10 Skin Care Definitions You Ought To Know

Methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, benzalkonium chloride, yeah I’m not even going to try and pronounce those words. I don’t blame you if you try and can’t either!

However this got me thinking about other acronyms and their definitions that I use all over this blog and on my videos.

When I first got into skin care and researching all the beautiful ingredients that could benefit my skin, I was thrown into the deep ocean of words and things I had never heard of. AHA this and BHA that, what’s an HA or sphere?

Like you may be wondering what these common phrases and acronyms are, let me help you learn a thing or two πŸ™‚

  1. AHA – Alpha Hydroxy Acid – Mix of natural and man made ingredients to remove and exfoliate the top layer of skin to reveal the better skin underneath. Helps with skin cell turn over.
  2. BHA – Beta Hydroxy Acid – Work much the same as Alpha’s however target the upper most layer of skin and the pores which can help if you suffer from constant breakouts and acne
  3. Comedogenic – Ingredients that plugs the pores at the hair follicles and creates breakouts
  4. Emollient – Protective layer that can be applied over the top of moisturizers to lock in more hydration
  5. Exfoliation – Process of removing dead skin cells from the surface of the skin
  6. HA – Hyaloronic Acid – Technically a moisturizing agent that keeps the skin plump and hydrated
  7. Moisture skin barrier – layer of skin that protects from bacteria and what you should keep the most hydrated for an optimum complexion
  8. PIH – Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation, brown, dark purple, red, pink spots or marks where the post trauma has occurred. Takes a while to fade depending on how fast your skin heals
  9. UVA – Rays cause aging and wrinkles going down deep into the skin causing premature aging and wrinkles
  10. UVB – Burn the skins surface and is the cause of skin cancers

That’s all for now folks. Any other words you’re unfamiliar with? Let me know in the comments below.

Remember to love your health!

Dee X

Purging V Breaking Out

I feel like a kid in a candy shop. I honestly love looking at the fully stacked shelves of products and stand skimming the ingredients list in the aisles for a solid 10 minutes of potential new products.

A few blog posts ago I mentioned I was running low on some of my holy grail skin care products and found myself at my local drugstore/pharmacy.

I happened upon a skin care brand, The Ordinary. The prices were reasonable and the white packaging had me like a moth to a flame. This little guy tugged at my heart and whispered, “take me home”. So naturally I placed him gently in my hand basket and carried him and another holy grail product to the counter.

So as per usual I patch tested my new buddy on my left cheek, under my eye. If anything that would be my problem area and if I were to react, then I’d know in the morning. Luckily for me, I didn’t suffer any problems *thank you skin*


The next evening (it’s recommended to use as a PM product) I got to enjoy placing a few steady drops over my face and rubbing it in all over. I sure was pleasantly surprised the next day when some of my stubborn closed comedones looked flatter and smoother over those areas.

Now I must mention, I have some experience with chemical exfoliants as I use Nip + Fab Glycolic Pads which contain both AHA’s and BHA’s. Please be sure that you are not using these products more than the recommended amount of time because you WILL over exfoliate and wreak havoc on your face.

Containing Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2% (Hyaluronic Acid). Lactic Acid an AHA derived from sour milk products have the benefit of turning over skin cells and causing the least amount of irritation which makes it a great starting point if you’re new to the whole chemical exfoliation thing. Hyaluronic Acid helps with tissue repair and aids in reducing inflammation to your skin. A++ in my eyes.

Like many a time before, trial and error of skin care products left me wondering if it was normal to breakout all of a sudden when starting to use a new product or was I reacting to it? Would it get better or worse in time? I recently made a video on how to know which your skin could be experiencing so check it out if you’re in a bit of a spot with a new product you’re testing out.

For now I am quite happy with this new product and I’m now scouring the net for more recommendations on this brand πŸ™‚

Remember to patch test all new products on a sensitive part of your skin you know you suffer breakouts with and behind your neck or behind your ear when testing for allergic reactions.

I may update with more products in future but for now, as always love your health!

Dee X

Disclaimer: I am not a Doctor, Dermatologist, Beauty Therapist, or Esthetician, I just love skincare and health and love sharing what I learn with you. Always seek medical advice if unsure.