Cosmetic and beauty care index

D

From the Latin "decoratio": emphasizing beauty. Today we distinguish between personal care products and decorative cosmetics. All decorative care products/cosmetics change the colour of the face, the area around the eyes, the lips and the nails. Examples are tinted creams and foundation, mascara, eyeshadow, lipstick or blusher.

Is a make-up remover available in liquid or pad form.

As distinct from epilation, which is a mechanical method of removing body hair together with its root, depilation is the use of shaving or chemicals to remove only the visible part of the hair. Depilatory preparations for body hair are available as creams, gel or foam.

E

Bind together substances which cannot be mixed in their original state (such as water and oil).

Control all the biochemical processes in the skin, for example the repair mechanisms, age-related breakdown of collagen and elastin. Cosmetic and beauty products exploit this by intervening in enzymatic processes to regulate them. For example, they can reinforce the enzymes which activate collagen construction and at the same time inhibit the enzymes responsible for its breakdown.

Epilation is a procedure to remove body hair, in which the hair is removed together with its root.

The human skin has pores of various sizes. Sebum, dust and bacteria tend to accumulate in large pores and there is also the problem that large pores easily give the visual impression of an irregular skin structure. Thorough and targeted cleansing is therefore very important with large pores, to prevent accumulations of sebum and inflammation which can extend the pore margins even further.

Are problems which stress or damage the skin, like wind, weather, cold, heat or sun, and also free radicals. To protect and care for the skin, special care products adapted to one’s skin type are needed.

F

Are liquid make-up concentrates on a water basis, which are quick-acting.

"Free radicals" are short-lived intermediate products of metabolism, which have an extremely reactive effect. They can cause cell damage in the body. These oxygen radicals are formed from internal metabolic processes or by the introduction of chemical substances foreign to the body, such as medicines, tobacco smoke, UV rays, X-radiation and certain toxins. When oxygen forms free radicals, this affects the ageing process and also the course of various illnesses. Vitamins A and C should be supplied to the skin to protect it. To some extent, the body actually needs free radicals, for instance in the immune system to fight foreign micro-organisms.

Is a special way of varnishing the fingernails. The edges which extend beyond the skin (nail-bed) are varnished white to enhance them. The rest of the nail is covered in pink or clear varnish.