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6 Common Skincare Terms Every Beauty Enthusiast Should Know


Beauty has its own terminology, just like every other field. Reading the ingredients on the labels of skincare or beauty products can help you learn more about the products' ingredients, how to use them properly, or anything else you should know before using it on your skin. By becoming familiar with these terms, you can decide whether the product is safe and suitable for you. The terms listed below are typical ones that can be found on labels of skincare products.



Dermatologically tested mean dermatologists have examined or evaluated the products and consider the products to be safe for the skin. Not only that, but products are well tolerated by the users who have applied it on their skin and in most cases did not cause any bad reactions.



Hypoallergenic means that the product is unlikely to cause any allergic reaction or the product contains few allergy-producing substances known as allergens. However, as per FDA, there has been no assurance to consumers that this actually was the case.  You can do more research on what ingredients work best for you and wouldn’t cause any allergy.



A product that has a label with “cruelty-free”, it means the final products and its ingredients have not been tested on animals. However, note that cruelty-free doesn’t mean the products have no animal derived ingredients. Products labeled as vegan include all plant-derived ingredients and no trace of animal ingredients.



Our skin’s natural pH is around 5.5. In terms of skincare, pH balanced implies that the manufacturer has formulated their products to a target pH level. The chosen pH value typically meets criteria that is not extremely acidic or basic, it’s close to the skin normal pH and it gives the product great performance.



The term Fragrance - free might seem confusing if one notice a smell despite a product being labeled as fragrance-free. This term actually mean (either no synthetic or natural) perfume have been added with the specific purpose of giving a product a nice scented smell or aroma.



“Comedogenic” means- “Substances that  cause comedone or block pores. Comedogenic products cause breakouts on the skin. A non-comedogenic substance is one that does not have the potential to block or clog pores in the skin. You can also put it this way: Noncomedogenic products likely helps us avoid skin pore blockages and other unwelcome signs of acne that may result.