Is Batiste dry shampoo ruining your hair? The Science
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by Michelle Wong
1w ago
Batiste is one of the most popular dry shampoos, but there are lots of posts on social media warning people not to use it. Is it actually bad for your hair? Here’s the lowdown. What are the claims? Here’s an example of one of these videos, which I debunked recently as part of a YouTube video on haircare myths: Video: ... Read more Source ..read more
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Can you test heat protectants with fire? The Science
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by Michelle Wong
1w ago
You might’ve seen videos of people testing their heat protectant products by trying to light them on fire. As many of you may have suspected, this is a really ineffective test for whether a product protects your hair from heat. Where does this test come from? This test seems to be promoted by a lot of people selling Monat, an ... Read more Source ..read more
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DMDM hydantoin and formaldehyde in haircare
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by Michelle Wong
1M ago
DMDM hydantoin is a preservative commonly found in shampoos. It started getting a lot of attention in 2021, thanks to a number of lawsuits surrounding hair loss – so let’s talk about the science behind it and whether it’s safe. (This post is partly based off a longer video about haircare misinformation on TikTok, which also covers sulfates, silicones, testing ... Read more Source ..read more
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The “Everything” Serum: Olay Super Serum
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by DeAnna Creel
1M ago
I’ve been reviewing beauty products for more than 10 years, so not a lot of things excite me – but some things did in 2023. The Olay Super Serum was one of them! The video version of this review is here, keep scrolling for the text version…. Olay Super Serum is the best new skincare product I’ve tried in a ... Read more Source ..read more
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How to find transfer-proof eyeliner pencils
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by Michelle Wong
1M ago
Something that made a big difference to me in 2023: I worked out how to find eyeliner pencils that were transfer-proof even on my oily skin!  My eyelids are super oily, so eyeliners always smudge or start transferring after a few hours. Transfer-proof pencils aren’t really that new an innovation, but for the longest time I didn’t really know what ... Read more Source ..read more
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How do colour-changing lipsticks and blushes work? The science
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by Michelle Wong
1M ago
Have you seen colour-changing lipsticks and blushes online? A lot of these claim to “adjust” to your skin’s pH to give a personalised shade… but is it just a gimmick? Here’s the chemistry behind these products. Colour-changing ingredients Red 27 Most colour-changing products – whether lipsticks or blushes – contain an ingredient called Red 27, also listed as CI 45410 ... Read more Source ..read more
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Ultimate Guide to Drug Retinoids
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by Michelle Wong
2M ago
Drug retinoids – tretinoin, adapalene, tazarotene and trifarotene – are some of the most powerful ingredients in skincare. They can help with issues like acne, uneven texture and hyperpigmentation. But what are the differences between them? Here’s the guide for you! My PhD is in medicinal chemistry, so I’m going to be diving into the differences at a drug structure ... Read more Source ..read more
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Drug, cosmetic or compounded retinoid: Which one should you use?
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by Michelle Wong
2M ago
Retinoids are the gold standard skincare ingredients. They’re the next essential product after sunscreen, because they can help with so many skin issues, and there’s scientific evidence to back them up. But there are a lot of options, so it’s tricky to work out which one you should use – and it doesn’t help that there’s so much incorrect info ... Read more Source ..read more
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Vitamin C doesn’t work? Debunking Science Vs Skin Care Podcast
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by Michelle Wong
3M ago
The Science Vs podcast episode on Skin Care: Is Anti-Aging a Scam? in part inspired my recent post on whether retinol in cosmetic skincare products worked. I’ve had some questions about some of the other parts of the podcast, especially about vitamin C and whether it actually penetrates skin. As I’ve discussed before, vitamin C in L-ascorbic acid form is ... Read more Source ..read more
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Is Retinol a Scam? The Science (with video)
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by Michelle Wong
3M ago
If there’s one skincare ingredient that works, it’s retinol. Pretty much everyone agrees – whatever skin concern you have, it’s one of your best bets. But is it all a scam? Let’s dive into the science behind retinol, and the bigger question of why skincare science looks so different from what academic scientists are used to. The video is here, ... Read more Source ..read more
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