29 episodes

Join Allure as we explore the inextricable link between science and beauty — and don't be surprised if you discover your next favorite serum, hair mask, or scalp treatment along the way. Michelle Lee, editor in chief, and Jenny Bailly, executive beauty director, are asking the tough questions and getting the straight answers from dermatologists, cosmetic chemists, and at least one expert on climate change (we said the questions were tough). 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!

Allure: The Science of Beauty Condé Nast

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    • 4.7 • 214 Ratings

Join Allure as we explore the inextricable link between science and beauty — and don't be surprised if you discover your next favorite serum, hair mask, or scalp treatment along the way. Michelle Lee, editor in chief, and Jenny Bailly, executive beauty director, are asking the tough questions and getting the straight answers from dermatologists, cosmetic chemists, and at least one expert on climate change (we said the questions were tough). 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!

    The Inside Story: Tea Tree Oil

    The Inside Story: Tea Tree Oil

    This essential oil is a triple-threat against breakouts, but if you want to reap the benefits, you’ve got to take it slow. (Special thanks to Dermatologist Alyx Rosen Aigen)
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    • 7 min
    The Inside Story: Kojic Acid

    The Inside Story: Kojic Acid

    This skin brightener is one of few ingredients that can help reduce the dark spots and discoloration also known as hyperpigmentation—but there’s more to the story. Listen in, then read this investigative report on skin lightening products published by Allure last year: https://www.allure.com/story/end-of-skin-whitening-products (Special thanks to Dermatologist Evan Rieder)
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    • 8 min
    The Inside Story: Squalane

    The Inside Story: Squalane

    This moisturizing lipid has a complicated backstory, but it’s worth sifting through the facts to uncover the hydrating benefits, particularly if you have oily skin. (Special thanks to Dermatologist Paul Jarrod Frank)
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    • 6 min
    The Inside Story: Cica

    The Inside Story: Cica

    This soothing ingredient has a fascinating origin story—and compelling research on why it works so well to treat inflammatory skin conditions like eczema and help accelerate wound healing. If you have sensitive skin, you’ll definitely want to check out this list of our favorite cica-infused products: https://www.allure.com/gallery/cica-skin-care-products (Special thanks to cosmetic chemist Marisal Mou)
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    • 7 min
    The Inside Story: Ceramides

    The Inside Story: Ceramides

    Without our body’s natural ceramides, our skin cells would dry up and shrivel. Apply ceramides topically, and these lipids help your skin cells not just survive, but thrive. Here are some of our favorite ceramide-enriched products to get you started: https://www.allure.com/gallery/best-ceramide-skin-care-products (Special thanks to Dermatologist Elyse Love)
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    • 8 min
    The Inside Story: Biotin

    The Inside Story: Biotin

    Biotin has earned a reputation as the “it” supplement if you’re looking to grow out your hair or strengthen your nails — though surprisingly, there’s very little clinical research behind its supposed beauty benefits. But we do know about the B vitamin might very well surprise you... (Special thanks to Dermatologist Annie Chiu)
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    • 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
214 Ratings

214 Ratings

A Yods ,

My favorite podcast ever

I never thought I would be so in a love with a beauty podcast, but I was wrong!!! I am in love with this podcast. It’s not just beauty it’s got history, self care and it makes science exciting!. I hope there are more of these coming!!

Seakitteh ,

Changing my review- bad format, poorly researched

Bring back the original hosts! The interviews were way better and the longer format really dove into the topic. The new short format gives very little detail and is an accurate. For example the CBD episode said to steer clear of THC, even though it’s been shown time and again that THC enables CBD to be more efficacious. Way to give into your mainstream brands.

kelmcveagh ,

My Fav Podcast

I love this! So much information is shared along with great questions. I have learned so much. I actually appreciate when they recommend products too.

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