Rachel Nussbaum

Rachel Nussbaum Byrdie


  • Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism

Rachel Nussbaum is a beauty editor and one of the industry's most sought-after voices on the long-term impact of ingredients in personal care products and cosmetics. She reviews skincare, cosmetics, and haircare as informed by her conversations with leading environmental scientists, reproductive epidemiologists, endocrinologists, dermatologists, and aestheticians.


 After graduating from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in 2015, Rachel Nussbaum used the experience she gained interning at Cosmopolitan, Harper's Bazaar, and Stylecaster to secure a position as an assistant editor at Greatist, where she covered health, wellness, and skincare. From there, she joined Allure's team as a freelance beauty assistant, then struck out as a freelance beauty writer for Bustle, Fashionista, and Vox's Racked; next, she joined Glamour as the magazine's Beauty Writer. After covering Hawaii's landmark decision to ban oxybenzone and octinoxate sunscreens for Glamour, Rachel set about learning as much as she could about the effects of hormone-disrupting ingredients like phthalates and parabens in personal care products and cosmetics from epidemiologists. She is working on a book about the issue and accompanying topics like asbestos in talc, PFAS in long-wearing cosmetics, and formaldehyde in hair products. That project was put on hold to join the Dotdash Meredith team as a beauty expert, where she covers the best, safest products the industry has to offer for InStyle, Byrdie, Real Simple, Shape, Health, Travel + Leisure, and more publications. 

Favorite Purchase

My all-time favorite purchase is this Ficcare enamel hair clip. I have long, thick curls, and this is the easiest possible way to put them up while still looking and feeling stylish. I’ve had it for over 10 years, and it still looks as beautiful as the day I bought it with my mom.


Rachel Nussbaum attended Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, where she earned a degree in magazine journalism and a certificate in integrated marketing communications. She was named editor-in-chief of the school's fashion magazine and gained real-world experience by interning at Cosmopolitan, Harper's Bazaar, Stylecaster, and Washington Parent magazine.  

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