The Cost of Misinformation in the Beauty Space (Ventech Talk)

Ventech Beauty Misinformation

This was a talk I gave on 15 September 2021 for Ventech’s panel on Scientific Literacy and the Price of Misinformation. I talked about my insights on debunking myths over the last 10 years of Lab Muffin (yeah I’m old), how there’s financial incentive for many brands to bust beauty myths and communicate science, and the larger public health implications …

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Octocrylene Causes Cancer? and I’m Propaganda Now (with video)

There’s been a recent study published about the sunscreen ingredient octocrylene turning into benzophenone over time. According to the paper, “benzophenone is a mutagen, carcinogen, and endocrine disruptor”. I wasn’t going to do a proper analysis of this paper because it only really got lots of attention in France and not many other places, but then I saw that I …

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Do They Work? Evy 6-Hour Sunscreen, Dermablend Drops in SPF

Evy & Dermablend: Do They Work?

Being the “sunscreen nerd” person, I get a lot of questions about unusual sunscreen products and whether or not their claims work out. Last time I talked about the Colorescience powder sunscreen and the Skinnies “pea-sized amount” claim. Related post: Do They Work? Colorescience SPF Powder, Skinnies “Pea-Sized Amount” (with video) This time I’m talking about two more products that people …

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Do They Work? Colorescience SPF Powder, Skinnies “Pea-Sized Amount” (with video)

Colorescience and Skinnies: Do They Work?

I’ve had a lot of questions about certain sunscreen products with unusual claims, and what I think of them. I’ll be talking about what I personally think of the claims for 2 products in this post, but there are a lot more products that I’ll talk about later – let me know if there are more products you’re wondering about …

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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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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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The Only Skincare That Works According to Science? ASAP Science video response

Recently ASAP Science released a video called “The ONLY face cream that works! – according to science”. A lot of people asked me to do a response, so here it is on YouTube (keep scrolling for the text version). So the idea of the video is that there’s lots of misleading marketing in skincare .The video is loosely based off …

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Science vs Anecdotal Evidence and Reviews (with video)

Science vs anecdotal evidence and reviews

“I don’t care what the science says, it worked for me” “I only believe what I see with my own eyes” “I’ve worked with clients for twenty years, so I can say for a fact that this works” If you really want to understand the science behind beauty products, you have to understand why science is important when it comes …

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