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Glossary

GLOSSARY

TREATMENTS:


ADD SHINE:

The key to healthy, shiny hair is a good blow-dry using a round boar bristle brush to smooth cuticles, section by section. Shine products can be effective but use sparingly, to avoid looking too greasy.


ANTI-AGING:

Combat inflammation - Free Radical damage - with Antioxidants and anti-inflammatory fats (Omega 3) and look for peptides, retinol (vitamin A), glycolic, collagen and SPF as a preventative measure against future aging.


EXFOLIATING:

Removes dead skin cells revealing more radiant skin below and aiding penetration of anti-ageing and protecting serums. Can be chemical using AHAs/BHAs or Glycols, or with beads or granules.


FIRMING/SCULPTING:

Skin firming/sculpting relates to muscle tone and bone density. Eat a protein-rich diet and apply a topical DMAE (a precursor to Acetyl Choline which tightens the muscles) to help sculpt the face.


ILLUMINATING:

Clean, buff and moisturize your face, as nourished skin illuminates naturally from under make-up. Prime the skin, use light foundations or tinted moisturizers and highlight with shimmer products.


MOISTURISING:

There are two main types of moisturizers: humectants which attract water to the cells and occlusive that form a protective barrier preventing loss of water from the skin's surface.


PLUMPING:

Plumping skin makes it look more radiant, youthful and fresh. Massage skin in small circular movements to increase blood flow, pump oxygen into the blood, boost collagen production and remove toxins.


REPAIRING:

Rough skin is caused by a build-up of keratinized cells, sun-damage, dirt, or excessive use of self-tan. Exfoliate to the smooth skin using products with a base of AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid), Glycolic Acid or fruit acid.


HAIR TYPE:


COLORED/TREATED

Invest in the best professional products specifically designed for colored/treated hair to keep the color glossy. Try to avoid products containing alcohol as it really strips color from hair. 


FINE/FLYAWAY

People often mistake flyaway hair for frizz, using oil-based products that are far too heavy for fine hair. Try cream-based products and trim hair every 6-8 weeks, to keep ends looking neat and thicker.


THICK/COARSE

Control thick hair with straighteners, after which it should stay put because the texture keeps its shape. Try Vitamin-enriched shampoo and conditioner designed for thick hair to leave it silky smooth.


CURLY

Curly hair is usually strong but coarse and often lacks shine. Use rich moisture-enhancing products to avoid frizz and dry ends. De-humidifying, intensive conditioning can help tame and define curls.


AFRO

Afro hair is delicate, especially when wet, chemically relaxed or straightened. Avoid over-washing hair and use moisturizing shampoos and deep conditioners, hot oil treatments and a boar bristle brush to stimulate the scalp.


MATURE

Hair can become drier and coarser with age so it is best to use a deeper conditioner before drying hair to soften it. Styling can be more difficult to experiment with different styling products to keep hair in place.


BLONDE

Red hair can be more porous and needs extra conditioning and brightening to counteract the natural darkening process. Use moisturizing shampoos and conditioners with SPF to protect against sun damage


BROWN

Usually shiny, giving the illusion of warmth and richness. For treated brunette, choose a warm undertone to accentuate shine; use color-specific shampoo and conditioner with added pigment.


BLACK

Often thicker and coarser than others and benefits from richer, creamier, moisture-based products. Avoid drying alcohol-based products and use a paddle brush to avoid ripping tangles.


COMPLEXION:


PALE

Blemishes and irregularities show up more on pale skin so keep it buffed and polished. Don't go too matt, pump up your skin's energy with shimmer and luminosity and play up your eyes and lips.

MEDIUM

Retains youthfulness but prone to oiliness, spots, and pigmentation. Choose gentle cleansers, light moisturizers with SPF 20, oil-free makeup and gold, bronze and green colors.


DARK

Dark skin is prone to pigmentation and dark circles. Oil-free foundations with more of a red pigment are good for black skin, more yellow for Asian. Choose bright, intense colors but avoid pastels.


SKIN TYPE:


SENSITIVE

Use gentle milk cleansers and moisturizers with calming ingredients eg. Aloe and Chamomile to avoid aggravation. Drink water to keep skin hydrated, and touch skin minimally.


DRY

Skin lacks oil, leading to wrinkles and fine lines. Prevent premature aging with rich moisturizers, eat foods high in Omega-3 oils, avoid overexposure to sun and wind and exfoliate regularly.


OILY

Indicates an excess of bodily heat. Skin gets clogged more easily which causes black/whiteheads and enlarged pores. Touch skin with clean hands and gently exfoliate to remove dead cells.


MATURE

Intrinsic aging is irreversible but extrinsic aging can be slowed by protecting skin against UV damage, taking antioxidant-rich Vitamins A, C, E and Bioflavonoids, and not smoking.


NORMAL/COMBINATION

Oily T-Zone with drier cheek and eye areas. Benefits from deep cleansing, clay masks, hydrating and firming products and treatments, with more moisturizing needed in colder months.


CONTAINS:


OMEGAS

Omegas, including Linoleic Acid, are powerful anti-inflammatory essential fatty acids and a key component of sebum. Consume and apply Omega oils topically to prevent acne and other skin problems.


VITAMIN A/RETINOL

Retinol is the alcohol form of Vitamin A, an anti-aging vitamin. It has an exfoliating effect but can cause slight irritation on sensitive skin so should be used with sunscreens to avoid hyperpigmentation. 


PEPTIDES

Naturally occurring elements that prevent and repair damage from internal and external free radicals. Vitamins A, C, E, Selenium, and Coenzyme Q10 are exceptional Antioxidants.


SPF

Protects skin from (UVA/UVB) sun rays, which causes wrinkles, pigmentation, brown spots, and Melanomas (cancer). The higher the factor the better but covering up is the best protection.


BOTANICAL INGREDIENTS

Chemicals can be effective for skin maintenance but can have adverse effects. Herbs and other plants offer excellent natural healing properties, especially when blended together, without side effects. 


ALPHA HYDROXY ACID

Derived from fruit or milk sugars, Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) help reduce wrinkles, spots, and other signs of aging and sun-damage. Build up tolerance gradually and use with SPF to prevent sun sensitivity.


ALPHA LIPOIC ACID

A universal (water and fat-soluble) antioxidant that boosts cells' energy production, regulates glucose levels and prevents AGEs (Advanced Glycation End-products) that can cause wrinkles.


GLYCOLIC ACID

An organic acid used to break bonds in the epidermis to gently 'dissolve' the dead skins and improve tone and texture. It reduces wrinkles, acne scarring, and hyperpigmentation.


VITAMIN C

Effective skin brightener, Antioxidant, and exfoliant. Water-soluble forms, such as Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, effectively target pigmentation and fight free-radical damage.


OXYGEN

Crucial for allowing the skin to breathe and retain its youthful appearance. A lack of oxygen through the capillaries of the subcutaneous area of the epidermis can result in premature skin aging.


SALICYLIC ACID

Salicylic Acid (Beta Hydroxy Acid) is an exfoliant; helps remove dead skin cells to prevent blackheads and blemishes. Use all acids moderately and keep skin properly hydrated.


VITAMIN E

Applied topically, Vitamin E (Tocopherol) helps protect skin from sun damage. This powerful Antioxidant can also improve the effectiveness of other topical sun protectants.


HYALURONIC ACID

Natural complex sugar found in sub-skin connective tissue, which retains water, therefore moisturizing and expands skin volume to create a plumper appearance, as well as helping transport nutrients to skin cells.


SPF NATURAL

Usually Titanium Dioxide or Zinc Oxide, which naturally protect from aging UVA/UVB rays by both degrading radiations into heat and reflecting it from the skin. Good chemical-free protection.


VITAMIN K

Applied topically, Vitamin K (Phytonadione) helps calm redness and irritation from conditions such as Rosacea and broken capillaries. Also reduces the appearance of dark circles.


ENZYMES

Essential for proper skin function, enzymes improve circulation of nutrients to the skin, as well as exfoliating dead cells, making them essential for older skin in particular.


DOES NOT CONTAIN:


PARABENS

Compounds widely used as anti-microbial preservatives. Adverse effects are inconclusive but parabens are thought to worsen Oestrogen dominance and have been found in breast tumor biopsies.


ARTIFICIAL FRAGRANCE

Due to cost, stability or unavailability of natural fragrance, most commercial fragrances use chemical equivalents. Long-term effects of mixing such chemicals still unknown.


ANIMAL BY-PRODUCTS

Often cheaper than vegetable equivalents, these are used in some cosmetics, although not always identified eg. Allantoin (Uric acid from cows), Beeswax and Boar bristles.


TALC

Mineral milled for cosmetics with a very similar chemical makeup to carcinogenic Asbestos. Cosmetic-grade Talc remains unregulated but particles have been found in cancerous tumors.


PETROCHEMICALS

Synthetic products of chemically processed petroleum, these are unnecessary additives and can be effectively replaced by natural oils of excellent quality and great skin compatibility. 


SULFATES

Foaming agents found in industrial cleaning products as well as cosmetics, usually known by acronyms eg. SLS and SLES. Irritants believed to denature proteins and therefore degenerate cell membranes.


FORMALDEHYDE

A carcinogen used in some cosmetics released by some preservatives, including Imidazonyl Urea, upon contact with the skin.


MINERAL OIL

A by-product of petroleum used in many cleansers and creams. Coats skin like plastic, clogging pores. Interferes with skin's ability to eliminate toxins and slows down cell regeneration.


SPECIFIC CONCERNS:


PHTHALATES

Synthetic chemicals (DEP, DEHP, DBP) used in some fragrances. They are not always listed so hard to avoid but tests have found links with reproductive damage.


ROSACEA

A chronic disorder affecting the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead. The redness worsens with age and visible blood vessels may appear exacerbated by stimulants, environmental pollutants, and stress.


CELLULITE

When skin collagen fibers harden, the fat, water and toxins held below it can protrude, causing an orange peel effect. Best prevented by exercising, improving diet, and addressing hormonal problems.


STRETCHMARKS

Broken, dilated connective tissue fibers caused by weight gain/loss. Creams can be used to prevent/fade stretch-marks while CarboxyTherapy can help shrink them.


AGE SPOTS

Usually, harmless spots caused by sun exposure. Fade creams, laser removal, and freezing treatments can reduce them but prevention is better than cure so always use SPF.


ACNE/SPOTS

90% of breakouts reflect dehydration and 10% hormonal disharmony. Oil glands overact to combat the imbalance and skin over-hydrates, clogging the sebaceous glands.


DARK CIRCLES

Usually hereditary but sleep deprivation and Internal imbalances can cause coloration too; brown tinges indicate digestive problems, while blue indicates adrenal overload and poor circulation.


FINE LINES/WRINKLES

Caused by thickening of the dermis and dehydration of the epidermis. Crow's feet, worry, and frown lines are caused by muscle use, while drooping is caused by gravity, and a loss of fat and collagen.


DEEP WRINKLES

Tissue folds, caused by frequent muscle use, that form a trough in conjunction with a breakdown in Collagen and Elastin support. Peptides can help smooth and sometimes peels are beneficial.


BLACKHEADS

Clogged sebum, dirt and makeup oxidizes in pores, turning dark and forming blackheads. Treat with oil cleansers or steam-cleaning facials to dissolve plugs without damaging the skin.


DANDRUFF

Dry/itchy/flaky scalp and dandruff can be caused by stress. Try an in-salon treatment or hypoallergenic shampoo formulated with AHA, to calm a sensitive scalp and loosen the build-up of skin.


URBAN/HIGH POLLUTION

Combat pollutants and free radicals with a pH-balanced moisturizer, rich in Antioxidants and Pentapeptides, to regenerate dull skin. Use a pore-scrubbing cleanser to dissolve grime.


RURAL/ROUGH ELEMENTS

Treat dehydration, dryness, sensitivity and broken capillaries with a thick moisturizer containing Calendula and Vitamin C; avoid harsh exfoliants, alcohol-based toners, and fragrant plant extracts.


PARTY LIFESTYLE

Late-night parties take their toll on skin: smoking destroys Vitamin C, while alcohol depletes Vitamin B. Fight free-radical overload with powerful Antioxidants and vitamins internally and topically.


VISIBLE PORES

Enlarged pores are caused by congested skin that is blocked by a combination of excess sebum and dead cells. To reduce them exfoliate regularly using a Glycolic peel and/or mineral detox mask.


SEVENTY +

Skin is increasingly susceptible to sun damage so wear protective clothing at all times. Extrinsic aging can also be slowed by taking Antioxidant-rich Vitamins A, C, E, and Bioflavonoids.


HYPERPIGMENTATION

Patches of skin darken when excess Melanin forms deposits; caused by sun damage, or hormonal changes, such as pregnancy.


AGE RANGE:


TEENS

The worst of the teenage spots should be disappearing and your skin is plump and glowing. Investing time in your skin and moisturizing with SPF15 will pay dividends as you age.


TWENTIES

The worst of the teenage spots should be disappearing and your skin is plump and glowing. Investing time in your skin and moisturizing with SPF15 will pay dividends as you age.


THIRTIES

The payback years: sun-damage, partying and general life start to show as pigmentation, lines, and slackening. Combat with anti-aging products containing Vit A, Peptides and Antioxidants.


FORTIES

Hormonal changes can reduce elasticity, cause age spots and deepen wrinkles. Exfoliate regularly to renew cells, use rich moisturizers to plump up the skin and up your intake of Antioxidants.


FIFTIES

Skin becomes thin and fragile and retains less moisture. Products with Green Tea, Zinc, and Vit C can reduce skin flare-ups; topical CoQ10 protects skin and dramatically reduces wrinkles.


SIXTIES

After menopause, Oestrogen levels decline to make skin drier, thinner and more prone to fine lines, wrinkles, sagging. Acne breakouts and facial hair growth are possible, too.


SEVENTY +

Skin is increasingly susceptible to sun damage so wear protective clothing at all times. Extrinsic aging can also be slowed by taking Antioxidant-rich Vitamins A, C, E, and Bioflavonoids.