Oat Skincare: Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturizing Lotion

This post is sponsored by Aveeno. Oat is an ingredient that I think is really underrated in skincare. It’s not as exotic-sounding as some other botanical ingredients, but its reputation for being super soothing is well earned. It’s the star ingredient in Aveeno’s Skin Relief product range, tailored for very dry skin. The Science of Oats Oats have been used …

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Clean Beauty Is Wrong and Won’t Give Us Safer Products

Think Dirty App

If you use beauty products, it’s impossible to not have heard of clean beauty. It’s a revolution. You want your products to be clean – you don’t want to use dirty products! You want your products to be good for your health and good for the environment. There are beautiful celebrities telling you about how they detoxed and cleaned out …

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What’s in a Lipstick? (with video)

What's in a Lipstick?

Have you ever wondered what’s in a lipstick? Obviously there’s the colouring agents that make it red or pink, but what’s all the other stuff? Let’s talk lipstick science. The video is here on YouTube, scroll down for the blog post version… What makes a good lipstick? First let’s talk about what a lipstick is. I mean, I think we …

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Interview with Deciem (The Ordinary) Chief Scientific Officer and Dr Davin Lim

deciem interview

Dr Davin Lim and I sat down with Deciem’s Chief Scientific Officer Prudvi Kaka (PK) very early one morning (well, early for me at least – Davin gets up before dawn and PK’s in Canada). What we covered: 0:53 Do you use your own products? Which ones? 1:07 What’s your skincare routine? 1:22 Who does Deciem’s formulations? 2:11 How do …

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I Hate These Skincare Products (with video)

I haven’t had a good Cranky Old Lady rant in a while, so here’s one today, ranting about products I hate. Honestly, it isn’t even the product most of the time – it’s just the marketing around it that I hate. Video is here on YouTube, keep scrolling for the written version. Coffee Scrubs I’ve ranted about coffee scrubs before …

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Silk for Skincare and Haircare (with video)

I get asked a lot about my silk pillowcase and whether or not I’d recommend silk for skin and hair, so today I’m going to talk about the claims that you might’ve heard about with silk, and whether or not they hold up. This video is sponsored by Lilysilk, who sell most of the silk items I talk about in …

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Polyhydroxy acids? Aminofil? Neostrata Skin Active Tri-Therapy Lifting Serum

Neostrata Tri-Therapy Lifting Serum

This post is sponsored by Neostrata. Neostrata is a cult brand amongst skincare nerds, and for good reason – it’s the brand that doctors Eugene Van Scott and Ruey Yu started after they discovered the skin-rejuvenating properties of alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) like glycolic acid and lactic acid in the 1970s. Thanks to their pioneering work, AHAs are now the most …

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