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ginseng

November 26, 2012  | Encyclopedia

A slow-growing perennial herb with a fleshy root, containing saponins, mucin, and vitamin B, that helps diminish wrinkles and aid dry skin. Historically known as the cure-all for many ailments, ginseng is thought to normalize body functions, boost the immune system and energy levels, and lower blood sugar.

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vitamin E

November 20, 2012  | Encyclopedia

An important antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals in the body.

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toluene

November 20, 2012  | Encyclopedia

A colorless flammable liquid used as a solvent in nail polish.

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salicylic acid

November 20, 2012  | Encyclopedia

A main ingredient in beta-hydroxy acids; a mild acid used to remove the top layer of skin.

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polish thinner

November 20, 2012  | Encyclopedia

A volatile solvent added to polish to restore the product to its original consistency or viscosity; also called polish solvent.

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mica

November 20, 2012  | Encyclopedia

Mica is any of various colored or transparent mineral silicates crystallizing in monoclinic (three unequal crystal axes) forms that readily separate into very thin leaves; used in polish to add shimmer.

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menthol

November 20, 2012  | Encyclopedia

The main element in the essential oil of peppermint, used in beauty products for its cooling qualities.

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lavender

November 19, 2012  | Encyclopedia

Lavender is a plant whose leaves, flowers, and oil are used in many beauty products for its soothing and pleasant-smelling properties.

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lactic acid

November 19, 2012  | Encyclopedia

Alpha-hydroxy acid derived from milk.

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hemp seed oil

November 19, 2012  | Encyclopedia

A rich emollient that contains fatty acids and is good for dry, aging skin.

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hazardous ingredient

November 19, 2012  | Encyclopedia

Any substance that may be capable of causing physical or other health-related injury to an exposed individual.

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formaldehyde

November 19, 2012  | Encyclopedia

A colorless, gaseous compound used in making phenolic (a molecule containing an aromatic ring that has at least one hydroxl group) resins and dyes; used in aqueous solutions as a preservative and disinfectant.

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enzyme

November 19, 2012  | Encyclopedia

Any of numerous complex proteins that are produced by living cells and catalyze (speed up or otherwise modify) specific biochemical reactions at body temperature; used as exfoliants and derived from fruits like papaya or pineapple.

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dibutyl phthalate (DBP)

November 19, 2012  | Encyclopedia

Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) is a common nail polish ingredient used as a plasticizer (allowing it to be flexible on nails and not crack); also used in children’s toys, shower curtains, and food wraps; the U.S. has no laws prohibiting its use in nail polish.

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dermatitis

November 19, 2012  | Encyclopedia

An inflammation of the skin characterized by redness, rash, swelling, cracking, itching, pain, etc.

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