Top 8 Beauty Buzzwords You Need To Learn

There are so many buzzwords circulating the beauty industry. We realize they can be hard to keep up with, so our team has pulled together some of the beauty industry words we think you need to know.

Top 8 Beauty Industry Words


Adaptogens are natural herbs or plants that help your body handle stress. They have a balancing effect on something called the hypothalamic-pituitary-endocrine axis, which is a regulator between the brain and hormone system and balances it according to what it needs.


Inflammaging is long term, low-level inflammation in the body, and plays a strong part in the human aging process. It occurs at different levels and rates for different people but it is thought to be the underlying reason behind collagen and elastin breakdown. As a result, we are seeing more and more skincare trying to fight this issue.


Multimasking means utilizing masks to address skincare issues at one time by applying different face masks to certain areas of the face according to concerns for each area. Eye masks are often combined with exfoliating nose strips and brightening facial masks. Talk about multitasking!  

Dermatologically Tested

This term indicates a product has been tested on human skin before being available for purchase. Please note that there isn’t a standard test for this term so the method and depth of testing can vary greatly.


Quercetin is a bioflavonoid ingredient which occurs naturally in plants and foods and is used in skincare to limit damage from sun-rays. Additional benefits include antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that fight and neutralize free radicals, which is a main cause of aging.

DNA Skincare

DNA skincare is a science-driven approach that starts with a saliva sample. From there your DNA is extracted and analyzed for any genetic variations that can show potential risks of disease and resilience to environmental factors. After your genetic make-up has been documented, a report is made that explains your particular skin characteristics and what your skin health may potentially look like.

Growth Factors

Growth Factors are different from growth hormones and often confused. They are proteins, that when applied topically, trigger the body to increase its collagen production. Not all growth factors are created equal. The body must be able to recognize these proteins as its own to be effective. Growth factors have to be in a high enough concentration to affect change in the skin. This is why we LOVE TNS Essential Serum, which contains the appropriate concentration.

Retinol, Retin A, Tretinoin, Rx and brand names too (adapalene, differin, renova)

You’ve heard the names, but what do they mean? If we get down to basics, these are all Vitamin A derivatives. Some prescription, some sold over the counter. These are an awesome addition to nearly any skin care regimen, because they promote cellular turnover and trigger skin cells to lay flat resulting in smoother skin and the softening of fine lines (not safe during pregnancy or nursing though).

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