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Author: Morgan McHose

Morgan McHose is a graduate student at the University of Southern California studying Public Relations and Advertising. When she’s not studying, Morgan loves writing and reading the latest YA fantasy novels. Morgan currently volunteers as a multimedia journalist at the USC Media Center and writes as an opinion staff writer for the USC newspaper. She aims to find a creative career in Los Angeles in entertainment PR.

Many individuals invest significant time and resources into lengthy skincare routines intended to improve things like skin appearance and texture. It can be really frustrating to realize that the products they have bought and applied could be blocking their pores and contributing to acne breakouts. Unfortunately, this can be the case with comedogenic (pore-clogging) skincare …

INTRO If your head is itchy, don’t panic! Whenever my head itches, the paranoia starts. It must be lice! Without fail, I always get the urge to burn all my bedding and start running a fine-toothed comb through each individual strand of hair. But don’t go all scorched Earth just yet! There are so many …

Before we get into niacinamide serum benefits, let’s distinguish between niacinamide serum and its oral counterpart, B3 supplements. If you’ve ever walked down a vitamin aisle at a grocery store, you’ve probably seen a bottle (or several) marked B3. Vitamin B3 supplements appear everywhere. It’s unlikely you’ll ever need to partake yourself, however. If you …

You may have heard the phrase “encapsulated retinol” lately. This version of retinol is being touted as the better choice. But is it? We’ve collected the best information available so you can make an informed decision about your skincare products. Check out what we found! WHAT IS ENCAPSULATED RETINOL? You may have already guessed what …

If you’ve fallen down the retinol rabbit hole online (like me), then you might have stumbled across the phrase “retinol uglies.” What does this phrase mean? Are retinol uglies an inevitable part of the retinol process? Should you skip the retinol entirely?  If you’ve ever asked one of these questions, then you’ve come to the …

WHAT ARE GLYCOLIC ACID AND RETINOL? Glycolic acid and retinol are both skincare products. Glycolic acid is an AHA, or alpha hydroxy acid. An AHA is simply an animal- or plant-derived acid that can be used as ingredients in products for skincare. Other AHAs you may have heard of include lactic acid and citric acid. …

IS HYALURONIC ACID FOR HAIR WORTH THE HYPE? We’ve talked about hyaluronic acid and retinol in the past. However, people have been noting a new use for the versatile ingredient: hyaluronic acid for hair. This idea has generated a ton of buzz online since a TikTok video about the topic went viral. And it seems …

WHAT DOES CRUELTY-FREE MEAN? Before we get into cruelty-free retinol, we need to explain the meaning of the term cruelty-free. This is a simple question with a complicated answer. There is no universally accepted standard for what makes a product “cruelty-free” and what makes cruelty-free retinol, for that matter. Companies can claim to be cruelty-free …

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