred for sun-damaged, and dry skin. They are also good for clearing up hyperpigmentation, acne, and fine lines.

WE LOVE: CosRX AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid. At Beauty Bar

 

BETA HYDROXY ACID (BHA)

These chemical exfoliants are an oi-loving acid. It can penetrate deeply into pores, and helps to normalize the lining that contributes to acne.

WE LOVE: Clinique Acne Solutions Clarifying Lotion. At Power Plant Mall

 

CERAMIDES

In the skincare department, ceramides are used to replenish the natural lipids that your skin lost from exposure to harsh environmental factors. They restore moisture, fortify skin’s natural barrier, and helps protect it against harm from foreign elements.

WE LOVE: Elizabeth Arden Advanced Cermaide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum. At SM Makati

 

 

Buzzword do’s and don’ts

Learn the rules of mixing by heart to avoid sabotaging your skincare efforts!

DON’T MIX:

Exfoliators and Skin Brighteners

Exfoliation involves the removal of dead skin cells and when combined with skin-brightening products, you’re possibly going for an ingredient disaster. When used together, they can intensify the darkness, and increase photosensitivity which can irritate skin.

 

Retinoids and Ultraviolet (UV) Light

Some of the older retinoids are not stable in UV light, so that is one of the reasons why they were recommended to only be applied at night. It’s a no-no for day!

 

DO MIX:

Vitamins A, C & E

Remember to take your vitamins! These powerful antioxidants work together to create a wonderful effect on your complexion. Adding these three vitamins into your skincare routine would help to prevent collagen breakdown.

 

Moisturizer and SPF with Retinol/Retinoid

If you’re using a retinol/retinoid, moisturizing is a must! Retinoids can inherently irritate your skin, and moisturizers help to calm and hydrate the skin to combat that effect.

 

Lead photos via Into the Gloss