I'm curious if anyone has used this site or any similar? Lately I'm getting really sick of all the "greenwashed" ineffective products on the market, it seems more and more companies are releasing products with outlandish claims which don't do anything and frankly it gives me a headache when I'm trying to shop! My skin has developed sensitivities, and I am trying to switch to more natural, yet still effective, anti-aging skincare. I'm trying to really educate myself on proper skincare, establish a regime that actually works instead of just slapping whatever creams on my face and hoping for the best. Finding out what truly works and what are just "gimmicks". From drugstore to luxe brands that make ridiculous claims; there's just more and more rubbish on the market these days. I stumbled upon this site while browsing toxic ingredients found in common products. This site features things like full ingredients lists, claims, brand overviews with strengths and weaknesses, expert reviews based on published scientific research, community reviews, and a search function. I wish more like this existed, particularly ones for haircare also. Do you prefer natural and effective products backed by scientific research, or see skincare and makeup as just more of a fun tool to play around with?
PS. As this site features product reviews I apologize in advance to BH if this isn't suitable for posting here so please delete this post if unsuitable. This site is more of a learning tool.
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