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Skincare science is frivolous and warrants attack, right? Wrong

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Anti-ageing skincare testing

Anti-ageing skincare testing

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Is the science behind skincare vacuous and deserving of criticism? Are women who take an interest in it falling for unfounded claims?

Last week, online magazine The Outline generated a flurry of responses and disgruntled social media posts with its article “The Skincare Con”. It essentially answered yes to those questions, by decrying a recent reinvigoration of this part of the cosmetic industry as founded on little more than bad science, capitalism and status anxiety.

The piece argued that skincare has increasingly become the “thinking woman’s quest”, founded on …

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