Allergen of the Year!

Allergen of the Year!
Every year the dermatology community gets together to name an Allergen of the Year so they can all learn a bit more about common ingredients that could be causing reactions in their patients. I will say that even as anti-soap as I am, I didn't expect this year's ingredient to be one that even I had come to think of as pretty innocuous. Decyl Glucoside is an extremely common sur...

Leaving Skincare Behind

Leaving Skincare Behind
How did we get here? How did we get to the place where we are constantly seeking beauty in such a way that it's become a 134 BILLION DOLLAR industry this year. We are fascinated with watching skincare bloggers test a million products on their own bodies, willing to be the guinea pigs for the rest of us. We follow them with passion and interest to find out what the next best thing is. The...

Chemicals in Skincare

Chemicals in Skincare
What about chemicals?I've been monitoring the change in skincare ingredients so closely for the past 10 years and I am constantly shocked as what passes as "natural". It's nearly heartbreaking as I have a stream of clients who come in and say, "but I spent $80 on this makeup and it came from a place that claims to only sell safe things." I dutifully pull up the ingredients list and show them the d...