chemists in the press
Check out our skincare in the spotlight and additional topics the chemists weighed in on.
What Are Peptides? What To Know About This Anti-Aging Ingredient
Peptides are small proteins that penetrate the skin to moisturize it and help smoothen fine lines and wrinkles. Opt for serums and moisturizers instead of cleansers if you want to try skincare products with peptides. The longer you give peptides time to work on your skin, the more benefits you'll reap.Read more
How Worried Should I Be About Aluminum in My Deodorant?
With the growing number of deodorant brands prominently advertising their products as aluminum-free, it’s easy to understand how one might conclude: aluminum, bad, aluminum-free, good. But, as anyone who spends any amount of time trying to decipher personal-care ingredient labels and descriptions knows, that’s not always how beauty marketing works.Read more
The Lip Balm Ingredients That Actually Work, And The Ones To Avoid
Not every lip product actually works to rehydrate lips, and the wrong product could even be making the problem worse.Read more
Hyaluronic acid vs niacinamide—how do these two skincare powerhouses differ?
While researching and refining your skincare routine, you’re likely to have come across both niacinamide and hyaluronic acid. Though they feature in a lot of popular products, knowing the exact differences between hyaluronic acid vs niacinamide is important before you add one or both to your regime.Read more
How to Tell When You Should Toss Your Skincare Products
While we may be tempted to hold onto products until they’re gone, or if we're just bargaining with the idea that we’ll "use them again someday," hanging on to skincare items like toners, moisturizers, and SPF can come with a price of its own, and according to the experts, it simply isn’t worth it.Read more
Your Perfect Pimple Patch
Ever since I stuck a cut-up Band-Aid on my face in the hopes of healing a particularly uncomfortable whitehead, I’ve been convinced that all hydrocolloid patches [i.e. pimple patches] are pretty much the same. When I emailed cosmetic chemist Victoria Fu on the subject, she confirmed my suspicion. “Hydrocolloid dressings have been around for a while,” Victoria explains, “and they’re all generally made in the same way.Read more
Skincare 101: The science behind your favorite moisturizers, serums, actives, and more
SHARE As the first line of defense to the onslaught of the outside world, our skin fends off cosmic UV rays, reaction-hungry free radicals, and the imminent impact of concrete pavement on an icy day. But laboring on the front lines of anatomy can take its toll—wrinkles, acne, and sunburn are just a handful of the common battle scars of daily life. Caring for the body’s largest organ is crucial to overall health—and can allow us to take control over the signs of wear and tear we’d rather avoid.Read more
7 Clever Substitutes for Your Favorite Beauty Products
We chatted with cosmetic chemists, hairstylists, makeup artists, and trichologists to make sure you're not going to damage your eyes or irritate your skin with these simple hacks. Whether you're stuck at home, traveling light, or trying to save a few bucks, you'll be surprised by how well some of these product swaps work. Grab a well worn-in mascara, neutral brown eye shadow, and some body lotion and get creative.Read more
Mandelic Acid Is Skincare's Latest It-Girl
Let us make the intro: mandelic acid is a gentle alpha hydroxy acid derived from almonds. It’s a favorite of the cosmetic chemist duo Victoria Fu and Gloria Lu, as well as board-certified dermatologist. Dr. Lian Mack. “I’ve been using mandelic acid for years!” says the good doc.Read more
We Ask a Chemist: What Percentage Vitamin C Serum Is Best?
By now, many of you are familiar with the benefits of using vitamin C in your skincare routine. (As a quick refresher, it’s a potent antioxidant that’s known to brighten skin, fight against free radical damage and promote collagen production.) Given its popularity, there is an abundance of options to choose from, and one of the questions that comes up most when shopping for a vitamin C product is what percentage is best?Read more
13 Best Cold Creams and How to Use Them for Soft, Moisturized Skin
Cold cream is really, truly nothing new—just ask your grandma—and yet most people still don't really, truly know exactly what it is or how to use it (myself included). Is cold cream just another term for a creamy face wash? Or is it a moisturizer? Am I supposed to wash it off or wipe it off? Or am I just supposed to leave it on forever?!Read more
The 12 Best Lip Stains for Long-Lasting, Photo-Ready Pouts
The 12 Best Lip Stains for Long-Lasting, Photo-Ready Pouts ; Best Overall. Benefit Cosmetics Benetint Cheek & Lip Stain.Read more
What Is Dimethicone & Is It Bad For Skin & Hair? Let's Investigate The Ingredient
When it comes to buzzy beauty ingredients, there's one famous (or infamous, depending on your worldview) player found in a slew of beauty products but isn't always referred to as the good guy. Enter, dimethicone. It sounds science-y (note: It is), and chances are if you do a quick Google search, you'll find a ton of conflicting information that will leave you a bit unsure.Read more
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