Fragrance in Skincare Products

Skincare is meant to care for your skin with carefully selected ingredients that will create a pleasant and beneficial concoction to go on your skin. An aspect of a product’s pleasantness is of course its smell as nobody likes to put or leave on foul-smelling skincare products. Fragrant ingredients can both be used to cover over malodorous compounds – or more typical, to make a skincare product smell in a… Read More »

Simple Cleansing Micellar Water

Best Micellar Waters for Sensitive Skin

Cleansing your skin every evening (and morning, if needed) is the second-most important part of a COMP skin care routine. A well-formulated micellar water or cleansing water can be a great option for people who prefer to remove makeup and/or clean their skin quickly with a cotton pad and without using water. You can read more about cleansing micellar waters in the following or skip directly to our list of… Read More »

Alcohol in skincare

Alcohol in Skincare Products

In chemistry an alcohol is any organic compound with a functional hydroxyl group (-OH), which means that there are thousands of different alcohols, usually named ending on -ol. Many of these are actually beneficial for skin, for example the so-called fatty alcohols such as arachidyl alcohol, cetearyl alcohol, hexyl decanol, stearyl alcohol, etc. Therefore, the mere presence of the word “alcohol” in an ingredient list of a skincare product should… Read More »

The Best BB Creams

BB creams (aka blemish balms aka beauty balms) became all the rage in the early 2010’s but have actually been around for quite some decades – sometimes labelled tinted moisturizers with SPF. In this regard CC creams (mainly launched as a follow-up to the BB craze) are not that different from BB creams, although they sometimes offer better coverage, closer to that of a foundation. Read more about BB creams… Read More »

Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 10% Hydrating Gel

The Best AHA Exfoliants

For those who have dry and/or sun damaged skin, one of the best ways to optimize the appearance and quality of the skin is to use an effective AHA exfoliant. While multiple skincare products contain one or more AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids), only those with a acidic (‘sour’) pH between 3 and 4 will actually as work as exfoliants on your skin. You can read more about how AHAs work in… Read More »

Avene Mineral Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion SPF50+

The Best Sun Creams for Face and Body

Sun protection is a must for everybody regardless of age and ethnicity. However, a sun cream is no good if it merely sits unused in your bathroom cabinet because you don’t like the feeling of it on your skin. Therefore it can pay off to spend a little time to find a sun cream which feels great on your skin. Multiple brands have made sun creams especially formulated for the… Read More »

Perfume allergy

Methylisothiazolinone: A Risky Preservative

Preservatives in skincare and cosmetics are not “unnecessary chemicals”, but vital ingredients to ensure that the products do not grow moldy and cause health problems when applied to your skin. That being said, it is of course important that the added preservatives are safe to use and do not cause a different kind of health problem. Dermotopia has previously argued against the suspicion towards all parabenes in the article Parabenes: Safer… Read More »

The Best BHA Exfoliants

The Optimizing part of a COMP skincare routine can consist of various steps, but one of the best for most skin types (except dry and sundamaged skin) is to use an effective BHA exfoliant. “Effective” in this case means that the product is acidic (“sour”) enough for the BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid) to work as an exfoliant, which is why a pH between 3 and 4 is preferred. You can read… Read More »

Dermotopia is on Facebook!

Dermotopia is on Facebook!

Rather than making a newsletter (which ends up in the spam mail anyway), we decided to make a Facebook page for Dermotopia. So if you are interested in following Dermotopia, please like the page to be updated on our newest posts! We will post approximately once a week, so you shouldn’t be flooded with incoming Facebook feeds x times per day/hour…. Also feel free to share and comment on posts,… Read More »

4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup

Best Pressed Mineral Powder Foundations

The most important step of any skincare routine, no matter how simple or complicated, should be to protect your skin against the sun’s UV rays. Therefore you should use sun cream or a moisturizer with SPF every day, but if you are anyway using makeup in the daytime, why not make sure that it is as beneficial for your skin as possible by containing one or more sun filters –… Read More »