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The Beautiful Skin Blog — skincare chemistry

Healthy skin tip #7: Throw out your old makeup!

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Want healthier skin? (Of course – why else would you be reading this blog?!) Take a look through your cosmetics and ruthlessly chuck out anything that's past its prime. Old makeup runs the risk of contamination. To clear up a misconception: Bacteria aren't the problem. The real enemy is mold and fungus, according to Dr. Louise Hidinger. Dr. Hidinger has a PhD in biological chemistry and also holds a post-graduate certificate in cosmetic science. (If you haven't already discovered her awesome blog Ingredients of Style, go! Now!) Via email, she explains for us what happens as cosmetic products age: Bacteria...

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What does the word "hypoallergenic" really mean?

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Allergies can make life really difficult. If you suffer from allergies – whether to food, cosmetics, dust or something else – a product labeled "hypoallergenic" might sound like it will make your life easier. And it might. Hypoallergenic products claim to cause fewer allergic reactions, and often they are created without use of specific allergens. However, there is no standard, regulation or requirement that companies must meet in order to use this word in product labeling. It's like the word "noncomedogenic" in this way. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has tried off-and-on to regulate use of the word...

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What's my skin's pH?

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What is your skin's pH? The skin of your face has a pH of around 7. Remember that pH is a measure of how acid or alkaline something is. The scale goes from zero (extremely acidic) to 14 (extremely basic). As you'd guess, a score of 7 is neutral. Water has a pH of 7. So does milk. Lemon juice is around 2 – acidic. Very alkaline or basic substances (the opposite of acidic) include ammonia, lye, and sodium hydroxide. And as you'd also guess, these are not things you want on your face. Substances at either end of the...

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