Glossary

Cosmetics Glossary
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Lactic Acid
Alpha hydroxy acid extracted from milk, exfoliates cells on the surface of skin by breaking down the material that holds skin cells together.
Laureths
Substances that in various combinations create a wide range of mild detergent cleansing agents called surfactants.
Lauryl Lactate
Mixture of lauryl alcohol and lactic acid that functions as a skin-conditioning agent and emollient; also used to impart fragrance.
Lavender
An effective herb for headaches, especially stress related headaches and is effective as an anti depressant. It is also a gentle strengthening tonic of the nervous system it may be used in states of nervous debility and exhaustion. It can be used to soothe and promote natural sleep. Externally the oil may be used as a stimulating liniment to help ease the aches and pains of rheumatism. Lavender's actions include: carminative, anti-spasmodic, anti-depressant, rubefacient, emmenagoguem, and hypotensive.
Lemongrass
Used for sheen and cleansing. Also used as an elasticizer in hairsprays.
Lipid
Wide range of ingredients found in plants, animals, and human skin. Lipids include fatty acids, sebum, and fats. In skin-care products, these are emollients and thickening agents.
Lipsomes
Microscopic spheres manufactured from natural or synthetic fatty substances that include phospholipids (components of cell membranes). Phospholipids can trap any substance that will dissolve in water or oil. Liposomes act like a delivery system, depositing product ingredients into the skin. When the liposomes "break apart", the ingredients, such as moisturizers, are released.
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