Saturday, February 9, 2013

Bloggers are not usually skin care experts, fyi.

If you catch me saying, "You need to do X to have good skin," or "Everyone should use [product] to improve their skin," without linking you to any good studies or articles that cite good studies, please slap me.

Be careful about taking the advice of some college girl with a blog who really fucking loves makeup on how to care for your skin. Or a middle-aged mother of three, etc. I'm not singling out college girls or anyone in particular. I'm just saying, (1) SCIENCE, okay? There's a lot of crappy pseudo-science and bad advice out there, mostly from people who want to sell you something, or people who have bought into what those people are selling them. Learn to be a close and careful reader of marketing claims and do a little research. It doesn't take long. You know how to google. The Beauty Brains and the people at Beautypedia can help you out a great deal. (2) Everyone's skin is different and has different needs.  Anecdotes and experience can only get you so far. Even people who apparently have the same skin type will react differently to different products. There's a lot of trial and error involved. So if I recommend something and you're interested, when you buy it for the first time, try to get it from somewhere with a good return policy in case it's a disaster for you. I'm telling you what my skin is like and how something worked for me and providing you with an option. If it doesn't work for you, I'm not going to try to convince you otherwise. I just want to give you some suggestions so that you can have fun with your face without throwing your money away.

In conclusion, be wary of "experts" with no credentials other than enthusiasm. I'm not an expert, but I'll at least try to direct you to some.

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