cosmetic conundrums

What does it mean when skin is “well-hydrated?”
What does it mean when skin is “well-hydrated?”Skin hydration is an interesting term that has great consumer and scientific meaning.
What is an ultra-hydrating and therapeutic moisturizer?The terms ultra-hydrating and therapeutic, as they pertain to moisturizer formulation, are pure marketing gibberish, however they have tremendous consumer appeal.
What are sensates in moisturizers and what is their value?Sensates are substances that induce a certain sensation when applied to the skin.
What are parabens?There has been recent concern about the safety of parabens as they are the most frequently used preservative in skin care products today
What are the safety concerns associated with parabens?Safety concerns over parabens arose because they mimic estrogen by binding to estrogen receptors.
Are there any safe preservatives?Providing safe products that consumers can use with confidence requires preservatives. However, the concept of preservation is not unique to skin care products.
Is it worthwhile to advise patients to purchase paraben-free products?Many skin care products are now advertising the “paraben-free” claim, however the parabens must be replaced with another preservative.
What are natural skin care products? Are they preservative-free?No one is really sure what constitutes a natural skin care product, since all ingredients are natural to the earth!
Is 'natural' soap milder?It is unclear what constitutes “natural” soap, since all soap is really natural, however there is a trend toward the purchase of homemade soap.
Why does skin feel tight after cleansing?No one knows exactly why skin feels tight after cleansing, however one general theory is widely accepted.