Episode 9: Skincare Part 1
If there's two things I know, it's that everybody's got some kind of skin malady, and that everybody's got a nerd thing. My skin malady happens to be my face of literally constellation acne. My nerd thing is the famed Los Angeles cult Scientology. My friend's skin malady is an itchy rash; her nerd thing is Law and Order (bonus points for SVU episodes). My other friend has eczema, and her nerd thing is Disneyland (*also one of my nerd things). I happen to have another friend who has blended skin maladies and her nerd thing and created a pretty frickin' cool skincare line THAT SHE COOKS IN HER KITCHEN. That friend is today's guest, Alli Reed. Her skincare line, Stratia, recently launched and did I mention she cooks up this stuff herself in her own goddamn kitchen? The.future.is.FEMALE. Listen to us gab and get positively schooled on the topic of the largest organ in our longest episode yet!
Interested in what we've talked about? Follow along below!
- Evening primrose oil - Phytoestrogen to fight acne. Take 1300 mg morning and night to knock out hormonal acne.
- Liquid Gold - Alli's first product that has ceramides, cholesterol, and fatty acids to mimic the skin's moisture barrier. Ceramides are a fatty mixture that fill in the gaps of the (constantly) compromised outermost layer of skin.
- Rewind - Alli's second product, a DMAE anti-aging essence. What's DMAE? Well it's some cool chemical compound that not only will stop the appearance of wrinkles, but continue to stop that anti-aging process even after you stop using it. (Writer's note: I will never stop using this product.) It's also got other ingredients that fade dark spots, increase cell turnover, and other good shit.
- Fortify - Stop everything you think about oil and your skin. Not every oil is created equal! Oil is actually really wonderful for your skin. Alli's oil has got equal parts of omega-3, -6, -9.
- Velvet Cleansing Milk - Foaming cleansers can really strip away the good oils from your skin, so Alli developed this cleanser that's not only free of dreaded sulfates but also pH balanced. Most peoples' skin starts out as acidic at around a 5.0 - 5.5 on the pH scale. Sulfate-laced facewashes can raise the pH of the skin, creating a hotbed for p. acnes to survive and thrive. This particular facewash was developed at a 5.0, which is great for keeping the acid mantle of the skin intact.
- Soft Touch AHA - Gentle chemical exfoliant with a big-time ingredient we first started hearing about in the '90s--Alpha Hydroxy Acid. (AHA!) They break chemical bonds between the already-dead skin cells on the surface of the skin, naturally removing those cells. It's got 10% mandelic acid, leaving little chance for irritation on the surface of the skin.
- Yo Alli, what's a paraben? It's like poison, right? Alli kicks this one down faster than I would kick down a "Trump-Pence 2016" sign in my yard. Long story short: parabens are preservatives, but they are FINE, they have 0 effect on the body.
- Alli loves AHAs, BHAs, retinoids, Curology, and niacinamide. (Sidenote and fun fact re: this writer's nerd thing: the Scientologists make you take a bunch of niacinamide's cousin, niacin, to purify your body of all toxins and radiation as a form of drug rehab!)
- Check out Alli's skin type blog post here. Also her blog is gr8 in general.
- In case you spent the last 72 minutes under a rock, Alli Reed is a goddess who walks among us. Go buy her products! They work!!!
What's your skin problem? And your nerd thing? Love us? Hate us? Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and let's chat. I'd love to wear a sheet mask and talk about the Bridge to Total Freedom with y'all!