The Science of Hair Products: Shampoo and Conditioner (with video)

This post is based on a sponsored video. Sulfates, fatty alcohols, silicones, preservatives… what are they doing in your shampoo and conditioner, and do you need to avoid them? Today’s post is a deep dive into some of the key ingredients in haircare products. The video version is here if you prefer that format! Science of Shampoo Let’s start with …

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The Science of Laser Skin Treatments and Picosure Review (with video)

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This video was sponsored by Cynosure, although this post was not. Lasers! You can use them to cut things, you can use them to point at words, and you can use them to treat about a million different skin-related things. These are just the ones I found on the AAD website: Birthmarks, melasma, hyperpigmentation, freckles, acne, rosacea, psoriasis, wrinkles, fine …

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Reacting to Your Unpopular Opinions (Video)

I asked on Instagram for all your unpopular opinions a short while back, and filmed a chatty video discussing a handful of them – check it out here!  Topics covered: 0:19 Body moisturisers are good face moisturisers 1:10 Skincare is unnecessary 2:32 Physical exfoliation is terrible for sensitive skin 5:20 Hyaluronic acid causes inflammation 8:23 Hyaluronic acid dries skin out …

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SkinCeuticals Chat: Career Advice and Product Development Insights

I recently had the chance to sit down with Rabi Sahiti, who works as a Senior Chemist at SkinCeuticals! We discussed: How did you end up working for SkinCeuticals? What do you do at SkinCeuticals? What goes into making a SkinCeuticals product, from start to finish? What are you excited about with SkinCeuticals? What do you personally use in your …

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Top Sunscreen Recommendations 2022

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It’s time for an updated sunscreen recommendations list! This is also available as a video here – the video also shows the texture and packaging of each sunscreen, but if you prefer reading the text version keep scrolling. Preamble First a bunch of disclaimers, because I do not have the self confidence to give my opinion without them. (I am …

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Nail Polish, Miscarriages, Cancer? Not So Pretty Episode 2 (with video)

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Not So Pretty is a HBO documentary series about supposedly dangerous beauty products. It’s a very persuasive, slick-looking documentary. A lot of people chucked out their products after watching it, and as someone who breaks open bottles to use the last three drops at the bottom, this cut me deep. As a scientist who uses a lot of beauty products …

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