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Natural Skin Glossary


Acid Mantle: the outer layer of your skin protects your from bacteria overgrowth because of the acid 

Actenic Keratosis: pre cancerous growth because of repeated sun exposure damage 

Albino:  A person who has no pigmentation in the eyes, hair, or skin 

Alkali: A materilal that is used to neutralize AHA 

Alopecia: hair loss that results in baldness typically in patches 

AHA’S Alpha Hydroxy Acids: Natural acids or enzymes that found in  acidic fruits, sugars and enzymes. AHAs include bromelain, pumpkin, papain, lactic acid, malic acid, citric acid, glycolic acid, and pyruvic acid. AHAs are gentle yet effective in removing dead skin cells from the stratum corneum (outside layer of skin) 

Anagen: The first phase of the hair cycle, when hair production takes place 

Anaphoresis: The process of liquids, water-based skin care products and or serums, are driven into the skin from the negative or positive pole of a galvanic current machine 

Aromatherapy: The use of essential oils in skin care treatments 

Ayurvedic: Ancient traditional skin treatments of India. It consist of natural herbs..neem and turmeric are some herbs used in skin care treatments 

Chemical Peels: An aggressive material that removes dead skin cells of the epidermis, improving skin on the stratum corneum (outside layer of skin). It is a step above a regular exfoliation treatment 

Clay: A natural clay from the earth to cleanse your skin from impurities 

Comedogenic: A product that creates excessive dead skin cells causing retention hyperkeratosis when applied to the skin over a period of time. This produces blackhead, whitehead, closed pores and skin malfunctions like acne overload 

Crenotherapy: Treatment that use mineral water, mud, and steam



Effluerage: A type of massage used in a facial treatment 

Exfoliation: A treatment that improves circulation while removing dead skin cells from face or body 

Extraction: A process in a facial treatment that removes sebum, bacteria, dead cells, and other debris from the facial pores 

Facial: An intense yet relaxing treatment of the face with cleansing, steam, exfoliation, extraction, massage, mask, peels followering up with non-comedogenic products 

Microdermabrasion: A machine used exfoliate the skin, reducing hyperpigmentation, and scarring and some wrinkles. This procedure has pre- and post-treatment care 

Oxygen Therapy: An oxygenated  facial therapy that infuses the skin with aromatherapies for therapeutic purposes 

Parrafin: Liquid wax used rehydrate the skin. Often the wax is infused with oils such as aromatherapy  and/or essential oils 

PH: The measurement of alkaline and acidity. Neutral pH is 7.0 (the pH of pure water). Substances with a pH of less than 7.0 are acids; the lower the pH, the stronger the acid. Substances with a pH higher than 7.0 are bases (alkaline); the higher the pH, the stronger the base. Healthy skin is naturally slightly acidic. Substances with a very high or low pH are irritating to the skin and may cause chemical burns without professional assistance 

Seaweed: Marine-based algae that fall into one of three main groups: green algae (Chlorophycota spp.), brown algae (Phaeophycota spp.), and red algae (Rhodophyta spp.). seaweed is great  in skin care products to firm the skin 

Skin Barrier: A protectant to prevent penetration of microorganisms and chemicals from  damaging tissue or entering the skin 

UVA rays ultraviolet: the aging rays… the sun penetrates deep into the skin than ultraviolet B rays and cause photosensitivity reactions 

UVB rays ultraviolet: the burning rays… are from the sun and the primary rays that are commonly known for skin damage and skin cancer 

Waxing: A hair removal procedure used with Warm wax that is applied any part of the skin. Once the wax is firm, it is pulled off, taking the hair with it. Leaving smooth soft skin without the presence of hair 

Whitehead: Milium also known as white pustile on top of skin