• Skincare

    The Intentional Approach to Skincare

    I believe that we all exist on a skincare spectrum.  On one end we have the “do-littles.”  These are people who don’t give much thought to taking care of their skin.  Those that use whatever’s lying around.  Those from the school of 18-in-1 shampoo/body wash/facial cleanser/surface degreaser/motor oil.  On the other hand, we have the “do-the-mosts.”  These are the skincare fans, mongers, collectors etc.  If it’s new and shiny, they want it in their 20-step routine and they couldn’t tell you why but mind your own business, alright? Both classes of people are often missing the same element in their skincare routine: intentionality.  It’s my firm belief as both a…

  • Allergic Contact Dermatitis,  Allergies,  Ingredients,  Preservatives

    The Truth About Parabens

    When it comes to skincare, some ingredient names are 4 letter words.  Over the last decade or so, parabens have become infamous due to conflicting claims about their safety.  Many product labels now tout that they are “paraben free” and many a skincare lover tries to avoid parabens at all costs.  Most of these aforementioned skincare junkies know that “parabens are bad for you,” but probably couldn’t tell you why though (rly y tho?).  Skincare companies have jumped on consumer concerns about parabens and used them as a marketing ploy.  However, in the process, we may have cleared the way for even more hazardous ingredients to become ubiquitous. Here’s the…

  • Acne

    Acne Myths and Facts

    I, like so many people, have struggled with acne for most of my life.  It started insidiously when I was a teenager, and then progressed to overtake most of my face and leave me with scars.  Back in those days I thought I could cleanse my way to clear skin. Countless TV and magazine ads had taught me that if I emulated any of a number of famous blonde ladies and splashed my face with a bunch of water that all would right itself.  Instead I ended up with irritated skin and a soaked bathroom.  As the years have gone on, I’ve been able to gain control of my acne. …