Alcohol-free yoghurts, butter on the skin, bubbling cleansing powders and living sponges that promise a radiant effect. While bath and body products create new formulas and new ways of marketing, there is confusion in the minds of consumers. Here is your guide to understanding some of the more unusual terms.
Powder formulas flush faster and leave less residue, making them more environmentally friendly. Mix a small amount of powder with a few drops of water to obtain a granular paste. Massage it into a wet face like you’d soap it in. Expect a light coat on the face, but avoid excessive rubbing.
Easier than a lotion, less sticky than a cream, designed for hot, humid days. It is absorbed faster than a normal body lotion, some of which can cause a cooling sensation on the skin. Dry skin may need to be reapplied after a few hours, despite the 48-hour moisture requirement.
Looks like a little vanaspati tub. The skin even melts in the oil when it comes into contact with the skin, but rinses off on contact with water. Cleaning balms are convenient for travelling, because no liquid can be spilled. They are often packed in packs of glycolic acid, tartaric acid and skin-friendly citric acid that help remove surface impurities, clean pores and dissolve dead cell clots.
Think of it as a scrub in your daily shower. Pebbles such as sugar or coffee help to get rid of hard, dry body parts (knees, heels, cellulite and elbows) and work best when massaged into damp skin. Some contain essential oils, shea butter and honey as moisturizers. Sensitive skin types should be treated with caution. Too much rubbing can inflame the skin.
Imagine: a whipped bath soap in a creamy texture. They are mild at pH values between 5 and 5.5 and form a pleasant foam, so that they can also be used as shaving foam. The oil’s formula is designed to keep the skin soft. But maybe that’s why they need more time to get away.
Face sponge for deep cleansing. It is made from the antimicrobial fibers in the roots of the cognac plant and is often updated with popular ingredients such as aloe vera, charcoal and matches. To use it, absorb water and gently massage the skin. It combines your cleaning and peeling procedures and saves you time and space on a shelf or in a suitcase. The sponge is also biodegradable.
Whatever is advertised, it is best to check the list of ingredients, especially if you have sensitive skin or are prone to allergies. Alpha-hydroxy acids such as glycolic acid and tartaric acid can irritate sensitive skis, said Sachin Dhavan, senior dermatology consultant at Fortis Hospital. They are very effective in cleansing dead skin cells. Pay attention to the acidity of the product. Everywhere 2 to 5% is the right amount.
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