Cosmetic and beauty care index

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Means body and beauty care which uses certain substances to cleanse, stabilize, revitalize and deodorize/perfume the skin, nails and hair. It should not just improve appearance but also enhance general wellbeing and express a certain social prestige. There is documentary evidence that personal care originated in Ancient Egypt.

Is an ageing process in the skin determined by external factors and is produced by, for instance, UV light or an unhealthy lifestyle.

Is a scent with 15 to 30 per cent perfume oil. Sometimes the concentration is even higher. Because of its precious oil it is the highest-value perfume product.

These preparations generally contain small, non sharp-edged, natural or synthetic granules. They are available as creams, emulsions, gels or masks.

Is a long-lasting cosmetic enhancement of, for instance, the lip contours and eyebrows, or an eyeliner. Permanent make-up is applied to the uppermost layer of skin by means of fine needles and it lasts for about two to five years.

The pH states whether something is acid, alkaline or neutral. Its scale ranges from 0 to 14. The higher the pH, the more alkaline it is; the lower, the more acid. A substance with a pH of 7 is neutral. For instance, the acid mantle makes human skin acidic. To restore this after cleansing, appropriate care substances should be used, because the acid mantle inhibits bacterial growth on the skin.

Are used before tanning. That means that they are products which prepare the skin for sunrays, by, for instance, stimulating the formation of pigment.

Is a lotion which cleanses and purifies greasy and combination skin. It removes particles of dirt and sebum and has an especially intensive cleansing effect on the pores.

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Care products for the face or body, containing highly concentrated active ingredients, for demanding and usually more mature skin.