Titanium Dioxide

A few thoughts on buying skincare online vs. in a brick-and-mortar

When should you shop online, and when should you buy something in person? It depends.

Lately, I’ve been thinking about the pros and cons of buying stuff online vs. in a brick-and-mortar store. I probably shop online a lot more than many other people, mostly because of (a) where I live, and (b) how lazy I am. Here are the main reasons why I do most of my shopping online:

Why don't more companies share their SPF testing results with consumers?

At least two companies share their SPF testing reports—EltaMD and Supergoop—but why don't more of their peers do the same?

Sunscreen is a mysterious topic, riddled with lots of cryptic acronyms…SPF, UVA, UVB, WTF? Plus, it’s gotten kind of a bad rap. Consumer Reports released a controversial study that found that many SPF claims did not hold up against independent, third-party testing. No wonder many people don’t bother to wear sunscreen—the labels are confusing, it’s expensive, it turns your skin white, it smells, and it might not even work.

Sunscreen active ingredient percentages: How much do they matter?

How much do sunscreen active ingredients' percentages matter? And does anyone even validate companies' SPF claims?

Have you ever thought about how sunscreen SPF claims are validated? Is there some central agency in the U.S. that’s responsible for verifying sunscreen labels’ claims, and testing that they truly are broad spectrum? I’m really not sure.