How to be a Savvy Beauty Consumer: 3 Beauty Buzz Words Explained

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New trends make it onto our beauty aisles every month. For today’s post I thought I would talk about 3 recent beauty ‘buzz words’ and share some nifty hints & tips with you about each. This is number 4 in the ‘How to be a Savvy Beauty Consumer’ series, if you haven’t been following along and missed out on the others, here are 1, 2 and 3.


How to be a Savvy Beauty Consumer - 3 Beauty Buzz Words Explained -

Micellar water

Apparently the French had coined onto Micellar water a long time before it hit our shelves in the UK. Micellar water has made a huge splash (excuse the pun) in the cleansing market, with many now swearing by it.
What’s the difference between Micellar water and a standard cleanser?
Micellar water is less harsh than a normal cleanser. It also means Micellar water is not as effective as a normal cleanser. This is something to note if you have a more than minimal makeup to remove perhaps after a night out.
The name Micellar refers to the scientific formation of small oil droplets suspended in water. Normally oil and water don’t mix, but there are some clever ingredients called surfactants /emulsifiers that will bind these together.
When you use a cleanser there’s quite a bit of oil phase in there, when you use micellar water there’s not a lot. This means micellar water can use much gentler surfactants.
In a normal cleanser you are likely to find Sodium Lauryl Sulfate very high on the ingredients list. It is a known irritant, and as a result there is a lot of controversy over its use.
Micellar water uses milder surfactants, you are likely to see – Poloxamer 184 (Garnier& A-Derma), PEG-6 Caprylic glyceride, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil (Avene), Disodium cocoamphodiacetate (Good things).

This product is mostly water. A lot of people hail micellar water as it’s a lazy cleansing trick where you don’t need water. This is true, but only because there’s a hell of a lot of water in the bottle already.
If you want to try this out, a cheap drugstore version is going to be a great starter, if you want to go more expensive then make sure the water part is something like rose water etc. so you are getting some more Ingredient lovelies for your money.


Colour Match

There are a lot of foundation based innovations that have come into the beauty industry recently. Foundation is the staple of most make-up regimes so it is understandable why there are so many new product. One of these is an all-in-1 product that claims to match all skin tones and blend to your skins colouration.
What’s the difference between colour match and a normal foundation?
These creams look ‘white as a sheet’ when you pump them out and then adapt to your face colour. This is a bit of a trick, as they are not truly adapting.
What’s the magic? There is a technique called encapsulation in science, which is what they use here. It takes an ingredient, coats it in something else and waits until pressure is applied when it will burst open.
The creams will also include ingredients like Zinc or Mica that will ‘reflect’ the light away from your face, so its tone appears improved. These are found in almost all foundations and powders anyhow.
You have probably already reached this conclusion, likelihood is the colour in the foundation has been chosen as the one which suits the majority of the population. It’s not magic, the colour does not change.


Face oils

I am not sure why face oils have taken so long to come about. They are great for the skin, and if you have read my post on ‘what 2 months of not washing my face has done for my skin’, then you will know of my love for them. Oils are great at partnering with your skin to improve it. They don’t cover up the problem they tackle it.
What the difference between oil and moisturizer? 
A moisturizer is an oil in water solution. An oil is generally an oil in oil solution, there may be a small, small amount of water, therefore a water in oil solution.
It’s a common misconception that water is the best ingredient at hydrating our skin. While this statement is scientifically correct, Yes only water can count as giving ‘Hydration’, I quote the dictionary definition “To combine a compound with water’. It is also misleading, for example dry skin is often dry as it lacks the necessary chemical makeup to hold onto water. If you threw water at it, it simply would not be able to hold onto it. Oils help to improve the condition of your skin, they help your skin to hold onto its hydration.
A cheat’s trick
If you have read about my new oil cleansing method, you will have heard about this already. If you wash your face with water first, then STOP, don’t dry, use some oil on a pad and wipe over your face. This locks in the water under the oil which is going to condition your skin.


What recent beauty innovations have you noticed in the beauty aisles? Any recent favourites?