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Archived Since:March 2, 2008

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Is lead in lipstick dangerous? The Beauty Brains Show episode 54

In this “lost episode” Perry and I explain EXACTLY why you don’t need to worry about lead in your lipstick. Click below to play Episode 54 or click “download” to save the MP3 file to your computer. Show notes Question of the week: How much lead is added to your body from lipstick? Fact 1. […]

Is Refinery29 right about the 7 worst things you can do to your hair?

A post on one of our favorite beauty and fashion sites, Refinery29, listed the top 7 worst things you do to damage your hair. Let’s review their list to see if they’re based on beauty science. 1. Neglecting nourishment The article says that not taking care of yourself can lead to weaker hair. It’s certainly […]

Does Europe ban more cosmetic ingredients than the US? The Beauty Brains Show episode 53

Is it true that Europe bans more cosmetic ingredients that the US? Listen to this week’s show to find out (or read the notes below). You’ll also learn about perfume from the past, microbeads in your mouth, and more. (Plus a special themed version of our  “Improbable Products” game.)  Click below to play Episode 53 or […]

Are sonic facial cleansers better for your skin? The Beauty Brains Show episode 52

Are those expensive “sonic” face brushes really better than just washing your face by hand? Tune in and find out.   Click below to play Episode 52 or click “download” to save the MP3 file to your computer. Show notes Question of the week Phillip from Germany asks…Is “sonic cleansing” the best way to clean your […]

Why does oily skin make my eyes burn?

RizosMios says…Is it normal for sebum to burn the heck out of my eyes? I wash my face twice a day and my morning wash goes normally for the most part, but my nightly wash burns my eyes and leaves me looking high afterward, they are so red. Is it normal for sebum to affect […]

10 amazing beauty products that don’t exist – The Beauty Brains Show episode 51

Tune in to hear us discuss the latest beauty science news including the truth behind the 3 boobed woman, the anti-aging yogurt conman, and 10 beauty amazing products that don’t exist. Plus another challenging round of “Improbable Products.”  Click below to play Episode 51 or click “download” to save the MP3 file to your computer. Show notes Improbable Products […]

Would you put radioactive dirt on your face?

You won’t believe what they do to this model’s face to sell Dorothy Grey’s cold cream! They put RADIOACTIVE dirt on her face to prove how well the cleanser works – they actually show the Geiger counter! Fortunately, modern cosmetic chemists don’t use such potentially dangerous test methods. Today we can quantify residual oil and […]

What does a cosmetic scientist do?

There’s a lot more to making cosmetics than just mixing stuff up in a beaker. Listen to this week’s show to learn all about how cosmetic scientists create the products you use everyday.  Click below to play Episode 50 or click “download” to save the MP3 file to your computer. Show notes Take the cosmetic expert […]

What is Clarins Beauty Flash Balm?

Madeira must know…What is Clarins Beauty Flash Balm? Is it a primer? A moisturizer? What does it do? (If anything). The Beauty Brains respond: According to Clarins this product “instantly moisturizes, brightens, and tightens facial contours so skin looks rested and relaxed.” It also “prepares skin for perfect makeup application.” We suppose you could call […]

What is Kajal and is it safe around my eyes?

Rozy asks…Is Himalaya Herbals Kajal safe to put around eyes? What ingredient gives it pigment? The Beauty Brains respond: Before we can talk about this specific product, we need to explain what is kajal is. Curious about kajal Those of you not familiar with Kajal may recognize it by its more common name: Kohl, which is […]

Is the date rape nail polish for real? The Beauty Brains Show episode 49

On this week’s show we talk about the date rape nail polish, stinky celebrities, and more!  Plus a brand new game we call “Improbable Products.”  Click below to play Episode 49 or click “download” to save the MP3 file to your computer. Show notes Improbable Products In this new game Randy challenges me to guess which of […]

Should I pat my face with water before applying oil?

Ida inquires: In another beauty-related forum, I read the following claim (from a member, not an “expert”) about applying a face oil: “Make sure your face and your hands are slightly damp when applying the oil. Rub the oil between your hands to emulsify slightly, then pat it on your face and massage it in. […]

Is animal testing still necessary? The Beauty Brains Show episode 48

Is animal testing still necessary to ensure the safety of cosmetics or is it an obsolete idea? Listen to the show to find out the scientific perspective on animal testing of beauty products.  Click below to play Episode 48 or click “download” to save the MP3 file to your computer. Show notes Announcing the winner […]

Is the “Lift Away the Years Wand” just quackery?

Brittasbits asks…I just read an article on mail online that states a new device called Lift Away the Years wand and serum by Crystal Clear is the new scientific breakthrough of the year! Claiming to erase saggy skin and wrinkles – so my question is does this device actually work ? Or is it yet […]

How to pick a mild shampoo

There are SO many cleansers used in shampoos, how can you tell which ones are the mildest? Tune in this week as Randy and I teach you how to find a gentle shampoo. Click below to play Episode 47 or click “download” to save the MP3 file to your computer. Show notes Beauty Science News […]

How do paraffin manicures work?

Renee asks…How do paraffin manicures work? The Beauty Brains respond: A paraffin manicure is a treatment that involves plunging your hands (or feet) into hot, molten wax. The wax is then covered with plastic and allowed to “soak into” your skin. When the hardened wax shell is removed, you skin is left feeling smooth and […]

Why does my dandruff shampoo make my hair smell like rotten eggs?

Cathy inquires…I occasionally suffer from itchy scalp but this morning I was out of my usual Fructis dandruff shampoo so I used my roommates Head and Shoulders. The one in the dark blue bottle. I swear that my hair has smelled like rotten eggs all day. Why is that and why did this product cause […]

Does alcohol improve your sense of smell? The Beauty Brains Show episode 46

Tune in this week to learn how alcohol can improve your sense of smell. Plus another thought provoking round of of Beauty Science or Bullsht! Click below to play Episode 46 or click “download” to save the MP3 file to your computer. Show notes Beauty Science or Bull Sht - with a natural twist Which of these […]

Labor Day and cosmetic chemists

In honor of Labor Day we’re re-running one of our holiday posts for our American (and Canadian) readers. As you may recall, Labor Day originated in 1882 as “a day off for the working citizens.” But have you ever stopped to think how many “working scientists” are involved in making the brand name cosmetics you […]

Can you tell a cosmetic ingredient from a famous world city?

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