Ma Huang: A herb that has the ability to provide relief for spasms in the bronchial tube, and as a result is used to treat asthma and related breathing conditions.
Macadamia Nut Oil:
Macadamia Oil: An extract from macadamia nuts, macadamia nut oil is a highly nourishing oil which is rich in palmitoleic acid and promotes young looking, soft and supple skin. Contains anti ageing properties. See Organic Night Balm by Inlight which promotes cell renewal and makes the skin look improved & brighter.
Macrobiotics: A dietary regime which involves eating macrobiotic food in order to enhance to longevity of life.
Macule: A macule is a flat lesion on the surface of the skin that has colour that differs from the natural skin tone. A freckle is an example of a macule.
Madara: is an award winning eco cosmetics brand from Latvia. Madara is the Latvian name for a delicate green flowering plant that bears tiny white blossoms and starry-shaped leaves, known as 'cleavers'. All Madara products contain typical Baltic herbs and plants like calendula, plantain and rosehip, which are powerful and effective in protecting the skin. A great way to try the brand is the Eco face travel set by Madara which provides 5 beautiful skin essentials.
Madecassoside: A plant-derived skincare extract with skin healing and anti-aging properties. Madecassoside controls inflammation and stimulates the synthesis of collagen.
Magnesium: Essential to slow down the ageing process in the skin and is present in hundreds of key biochemical processes in the human body. Also stimulates the skin to ensure that healthy elasticity is maintained and moisture levels remain normal. As well as being an ingredient in skincare, it is essential to ensure you get enough of this mineral in your diet, if you want to stay younger looking, beautiful and healthy. Foods which are rich in magnesium are brown rice, wheat bran, wheat germ almonds, and peanuts.
Magnesium Aluminium Silicate: A mineral that is used in cosmetics due to its absorbent, opacifying and viscosity controlling abilities.
Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate: A form of Vitamin C that when out in the air, does not oxidise. Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate is an antioxidant that is linked with collagen synthesis.
Magnesium Citrate: A mineral that is believed to have many health benefits that include the treating of migraines, maintaining a healthy heart, and for good all round health.
Magnesium Gluconate: A supplement used to treat low levels of magnesium in the blood. Magnesium Gluconate also has the ability to condition the skin.
Majoram Oil: An oil that enhances blood through and skin reproduction. Majoram oil is known to have a stimulating affect.
Malic Acid: A glycolic acid derived from apples. Great for removing dead skin cells often referred to as an exfoliant process, brightening the skin and allowing for new cells to develop and come out. Products you subsequently apply will work better as they will not just sit on dead skin but penetrate underneath.
Mallow: A substance with anti-inflammatory qualities. Mallow is used to reduce swelling around the eyes and to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Mallow Extract: is a mucilaginous (mucus like) gel that is soothing, healing, and softening to the skin. It reduces inflammation and helps smooth age lines and wrinkles. For smooth and radiant skin try Rose and Mallow Moisturiser by Neal's Yard
Malpighia Glabra: A skin conditioning substance, extracted from the fruit of the malpighia glabra.
Malpighia Punicifolia: A fruit extract with skin protecting, astringent and tonic properties.
Maltodextrin: Maltodextrin is a complex carbohydrate that is often used as a food additive. Maltodextrin is also used in cosmetics because of its ability to bind compounds together.
Maltooligosyl Glucoside: A complex derived from carbohydrate syrup, which enhances moisture retention of the skin.
Maltose: Malt Sugar, which is used for brewing beer and in cosmetics as a moisturising, skin conditioning and masking agent.
Malva Sylvestris: Extracted from the blue mallow flower, malva sylvestris has anti-inflammatory and skin softening properties.
Mamaku Extract: Taken from new shoots of the potent New Zealand black tree fern, famous for its widely recognized koru frond, a symbol synonymous with New Zealand. The leaves of the mamaku fern were traditionally used for their soothing properties is now used in skincare to calm and soothe the skin.
Mangifera Indica Extract: A plant-derived extract from the seeds of the Mango. This substance is used as an emollient and skin conditioner within cosmetic products.
Mango Puree: From the mango fruit, mango puree is commonly used in topical facial masks to freshen and condition the skin.
Mango Seed Butter: Known as the “apple of the tropics”, mango seed butter contains numerous essential fatty acids and is rich in Vitamin A and E. Mango seed butter can enhance the rejuvenation of skin skills and increase skin elasticity.
Manuka honey: is made by bees in New Zealand that gather nectar from tiny flowers blooming on the Manuka bush. Researchers have found many natural healing powers of Manuka honey products. This honey is being hailed as the ultimate miracle product by health and beauty professionals all over the world. Perfect for the skin, its healing properties aid the production of collagen fibres and draw moisture from the atmosphere, leaving skin looking moist. Studies have also shown that products containing active Manuka honey, can reduce the appearance of blemishes and even scarring making skin seem younger, fresher and more vibrant. Ultra Hydrating Body Cream By Trilogy contains this special Manuka Honey which softens and protects the skin.
Margarita: A dried powder obtained from fresh water pearls and used as an abrasive in cosmetic products.
Maris Aqua: A biological substance found in sea water, used for its skin conditioning abilities.
Mascara: is a type of cosmetic applied to the eyelashes with a brush or rod. It serves to thicken and define the eyelashes and may also colour, lengthen, or curl them, depending upon the type. Browse through Amarya’s collection of natural mascara products to find your perfect eyelash enhancer.
Mask: A facial mask is a creamy paste (or gel) applied to the entire, already-cleansed face. It often contains minerals, vitamins, essential oils, and/or fruit extracts (e.g., papaya, cucumber, etc.). There are different kinds of masks for different purposes: deep-cleansing, brightening, hydrating, nourishing, firming, anti-ageing…Amarya has a great collection of facial masks which can help you with any skin conditions you might be dealing with or when you simply just need some TLC for a great, younger looking skin.
Massage: A massage can help boost the body circulation and also clear pores, exfoliate the skin and improve skin texture.
Mast Cell: A group of cells that line the capillaries of the tissues that have outside contact with the air, such as the skin and the sinuses. Mast cell is often used to reduce the reddening of the skin due to irritation.
Mate Extract: This extract is otherwise known as Paraguay Tea and is used to relieve irritation of the skin. It is often found in cosmetics for this purpose as well as in skin smoothing creams.
Matte: The term matte means a dull, non shiny surface that absorbs light. In the case of cosmetics, a matte foundation absorbs excess oil on the skin.
Mel: A natural substance that is found in honey. Mel has moisturising qualities as it enhances the ability of the skin to retain water.
Melaleuca: The Melaleuca is an Australian shrub. The extracted oil is used as an antiseptic.
Melanin: Melanin is a pigment that causes the natural colouring of hair and skin.
Melanoma: A serious form of skin cancer that appears as a dark tumour.
Melasma: Dark skin discolouration on sun-exposed areas of the face and neck. Younger women with brownish skin tones have a more chance of having this. Also known as Chloasma.
Melissa: is often referred to as 'lemon balm' and its leaves have a delightful, lemony scent. Melissa is found in Europe, Middle Asia and North America and is common in England and rapidly spreading whether cultivated or wild. Melissa has many medicinal indications and is used in natural skin care products for its soothing and tonic properties. Melissa is the key ingredient in Dr.Hauschka Melissa Day Cream, it is known for its mediating properties and is able to strike an effective balance between the opposing forces within oily, dry and sensitive areas of skin.
Melissa Oil: is extracted by steam distillation of fresh buds, leaves and twigs of Melissa or Melissa Officinalis. It is also known as Lemon Balm. Melissa has a light, fresh, lemony scent that is strengthening and revitalizing, yet soothing and calming. Melissa oil is considered one of the most powerfully medicinal essential oils in all of aromatherapy, with a wonderfully pleasant sweet, herbaceous aroma. Dr.Hauschka Melissa Day Cream has been specially developed to meet the needs of sensitive combination skin conditions. This balancing Melissa Day Cream refines the skin and leaves the complexion soft and even.
Mentha Piperita Leaf Extract: Peppermint leaf extract; commonly used for its fresh odour in deodorants and shower gels. Peppermint also has tonic and cleansing properties.
Menthol: An oil from peppermint is a natural cooling oil from mint oils family, provides a cooling sensation to the body and adds freshness to a product. Mint Thé By Bodhi
Methicone: A chemical with emollient, skin conditioning and antistatic abilities.
Methionine: This substance is an essential amino acid that supplies sulphur to tone and condition skin, nails and hair.
Methyl Gluceth: A substance that helps maintain and draw in moisture to keep the skin from going dry.
Methylchloroisthiazolinone: This substance is a preservative that is contained in shampoos.
Mica: Mica is an iridescent and a type of mineral that is used for cosmetics applied around the region of the eye.
Micas: A mineral pigment used to make cosmetic products and dies iridescent.
Micelle: Globs of liquid molecules found in water, created by the surfactant in shampoo that enables oil to mix with water. Micelle is rinsed away after use of the shampoo.
Microdermabrasion: A treatment that involves a device that smoothly sloughs the dead skin cells while removing them. Microdermabrasion uses a type of sand to abrade the skin, generally done by an esthetician or a cosmetic doctor. Cosmetic physicians can make a deeper type of dermabrasion by means of small burrs or wires to remove the outer layers of the skin.
Micro-encapsulation: Particles of a substance are encased in a dissolvable gel like bubble to ensure that they are isolated within a product. This ensures the particles arrive at the skin in the freshest possible condition.
Microsponges: Microscopic particle spheres with the ability to absorb moisture to reduce the oiliness and shine of the skin.
Mineral Oil: Highly refined petroleum and used as an inexpensive alternative to natural ingredients. Mineral oil sits on the top layer of the skin, clogs your pores and does not allow the skin to breathe. This prevents the body from absorbing oxygen and from eliminating toxins and other waste products – both of which are such vital bodily processes that their malfunction could create dry skin, and many other unhealthy conditions. Mineral oil acts as a thin layer on the skin. When the oil is absorbed, it is broken down by the liver and passes through the intestinal tract, it will absorb all of the fat-soluble vitamins found there.
Mink Oil: An important ingredient in products used to treat dry skin. Mink oil has soothing, conditioning, and amplifying properties that make it suitable for this use.
Mineral makeup: is made from pure crushed minerals. The minerals have beneficial properties for the skin and when you have the correct colour for your skin and it is applied properly, can make your skin look natural, glowing and beautiful. INIKA Mineral Foundation acts as a concealer, foundation and powder in one. With exceptional performance and pure ingredients, INIKA foundations provide a flawless finish giving skin a natural and radiant look.
Modified Sea Salts: Salts which are obtained from the evaporation of Sea Salts. Found in Try Me Gift Set - Manicure - by Pinks Boutique.
Moisturiser: is an emollient cream used to increase the skin's hydration by reducing evaporation. It prevents and treats dry skin, protects sensitive skin, improves skin tone and texture, and masks imperfections. One of our top-selling moisturiser is Dr. Hauschka’s Rose Day Cream. This rich, beautifully scented cream, with the extract of over 1,075 organic Rose petals in each tube, strengthens the skin and soothes redness. The skin is encouraged to repair and restore itself as well as being calmed and smoothed.
Mole: Pigmented skin lesion also known as a nevus
Morinda Citrifolia Extract: Extracted from the fruit of the noni, morinda citrifolia extract is used as a skin conditioner.
Moringa Seed Extract: The extracts from the seeds of the moringa tree (also known as the miracle tree) are one of the most nutritious and useful botanic products available. The extract has both therapeutic and purifying benefits for the skin and has also been shown to have anti ageing properties as well as providing natural environmental protection. Moringa seed oil can be found in Evolve's Daily Detox Facial Wash
Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Oil: An oil derived from the leaves of the Moringa plant. The oil is often used as an emollient within skincare products.
Moroccan Rose Oil: is an essential oil extracted from the rose flower petals grown in Morocco. The Moroccan rose oil is a very fine oil, brighter and sweeter than the Bulgarian - a definite favourite of some rose lovers! Its exquisite, sensual scent is also known for its stress relieving and soothing properties. Moroccan Rose Otto Bath Oil by REN is formulated with Moroccan Rose Otto Oil to nourish, moisturise and condition the skin, skin is left soft, supple and lightly fragranced with wonderful scent of roses.
Mucilage: Extracted from plants seaweed, this gelatin-like substance is used cosmetically to give products creaminess and to protect and moisturise the skin. It is made up of protein and polysaccharides that exist in plant as well as animal sources.
Mustela Oil: Animal derived oil from the fatty tissues of the mink. Mustela oil has emollient, skin and hair conditioning properties.
Myristyl Alcohol: A saturated fatty alcohol that is used in cosmetics as a moisturiser, conditioner, foam boosting and viscosity controlling agent.
Myristyl Myristate: Used to create hand lotions that have a rich & silky and dry & powdery texture.
Myroxylon Pereirae: The brown resin from a Central American Tree, which is used in skin lotions as a natural remedy, and a film forming and masking agent.
Myrrh Oil: Obtained from the resin of the Egyptian Myrrh tree, Myrrh oil has many health benefits including antimicrobial, antiseptic, astringent, anti-fungal, and tonic properties. In skincare products is used to strength the skin and to help treat skin ailments.
Myrrh Resin Extract: Plumps up the skin with intensive moisturising which results in firmer, tighter feeling skin and reduced depth of wrinkles.
Nacre: also known as mother of pearl. This is a composite material formed by molluscs as an inner shell layer and is also what makes up pearls. Its iridescent properties means that it is used in the manufacture of natural makeup products which are designed to 'shimmer' for example lipgloss and eyeshadow. Nacre can be found in the lipglosses and eyeshadows made by Terre d'Oc.
Nail polish or nail varnish: is a lacquer that is applied to the nails of both the fingers and toes, usually cosmetically, but also as protection for the nails. Browse through Amarya’s collection of natural nail polish products to find your perfect shade.
Nanospheres: A form of tanning that captures moisturising agents in such a way to enhance the effectiveness of the tan.
NaPCA: Sodium salt, used as an emollient, humectant and moisturiser to smoothen and soften the skin.
Narcotic: A drug that dulls the senses of the nervous system.
Nard Distillate: Used to enhance the strength, firmness and elasticity of the skin.
Naringin: A natural chemical that is found in grapefruit, naringin has medicinal and anti-oxidant abilities used to protect the skin.
Nasalobial Crease: The term used to describe the creases forming on the sides of the nose.
Natrium Bicarbonat: A mineral used in beauty products as a buffering agent.
Natto Gum: A plant extracted derived from the fermentation of yeast. Used for its ability to form a protective film on the skin’s surface.
Natural: “existing in, or caused by nature; not artificial; uncultivated; wild existing in natural state; not disguised or altered”. Natural skin care is the care of the skin using naturally-derived ingredients (such as herbs, roots, essential oils and flowers) combined with naturally occurring carrier agents, preservatives, surfactants, humectants and emulsifiers (everything from natural soap to oils to pure water). The classic definition of natural skin care is based on using botanically sourced ingredients currently existing in or formed by nature, without the use of synthetic chemicals, and manufactured in such a way to preserve the integrity of the ingredients. Amarya offers the UK's best selection of natural and organic beauty products in the shop, salon and website. With over 1000 products screened to ensure that they do not contain harmful chemicals, Amarya is the proud winner of Natural Health Beauty Awards 'Best Website 2012'!
Naturopathy: A natural treatment that uses the force of air, water and heat to treat health conditions.
Naval: The belly button.
Neal's Yard Remedies: specialise in natural and organic skin care, health care and beauty products that nourish and protect you, and the environment. With over 30 years experience they are pioneers against using synthetic chemicals, opting for a holistic approach to health remedies and beauty products. They were the first company to sell certified essential oils and now offer the UK's largest range of organic and beauty care. With their famous 100% recyclable blue glass packaging which not only looks elegant, but is actually functional too (the colour keeps the light out, meaning the products keep fresher longer), they are a British institution for organic skin care. Nourish your skin with their hero product Frankincense Hydrating Cream
Necrosis: An area of dead tissue on the skin. Often the result of disease or the after affects of an injury healing up.
Neem Oil: is a vegetable oil pressed from the fruits and seeds of the neem, an evergreen tree which is endemic to the Indian subcontinent and has been introduced to many other areas in the tropics. Neem oil is the cocoa butter or shea butter of the east, an excellent moisturiser, high in Vitamin E, rich in emollients and fatty acids, soothing dry, cracked or otherwise stressed and damaged skin. Neem Nail Oil by Dr. Hauschka has the anti-fungal, healing properties of the Neem leaf together with other precious plant extracts work to encourage the growth of beautiful, strong nails. The cuticles are soothed, softened and protected, strengthening broken and brittle nails.
Neom: Neom have created the most incredibly powerful, organic range of luxury bath, body & home fragrance products that all work as treatments to make you feel more relaxed, more energised or even just a whole lot happier - depending on the treatment you select for your mood. For a totally indulgent treatment to relax and unwind. Fill your home with the gorgeous scent of Luxury Candle Collection by Neom. Relax in the bath with Real luxury bath and shower oil. Go on pamper yourself ...you know you're worth it!
Neonatal Acne: This can affect one in five newborns with acne (closed comedones and sometimes papules and pustules). It usually disappears in 4 to 6 weeks after birth.
Neoplasia: A tumour that causes the formation of abnormal cells that take the place of health cells, and prevent new healthy cells from growing.
Nerium Oleander: An extract from the leaves of the oleander, this substance is used as a skin conditioner.
Neroli: A volatile oil obtained from the Citrus aurantium; used as a tonic and masking agent in beauty products.
Neroli Oil: is an essential oil that's steam distilled from the flower blossoms of the bitter orange tree. It is particularly suitable for skin treatments because it is moisturizing and astringent, in addition to possessing other therapeutic benefits. Neroli oil helps improve elasticity in the skin, it acts as a rejuvenator in skin care because it is capable of stimulating the growth of new cells. It is suitable for all skin types but it is particularly beneficial in the treatment of mature and sensitive skins. It is also used to tone skin complexions and treat wrinkles. Neroli and Grapefruit Body Cream by Ren is a deeply hydrating body cream that will leave skin soft, silky and looking beautifully healthy.
Nettle: is a plant native to colder regions of Europe and North America, and cultivated all around the world. Nettle is a rich source of trace elements and contains formic acid, acetylcholine, 5-hydroxytrytamine and histamine. Analyses of nettle have also noted the presence of more than 20 different phytonutrients. Additionally, the high level of silicon in nettle has made Nettle Extract useful in supporting healthy hair, skin and nail tissue. It has many anti-inflammatory properties that make it good for the skin. Sophyto pH Optimizing Restorative Toner gently restores skin to its optimal pH level, improving texture and hydration Extracts from shitake fruit, nettle herb and elderberry combine to tone, purify and balance the skin. Also used to alleviate arthritis rheumatism.
Nettle Extract: Obtained from the flowers of lamium album and containing tannins, amino acids and flavonoids. Known for its tonic ,astringent and revitalizing properties.
Neural Extract: An extract from an animal neural tissue; used for its skin conditioning abilities.
Neuropathy: Term used to describe a disease of the nervous system.
Niacin: Otherwise known as Vitamin B3, Niacin improves blood circulation, reduce blood pressure and reduce cholesterol levels.
Nigella Sativa: A flowering plant, native to Southwest Asia; a well known treatment for many different human illnesses. In cosmetics nigella sativa is used to treat skin conditions such as eczema and acne.
Night Cream: A cream applied on face at night time before going to bed. Night creams are normally thicker in texture than day moisturisers and contain anti-aging active ingredients that stimulate cell renewal, restore skin elasticity and reduce the appearance of fine lines during sleep. Browse through Amarya’s collection of natural/organic night creams to find one that suits your needs.
Nisin: An antibacterial peptide able to protect against a range of harmful bacteria.
Nodule: A nodule is a small lump of tissue in the dermis layer of the skin.
Non-Acneogenic: This terms means that a substance will not make acne better nor worse.
Non-Comedogenic: This means that a substance does not plug pores in skin tissue.
Non-Invasive: Procedures that do not involve tools that break the skin or physically enter the body
Nonionic Surfactants: Substance in which the active molecule has no electric charge. Their properties vary widely, from very harsh cleansers often found in commercial shampoos and rug cleaners to coating and fiber softening agents found in balsams and rinses.
Nonoxynol: A substance commonly used in wetting agents, detergents, vaginal foams and creams, and emulsifiers.
Norwood Scale: The most commonly used scale for the classification of hair loss.
Nummular Dermatitis: A chronic skin condition that causes imperfections to appear on the hand, forearms, legs and buttocks.
Nutrient: A substance that contributes to the natural, on going process of the body’s metabolism.
Nylon-12: A microscopic substance with strong absorbent properties. Remains on the skin surface to absorb oils in order help hide the skins imperfections.
Nymphaea Alba Root Extract: An extract from the flowers of the water lilly. Is a skin conditioning substance with tonic abilities.
Oat Beta Glucan: Made from oats. Moisturises the skin and also promotes skin firmness and elasticity. Combined with its protective film forming effects, helps to reduce the visible signs of ageing.
Oat Derived Polysaccharide: Natural complex which is made from oats and its funnctions is to support the body's resistant system and to preserve the healthy skin.
Oatmeal: Soothing and cleansing, it provides a mild exfoliating and moisturising process. Evens out skin tone, reduces redness and inflammation. Oats can ease problematic areas such as acne,eczema, and psoriasis.
Oat Oil: Used to smooth and sooth the skin, as well as providing an antioxidant effect.
Oat Protein: A protein with moisturising properties that is easily absorbed by the hair to give enhanced body and elasticity.
Occlusives: Ingredients that slow down the evaporation of water from the skin, and appear in moisturizers which include beeswax, caprylic/capric triglycerides, cyclomethicone, hydrogenated castor oil, mineral oil, lanolin, petroleum, petrolatum, silicone, dimethicone and vegetable oils such as olive oil and avocado oil
Ochre: A mineral pigment used as a colourant in cosmetics due to its reddish tint.
Ocimum Sanctum: A skin conditioning leaf extract from the ocimum sanctum plant.
O-Creosol: Crystals that are used to manufacture dies. O-creosol is typical a white or reddish colour.
Octyl: A hydrocarbon radical that is used in hairsprays to produce a stiff and glossy finish to the hair.
Octyldecyl Oleate: Plant derived substance used as an emulsifying agent within cosmetics.
Octyldodecanol: This substance consists of long fatty chains of alcohol, Octyldodecanol is a clear liquid that is used as a thickener in moisturisers due to its emulsifying and emollient abilities.
Oenothera Biennis Oil: This substance is also known as evening primrose oil and is used as an emollient in cosmetics products.
Oil, Fixed: A type of oil consisting of long chains of fatty acids that are scentless. An example of a fixed oil is olive oil.
Oil, Volatile: A volatile oil is extracted from plants and used for its perfume qualities. An example is peppermint oil.
Oily skin: Oily skin is characterized by an over-abundant secretion of the sebaceous gland. Contrary to popular belief this skin type can often be extremely sensitive and is often incorrectly treated with harsh products which dry out the skin and can cause worsening of the condition.It is of utmost importance that this skin type is diagnosed correctly and treated with appropriate products such as Bearberry Oily Skin Balancing Facewash by John Masters Organics.
Ointment: is a highly viscous or semisolid substance used on the skin as a cosmetic, emollient, or medicament; a salve. A fatty or oily medicated formulation applied to the skin to heal or protect. Chamomile Ointment and Calendula Ointment by Trevarno both have the soothing & anti-inflammatory blend of herbs and oils for use on irritated skin such as psoriasis, chapped skin, sunburn & 'dry' eczema.
Olaflur: A substance that contains fluoride and as a result is used in toothpastes. Is also used in hair conditioning products.
Olea Europaea Extract: An extract from the fruit of the olive that is used for skin and hair conditioning.
Oleic Acid: An emulsifier that enhances the skin’s ability to absorb cosmetic and medicinal substances that have been applied to the surface.
Oleoyl Tyrosine: A skin conditioning and skin protecting chemical found in beauty products.
Oleyl Erucate: Derived from oleyl alchohol, Oleyl eurucate is an emollient and skin conditioning agent. Often found in fish oil.
Olive emulsifier: An emulsifier used to bind water and oils in cosmetic creams.
Olive Leaf: a potent natural antioxidant, skin smoother and moisturiser rich in vitamins and minerals.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids: are considered essential fatty acids, they are fats commonly found in marine and plant oils. Omega 3 is commonly used for a number of different benefits, from heart health, cleansing the body, as well as for anti aging from the inside out. It helps to reverse the sagging elasticity in your skin, which is one of the most common reasons people start to age. It can reduce or even eliminate those fine lines and wrinkles. Ren’s Omega 3 Night Repair Serum Encourages the natural process of skin renewal, helps skin look and feel plumper, healthier and fitter.
Omega 6 Ceramide: Also known as wheat germ and palm oil, Omega 6 ceramide is used as an anti-inflammatory agent and to reduce the effects of wrinkles.
Omega Ceramide: An extract from vegetable oils, used to cleanse and soften the skin.
Omega-6: This type of fatty acid is found in sunflower oil and other nuts and seeds. Omega 6 reduces the risks of blot cots and can also relief inflammatory conditions.
Omega-9: A fatty acid that enhances the ability of substances to be absorbed into the cell membranes of the skin. Also used to reduce inflammation and irritation of the skin.
Onychomycosis: The infection of the nail, caused by fungus.
OPC: An anti-oxidant, extracted from peanuts and grapes, used to protect the body against free radicals.
Opuntia Tuna Extract: An extract from the stems of the prickly pear plant (aka the oputia tuna) that is used as a skin conditioner.
Orally: Used to describe medication that is taken via the mouth, such as the swallowing of a pill.
Orange Oil: An oil that hydrates the skin and provides relief from skin irritations. Orange oil is used within oils that treat cellulite.
Orange Flower Oil: is a pure essential oil steam distilled from the flowers of bitter orange trees. It’s highly regarded for use in skin care, natural perfumery, and one of aromatherapy's most effective stress relievers. Orange flower oil is known to regenerate skin cells and improves the skin elasticity. It is also good for preventing acne, scarring and stretch marks. Orange Flower Facial Oil by Neal's Yard Remedies helps to assists natural cellular regeneration, reduces the appearance of fine lines and balance moisture levels to restore skin's healthy radiance.
Orange peel skin: or cellulite refers to the dimpled appearance of the skin that some people have on their hips, thighs, and buttocks. This appearance is much more common in women than in men because of differences in the way fat, muscle, and connective tissue are distributed in men and women's skin. The lumpiness of cellulite is caused by fat deposits that push and distort the connective tissues beneath skin, leading to the characteristic changes in appearance of the skin. MADARA Anti-Cellulite Cream Attacks cellulite, promotes splitting of fat cells, eliminates toxins and stimulates lymphatic drainage. It helps to reduce the look of orange peel, creates firmer skin in just 4 weeks.
Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil: An oil obtained from the Babassu plant. It is used as an emollient for both dry and oily skin without giving an excessively oily appearance to the skin.
Organ Mountain Crape: Used to treat skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis that cause scaly skin.
Organic: “produced and involving production without the use of pesticides, artificial fertilizers or synthetic chemicals”. The ingredients used in Organic skin care have been harvested from plants grown without the use of (synthetic) pesticides, fungicides, or inorganic fertilizers, and prepared without the use of preservatives. Amarya offers the UK's best selection of natural and organic beauty products in the shop, salon and website. With over 1000 products screened to ensure that they do not contain harmful chemicals, Amarya is the proud winner of Natural Health Beauty Awards 'Best Website 2012'!
Ormenis Multicaulis: The oil from the Morrocean chamomile flower; used as a tonic and a masking agent in natural cosmetic products.
Oryza Sativa Extract: Rice extract that is used is skin moisturisers. Rice extract is also used as a cosmetics bulking agent.
Oryzanol: Also known as rice bran oil, oryzanol is often used in sunscreens to help absorb UV rays. The substance is also used to treat acne, in anti-aging products and to stimulate blood circulation under the skin.
Osteoporosis: A form of arthritis that causes bone mass to soften and bone canals to widen.
Outer Root Sheath: A soft thin layer surrounding the lower two-thirds of a hair.
Over The Counter (OTC) Drugs: Drugs that can be purchased at a high street pharmacy without the need for a Doctor prescription.
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