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What is the skin microbiome and how does it affect skin health? Ask Doctor Anne

I get a lot of questions about pre-, pro- or postbiotic skincare, but to answer them sufficiently, we first need to take a look at what they are actually targeting: The skin microbiome.     So in todays installment of the #AskDoctorAnne series we will take a closer look at the millions of cells living on and with us, discover how they benefit our skin, what we know about them that could be transferred into skincare products and what we can do to make our very own microbiome happy! The…

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The truth about Clean Beauty | Doctor Anne

It is no coincidence that I am writing this article right now. Clean Beauty and the many misinformations have been on my mind for a while, but what finally made me put finger to keyboard was the recent airing of the GOOP documentary on Netflix.     Which I, for full disclosure, haven’t seen yet and probably won’t watch anytime soon, as my time is too precious to waste on things I really don’t want to watch. I have however followed Gwyneth Paltrow and her sometimes quirky and sometimes dangerous…

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What is a serum and do I need one?

ADVERTISEMENT INFORMATION: THIS BLOG POST FEATURES PR-SAMPLES/ GIFTED ITEMS AND USES AFFILIATE LINKS. PLEASE READ DISCLAIMER. I try to research my video topics through several different sources, one of them being PubMed. If you are not familiar with PubMed, it is a tool that allows you to search through published articles in scientific journals, and I used it heavily when writing my thesis. It is however not always the best tool for cosmetic research targeting the most basic questions like: What is a serum?     Why? Because in medicine,…

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Ingredient Spotlight Vitamin C

I sound like a broken record, I know, but I really want to talk some more about Vitamin C and everything there is to know about it. Why? Well, because it is easily one of my favorite skincare ingredients, and one that I recommend over and over again. You remember that Instagram Stories Template popular in the last few weeks that made you choose between two ingredients, always pairing the ones that you picked against each other until you were left with one hero ingredient? Vitamin C was always among…

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EU cosmetics regulation bans free from claims – What does that mean for you?

On July 1st 2019 a technical document came into force that bans the use of several “free from” claims in cosmetics, and that has caused quite a stir. But if you don´t produce cosmetics yourself, how would that change in cosmetic products regulation affect you as a consumer? I admit it isn´t a topic that I usually pay much attention to, and it isn´t a topic you´ll see talked about in a regular beauty video. But with increasingly more people interested in the ingredients they apply to their face and…

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Does blue light from our screens damage our skin?

This blog post uses affiliate links. Please read disclaimer. I love it when I get questions from you guys. Not only do they help me create content I know you’ll be interested in, but they open my eyes to topics I would probably not even have thought about. Of course I had heard about blue light affecting our sleep patterns and straining our eyes, but to be honest I never gave it much thought.     At least not until a question kept popping up here on the blog and…

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Peptides – Everything you need to know

“And it contains peptides!” – “Aaaahhh… What?” Have you ever felt that way when someone tried to sell you a skincare product? I know I have. Peptides have been around for a few years, they are the “thing to have” in your routine, yet there is a lot of insecurity about what they actually do.     Or if they even do anything. And that is okay, because the jury is still out on that. And the fact that there are over 100 peptides doing different things doesn´t really help…

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Silicones in skincare – the facts

Is there an ingredient in skincare that receives more hate than silicones? Probably. SLS, just to name one. Or fragrance, like I recently discovered (here). But for the sake of style, let´s just asssume that the answer is: No!     And then focus on the fact whether or not the hate that seems to run so deep in the beauty community is actually scientifically backed up. I mean, you are probably already guessing it by reading this introduction, but let´s approach the discussion with an open mind and see what I…

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The Ordinary Matrixyl 10% + HA

This blog post contains affiliate links. Please read disclaimer.   Sometimes a tiny letter can make a huge difference. Make you question things, for example. In cosmetic science, that letter is usually a “v”. Why a “v” you ask? And imagine how great it would have been had I said a “y” -Y a “y”? Because “in vivo” sounds pretty similar to “in vitro”, but in terms of results there is a huge difference.     See, many ingredients proove their claim on human cells. In the lab, in petri…

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Emollients vs. Occlusives – Everything you need to know

I once heard about someone that always read the last chapter of a book first. Reason behind that? She wanted to make sure she’d know the end, even if something happened to her before she could finish reading.     I don´t do that. I read my books from start to finish, maybe skimming over some parts here and there, but following the story as it was written. And as this is the third in a series of blog posts, I highly suggest you catch up with “Do you really…

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