I’m officially back in action (blogging) and back home from my away rotation. While I was gone, I received two awesome questions that I thought would be perfect to share with you all. But first– how cute is this mug? It is the newest addition to my mug collection! While away, I found myself much closer to an Anthropologie than I usually am and just couldn’t resist a great kitty mug.
Now, onto the questions.
Susan: Do you look at ingredients in beauty products and consider the clinical research, if any, when making purchasing decisions? I just found your blog and am hoping to find a beauty blogger that uses his/her science based knowledge. If you don’t, do you have any suggestions?
I absolutely look at the ingredients in the products that I use before making purchasing decisions…particularly when the product “claims” to do something like lighten hyperpigmentation, chemically exfoliate, smooth skin, etc. etc. I personally don’t have any ingredients that I exclude in my skincare (paraben-free and the like), however I do tend to take a peek at clinical dermatology research to see whether an ingredient is known to be effective for what a product says it will do.
For example, Vitamin C has been shown to be effective in lightening hyperpigmentation…but only at a certain pH and when formulated to be stable. One of the first and easiest ways to know whether a Vitamin C product is no longer “active” is if it has turned from clear to yellow (if there is no yellow color added to the product).
Anyways, I am considering starting a series on the blog where I spotlight different ingredients that are found in skincare and beauty products and reviewing the current research. I wasn’t sure if I had an audience that would be interested in reading these kinds of posts, but if so I would be happy to give it a shot since I am passionate about effective products (and dismantling false skincare claims). Keep in mind, I am not a doctor (yet) and especially not a dermatologist, so these would just be from the perspective of a passionate consumer.
As far as other good resources for science-based beauty bloggers, Kind of Stephen is a cosmetic chemist who often writes about the chemistry of beauty and skincare products (as well as new innovations)– http://kindofstephen.com/. I will also occasionally check Paula’s Choice Beautypedia as a quick source for ingredient reviews (http://www.paulaschoice.com/beautypedia/). I would caution you to take the Beautypedia reviews with a grain of salt though, as they strongly favor Paula’s Choice products and have a serious hatred for anything with added fragrance and will down-score even very effective products because of that.
I hope this helps to answer your question! Thank you so much for reaching out. Let me know if you have any other ideas or recommendations for blog posts about beauty and science—I would love to integrate them, especially knowing that people are interested.
Heather: Do you have any specialties that you are particularly interested in? I think this concept of healthcare & beauty is so great! Keep up the great posts ❤️
Hi Heather! Thank you so much for reading along 🙂
I am in the middle of my third year of med school which means I have a whole lot of rotations left to go before I have to decide what I *officially* want to do for residency. That being said, I went into medical school really passionate about women’s health and totally loved my OB/GYN rotation that I just finished. I am also really interested in family medicine, which I still haven’t had a rotation in yet! I will keep you guys posted as I figure it out 😉
Liz: Any recommendations on make up remover? Something natural because the chemicals tend to feel pretty burny on my sensitive skin Confession: I’ve simply never used make up remover regularly (I know there terrible..) but am starting to feel like I should be better to my face.
Hi Liz! 💕 I am totally with you on the burn-y reaction to certain makeup removing products so I definitely have a few recommendations that might work for you!
My absolute favorite way to remove my makeup is to double cleanse. The first “cleanse” is with an oil cleanser. Oil cleansers are great for sensitive skin because they don’t have any drying, stripping, ingredients and do a fantastic job of removing all of your makeup (including waterproof mascara, if that’s your jam) and any facial sunscreen. You apply it onto dry skin, massage it onto your face, and then rinse with warm water. You then follow up with your normal foaming-type face wash to remove any oily residue. I have tried a few of these so far, and my absolute favorite is the Neutrogena Ultra Light Cleansing Oil. If you are into trying higher-end skincare, the Boscia Makeup-Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil is also lovely.
Another way to remove makeup is by using a micellar water. Micellar waters remove your makeup and oils on your skin but is theoretically gentle enough to leave on without rinsing. This blog post does an awesome job of explaining the science behind how it works, if you are curious. I have had mixed results with micellar waters, with some (like the Simple Micellar Water) burning my eyes with use, and others working really well. I do find that if I don’t wash my face after removing makeup with them for a few days I tend to start breaking out– so from personal experience I would still recommend using them as the first part of a “double cleanse.” Micellar waters that work well and don’t burn my skin are the one from Garnier (I use the blue cap since I wear waterproof makeup, but if you don’t the pink cap is good for regular makeup and marketed towards sensitive skin), and Bioderma (only available online and a bit pricier).
If you want to go totally natural and are mostly focused on removing eye makeup before you wash your face, plain old coconut oil is very non-irritating and works fantastically! Bonus– it also does a great job of hydrating the eye area. You just take a little on your fingertips, gently massage the area until the makeup has pretty much all “broken down,” remove as much as you can with a dry tissue or towel, and then wash your face like normal with your face wash.
I hope this helps 🙂
Alright, that’s all the questions for today! Make sure to check back tomorrow for the Week(s) in Review post!