The Chemists' Exfoliation Guide for All Skin Types
Back in the day, St. Ives Apricot scrub was probably the poster child for exfoliation. Even today, most people probably associate exfoliation with those amber scrubby beads. But! Since then, the entire exfoliation category has gotten a glow-up. Now you can choose from a wide range of exfoliating cleansers, serums, masks, sticks, pads, etc all with different strengths and efficacy levels to boot. So let’s take a closer look at why you should exfoliate, how to shop for the right exfoliant, what...Read more
Chemists' Ultimate Sunscreen Application Guide
We’ve hit sunscreen season again! With summer in full swing, the most important yet basic fundamental for good sunscreen protection is simply applying sunscreen correctly to safeguard skin from sunburns, risks of skin cancer, and premature skin aging. It’s not enough to just remember to use sunscreen here and there. Proper application (and re-application!) is key to ensuring you’re getting the proper, advertised level of sun protection throughout the day. So whether you’re got grandiose trave...Read more
An Enrichment to Cleansers: Any Scientific Takeaways Here?
In this blog post: How helpful are acne cleansers? Is there such thing as over-washing? Cleanser Formulation for Dry Skin Cleanser Impact on Rosacea Why Personal Cleanser Preference is Valid Chemists' Skin Type & Cleanser Preferences Takeaways References It would be nice if there was some scientific formula that could tell us what cleanser would best suit our skin. Most of us have spent a fair part of our adult (and young adult) lives jumping from one brand to another, hoping to find the magi...Read more
Introductory Guide to Skincare Fundamentals 101
Welcome to the Chemist Confessions Blog! We started this blog back in 2018, what was supposed to be our final hurrah to the industry. (Little did we know…) The blog was started with the hope that we could share our insider knowledge of skincare formulation, helping consumers find better products. As skincare users ourselves, we found the skincare world was overwhelmingly saturated and confusing to navigate. Additionally, everyone has their personal skin quirks that don’t fall within the dry/o...Read more
Skincare Routine Check-In for Colder Weather
It’s sweater weather time! A change in weather means it just might be time your routine needs a couple updates. We’re not huge fans of nuking your entire routine you’ve worked so hard to build every season - but a few mini tweaks here and there can help make that transition into cooler weather a little easier. So read on for some of our chemists’ recommended things to work on this fall. Moisturizer Check-In: Enhance & Fortify! This is the right season to stay on top of your skin barrier healt...Read more
Get to know your dry skin!
If you’ve been following us for some time, you’ll often hear about Gloria’s dry dry skin. Being naturally on the dry side means that your skin is probably the subject of everyone’s envy during the hormonal, acne-prone teenage years. However, before you know it, BAM! Fine lines are sadly ahead of schedule. So let’s take a closer look at the biology of dry skin, how to choose the right products to tackle dry skin, and what are some holy grail ingredients. My skin is parched! Just what does it m...Read more
Get to Know Your Oily Skin!
The Good, the Bad, the So Shiny! To be fair, the label of “dry” and “oily” tend to be pretty broad sweeping statements. There’s a lot of nuances within each that factor in such as the climate, acne or no acne, sensitivity, etc. But this is definitely one of the first angles to look at when you're just starting to shape your routine to your specific skin needs even before getting into tackling skin concerns like acne, hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, etc. So let’s take a closer look at the biology...Read more
The Chemists' Comprehensive Guide to Cleanser PT. 2
So you’re ready to dive deeper into the world of cleansers. Well this blog post is for you! In this post, we’ll be taking a closer look at the science of cleansing ingredients, go through some popular surfactants, and answer all your questions about exfoliating cleanser ingredients. So let's put some strategy around finding the holy grail cleanser for your skintype. If you haven't already, check out Pt I for the cleanser routine 101 guidelines. The Gentle Cleanser Surfactant Guide Surfactants...Read more
The Chemists' Comprehensive Guide to Cleansers PT. 1
Confession time! We’ve been sitting on this cleanser blog post for probably close to a year. Cleansing is such an important topic -- in fact, we think of it as perhaps the most underrated one of the skincare fundamental trio - cleanse, moisturize, and sun protection. Yet, cleansing is highly personal and very dependent on skin type. So we turned to our Instagram community for inspiration and polled everyone’s top cleansing questions. There are some amazing questions, and it really helped us p...Read more
The Chemists' Comprehensive Guide to Sunscreens PT. 2
By now, hopefully we’ve given you a general idea of why you should use sunscreen (premature aging and skin cancer! do we need to say more?!) and are up to date on sunscreen news (chemical sunscreens could use some PR help). Now that you have a sense of the state of the sunscreen world, let’s get to the good stuff and talk products and how to pick your next winning sunscreen sidekick! Step 1: You feeling Chemical or Mineral? The category is vast, confusing, and keeps adding new launches. It do...Read more
The Chemists' Comprehensive Guide to Sunscreens Pt.1
Looking for a review on sunscreens?! Well look no further! Summer is just around the corner and the skincare market is already starting to rollout with new sunscreen launches. On top of all this, sunscreens have recently been under a lot of scrutiny with all the recent SPF testing drama. That, plus the FDA blood stream study and coral reefs... this category seriously just can’t catch a break. So it's high time we updated our sunscreens guide. In this part I, we’ll go over the basic science of...Read more