Within the skincare community, you may hear some terms casually thrown around such as moisturizer, humectant, emollient — as if these (somewhat) complex words were apart of everyone’s vernacular. Moisturizer, maybe. But humectant, emollient, and occlusive agents? Not so much. In short, humectants, emollients, and occlusive agents are integral parts of a moisturizer. However, the lines between these categories are murky as some ingredients can … Continue reading Moisturizers, Humectants, and Emollie-What?
Alright. So, what is it? Squalene, What the heck is it and why does it have such a funny name? The chemical itself was discovered from shark liver oil, yet in many cases is now sourced from olives, wheat germ, and bran. It was later learned that squalene was not a foreign chemical to the human system as it is found readily in sebum … Continue reading Squalene (& Squalane) Explained
Collagen, a naturally occurring polypeptide, is found in our skin and connective alongside our animal counterparts. As a structural and strength-giving necessity, it makes up to around 80% of our skin in our early twenties. So what makes this molecule worthy to include in specifically skincare if our bodies naturally produce it? And well, just as all good things have to come to an end, … Continue reading Reading Labels: Collagen
Probably know best by his work The Metamorphoses, the famous Roman orator Ovid, born in 43 BC, discussed current social and dermatological practices in the Medicamina Faciei Femineae (Cosmetics for the Female Face). Ovid describes how and why a woman should take care of her skin outlined in elegiac couplets – a style of lyric verse traditionally reserved for love poetry. From his writings, he … Continue reading Ancient Roman Skincare: What Actually Worked?