Chemist Confessions
#28:  Time to tackle that hyperpigmentation

#28: Time to tackle that hyperpigmentation

October 1, 2021

It's hard to believe that cooler weather is already upon us! Fall is a fantastic time to ramp up your actives game and tackle that pesky hyperpigmentation

#27 Part 2:  Acne & Their Scars

#27 Part 2: Acne & Their Scars

September 8, 2021

It's time for an Acne Update! This time the skincare chemists, Gloria & Victoria, are focusing on products for all things acne and acne scarring. In part 2, they take a closer look at acne scars - how they develop, how to prevent them, and what are some effective treatments.

#27 Part 1:  Acne & Their Scars

#27 Part 1: Acne & Their Scars

August 26, 2021

It's time for an Acne Update! This time the skincare chemists, Gloria & Victoria, are focusing on products for all things acne and acne scarring. In part 1, they discuss their breakdown of top non-prescription ingredients & secondary support ingredients, plus go through some cult favorite formats such as toners, cleansers, masks, etc.

#26: Did someone say sebum? All about oily skin

#26: Did someone say sebum? All about oily skin

August 9, 2021

Do you worry about the dreaded midday shine? This episode is for you!

In this episode dedicated to oily skin, chemists Victoria & Gloria talk about the biology of oily skin, why it's not all bad news, and some products and ingredients that target those overly productive sebaceous glands.

#25: Sunscreens Pt. 2

#25: Sunscreens Pt. 2

July 20, 2021

It's finally here! In this episode, skincare chemists Gloria and Victoria, touch on all the rest that comes with sunscreens. They talk about the four areas of controversy: sunscreens in your bloodstream, the impact on coral reef, questionable SPF values, and the latest benzene drama. Hopefully, this gives you an insider's perspective on all the questions and concerns on sunscreens and where we are in all the research. At the end of the day, let's keep on sunscreening!

#24: Cl-Cl-Cl-Cleansers

#24: Cl-Cl-Cl-Cleansers

July 6, 2021

In this episode, skincare chemists Gloria and Victoria finally get around to answering everyone's cleanser questions. They talk about the difficulties of testing cleanser efficacy, active ingredients in cleansers, AHA BHA cleansers, and... the California condor? Thanks to everyone who asked us cleanser questions on Instagram!

#23: The Other Antioxidants Over Wine

#23: The Other Antioxidants Over Wine

June 17, 2021

In this episode, skincare chemists, Gloria and Victoria, have their annual rant about the antioxidant skincare category over some fancy glasses of wine. They talk about the difficulties of actually proving an ingredient to be a true antioxidant and the world of non-vitamin C antioxidants. It's the good, the bad, the unknown, and the Adelie Penguin!

#22: Let’s Hack Your Summer Routine

#22: Let’s Hack Your Summer Routine

May 27, 2021

In this episode, skincare chemists, Gloria and Victoria, talk about modifying skincare routines for warmer weather and a lot more sunshine. They look at moisturizers, what actives to include, maybe some actives to put on summer break, and...thermal aging? 

#21:2021 Sunscreen Trends!

#21:2021 Sunscreen Trends!

May 4, 2021

In this episode, skincare chemists Gloria and Victoria chat about all the new sun protection products on their radar over some sake. Hybrid vitamin C sunscreens, mineral sunscreens, and even... oral supplements?!

**Gloria made a mistake in this episode. Synthetic carmine is a Unilever patented technology not P&G's

#20: The Troublesome World of Botanicals

#20: The Troublesome World of Botanicals

April 18, 2021

There... are... just... so... many... extracts. In this episode, chemists Gloria and Victoria talk about why plant-y ingredients are hard to talk about over a few cans of Kirin Ichiban. They cover some of their favorite botanicals with surprisingly interesting clinical studies, and trendy ingredients such as grape and green tea!

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