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Slay the Skincare Slang: 10 Beauty Buzzwords to Learn

Posted by Ellie Swain on Apr 14th 2023

Slay the Skincare Slang: 10 Beauty Buzzwords to Learn

If you're as obsessed with skincare as we are, then you're no stranger to the constant flood of new terms and ingredients that promise to help you achieve that flawless glow.

But let's be real, it can be a little overwhelming to keep up with all the beauty jargon. So, we've rounded up ten of the hottest beauty buzzwords you absolutely need to know.

Buckle up, skincare junkies - let's dive right in.

1. Glass Skin

If you've ever scrolled through social media or the pages of a magazine and spotted someone with ridiculously smooth, radiant, and poreless skin, you might have witnessed the phenomenon of ‘glass skin.’

This K-beauty trend is all about achieving a dewy, ultra-hydrated, and translucent complexion that looks as immaculate as a clean pane of glass. Your best bet for attaining glass skin is to invest in high-quality hydrating products, then you can get ready to shine.

Tuel's Hydrate Super Moisture Serum is a luxurious elixir designed to deeply hydrate and nourish your complexion. This silky serum, infused with sodium hyaluronate and cucumber extract, locks in moisture for a smooth, dewy finish, leaving your skin as flawless and radiant as a pane of glass.

2. Shelfie

A ‘shelfie’ is a combo of ‘shelf’ and ‘selfie,’ and it refers to a photo of your beautifully arranged skincare products which is usually posted online. A shelfie is perfect for showing off your skincare obsession and inspiring others with your enviable collection.

Time to get your products camera-ready and snap that perfect #shelfie.

3. Slugging

‘Slugging’ might sound a little gross, but it's a K-beauty-inspired trend that involves slathering your face in a thick layer of petroleum jelly (like Vaseline) before bedtime. This creates an occlusive barrier, sealing in your other skincare products and preventing moisture loss while you snooze.

The result? Super soft, hydrated, and supple skin when you wake up.

4. Maskne

The unfortunate side effect of frequent mask-wearing during to the COVID-19 pandemic, ‘maskne’ is a blend of ‘mask’ and ‘acne.’ Maskne refers to the breakouts and irritation caused by the friction, heat, and humidity trapped beneath your face mask.

Keep maskne at bay with gentle, non-comedogenic products, and don't forget to wash those masks regularly.

5. Skinimalism

A beauty trend that's all about embracing your natural skin, ‘skinimalism’ is the minimalist approach to skincare and makeup. Skinimalism encourages ditching heavy makeup and elaborate routines in favor of more basic regimens that focus on skin health and radiance.

6. Zit Stick

No, a ‘zit stick’ isn’t a magic wand for acne, but it's pretty close. A zit stick is a portable, targeted spot treatment that you can easily apply to a pesky pimple when you're on the go.

These handy little tools are ideal for emergency zit-zapping and often contain powerful acne-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide.

We love Replenix's Blemish Clarifying Acne Treatment , a game-changing portable solution that combats breakouts while soothing and rejuvenating your skin. This powerhouse formula delivers the acne-fighting properties of benzoyl peroxide, along with the calming and nourishing effects of aloe vera and green tea, to give you clear, radiant skin that's ready to slay.

7. Glow Up

A ‘glow up’ is the ultimate skincare transformation, achieved by improving your skin's health and appearance over time.

Usually, a glow-up isn’t just about the products you use; it's also about adopting a healthy lifestyle, staying consistent with your routine, and making positive changes that lead to a more radiant you, inside and out.

8. Double Cleansing

Another popular skincare gem from the K-beauty world, ‘double cleansing,’ is the practice of using two different types of cleansers to ensure every last trace of makeup, dirt, and impurities is removed from your skin.

Typically, double cleansing involves an oil-based cleanser followed by a water-based one. Say hello to squeaky-clean, refreshed skin.

9. Skin Fast

Much like a juice cleanse for your skin, a ‘skin fast’ involves taking a break from your regular skincare routine and using only the most basic, gentle products for a few days (or even going completely product-free). This allows your skin a chance to reset and recharge.

Skin fasting isn’t for everyone, but some people swear by the occasional skin fast to help their complexion regain balance and radiance.

10. Skinfluencer

A ‘skinfluencer’ is a social media influencer focusing on skincare and beauty. They're our go-to gurus for product recommendations, skincare tips, and endless #skincaregoals inspiration.

Follow a few skinfluencers to stay updated on the latest trends, and you might just find your next holy grail product.

And there you have it, beautiful people. Ten beauty buzzwords that will have you talking the talk and walking the walk in the skincare world. Now you're ready to flaunt your newfound lingo and show off your skincare savviness to all your friends. Happy glowing!

Do you want more skincare advice? Here are the best natural oils to nourish and rejuvenate your skin .