I actually can’t believe it’s taken me so long to discover Lab Muffin; a science based beauty blog and the first of an occasional series of Recommended Blogs.
Editor, Michelle, is a Synthetic organic chemistry Phd student (although I think she may be qualified by now) and is qualified to answer all of the questions you might ask about ingredients and the effects on the skin. In beauty, we are bombarded on a daily basis with very cleverly worded marketing that is easy to understand as fact, when it is anything but. Michelle’s post (HERE) on thermal cleansers (the ones that heat up) is concise, straightforward and beautifully explained. The upshot of using thermal products to ‘open and close’ pores is this: “Heat makes muscles relax, while cold makes muscles contract (you may know this from treating sore muscles from exercise with wheat bags, or just from soaking in a hot tub!) However, pores don’t have muscle, so heat doesn’t open pores, and cold doesn’t close pores.”
Thermal products can help to clean pores more effectively, and Michelle takes you through the exact science process of how heat is measured – it’s more interesting than it sounds, I promise. So, if you’re interested in ingredients, claims and glamorous geekiness, Lab Muffin hits the spot.
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