Reviewing More Cult Asian Products (With video)

Reviewing asian skincare and makeup products

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably tried Asian skincare products already. Skincare culture is a bit different in Asia, so there are lots of awesome products that we don’t really get in Western countries, plus they’re usually quite budget-friendly. Today I’m going to be reviewing some really awesome Korean and Japanese beauty products I’ve tried recently, as …

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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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Will Benzene in Sunscreens Give You Cancer? (with video)

In case you haven’t already heard, the 2021 edition of “This Anti-Cancer Product Is Giving You Cancer” is that there’s been benzene found in a bunch of sunscreens. How much should we be freaking out about this? I did an Instagram post on this already, but I thought I’d elaborate a bit more. The video is here on YouTube, scroll …

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Zinc Sunscreens Don’t Work Better: Every Myth Busted (with video)

Chemical vs Physical Sunscreens: The Science (with video)

There are so many myths around mineral or physical sunscreens – the ones with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide – and how they’re supposedly better than chemical sunscreens with scarier names like oxybenzone and octocrylene. And it’s usually zinc oxide that gets all the hype. Some of these advantages are true… but so many are just myths. And a lot …

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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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