Beauty and Skincare Dictionary

ABHYANGA

A word meaning “oil massage” in Sanskrit.  Taila (special medicated oils) are used in Ayurveda along with massage strokes to aid in detoxification while balancing a person’s dosha.

ABS PLASTIC

A plastic used for artificial nail tips with the “virgin” type being the most crack-resistant.

ACAI

A highly nutritious and antioxidant-rich fruit from Brazil used in anti-aging treatments.

ACCELERATOR

A product that increases the tanning rate of the skin by providing the necessary ingredients for melanin production.  It works underneath the skin’s surface and is optimized by applying at least four hours before tanning or immediately after showering.

ACETAMIDE MEA

A water-soluble conditioning agent used to add shine.  It is compatible with anionic and nonanionic systems as opposed to quaternary surfactants, which are compatible with cationics only.

ACETIC ACID

An acid found in vinegar which is sometimes used for its caustic or astringent properties as in removing excess oil from the skin. Read more

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