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Beauty Glossary

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Beeswax: One of the oldest ingredients in cosmetic preparations, traditionally used as an emulsifier.

Benzoyl Peroxide: An antibacterial ingredient commonly used in acne treatments.

Bergamot: This is an antiseptic and bacterial growth-inhibitor known for its toning, antiseptic and deodorizing qualities.

Beta carotene: Orange colored plant pigments, used in the manufacture of vitamin A.

Beta hydroxy: An exfoliating agent with a smaller molecule size than the alpha hydroxy.

Beta-glucan: A new ingredient derived from yeast, reported to enhance the skin natural defense mechanisms.

Bioflavonoid: Plant derivative with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Usually derived from citrus fruit rinds.

Biotin: Part of vitamin B complex. Involved in the metabolism of fats, carbohydrates and proteins.

Blackheads: A term used to describe the skin's pores clogged by natural oils and impurities.

Botanical: Refers to products derived from plants.

Botox: Trade name for botulinum toxin. Used in tiny amounts, it can temporarily paralyze a muscle and reduce or eliminate wrinkles or frown lines without harm.

Bronzers: A synthetic preparation that causes the skin to darken or appeared tanned.

Buffer: A pH balanced cleansing solution that improves the look and feel of the skin leaving it shiny and more supple.

Burdock: A root extract with antibacterial properties. May also reduce inflammations such as rashes, redness, acne, eczema.


Butcher's Broom: Botanical extract used to improve circulation and reduce facial redness. Also believed to have anti-cellulite effects.

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