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Skincare chemists Gloria & Victoria’s weekly conversation on all things skincare science. The podcast covers notable skincare news, decoding outrageous claims, demystifying the overwhelming product landscapes, and answering your burning skincare questions. Tune in if you might need help building a skincare routine, finding a serum that’ll ACTUALLY deliver, or just want to have a few laughs on some of the crazy things you see in skincare.

Slugging with Occlusives? | CC Podcast Episode S4E26
If you’re a skincare junkie, you’ve probably come across the term “slugging”. This trend of sealing in your moisturizing routine with a balm really highlights the benefits of occlusives. These waxy, oily, balmy substances are pretty helpful to your moisturizer game, so let’s get into the science, the controversy, and just which occlusive product to include in your arsenal!
Mon, September 18, 2023
Decode that Occlusive | CC Podcast Episode S4E25
The slugging trend is here to stay and if you've ventured into this realm, you might have realized that the products suggested can vary a lot! Here we decode two popular "slugging" products and go through which one to choose for your skin type.
Mon, September 11, 2023
Are You Exfoliating Correctly? | CC Podcast Episode S4E24
It's time for an exfoliation update! But this time, we're spending a segment on physical exfoliators aka. scrubs. Scrubs can actually be a helpful addition to your exfoliation game specifically for very stubborn texture concerns and blackheads. We discuss the various kinds of scrubs, any testing behind them, and what to look for when you're shopping for them! 
Tue, September 5, 2023
Decode the Home Peel | CC Podcast Episode S4E23
Chemical exfoliants come in all sorts of product types and one type that seems to be expanding is home peels. These typically include higher concentrations of chemical exfoliants and are meant to be used as wash-off masks. To give everyone a general picture of the landscape, we go through a few product decodes and soon realize this realm isn’t as straightforward as we thought!
Sun, August 27, 2023
To Decode or Not to Decode the Ingredient List | CC Podcast S4E22
6 years ago our journey started in skincare education started with decoding ingredient lists. Since then, this realm has evolved a lot...for better or worse. In this episode, we've decided to take some time to break down decodes based on product type and discuss when decoding can be helpful and when decoding could lead you into a pit of confusion.  
Mon, August 21, 2023
Decode that Claim (Challenge Mode!) | CC Podcast Episode S4E21
We’ve been decoding all sorts of claims in the skincare world, but devices happen to be some of the most confusing products to figure out. Today it’s decode challenge mode! We walk through a really good example of a device that comes with the works in terms of claims and talk about what to pay attention to and what we’d probably ignore.
Mon, August 14, 2023
Which Vitamin C Derivative is Better? | CC Podcast Episode S4E20
There’s a whole world of Vitamin C molecules outside of ascorbic acid, but they all get lumped under the “Vitamin C” serum category. The difficulty here is that not every molecule has been validated to give the same benefits of ascorbic acid. So let’s get into a few of the major players, what they’ve been tested for, and how to go about shopping for these Vitamin C alternatives.
Mon, August 7, 2023
Decoding Vitamin C? Body Products | CC Podcast S4E19
Vitamin C seems to be entering all sorts of skincare arenas, including body care. But is Vitamin C actually helpful in the category? Let’s take a look at a couple products to understand what’s really going on here. 
Mon, July 31, 2023
Which Vitamin C Dupe Reigns Supreme? | CC Podcast S4E18
You’ve probably wondered, “Out of all the Skinceuticals CE Ferulic Dupes out there, which one should I buy?” Well we’ve decided to put a few dupes to the test. After some surprising results, we go over which serums we would avoid. We also discuss what clues to look for to help you decide whether or not its time to let that Vitamin C serum go. Let’s get into it!
Mon, July 24, 2023
Skincare changes for summer? | CC Podcast S4E16
Summer is in full swing now! In addition to the gazillion sunscreen articles, this is also the time of year when all these jazzy “summer skincare routine guides” come out. But do you really need to change up your routine just for summer? Is skin actually different during this time of year? Should you continue with retinol usage? What about your hyperpigmentation routine?
Mon, July 10, 2023
Decoding Vitamin C Products | CC Podcast S4E15
Vitamin C is definitely a must-have active during summer because of its excellent antioxidant properties to help prevent and combat photodamage. Because of its benefits, this category has expanded in the last couple of years into different formats outside of the classic: water-based, suspension, and powder formats. In this episode, let’s decode a wash-off mask, a stick, and an AOX sunscreen to see if these alternative formats hold any merit.
Mon, June 26, 2023
How’s Your Skin Barrier Doing? | CC Podcast S4E14
There’s been a big focus on “Skin Barrier Health”, but what does that even mean? Many don’t realize that dabbling in things like anti-aging and hyperpigmentation is a moot point, if your skin barrier isn’t in tip-top shape! In this episode, the chemists do a deep dive into the biology behind good skin barrier health, what ingredients can help, and how to shop for your skin barrier!
Mon, June 19, 2023
Decode that Moisturizer | CC Podcast S4E13
It’s time to give our skin barrier some spotlight. But wait! When you start going down the rabbit hole of moisturizers, you stumble on some very odd formulation. So let’s go through some recent product launches and see if we can figure out what exactly we want in a moisturizer and how to make sense of the wild ingredients and claims.
Mon, June 12, 2023
30 Sunscreens in 30 Days - The Results! | CC Podcast S4 E12
For 30 days, the chemists decided to trial 30 different sunscreens for texture, wear, and wash-off using a UV camera. We ended up learning a lot through this journey so let's discuss! Who were the winners? losers? and what new sunscreen habits did we pick up? Let's talk about it!
Mon, June 5, 2023
Decoding ”pregnancy safe” skincare | CC Podcast S4 E11
Since one of the chemists reached a major life change, it’s finally time to dabble in the world of “pregnancy-safe” skincare. It’s not a surprise that this is a realm that doesn’t have a lot of regulation and not a lot of testing. So let’s go through what data IS available and how the chemists would navigate skincare during this more delicate time of life.
Tue, May 30, 2023
Find Your Cleanser Like a Chemist | CC Podcast S4E10
Cleansers are a pretty good hybrid of an art and a science. Aside from a few basic criteria like gentleness and cleansing power, why you like a cleanser can get pretty personal. This makes shopping for a cleanser pretty difficult, but you have us! And we’ll try to put some logic to this world, so let’s do it!
Sun, May 21, 2023
Decoding Cleanser Claims | CC Podcast S4E9
Let’s decode the mysterious world of cleansers! One of the most personal skincare product categories around where the science doesn’t quite link as well to product success. So how helpful are cleanser claims? And how well do they lead to your next holy grail cleanser? Let’s get into the bubbly, soapy, madness!
Mon, May 15, 2023
Build an Acne Routine like a Cosmetic Chemist | CC Podcast S4 Ep8
Let’s get into acne and how to build a solid acne routine. We discuss the research side where groups are looking into the microbiome, bacne, and even acne for people of color! We discuss how to assess your breakouts and how to build a proper acne routine. These are all critical pieces of knowledge to have as many of us tackle this stubborn and what feels like never-ending skin concern!
Mon, May 8, 2023
Decoding Acne Claims? | CC Podcast S4 Ep7
It’s time for our annual recap on acne. A ~$9 billion dollar industry with thousands of touted acne products. Unfortunately this category sometimes gets a pass when it comes to proper claims because everyone rides the OTC salicylic acid claim. That means it’ll take a little decoding to really know what claims are legitimately helpful for post acne marks (and not just hyperpigmentation). Let’s do this!
Mon, May 1, 2023
Are You Using Sunscreen Correctly? | CC Podcast S4 Ep 6
The sun is here! This means it’s time for us all to brush up on our sunscreen habits and make sure we all know what to look for when shopping for sunscreens. But the sunscreen landscape is vast and there are so many types to choose from: fluids, lotions, droppers, sprays, sticks, and foams?! Does this mean we have to apply these differently? How well does the touted “2-finger rule” hold up? So much to get into!
Tue, April 25, 2023
Decoding Sunscreen Claims | CC Podcast S4 Ep5
Sunny days ahead! That means it’s time to roll out the sunscreen content and we definitely had to start with sunscreen claims. The category has exploded into all sorts of formats and now we’re seeing brands get fancy with them by adding actives as well. So what does this mean? Is this how we decide which sunscreen is better? Let’s get into it!
Mon, April 17, 2023
Should You Buy an Eye Cream? | CC Podcast S4 Ep4
It’s time to get into the Eye Cream Meatz! A topic we’ve been avoiding for far too long. The main struggle is that the biology is complex and the research is sparse, ultimately leading to a confusing product landscape. We’ll walk through the eye cream category and help assess what makes for a better/best eye cream or…an eye cream that needs a whole lot of faith!
Mon, April 10, 2023
Decoding Eye Creams! | CC Podcast S4 Ep3
We’ve been avoiding it too long, but it’s time to tackle eye creams! In this episode, we break down the three types of eye claims you’ll come across: the faux clinical claim, the “not so clinical” clinical claim, and the legit clinical claim!
Mon, April 3, 2023
Skincare Botanicals Update | CC Podcast S4 E2
Exotic plant extracts are making their way back into the skincare spotlight. Let's go through them shall we? The chemists stumble on a few with some eyebrow-raising claims. 
Mon, March 27, 2023
Decode that Retinol Claim | Chemist Confessions Podcast S4 E1
We. are. finally. back! Sorry about this long hiatus. We were working hard to gear up for this new season. The podcast will be sliiiggghhtly different - but this season, we'll be doing WEEKLY episodes. So let's jump right into episode 1 where we take a closer look at the ever-evolving retinol claims landscape!
Tue, March 21, 2023
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