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Part II: Retinol Metabolism Cont’d; Retinol Degradation and Strength; Combination Use of (Hydroxy) Acids and Retinol

FAQs about Retinol In Part I, we discussed the main pathway of retinol metabolism and learned that in order to allow the skin to OPTIMALLY convert retinol into retinaldehyde, and then into tretinoin, a retinol product should have a pH value of between ~5.0-6.0. So the obvious question that is asked most often is, “Can I use retinol … Continue reading

Do you apply foundation in a way that minimizes movement of your sunscreen?

If I’m going out during the day, as in when there’s ANY significant sunlight, I’ll wear sunscreen under my foundation. This includes if I go out at like 6:00 pm and the sun sets at 7:00 pm haha. Yes, I know I’m crazy. For reference, I wear a mineral-sunscreen mixed with a bit of mattifying … Continue reading

How do you deal with sales associates who tell you about nonsensical skin care “facts?”

I just politely nod and smile, while occasionally saying, “Ah.” Or, “Wow, I didn’t know that.” But I do listen to everything that they say, and I just come up with my own rationale or reasoning about why a certain statement or claim that they say, is wrong. I used to just block them out entirely, … Continue reading

Estée Lauder Perfectionist [CP+] Wrinkle Lifting Serum

Estee Lauder Perfectionist [CP+] Wrinkle Lifting Serum: ($55/$80/$135 for 1.0 oz/1.7 oz/3.4 oz) Positives: There are high amounts of the antioxidants skullcap, black mulberry, and grape extracts. Due to its arbutin and therefore hydroquinone content, the black mulberry extract can theoretically inhibit melanin production, which can result in a more even complexion. However, you aren’t going to get anywhere near the results … Continue reading

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