Do you start group chats about the best scalp treatments? Google AHA vs BHA exfoliants until the wee hours? Take progress photos of your dark spots after trying a new vitamin C serum? You’re our people. And we know you’re going to love The Science of Beauty, a new podcast produced by the editors of Allure.
Each week, Michelle Lee, editor in chief, and Jenny Bailly, executive beauty director, will be exploring the inextricable link between science and beauty by deep-diving into a product category, ingredient, or physical phenomena like wrinkles or hyperpigmentation.
You’ll get a refresh on the basics (yes, you need to wear sunscreen everyday), but you’ll also start to think about beauty and science in a whole new way. Both are fascinating, and neither exists in a vacuum. For example, ever consider what the rapidly evolving realities of environmental science mean for our skin’s UV exposure? (Like we said about the sunscreen…) In our first episode, we explore how beauty science is deeply connected to environmental science, and how both can affect the way we live, and the way we look, every day.
Of course, we couldn’t decode chemistry and dispel myths without a little help from our friends. We turned to top dermatologists, an ocular plastic surgeon, a climate change expert, and even a reality-TV star (with serious medical bona fides) to answer our most pressing questions — and that’s just within the first six episodes.
Speaking of, those first episodes are all about skin care — but you can expect us to dive into the world of hair care next. Though, truthfully, we could probably spend a whole season talking about vitamin C….
Now, in hopes that we’ve piqued your interest, you can listen to the trailer for The Science of Beauty above. New episodes will drop every Thursday following our debut on October 15th.
So if you’ve always wondered what a wrinkle actually is (and how retinol can make it go away), or why your hair is curly (and which polymers will give it the most spring), come get nerdy with us!