The Beauty Glossary: Buzzwords You Need To Know About In 2023
The Beauty Glossary: Buzzwords You Need To Know About In 2023

The Beauty Glossary: Buzzwords You Need To Know About In 2023

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Searching for the ultimate beauty glossary to refer to whenever your head is scrambled over a new beauty buzzword? Look no further. Whether you’re a total beginner or a seasoned pro needing a refresher on what’s hot in the beauty world, we’ve got you covered. From probiotic skincare to the latest lip tint technology and almost everything in-between: here are the beauty terms you need to brush up on your knowledge and help you navigate those skincare aisles.  


AntioxidantsIngredients that protect the skin from environmental damage, free radicals and oxidative damage. Antioxidant ingredients can be used during your morning or evening skincare regime.

AHA ExfoliantsAlpha Hydroxy Acids – fruit-based acids found in skincare. AHA’s exfoliate the top layer of skin to promote a smoother, more even complexion and skin cell regeneration. 

AcneA skin condition that is usually identified by pimples, inflammation and blemishes on the skin.  


Benzoyl PeroxideA common ingredient in some acne-tackling products. 

BHA ExfoliantsBeta Hydroxy Acids – chemical-based exfoliants that effectively remove dead cells from the skin’s surface. 


Ceramides Fatty acids that are naturally produced by the glands in our skin. Otherwise referred to as the ‘glue’ that keeps our skin cells together and healthy. Ceramides moisturise and help to protect the skin’s protective barrier. 

CollagenA protein that is naturally produced by our bodies to strengthen hair, skin, muscles and bones. It is one substance that keeps our skin from ‘sagging’ or prematurely ageing.  

Cryotherapy – The use of extremely cold temperatures to promote skin health and treat various skin conditions. The therapy involves exposing the skin to sub-zero temperatures for a short period of time, typically using liquid nitrogen or other cooling agents. Benefits include anti-ageing, reduced inflammation, improved skin tone and texture and increased collagen production.



Double CleanseThe art of cleansing twice! Double cleansing involves using two different cleansers to clean your face. The first cleanse is typically used as a makeup removal, and the second is to give the skin a deep clean.  


ElastinA protein found within the skin that keeps it bouncy and taut to the facial muscles. 

EmollientA soothing ingredient that softens and provides deep moisture to the skin. Emollients are excellent to use on dry, itchy or rough skin as well as burns and rashes. 

EssenceA water-based product with a high concentration of active ingredients that work in tandem to protect and hydrate the skin

Clarins Super Restorative Smoothing Treatment Essence

Try: Clarins Super Restorative Smoothing Treatment Essence, £50 


Fruit EnzymesA naturally-occurring, glow-inducing skincare ingredient that deeply exfoliates. 

Free RadicalsMolecules within our skin that can actively damage healthy skin cells. 


Glycolic AcidA chemical exfoliant that dissolves dead cells on the skin’s surface. 

GlycerinA moisturising ingredient that attracts water to the top layer of skin from the skin’s deeper layers as well as the air. 


Harungana – A plant extract that is commonly used in skincare products for its anti-aging benefits. Also known as ‘nature’s retinol’.

Try: Clarins Super Restorative Range

Hyaluronic AcidA naturally-occurring substance that provides moisture to the skin to maintain elasticity and reduce fine lines, as well as dryness and dehydration. 


Try: Clarins Hydra-Essentiel [HA2] Rich Cream, £38 

HyperpigmentationA skin condition in which areas of the skin appear darker due to the overproduction of skin melanin (its natural pigment). Hyperpigmentation can be genetic or caused by factors such as overexposure to the sun. 

HypoallergenicA term used to refer to a skincare product that is much less likely to cause allergic reactions. 


Injectable A skin treatment where needles inject various ingredients into the skin – this usually is Botox, fillers and pro-age brands like Profhilo.  


Jojoba Oil A humectant ingredient that attracts moisture to the top layer of the skin. 


Kojic AcidA bleaching agent often used to lighten or even out skin tone. 

Katafray – A skin-quenching, radiance-boosting skincare ingredient derived from the bark of the Madagascan katafray tree.


Try: Clarins Double Serum, £85


Lactic AcidAn AHA used to rid the skin’s surface of dead skin cells. 

Lip TintA product that adds super long-wearing colour to the lips and cheeks.  


Try: Clarins Lip Comfort Oil in 03 Cherry, £21.50

Lymphatic DrainageA type of massage that relieves swelling and clears out toxins. 

Try: Clarins Deep Tissue Massage – click here to book  


Microbiome The range of microorganisms that live within and on the skin’s surface.  

Micellar Water A water-based cleansing product that cleanses and tones the skin.



NiacinamideAn ingredient that improves skin hydration levels by preventing the evaporation of moisture from the skin.  

Non-comedogenicA term used to refer to a product that does not clog pores. 


Omega 3 Fatty Acids nutrients found in foods that can help to regulate skin’s oil production. 

Oxidative Stress An increase in the number of oxidants in the skin that can lead to inflammation and affect the natural functions within the skin.  


PeptidesAmino acids within the skin that help to build elastin, keratin and collagen. 

ProbioticsLive microorganisms that help balance, maintain, and improve the skin’s overall health. 

Prebiotics – Prebiotics in skincare refer to ingredients that promote the growth of beneficial bacteria on the skin’s surface. These ingredients are designed to nourish the good bacteria that naturally live on the skin and help to maintain the skin’s microbiome balance. The skin’s microbiome is a complex ecosystem of bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms that play a vital role in maintaining skin health.

ParabensA type of preservative used in some beauty products. 


(Coenzyme) Q10 An antioxidant that helps shield the skin from free radicals and helps to repair sun damage.  


RetinolA form of vitamin A commonly added to skincare products for anti-ageing benefits. 


Salicylic AcidA common skincare ingredient penetrating pores to banish excess oil and debris. 

SqualaneA deeply-moisturising ingredient used in some skincare products. 

Clarins Super Restorative Day Cream

Try: Clarins Super Restorative Day Cream, £77 


Tightlining A technique in which eyeliner is applied to the waterlines of the eyes, tightly defining the natural eye shape. 

Try: Clarins Waterproof Eye Pencil, £19.50 

T-ZoneThe central part of the face, such as the chin, nose and forehead. 


UVA/B waves emitted by the sun that can damage, burn and age the skin if not protected. 

UndertoneThe natural colour beneath the skin’s surface, often found as warm, cold or neutral. 


VitaminsThe term refers to the entire range of vitamins used in beauty products, such as vitamins A, B, C, D and E.   


Winged Liner An eyeliner technique to elongate the eye by strategically applying ‘flicks’ to the outer corners. 

Witch HazelAn ingredient known to help soothe skin inflammation, pimples and rashes. 


Facial YogaA type of facial massage technique in which various exercises stimulate blood flow, tighten muscles and promote lymphatic drainage in the face. 


Zinc OxideAn ingredient commonly found in sunscreen that derives from minerals. 

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