There is a lot of misinformation out there about cosmetic ingredients. Science has its own language, which is difficult for most people to decipher. It’s therefore so easy to misunderstand the findings of a study, and spread, in good faith, scary but incorrect information about this or that chemical, creating panic and confusion. And then there’s the opposite problem: brands who exaggerate the effectiveness and safety of their fancy but underperforming ingredients to make a quick buck.
Luckily, there are also lots of dedicated bloggers who do their best to squash these dangerous rumours and set the record straight on how effective and safe the ingredients used in our cosmetic products really are. Here are my favourites:
The Beauty Brains
Run by Randy Schueller and Perry Romanowski, The Beauty Brains needs no introduction. If you don’t know it, you must be living under a rock! In their blog (and books), the Beauty Brains help you make smarter beauty choices by debunking myths about maligned chemicals and explaining what ingredients can and cannot do, and what advertisements and claims really mean. The blog is written in a witty and entertaining style that will educate you while making you laugh.
Created by dermatologist student turned entrepreneur Nicki Zevola, FutureDerm takes a scientific approach to skincare. Beauty products, ingredients, and packaging are reviewed based both on personal experience and what the science says about their effectiveness and safety (or lack of them). Nicki has also used her research to create her own line of cosmetic products, all of which contain ingredients that have been proved to deliver the promised benefits.
Chemists Corner is run by one half of The Beauty Brains, Perry Romanowski. Targeted to cosmetic chemists, the information here is a bit more technical. Perry doesn’t just explain what ingredients do, but also how they can properly be added to a product to create the best possible formula. Everything is explained in a simple way that’s easy for everyone, not just chemists, to understand.
Colins Beauty Pages
Colin is a beauty scientist turned consultant who discusses the science behind beauty. At Colin’s Beauty Pages, he has put together a small ingredient dictionary which features both the usual suspects but also little-known ingredients. Each post, which is written in a colloquial style, explains, with the support of scientific studies, what an ingredient does and how safe it is. He also debunks scary cosmetics myths, and shares the latest findings and studies in skincare.
The Natural Haven
Most blogs only explain what ingredients do when used on the skin. The Natural Haven, instead, focuses on hair. Run by a “scientist on a hairy mission”, the blog helps us choose, by explaining what science says about them, what ingredients best work for our hair. The posts are short, informative, and straight-to-the-point.
15 Minute Beauty Fanatic
Christine is a pediatrician who started 15 Minute Beauty Fanatic to help other busy women get ready, and look their best, in 15 minutes. But she also uses her understanding of science and knowledge of skin to explain how our skin works and what products can, based on the ingredients they contain, deliver what they promise. Her posts are simple, entertaining, and informative.
Michelle is a “pro-science, anti-fear-mongering, anti-hype, pro-healthy-skepticism, pro-honesty” blogger who started Lab Muffin because she was frustrated at the lack of easy-to-understand information about the science behind beauty. Michelle explains how ingredients and products work in a simple way that’s both easy-to-follow and fun. And did I mention she’s also a nail polish fanatic?
Brightest Bulb In The Box
Brightest Bulb In The Box is another informative and entertaining blog that takes a scientific approach to beauty. She debunks myths about cosmetic ingredients in a witty and sarcastic way that makes science fun for everyone. Her reviews are throughout, and she even conducts experiments to find out how many applications there are in your cosmetic products!
And, of course, don’t forget that you can always check out Beautiful With Brains! 😉
Do you follow any of these blogs? Do you know other blogs who focus on cosmetic ingredients?