Please upgrade your browser for the best Refinery29 experience. Read more.

Here's What Those Vague Words In Skin Care REALLY Mean

  1. Begin Slideshow
    skincare_opener1b

    80

    SHARES

    comments
    See All Slides

    Choosing a skin care product is far from a straightforward process. In fact, at times it feels downright mysterious — and no wonder. With vague words like "invigorating" and "revitalizing" explaining what a product is supposed to do, how is anyone ever supposed to know the difference — or if there's even a difference at all?

    Never ones to be left in the dark about our own beauty choices, we made a list of words that might have you scratching your well-nourished scalps, and then set about demystifying them. The bottom line, as we quickly learned from Marla Malcolm Beck, the co-founder and CEO of Bluemercury, is that overall, there are no true definitions for these terms. "They tend to be industry slang and fall within a skin-care language that beauty experts and beauty junkies speak," Beck explains.

    But, that being said, this industry slang does have its own meaning. Read on for your glossary of skin care, so that you never have to risk enhancing when you should be tightening (or whatever) ever again.

    Illustrated by

    Begin Slideshow

MORE SLIDESHOWS

Tinseltown

Cyber Monday Beauty Deals Worth Clicking On

While we already gave you a breakdown of the Black Friday must-buys, we figured we'd go the extra mile and also compile a list for the lazier (smarter?) shoppers among us who can't be bothered to leave the comforts of home for slashed prices (guilty). That's right, kids, Cyber Monday is right around the corner and, if read

Shopping

30 Black Friday Snaps That Prove Shopping Is A Sport

Today is the day. We hope that those of you partaking in Black Friday set your alarms, mapped out a game plan, are wearing comfortable shoes, and are already on your way home to revel in your glory. But, for those getting a later start, or skipping this somewhat masochistic holiday tradition altogether, we compiled a few read