My Monthly Exfoliation Process during the Summer

Exfoliating the face and body is what gives skin it's healthy glow. New skin cells are kept on the skin's surface, fine lines and wrinkles can fade, and itching abated. My legs are particularly itchy. Every now and then they just itchy and it doesn't seem to matter what I do, they just itchy for [...]

Skin Care for the Male and Female College Student

Most students at my University live in a suite style apartment. The closest thing to a traditional dorm that's left at my University is the Greek housing where 3 or 4 people share a bedroom and there's either 1 large bathroom or two rooms will share a bathroom. Regardless of the design or layout, there [...]

Tech Gadgets for Back to School

Tech Gadgets for Back to School

This may seem like a weird post. But I wouldn't be a good educator working at a University if I didn't include some really useful and helpful tech purchases that will see you through undergrad and graduate school. Here's a list of some awesome things I've used or wish I had when I was a [...]

Bathing Traditions in the French Court

Bathing Traditions in the French Court

The French Court: opulence, grandiose, the height of luxury. The source of absolute filth. But what one calls dirty is entirely in the eye of the beholder. What we can good hygiene today was largely impossible 200 years ago. Technology and medical knowledge we take for granted now didn't exist 200-400 years ago. Regardless of [...]

I Have a Silent Disease: my struggle with POTS

Silent diseases are the worst. On the outside you look fine but on the inside of your body there’s something wrong. Normally people refer to silent diseases when talking about pain management. Mine isn’t pain. I suffer from POTS and this is my story.

Pitera – Ferment Filtrate

Pitera – Ferment Filtrate

Almost everyone knows what a fungus is. Mushrooms are the first thing people think of. We eat them. People grow them. They show up spontaneously in our gardens after it rains. 'Fungus is among us' goes the old saying. As a mycologist I have tons of puns. In all seriousness now, Pitera is a fermented [...]

Who Ensures Safety of Your Skin Care and Makeup?

Who Ensures Safety of Your Skin Care and Makeup?

Quick answer: the US Food and Drug Administration (the FDA). But it's actually not that clear cut. Let's say you're a youtuber and want to launch a lipstick, we're talking hypothetically for the millennial crowd, there are a series of things legally you can and cannot include in your lipstick. That list is maintained by [...]

What is no-poo, cleansing conditioners, co-washes?

What is no-poo, cleansing conditioners, co-washes?

Unless you've just hit your lane in hair care and aren't interested in anything else, you've probably heard of the no-poo method, cleansing conditioners, and co-washes. Cartoon showing detergents pulling away dirt and oil (the grey stuff). The red ball is the water loving end (hydrophilic), the yellow tail is the water hating end (hydrophobic). [...]