Reader questions

Why you should probably buy name-brand sunscreen

If you find a sunscreen that works for you (hallelujah!), it's probably best to stick with it rather than trying a slightly cheaper version.

I received a question from a reader the other day, and it got me thinking about when it makes sense to save or splurge on skincare products. Sara left a comment on the Neutrogena vs. Trader Joe’s Sunscreen Stick Comparison blog post, saying that she had tried Trader Joe’s sunscreen stick as a less expensive alternative to her normal go-to sunscreen stick from ThinkBaby—but unfortunately, the TJ’s version wasn’t able to protect her daughter from sunburn. For reference,…

Save or Splurge? The Ordinary EUK 134 vs. NIOD Superoxide Dismutase Saccharide Mist

Which DECIEM option should you go with: The Ordinary's EUK 134 or NIOD's superoxide dismutase saccharide mist?

Despite all the recent-ish drama surrounding the future of The Ordinary, DECIEM is taking the world by storm. Here in NYC, there are now seven locations—I still remember there were only two stores around a half year ago (~March or April), when I first visited the location in SoHo. Here’s a drive-by picture of the new Upper West Side location:

CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser Update: What changed in the new formula?

What changed in the CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser's new formula? Let's hear My Dad the Chemist's take on the changes.

I recently received a request from a reader, asking me to compare the old CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser against the new formula. The reader wanted to know why the new formula was making her and her husband break out, whereas the old formula had been a favorite of theirs for years. First of all, reader, I feel your pain. I understand the frustration of realizing that a formerly holy grail product no longer makes your skin happy—simply because the company decided to change its formula for some…