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Q&A with My Dad the Chemist: What companies and 'dream products' excite him today

Learn what my dad thinks are up-and-coming trends in skin care and hair care, and the 'dream products' and companies that he finds exciting.

When you’re a kid, you learn to memorize certain things: your home phone number, your address…and your parents' professions. Whenever someone asked me about my parents, I always dutifully responded that my mom was an accountant, and my dad was a chemical engineer. My mom’s profession was a little easier to understand, but for many years, I had no idea what a “chemical engineer” actually did. I just knew that my dad sometimes came home with bags of aerosol pumps and…

Neutrogena Men's Triple Protect Face Sunscreen review

How this men's sunscreen helps protect your skin from razor burn, dryness, and signs of aging.

I discovered a new product category the other day: men’s facial sunscreen! How long has this been a thing? At first glance, it sounds smart: Men get razor burn and they need protection from UV rays, too. However, it feels like facial sunscreens shouldn’t be gendered at all—what would prevent a woman from experiencing similar “razor burn”-like side effects (from threading or waxing)? I have some theories about this, but that’s for another time and another post.…