Everyone seems to know the “basics” when it comes to summer and skincare: sunscreen, hats, and hydration. Granted, while these are highly important things, there are certain aspects of these topics that are rarely discussed and acted upon. Below I explain, yes, why these things are essential, but also The Fundamentals: Visit Your Local Hydration Station People! You’ve probably heard of the phrase “hydrated skin … Continue reading My 4 Essential Summer Skincare Tips
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
I feel like this clay mask is vastly overlooked because of, what I like to call “sheet mask culture” or the ever popular hashtag #skintertainment. You don’t see people posting about clay masks as often as sheet masks, and maybe there’s something to it? I mean, I love a good moisturizing sheet mask just as much as the next, but yet, I also find myself … Continue reading Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Clay Mask Review
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
As a Westerner, snail secretion serum and sunscreen sounds like something out of a comedy film where one jokester replaces another’s moisturizer with the gooey-substance. When it reality, snail secretion is nutrient packed with glycoprotein enzymes, proteoglycans, hyaluronic acid which all come together to create bright, moisturized skin. In this case, my father was traveling of Thailand and couldn’t help but notice one heavily advertised … Continue reading Namu Life Snail White Serum and Sunscreen Review
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?