Melisse Gelula

Well & Good | Co-Foudner & CCO

Melisse is responsible for spearheading Well+Good’s best-in-class content and mission. She leads the editorial team in applying journalistic reporting standards to the wellness lifestyle for the Webby Award-winning site, and oversees the branded content, design, and video teams, so that every part of the company is imbued with the Well+Good mission and voice. Melisse has been featured as a beauty and wellness industry expert on Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Forbes.com, the New York Times, and more. She frequently moderates though-leader panels for Well+Good TALKS and speaks at conferences from Create&Cultivate to Collision on industry trends. Melisse is the former editor-in-chief of SpaFinderLifestyle.com, beauty director at Luxury SpaFinder Magazine, and travel editor at Fodor’s Travel Publications. She has an MA from the University of Toronto and has completed six years of training as a psychoanalyst.

Wellness Habitat: The Class with Taryn Toomey, SLT, strength training with Jess Movold, and facials with Julia March.

Paraben Update: New Research on Beauty’s Most Problematic Preservatives

Paraben Update: New Research on Beauty’s Most Problematic Preservatives

“Parabens,” the term for a group of preservatives used in mainstream beauty products, wasn’t always a dirty word. In 2004, Dr. Philippa Darbre, a research scientist at the University of Reading in the UK, published a small but pioneering study that showed high concentrations of parabens in human breast tumors. Women everywhere flipped over their moisturizers to read the list of ingredients.

Do You Have a Dirty Little Dietary Secret? <br/>And Is It Called Diet Coke?

Do You Have a Dirty Little Dietary Secret?
And Is It Called Diet Coke?

For lots of healthy types, the frequently stated fact that Diet Coke might be “empty calories” actually goes down just fine compared to office cupcakes, which they’re not regularly scarfing. And reaching for a diet soda fits nicely into the “allowable-exceptions” category of a healthy New York lifestyle. You know, along with a glass of Sancerre, the occasional dinner at Eataly, and watching the Real Housewives. But should you allow Diet Coke a free pass?

Are You Polishing Your Skin With Plastic?

Are You Polishing Your Skin With Plastic?

Are you polishing your skin with plastic? You are if your favorite facial scrub contains particles made from polyethelene. It’s a common exfoliating ingredient in such popular products as Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti-Aging Regeneration Cream Cleanser, the new Neutrogena Rapid Clear Foaming Scrub, and even Bliss Lemon + Sage Body Scrub. Polyethelene beads are made from polymers of ethylene oxide (say that three times fast)—the same synthetic stuff used to make plastic grocery bags.

Ingredient Intelligence: <br/>What You Need to Know about Fragrance

Ingredient Intelligence:
What You Need to Know about Fragrance

Fragrance is the problem child ingredient of traditional beauty products. Wild and wily, these molecules of scent can wreak havoc on your skin by causing contact dermatitis, a seriously red and itchy rash, or other allergic reactions like a headache or asthma. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), fragrance is the biggest cause of cosmetic contact dermatitis. It’s up there with nickel and poison ivy, which most people know how to avoid.