The medical science and R&D communities are deeply intertwined, and impact everyday products like beauty in ways many people don’t realize. Uzo has been a Follain supporter since day one of the business, and she keeps us connected to the professionals, the research, and the products we need to know. Her global perspectives from having lived all over the world, combined with her biogenetics research roots, and her passion for supporting diversity in beauty and wellness, all help keep us on our toes as clean beauty pioneers and experts.
Health Advisory Board
We stay at the forefront of research related to the environmental health impact of beauty and personal care products – from green chemistry to ethical sourcing and sustainable packaging – largely through our advisors. Follain exists to offer education and products that help consumers make the most informed and impactful choices available at the moment. These advisors help ensure we stay ahead of the curve and constantly evolving, on this front.
Gay is our personal encyclopedia on all things ingredients—from their point of sourcing through to their journey to the consumer. She’s one of the original advocates for clean beauty, or the “godmother of the movement” as we like to call her. Not to mention, she operates a regulatory business of her own and runs a natural ingredient sourcing company. Basically, she lives, breathes, and champions everything we stand for: safe, clean, and effective beauty. Because of Gay, we can trust that what’s on the ingredient labels of our products is actually what’s inside the packaging.
Some of the most shocking effects of unsafe ingredients on the human body revolve around fertility, pregnancy outcomes and children’s health. And that’s exactly what Russ Hauser studies. He’s at the forefront of research on harmful ingredients like phthalates and parabens and is currently conducting a NIH funded study on the effects of endocrine disruptors on male and female reproductive systems. We visit Russ at his Harvard office to learn about the hard facts and studies about how these ingredients can negatively impact health. In other words, he keeps us (and many others in the industry) up to speed on the ingredients we should avoid for optimal reproductive and overall health.
The first thing Amy taught us: Not all chemicals are bad. (Did you know that water is a chemical?) But we always want to make sure we’re advocating for products that use the cleanest chemicals possible, especially when it comes to preservatives. And that’s where her expertise comes in. Amy holds the world’s very first Ph.D. in Green Chemistry and has dedicated her life to educating future scientists on the subject through her non-profit organization, Beyond Benign. Through her research, she’s found ways to create newer, safer, and cleaner ingredients that help replicate the efficacy of traditional chemicals, without all the toxicants. She drives us to consider which chemicals are used by our brand partners, so we have total transparency about all the ingredients used in the products we carry.
It’s so hard to find dermatologists who are truly committed to holistic, natural approaches to skincare. But we’ve found that in Dr. Erika Klemperer. Fusing her expertise as a Stanford-trained dermatologist with over 20 years of clinical experience and her passion for healthy living, she knows the importance of guiding her patients in holistic dermatology choices. She doesn’t believe in reaching for quick fixes. Instead, she leads the way for next generation practices by treating patients with sustainable, healthier alternatives. If one of our customers has a skin concern that we’re not familiar with, we work with Erika for product suggestions and advice on how to support it naturally.