To Peel or Not to Peel?

I know we’ve all seen the videos floating around. You know, the ones where folks have applied a thick layer of some black goop to their face and are now bravely facing the camera for the removal process. Here’s just the most recent video making the rounds on Facebook, but if you search “peel off mask removal” on YouTube you’ll get thousands of hits.

And we’ve all watched a few of these videos. We watch their winces and screams, laugh at the situation they’ve put themselves in, and then secretly wonder if they’re just being a big baby and if maybe we should buy or make a mask too, just to try it. But should you really? Is it safe to peel these monstrosities off of your face? Let’s take a look at the science behind these masks and see if they’re worth the pain!

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Setting vs Fixing Sprays

If you follow any makeup gurus, whether in blog form or video form, you’ve probably heard them rave about one setting spray or another. But what is a setting spray? Also, what the heck is a fixing spray? Is there a difference? Let’s take a look at the science behind these very different makeup items!

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Sulfates: Good or Bad?

Sulfates and parabens are very much in the same boat right now in the beauty community: everyone says they’re bad for you, but they don’t have the evidence to back it up. In the same way all makeup seems to shout “paraben free” from the rooftops, a lot of hair care products are doing the same with the “sulfate free” marketing. But is it warranted? Are sulfates really that bad? As you might expect, there’s no simple yes or no answer to this question.

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The Truth About Parabens

If you’re an avid makeup buyer, you’ve probably seen a barrage of products that proudly proclaim “Paraben free!” But what does that even mean? Sure, it’s paraben free, but why do we need to get rid of parabens in the first place? And what the heck is a paraben anyway? Today I want to answer those questions and hopefully help everyone gain a little more understanding about the products you’re purchasing.

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