Olive oil

DermaHarmony 2% Salicylic Acid Bar Soap Review: A fragrance-free way to keep acne at bay

This soap bar is fragrance-free and claims to help treat acne. Plus, I asked my dad for his opinion: Are salicylic acid-based face washes generally more effective in liquid form than solid form?

Some people hunt for wildlife. Others hunt for bargains. But me? I like to hunt for niche skin care products that are less likely to aggravate eczema/sensitive skin. Recently, I’ve been looking for a fragrance-free salicylic acid face wash. Sounds like that should be a simple enough product to find, right? (Spoiler alert: It’s not.) Neutrogena, Clean & Clear, and other big brands make plenty of acne face washes that contain 2% salicylic acid as an active ingredient. But for some…

Asutra lavender yoga mat cleaner review

This all-natural cleaner has a pretty strong lavender fragrance. On the plus side, it includes a microfiber cleaning cloth.

I practice yoga occasionally (keyword: “practice”). I usually only do it at home because I hate the idea of laying my mat on the ground and then rolling it up (the dirty side touches the “clean” side unless you have one of those newfangled “fold and roll” styles like this). But back when I was using ClassPass, I attended a few yoga classes at actual studios, aka not my living room—so I had to invest in a yoga mat cleaner. This post will review the yoga mat…

Olive oil in skincare: Is it good or bad?

Evaluating natural ingredients is just as important as learning about synthetic ingredients. Researchers have found that olive oil damages the skin's moisture barrier, and that it is may not be a good choice for eczema patients.

I recently started reading the National Eczema Association’s blog, which is a great resource for people who deal with eczema in their everyday lives. Many of the contributors are medical professionals who really know their stuff. Today I’m going to share something I learned from this article: “…olive oil can disrupt the skin’s natural barrier when used as a moisturizer. This is likely because it contains irritating fatty acids such as oleic acids.”