Skincare glossary

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The average person’s skin covers an area of 2 m^2!

You owe it this 2 min read.

Here’s a quick guide to all the skincare terms you’ve heard, but don’t really get.

  • Pores: A minute opening on your skin, through which oil & sweat reach the surface
  • Blackheads: Mild form of acne – pores clogged by oil, dead skin or bacteria
  • SPF: Sun protection factor – the measurement of protection from UVB rays
  • Free radicals: Unstable molecules from screens & pollutants that damage your skin cells
  • Antioxidants: Substances that prevent oxidation of cells – i.e. what happens when exposed to free radicals
  • Parabens: A type of preservative believed to be a carcinogen
  • Comedogenic: Comedo = pimple! These are ingredients that clog pores and cause acne
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