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Malia Thompson

The FDA and the Skincare Industry

CONTRIBUTORS: Janis Leahy & Carrie Holden First things first: this is not an FDA hate post. Too often on the “clean” side of the beauty industry, I hear a squawking racket of anti-science diatribes and conspiracies about the bureau that has jurisdiction over our safety. The FDA is an important

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Malia Thompson

What’s the Difference Between Chemical Sunscreen and Mineral SPF?

Co-Authored by Janis Leahy Sunblock. Sunscreen. SPF. It’s all over the news right now as so many companies have been questioned about the safety of their products, and now the FDA is being petitioned to investigate more chemical sunscreen ingredients. But it’s one of the hottest, sunniest times of the

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Janis Leahy

Skin Hydration (hint: hyaluronic acid isn’t a magic ingredient)

CO- AUTHORED BY MALIA THOMPSON We all want healthy, hydrated skin. When we are maintaining moisture in our skin, our skin looks more vibrant (some say “glowy” or “dewy”), feels softer, and wrinkles & fine lines are minimized. It also causes our skin to produce less oil (oil is generally produced

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Janis Leahy

Why Skincare Might Not Fix Your Skin

Sometimes, skincare products aren’t enough. That’s right, I said it.  But it’s true, and I speak from experience. In 2018, I developed hypothyroidism, and with it came a range of other health issues like kidney stones, intense exhaustion, and – the one that frustrated me most – skin inflammation. As

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Malia Thompson

Slugging (No Snails Included)

Up until a few years ago I had always been a balanced-to-combination skin person. Dehydration was never an issue, so I didn’t have to worry about itchy, flaky skin. But after I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, my medication started triggering some uncomfortable changes. My skin’s moisture barrier was no longer

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Michelle Kiernan

Michelle’s Transition to Clean

Like mother, like daughter. For many women, it’s a phrase that holds true in a number of ways, especially within the realm of beauty. For as long as I can remember my mother has been a skin-care addict. My mom had three children to look after, but that never stopped

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Brandon Econ

Brandon’s Transition to Clean

My skincare journey started rather late. It’s just not something I cared about for the first 20 years of my life. I was self conscious enough that my Mom would sneak facial cleanser into the shower, or give me Proactive to treat the acne on my neck (which didn’t work),

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Ashley Sutton

Ashley’s Transition to Clean

In 2017, I started getting hives and rashes on my cheeks. It would come at times when I was stressed out or when I was in the sun for a long period of time. I started working on my stress management and wearing hats if I went outside. Nothing changed.

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Malia Thompson

The Safe Cosmetics & Personal Care Products Act of 2019

How much do you think about government regulation while you’re looking for a new shampoo or moisturizer? Not much, I’d wager. And why would you? We should all be able to trust that our government has a standard of safety that protects us from exposure to toxic chemicals in our

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Malia Thompson

Hyaluronic Acid – to Use or Not to Use?

Oh, hyaluronic acid, your time has come, my friend… Once renowned as the magic bullet of the beauty industry, the biggest darling of the skincare world, you’ve become one the most ubiquitous ingredients in personal care products. And now you’re under fire as the newest no-no. Is all of this

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