A Guide to the Beauty Galaxy
Nail Care Tips for
Your Manicure Marathon
Nail Care Tips for Your Manicure Marathon
An essential glossary for your skincare vanity table
How to make your nail unstoppable
for all the nail designs you want
How to make your nail unstoppable for all the nail designs you want
BY Vanessa Han ㆍ DECEMBER 04, 2020
Knowledge is power VS. Ignorance is bliss, which one should be? Although life is never about a black and white fallacy, when it comes to a beauty routine, it is definitely the former. Countless beauty products are released every season, and we as consumers don’t have forever to try them all. To help you with some useful tips to navigate you through the ever-expanding galaxy of beauty items, VANITY TABLE put together a glossary as a guide to help your way. From A to Z we have selected essential concepts that’ll come in handy for your skincare in the glossary below.
Also referred to as the sweet flag, acorus calamus is a flowering plant usually found in wetland. It has a disinfecting effect, smoothes skin, cools down scalps and reduces hair losses by strengthening bulbs. In Asian countries, acorus calamus has been widely used as a hair care treatment, or as medicines.
The building blocks of proteins such as keratin and collagen which builds up your hair and skin. It play vital role in skin rejuvenation as skin cell turnover is enhanced by amino acids, but external factors such as UV light can reduce the level of amino acids in the body. Essential amino acids cannot be made from the body, so it's vital to consume them through foods.
Antioxidants protect cells from oxidative stress, thus reduces free-radical damage to the skin. In short, they are powerful anti-aging agents that fight against collagen breakdown and sun damage. Most well known examples of antioxidants include Vitamin C and E.
Argan oil is a strong moisturizing agent that is not too heavy nor too light, and thus is perfect for all types of skins. It is most commonly used in hair products to increase hair elasticity and provide smooth texture. Packed with omega fatty acids and vitamin E, it is also a great nourishing face oil as well.
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Also known as vitamin B7,it's a type of vitamin that helps improve the structure of keratin, which is a protein that builds your hair and nail. Found in hair products, products containing biotin may increase hair elasticity and reduce hair breakage.
Known as 'Tsubaki'(Yes, just like the popular Japanese shampoo brand), Camelia is an excellent source of antioxidants, vitamins, and Omega-6 fatty acids that keeps your hair smooth and ease dry scalp and itchiness. When applied on the face it acts as a fast-absorbing moisturizer to promote skin elasticity.
Also called as tiger grass, centella asiatica recently gained popularity with its skin hydrating properties within K-beauty brands. Traditionally known as its wound-healing property, Centella Asiatica boosts antioxidant activity and can help revitalize skin's protective barrier, prevent scarring and future blemishes.
Collagen is a protein that acts as a building block of your skin, bones, teeth, tendons, and ligament. It's fiber gives skin firmness and elasticity. The production of collagen decreases leads to wrinkling and dryness, and it generally happens as a person ages, but some chemicals such as retinol and peptides may boost its production, acting as an anti-aging agent.
EWG Grade is a rating by Environmental Working Group(EWG). EWG analyzes and rates individual ingredients according to their toxicity from scale of 1 to 10. In order for a product to score 'green', the products cannot contain any ingredients on EWG's 'Unacceptable' list, which are ingredients with health, ecotoxicity and/or contamination concerns.
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Green tea provides anti-inflammatory properties that can help with skin irritation and redness. It is rich with plant polyphenol, which improves immunity and fights free radicals as well. Very popular with dermatological use, green tea is also beneficial for your hair. Not only it soothes your scalp(which is also your skin), tea polyphenols are known to stimulate cell turnover as well.
Called as sea buckthorn, hippophae rhamnoides is a rich source of fatty acids such as omega -3, -6, which helps you keep your skin firm and lifted. It is also rich in vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant.
Known as fish mint, chameleon plant or heart leaf, the plant's anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial property is a great remedy for skin troubles such as blemish and acnes. Houttuynia Cordata extract can also work as an effectively deep cleanse of your pores and regulate excess sebum.
HA is a sugar found naturally in our skins that can retain moisture of your skin. Known to be able to hold 1,000 times its weight in water, it can help reduce the visibility of facial wrinkles and obviously, keep your skin hydrated, leaving your skin glowy.
Found in many hair products, keratin is a fibrous structural protein of hair and nail. Usually used in a salon hair treatment, keratin smooths down the cells that form your hair strands, giving your hair a glossy, smooth texture. It may also make your hair less frizzy, even straighter.
Lavender oil is rich with antioxidants and benefits your skin in various ways. It may lighten your skin, alleviate skin troubles like acne, and work as an anti-wrinkle agent as well.
Derived from herbs such as peppermint and eucalyptus, menthol can provide a cooling effect when applied topically. Although menthol may cause minor irritation in some cases, it is a very popular ingredient for scalp products. Menthol is thought to help hair growth by stimulating blood circulation in the scalp, which leads to enhanced hair growth.
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Oat extract contains antioxidant properties, and thus used to ease irritation. Colloidal oatmeal in particular, can help moisturize dry skin and help maintain the natural pH balance of your skin.
Panthenol is a chemical substance made from vitamin B-5, and widely used as ingredients of moisturizer. It may help you skin with building barriers against irritation and dryness.
Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract
Pea extract is beneficial for both your skin and hair. It may provide nourishment and antioxidants to strengthen the roots of your hair. It also provides an anti-aging effect as pisum sativum may protect collagen and elastin in your skin from damaging effects as well.
By far one of the most popular anti-aging ingredients in cosmetic products. Peptides are short chains of amino acids, which is the building blocks of protein. When applied topically, peptide stimulates collagen production and thus helps reduce the appearance of facial lines. Peptides are also considered to stimulate hair growth at the follicle.
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Made from vitamin A, retinol is a powerful anti-aging agent that stimulates skin cell's turnover rate and help increase collagen production. It prevents wrinkle formulation and soothes out already existing facial lines. Retinol is also known for its skin lightening effect as it helps face dark spots and hyperpigmentation on your face. In order to avoid irritation, it is important to use appropriate amounts at a time, and not too often.
Rose water has been used as a beauty hack for thousands of years, and indeed it has powerful antiseptic properties that may help soothe irritated skins. When applied topically rose water may also help reduce wrinkle and keep your skin hydrated.
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Salicylic Acid is a Beta Hydroxy Acid(BHA), which is widely used to treat oily and blemished skin. Often recommended by dermatologists to help eradicate emerging blemishes and skin trouble, salicylic acid effectively removes excess oil and dead cells.
Tea tree oil is made from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, a type of tree native to Australia. Although it is known as a tea tree, the tree is different from trees that produce drinkable teas-black, green and oolong. Tea tree oil has a very powerful antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, and thus widely used as treatment for acne and scalp treatment. When using tea tree oil, avoid applying it around the eye, and make sure you dilute tea tree oil before use.
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Vitamin A is an essential nutrient for your skin and immune system. It has two types - retinoids and carotenoids - and both types are converted to retinol in our body. Vitamin A helps speed up the healing process and help maintenance of dermis and epidermis, which are the top two layers of skin. Topical application of retinoids(retinol) stimulates collagen production, thereby helping reduce wrinkles, while even your skin tone by fading dark spots as well.
Also an effective skin lightening agent, and the most popular type of vitamin B for your skin are niacin(B3), panthenol(B5), biotin(B7). In general, Vitamin B helps enhance skin's repair cycle and stimulate collagen production.
Vitamin C is a very potent antioxidant and most popularly used as skin-lightening and anti-aging ingredients in cosmetic formula. It inhibits melanin production in the skin, which prevents and treats dark spots and hyperpigmentation. Keep your vitamin C products away from light and seal the container tightly after use, as it is sensitive to light, heat and air.
Some are new, some are old, but the key to a smart skincare routine is in balancing innovation with classics. Skincare trends offer you new options every year only to see them vanish in no time. But still the attempts are not in vain, for what’s most important is that you keep on developing recipes that serve you the best. So let’s say knowledge is power – and so is steadiness to keep on trying.