Sneaky Marketing? The Inkey List Succinic Acid Acne Treatment

The Inkey List Succinic Acid Acne Treatment

The Inkey List are a brand that I generally quite like (well not anymore, now that I’ve seen their response to me raising this issue, and some of their other practices). They’re probably the main competitor to The Ordinary, which I also quite like. Both brands have lots of products, and many of them work well on my skin. They’re …

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The Myths of “Medical-Grade” Skincare (with video)

Medical Grade Skincare

There’s a lot of misinformation about how “medical grade”, “clinical” or “professional” skincare products are guaranteed to be better than drugstore or “over-the-counter” (OTC) products you can buy at the supermarket. Like a lot of other myths, this myth has mostly been promoted by some well-intentioned people who have unfortunately been fed the wrong information by brands who know better (or …

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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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Debunking Exfoliation Myths (with video)

Exfoliants are one of the first products you start using when you get into REAL skincare. They’re a really great gateway product, but they can be a bit confusing and there are loads of myths about them. So today I’m doing the debunking! (More info on exfoliants in my Essential guide, in case you haven’t downloaded it yet!) The YouTube …

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More SPF Mythbusting (with video)

chemical vs physical sunscreens

This video is sponsored by Skillshare – the first 1000 people to use this link will get a 2 month free trial of Skillshare Premium Membership. It’s that time again… SPF mythbusting time! Because no matter how hard I try, more of them turn up. (I did a video on SPF myths last year – check that out as well if you …

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Busting Retinoid Skincare Myths (with Video)

Retinoids are vitamin A derivatives, and they’re some of the most popular ingredients in skincare. They’re anti-aging, anti-pigmentation and anti-acne, plus their effectiveness is backed by lots of studies. But like everything else in skincare, there are lots of myths and half-truths about how they work and how you’re meant to use them. Here’s the video on YouTube – keep scrolling for …

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More Huge Skincare Myths, and What to Do Instead (Video)

About a year ago I made a video about 5 of the biggest skincare myths. Here’s another 5! Check it out on YouTube here, there are sources below. Myth 1: When to use chemical exfoliants I’ve talked about it before here: Do I need extra sunscreen when using chemical exfoliants? Relevant studies: Kornhauser A et al., The effects of topically applied glycolic …

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Silicone Mythbusting (with Video)

Silicone Mythbusting Video

This post is sponsored by Grant Industries. Silicones are one of the Big Bad ingredients in skincare, make-up and haircare. They’ve been demonised by natural brands, and there are more warnings about them than you can count. So I was delighted when Grant Industries (ingredient manufacturer, maker of Granactive Retinoid, physical sunscreens and of course, silicones) asked me to do a …

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