What Science Says About Skin Care

Scientists conducting research in the lab

The science of skin care. You may have heard this expression being tossed around, and indeed there seems to be something to it. After all, don’t all of us want to find a product that is proven to work? It would avoid a lot of wasted money and dashed hopes spent on cosmetics that don’t work. But is it for real, or are skin care companies just gambling on the fact that their customers are just easily impressed by scientific terms?

What To Put On Your Face

Austin based comedian Kath Barbado  is a woman daring to combine the yin with the yang. On her skincare blog, “What To Put On Your Face,” the comedian defies stereotypes by uniting the traditionally male associated  aptitude for science with the traditionally female associated quest for the perfect skin care product. It is here that she answers readers questions about the most daunting scientific elements of skincare to bring clarity to the subject.

Barbadoro’s early motivation for unlocking skin care secrets was similar to most of ours. She wanted to look her best. However, her interest led her to an exploration of the science behind it. The comedian began to browse the Reddit thread “skin addiction” in order to clarify information on beauty sites such as “Beautypedia” and Caroline Hirons. This is where I started learning about the importance of skin pH and the acid mantle, for example,” she explains.

Barbado’s take on all of this seems to be a positive one. “You can be a lot more judicious with your purchases when you can look at the list of ingredients in something and actually understand what you’re reading.”

The Scientific Beauty

“The Scientific Beauty’ is a beauty and skin care blog focused on simplifying the scientific language of cosmetic companies – a sort of “Skincare for Dummies” if you will. Founder Sophie explains her aim as being able to satisfy her wish to have “the science…explained in plain English to help decode the chemicals and separate the facts about beauty from fiction.”

Visitors to “The Scientific Beauty” wishing to satisfy their desire for lighter reading material will not be disappointed. Readers will find articles interspersed with lipstick kisses and Chanel brushes, so as not to alienate visitors to more traditional beauty sites.

The Upshot

So what is the final word on “skin care science?” Well, it sure doesn’t seem to be doing any harm. Sure, it’s worthwhile to remember that any skin care advice found on the internet should be clarified by a professional, but combining enthusiasm for cosmetics with an enthusiasm for science may be a step in the right direction. And, if skin care science can provide a social media community for women to share their experiences and answer their questions, so much the better.

What do you think about what science is saying about skin care? Let us know and tell us what you’re learning.

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