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  • Well, I haven't tried it and I asked the company and there doesn't seem to be any test data available but here's what I THINK may be going on:  A regular towel with water will remove some makeup.  A regular towel with water and a good cleanser will …
  • I contacted the company and asked about the Makeup Eraser Towel. I was told by a representative that "The cloth is a proprietary blend of 100% polyester. The fibers are so fine that they pull makeup away from the face." This makes sense because any …
  • I haven't seen this. Let me take a look and see what I can find out. 
  • Wow, thanks for the link! This is very intriguing but also very complicated. The article makes it clear that there's something to this but I'm still not convinced how solid it is because I haven't seen the study design, the statistics, or an indicat…
  • I'd focus on giving hair the conditioning it needs rather than the moisture. Hair equilibrates to ambient humidity pretty quickly. The amount of moisture inside the hair shaft is less important than the condition of the outside. 
  • You're exactly right that when most people talk about "dry" hair they're really referring to the symptoms of dryness and not the actual moisture content. In other words, the state of the cuticle of your hair has more to do with it feeling rough and …
  • I've never seen any evidence that these two ingredients provide any benefit for skin what so ever. 
  • "Rings your BS bell." I like that.  This product appears to be a fairly sophisticated moisturizer which is fine. I don't see anything that would "boost the skin's immune system."  I don't see any of the standard anti-aging ingredients (like retinoid…
  • If you're worried about the health effects of exfoliating that much you should really check with a dermatologist so he/she can examine your skin.  
  • If you're talking about "regular" exfoliating scrubs and similar products, I would say the answer is no because they only remove a few layers of the stratum corneum. That's not enough to make the epidermis significantly thinner.  If you're talking a…
  • I'm not aware of any data that suggests alginate masks can help with lifting, wrinkle reduction, and hyper pigmentation. Of course, any mask that forms a film on your face can provide temporary tightening that may give the look and feel of lifting a…
  • It looks like the magic ingredient is Trisodium HEDTA which is a chelating agent. That means it's able to grab onto certain minerals and prevent them from binding to your hair. In this case it's chelating the copper which is responsible for the gree…
  • Other than preservatives I can't think of any active ingredients that provide much benefit when used at 0.01%. If I'm wrong and anyone has any specific examples, please let me know. 
  • I really don't know. I don't see any of the classic stabilizing agents like Ferulic acid, 
  • Very interesting article.  You're right, the derm says some very convincing things and there are some studies showing sericin (silk protein) may have anti-aging properties under certain conditions. Example: published in the International Journal of …
  • Most of the time the extracts like the one you mentioned are used in very low concentrations and they are NOT functional - they're just added to make the product more appealing.  Remember that (at least in the US) ingredients below 1% can be listed …
  • There is data but I don't know how solid it is. There are studies showing is has some antibacterial efficacy in vivo and some small studies on actual acne lesions. Of course none of these studies compare it to proven active ingredients.  One of the …
  • The polymers are water soluble (or at least water dispensable) so as the water evaporates (and/or as the environment around the polymers becomes more oily aka hydrophobic) the polymers can kick out of solution and form the white balls.  This only ha…
  • As far as I know, AHA products have to have a low pH (on the acid side) to be effective. So, no, the neutralized version of lactic acid doesn't have the same benefits.  I wasn't aware that AHA are good for KP anyway. 
  • Very strange!  These copolymers are primarily used as thickening agents and, yes, under certain circumstances become less soluble and cause the "balling up" phenomena that you're experiencing. Your guess about the cause being oily skin makes some se…
  • To my knowledge, probiotic products have not been proven to help with either acne or redness. 
  • It's true that jar packaging exposes products to air, moisture, etc that can cause some types of formulas to lose efficacy. This is mostly true of anti-oxidant type active ingredients. I don't think that's the case with glycolic acid solutions. My g…
  • Hi Nema.  First of all, thanks for your iTunes review! Now, on to your questions... 1. Yes, this product contains the Polyelectrolyte Complex ingredients. That means that it has the ability mend split ends better than most products.  2. I'm not sure…
  • Some natural fragrance ingredients are highly irritating or sensitizing (some citrus oils, for example.) You have to consider the chemical composition of the ingredient not its source.
  • That's an entirely different issue.
  • We've looked at a few Kiehl's products over the years and have never seen anything that's differentiated by technology.  For what it's worth, Kiehl's is owned by L'Oreal and it's not uncommon for large companies to share technology/formulas across b…
  • Surface exfoliation won't fade a tattoo because the ink is deposited deep in the dermis. 
  • Hmmm. Are you sure tea tree oil is worth all this work? There's not a lot of data showing that it's really effective against acne. (At least not that I've seen.)  The couple of studies that I have seen referenced used tea tree oil at 5% from a leave…
  • I've never heard of Sorbolene but I Googled it and found that it's a skin moisturizing cream with a high glycerine content. If that's the right product I don't really see how it's an alternative to soap. Maybe it' a different product? If you post th…
  • Yes that is possible. The ingredients are listed in order of descending concentration. For example, it could look something like this: First product: Dimethicone - 75%Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract - 10%Ceramides - 2% Retinol - .5%Tocopherol - …

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