What is allantoin, and why is it used in skincare products?

Let's take a closer look at this ingredient, which is included in many types of products, ranging from eczema balms to sheet masks.

Do you ever notice the same ingredients appearing in lots of skincare products? Stuff you never noticed before? This happened recently with phenoxyethanol, a preservative that is often used as an alternative to parabens. Now it’s happening again with allantoin—I’m suddenly noticing it in lots of products that I write about on this blog. Allantoin is a white powder that has no odor, and provides conditioning properties to the skin, according to the National Eczema Foundation.

Aveeno Baby Lotion vs. Aveeno Moisturizing Lotion for Sensitive Skin

Is the baby version better for adults with sensitive skin? Let's ask My Dad the Chemist.

If you read my comparison of CeraVe baby sunscreen vs. adult sunscreen, you already know that I have a strange affinity for baby skincare products. I love the idea that baby products are designed to be tolerated by the most sensitive skin ever: baby skin. So could they be better for adults who have sensitive skin?

Aveeno Absolutely Ageless 2-pack moisturizer at BJ's: Is it worth it?

How much do you really save by buying this moisturizer set at BJ's versus other stores like Amazon or Walmart?

Recently, I was browsing a BJ’s warehouse store and of course I had to check out the beauty aisle. I saw some pretty nice stuff there, including Cetaphil, Neutrogena, and Aveeno products (but, alas, none of the Aveeno Pure Renewal Conditioner I like). I found myself automatically assuming that the prices at BJ’s were better than anywhere else. But is this assumption based on anything other than my intuition? To find out, let’s conduct a price comparison of something I spotted…