Comparison Review: Krave Beauty Matcha Hemp Hydrating Cleanser vs. Whamisa by Glow Recipe Green Tea Foaming Cleansing Gel

Comparison Review: Krave Beauty Matcha Hemp Hydrating Cleanser vs. Whamisa by Glow Recipe Green Tea Foaming Cleansing Gel

Trying to choose between Krave Beauty Matcha Hemp Hydrating Cleanser and Whamisa by Glow Recipe Green Tea Foaming Cleansing Gel? I know the feeling.

A Good Low pH Cleanser Isn’t Hard to Find (Anymore)

A Good Low pH Cleanser Isn’t Hard to Find (Anymore)

It's funny thinking about it now, but I actually didn't get into skincare at all until I was 33. Before then, I typically washed my face with whatever decently priced and usually scrubby facial cleanser was on sale at the drugstore. I thought the dry, tight, desperate-for-moisturizer feeling I got after every wash meant my [...]

Reader Questions: Recognizing and Treating Overexfoliation

Reader Questions: Recognizing and Treating Overexfoliation

Recognize the signs of overexfoliation and learn how to treat and prevent it for improved skin health.

Review: Swanicoco PHA 10% Coco Peeling Cream

Review: Swanicoco PHA 10% Coco Peeling Cream

There's a fine, fine line between effective exfoliation and too much exfoliation. (Finer than the fine lines that we're trying to minimize here.) Finding that line can be a challenge, since it's so fine and its location varies so much from person to person. Some people do best with little to no exfoliation. Others like to use [...]

Review: Naruko Dermalane Intensive Brightening Renewal Treatment 20% Mandelic Acid AHA

Review: Naruko Dermalane Intensive Brightening Renewal Treatment 20% Mandelic Acid AHA

I have a complicated relationship with AHAs. They're some of the most proven actives around for my skin concerns (brightening and anti-aging), but over the past year, I've looked for ways to pull back on them rather than go harder. Thanks to prescription tretinoin, I generally seek out products to strengthen my barrier rather than further thin it [...]

How to Exfoliate: Multitasking with Chemical Exfoliants

How to Exfoliate: Multitasking with Chemical Exfoliants

The most recent episode of the Snailcast was all about acids and how to exfoliate safely and effectively, and I'm super bummed because I wasn't able to join thanks to moving hassles. But the topic got me thinking about acids and reminded me that I've been doing mine in a different way than I used to. A [...]

Spring/Summer 2016 Flops and Faves, Part 3: Yet More Hanbang + the Return of the AHA

Spring/Summer 2016 Flops and Faves, Part 3: Yet More Hanbang + the Return of the AHA

Previously: Part 1: Classics and New Faves | Part 2: Best and Worst Ginseng Skincare This final installment of my spring/summer 2016 skincare routine update took me a very long time to write because so much has been happening with my life and my skin! Which sounds dire but in reality isn't. Even when I've been let down by something I'd been [...]

Shop News: Monday Mask Party!

Shop News: Monday Mask Party!

I don't usually do Instagram review roundups because I like to give you guys different things on different sites. I have a (half-assed but deliberate) system for deciding what goes where. But I don't want anyone to miss out on the launch of the Mask Party sheet mask set at my favorite Taiwan-focused boutique AB shop, Beautibi! The products featured in [...]

Curology Month 5 Update

Curology Month 5 Update

It's that time again! I finished off another bottle of my Curology anti-aging prescription and am back with an update. Just a quick one this time. No B&As, as I think results are easier to see with a longer wait in between, but definitely some progress to report! My Current Curology Anti-Aging Prescription My fourth [...]

Curology Month 3 Update, B&A, + a Chat with My Provider about Tretface Skincare

Curology Month 3 Update, B&A, + a Chat with My Provider about Tretface Skincare

Man. Time sure flies when you're taking your fine lines and sunspots to church with actives so powerful that only licensed medical professionals can provide them. I'm now in my third month on Curology prescription skincare. I've gone from 0.012% to 0.02% to 0.05% tretinoin, one bottle at a time (with the first, weakest prescription [...]