I’m a cosmetic chemist now

It’s been a few weeks but I realised I forgot to announce this on my blog: I’m now a qualified cosmetic chemist!  A lot of people assumed I was a cosmetic chemist and called me that in comments and interviews (understandable, since I’m a chemist and talk a lot about cosmetic chemistry), so instead of continuing my standard practice of feeling …

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Dealing with Misinformation + Error Reporting Form

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Social media has been a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, experts (scientists, doctors etc.) can become far more prominent – on the other hand, misinformation endorsed by an expert carries more weight and causes more harm than if there’s no authority behind it.  Unfortunately, social media algorithms also reward churning out content quickly, regardless of accuracy. Hot …

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Wash your face with no sink + cleansing myths (with video)

I really hate washing my face over the sink – how it gets everything wet (sink, benchtop, sleeves, hair, front of my shirt), and how it takes a ton of effort to dump enough water on my face that I feel like I’ve thoroughly cleansed and rinsed away my cleanser. I generally end up washing my face in the shower, …

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Reviewing Cult Asian Products (with video)

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This video is sponsored by Stylevana. If you’re into skincare, you’ll know that there’s lots of hype around Asian skincare, particularly Korean and Japanese products. And it’s not hard to see why! Korean and Japanese skincare have lots of product types that you don’t really see with Western brands, and they tend to be really affordable. But there are so …

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My Favourite Sunscreens: 2021 Update (with video)

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As a sunscreen connoisseur who tries out a lot of sunscreens, it always feel premature to make a list of my favourites. I try a lot of sunscreens but I feel like I can never get through as many as I’d like, because unfortunately I have just the one face. I did a list of my favourites at the end …

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How much UV does a REAL mineral sunscreen absorb and scatter?

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Warning: Very nerdy content ahead! If you’ve been following sunscreen discourse (apparently this is a thing now) you’ll know that mineral sunscreens mostly work by absorbing UV and only scattering a small amount, in the region of 4-5% across the range of UV. This was quantified in a pretty commonly cited 2016 paper by Curtis Cole, Thomas Shyr and Hao Ou-Yang, “Metal …

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