Blog Profile / The Beauty Brains


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Filed Under:Lifestyle / Beauty
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Archived Since:March 2, 2008

Blog Post Archive

I’m confused about alcohol in cosmetics

SkinBiz says: I am a little confused re. the use of alcohol in skincare products, can anyone help me with which ones are not good for the skin and which ones are beneficial? Also what does it mean when a product range is certified halal? The Beauty Brains respond: Alcohol in cosmetics There are two kinds […]

Does peanut oil enlarge breasts?

Annette asks…I have heard that peanut oil can make breasts bigger as a result of cutaneous hypernutrition. The are people who says that the only effect is the oil moisturizes the area making it seem bigger. What is the real effect of peanut oil? The Beauty Brains reply I recently received a question about breast pimples […]

Quicky beauty science questions Episode 78

This week we try something different: instead of taking one question and giving  it a very in depth answer, we a answer several questions very shallowly. Listen to the show and let us know what you think of this approach. Are hair masks better than regular conditioners? Alexandra asks…Is there a real difference between hair masks and […]

Can nail polish really be healthy?

KrisInPhilly asks…Can nail polish, like from Remedy Nails, be “healthy”? Is their claim that they have the most unique polish on the market true? The Beauty Brains respond Kris thanks for such a great question. I just wish I had a definitive answer about Remedy Nails. Healthy polish? I had trouble finding much information about how […]

Are ceramides good anti-aging ingredients? Episode 77

Do you wonder which anti-aging ingredients really work? Today we’re reviewing the evidence for ceramides. Which anti-aging ingredients really work? When it comes to anti-aging products it’s easy to be tricked into spending a lot of money on products that aren’t worth it. Show More Summary

How often should I exfoliate my face?

Susan says… My question (& I’m sure other’s too) is how often should we exfoliate? With ever increasing choice in exfoliators on the market and differing advice as to regularity of use (sometimes as a marketing ploy to buy more product), ideally how often should we be exfoliating? Are we doing more harm than good […]

Taylor Swift, Katy Perry banned from wearing make up on stage?

Pop stars Taylor Swift and Katy Perry are headed to court for their roles in make up commercials which are potentially false and misleading, according to a press release by the Federal Trade Commission. Misleading cosmetic advertising According to an attorney involved with the case, if the pop divas are declared guilty at the very […]

Can body wash fragrance be touch activated? Episode 76

 On this week’s show Perry and I explain how the new Caress Body Wash fragrance is “touch activated.” We also cover a handful of beauty science news stories.  Claim to fame: Can body wash fragrance be “touch activated?” This is the segment where we review popular beauty product claims and tell you what the claims really […]

What’s the best product for frizzy hair?

Harshleen asks…I’ve always had thick, poufy hair that also frizzes easily. Is there a way or product to bring down the volume and smoothen hair without using a flat iron to straighten? The Beauty Brains respond Hi Harshleen. Your question reminds us of the one we received from Kenya about which hair products are best for […]

Can skin lotions interfere with sunscreen?

Phil asks…Does using facial oils, from certain brands or in general, under a sunscreen affect how good it works? My skin loves certain oils and in spring/summer I use them during the day underneath my sunscreen. I was wondering if it affected the spf, how good it protects, does the oil dissolve some of the […]

What’s the deal with topical Botox?

CosmeticChem is curious…What is a topical Botox(tm)? Does it work the same way as injectable Botox(tm)? So far how many “In-vivo” studies have been done to check the efficacy? The Beauty Brains respond: Topical Botox? Yeah, right. That’s right up there with anti-wrinkle lotions that work like lasers, hair growth products, Bigfoot, and the Easter Bunny. […]

Is hyaluronic acid a good anti-aging ingredient?

Do you wonder which anti-aging ingredients really work? Today we’re reviewing the evidence for hyaluronic acid. Which anti-aging ingredients really work? When it comes to anti-aging products it’s easy to be tricked into spending a lot of money on products that aren’t worth it. That’s because there’s so much pseudoscientific misinformation out there about anti-aging […]

What are perfluorocarbons and why are they in my skin Lotion?

Steven says…What are your thoughts on perfluorocarbons in skin care? I’ve noticed the use of Perfluorodecalin and Perfluoromethyl-cyclopentane as a slip agent in some formulations. As well they are purported to deliver oxygen to the skin. Perfluorodecalin has been used in this way to enhance wound healing…However I know that perfluorocarbons in general can be […]

Which hair products are good for working out?

Kenya’s question…I was just discussing with a good friend of mine on how to get women active and workout more when they’re constantly worrying about their hair. We determined that it has to be the types of products and not knowing how to properly style or care for their hair which often discourages them from […]

A guide to cosmetic ingredients for the perplexed

Do you ever wonder about all those cosmetic ingredients you slather on your body everyday? Here’s a resource that you’ll find very helpful. Fellow cosmetic scientist and friend of the Brains, Colin Sanders, has just released “A Guide to Cosmetic Ingredients for the Perplexed.” Colin calls this a “mini-book” but it covers nearly 50 different ingredients in as many […]

Can mouthwash make your mouth “dentist clean?” Episode 74

How can Listerine claim to make your mouth “dentist clean?” Perry and I break it down for you in this week’s show. And…more beauty science news! Take our St. Patrick’s Day Beauty Science Quiz! Are these statements about Irish Spring soap true or false? Listen to the show for the answers. 1. The first Irish Spring […]

A Super Duper way to save money on nail polish

One of the core themes we talk about here on the Beauty Brains  is how to save money by finding less expensive versions of premium products. So when we were contacted by Lizzy, the inventor of the Super Duper nail polish app, you can imagine our how intrigued we were. What is Super Duper? The idea behind Lizzy’s […]

How can I tell the percentage of ingredients in cosmetics?

Rae really wants to know…Hi, in your blog you talked about the 1% line. I’m not a cosmetic chemist and I kind of always wondered how to guestimate where the 1% line is. So my question is, if you’re not a cosmetic chemist, what’s a good guide to know more or less the ratio of […]

Is collagen a good anti-aging ingredient?

Do you wonder which anti-aging ingredients really work? Today we’re starting a new series where we review the evidence to find out. We begin with a look at collagen.  Which anti-aging ingredients really work? When it comes to anti-aging products it’s easy to be tricked into spending a lot of money on products that aren’t […]

Are there any natural hair care products?

Michelle asks…Do you know of any natural hair color product on the market yet (other than Henna) for people to use in place of the ones on the market with harsh chemicals? I’ve heard of a few salons that have options for consumers but they don’t allow us to purchase them and use on our […]

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