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

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Is Preparation H good for puffy eyes? The Beauty Brains Show episode 40

Tune in to hear Perry and I bust some more beauty myths. Plus: Can Perry finally win another round of Beauty Science or Bullsht? Click below to play Episode 40 or click “download” to save the MP3 file to your computer. Show notes Beauty Science or Bull Sht – a special animal-themed episode Can you […]

Do stem cells work in cosmetics?

We’ve previously touched on the topic of stem cells in our podcast about exfoliation but I still find it annoying when companies talk about plant and human “stem cells” in cosmetics.  That’s completely misleading because there aren’t stem cells in the product no matter what this company claims about their skin cream.    How can I […]

Beauty Science News – July 20

Another weekly dose of beauty science knowledge… How to protect yourself from estrogen in cosmetics. Weird Asian beauty gadgets. REALLY weird. Skin – how does it work? How do cleansing oils work? Which lightens skin better: kojic acid or hydroquinone?

Face Whisperer Day Cream – Look at the label

Face Whisperer Day Cream is a top seller on Amazon this week. Let’s listen carefully to the label.   Face Whisperer Day Cream claims Argireline Reduces Fine Lines & Wrinkles up to 30% in 1 month Wrinkle reduction is a standard claim that many moisturizers can support Moisturize and Replenish Skin with Superior Ingredients “Superior” […]

Camay Pink Soap – vintage cosmetic video

I used to think that today’s 15 second hyper-speed commercials were a sad side effect of our ever decreasing attention spans. But I’ve changed my mind after watching this mini-opus which takes a full minute and a half to explain the color of a bar of soap. Okay, I get it, it’s PINK. It’s really […]

Does Grow Gorgeous Cleansing Conditioners live up to its claims?

Louisa asks…Can the 11 in 1 Grow Gorgeous Cleansing Conditioner live up to its claims? Is this the end of using both shampoo and conditioner? The Beauty Brains respond:  Based on a review of the ingredients Grow Gorgeous appears to be another fairly standard co-wash conditioner.  What I mean by that is it doesn’t contain any […]

Does Neodermyl really boost collagen?

Jonny says…I came across this range of products including supplements, skin and hair care. They make some bold claims including ‘wrinkles disappear’ not just reduce appearance of them or whatever. They also appear to have done well in something called ‘in cosmetics’, not sure what that is. Their latest product is a hair serum that […]

Estrogen in beauty products – The Beauty Brains Show episode 39

What are xenohormones and should we be worried about them in cosmetics? This week we talk about the alleged dangers of estrogen and other endocrine disruptors in beauty products.   Click below to play Episode 39 or click “download” to save the MP3 file to your computer. Show notes Beauty Science News – The case of the stolen […]

Pros and cons of cosmetic surgery

Did you know that fat transfer is the 8th most popular cosmetic surgery procedure? Did you know that Botox or dermal fillers can be administered by anyone, even if they don’t have proper training? (At least in the U.K.) Did you know that botched Botox injections can cause speech and breathing difficulties?  Yikes! Those are just […]

Beauty Science News – July 13

It’s time again for the best beauty science news stories of the week… Celebrities beware! New study shows that beauty product loyalty is not driven by superstar endorsements. 12 beauty “truths” that are really BS.  Top 6 sunscreen mistakes. Did you know that anti-acne products can kill you? So sayeth the FDA. Super foods in skin […]

OZ Naturals Vitamin C Serum – Look at the label

OZ Naturals Vitamin C Serum is the number one best selling beauty product on Amazon this week. Let’s look at the label to see how it works. As you can see below Amazon only lists “key” ingredients whichs always makes us suspicious. We’d like to see ALL the ingredients in the formula! Having said that, […]

Tame Cream Rinse – vintage cosmetic video

This commercial is noteworthy for several reasons. There’s the inanely catchy “Defrizz the Frizzies with Tame” jingle. And there’s the before and after demo which barely shows any reduction in frizz at all. Then there are the deliriously happy models who, despite their frizzy hair, seem more than content to pet puppies and toss their […]

Does oily skin really overproduce sebum when dehydrated?

Al4galm asks…I have read many blogs, articles, etc that claim that oily skin produces more oil when is dehydrated. Is it true? None of them reference studies. The Beauty Brains respond:  None of them referenced studies???  I’m tempted to report the bastards to the United Federation of Beauty Bloggers! Seriously though, if you do find a […]

Is Sea Buckthorn oil good for skin?

Kashish’s question…My sister is using some products from Seabuck Essence and she is getting very good results. I wanted to ask that is anyone else also trying this product and shall i use it? She told me that its made up of Seabuck Thorn, a herb which is very good for human body. The Beauty Brains […]

Can a smart phone app protect you from dangerous cosmetics? The Beauty Brains Show episode 38

In this week’s episode Perry and I talk about the Think Dirty app that claims to help you identity dangerous ingredients in your cosmetics. Plus another game of Beauty Science or Bullsht! Click below to play Episode 38 or click “download” to save the MP3 file to your computer. Show notes Beauty Science or Bull […]

Understanding cosmetic ingredient names

I must confess. One of my favorite things about being a chemist is getting to say long words and knowing what they mean. I loved learning the IUPAC system for naming chemicals. That’s why I found ingredient lists on shampoos & conditioners baffling. I didn’t know what most of the chemicals were. They were similar […]

Watermelon and CoQ10 facial cream – look at the label

Watermelon & CoQ10 Facial Cream with Caffeine SPF 20 is certainly a mouthful and it’s one of the beauty best sellers on Amazon. Is it worth $38? Let’s look at the label. To the skeptical eye of a cosmetic chemist, this product is a bit of mess (at least as it’s portrayed on Let’s […]

Alboleen Warm Cream – vintage cosmetic video

Having worked with a number of advertising agencies over the years I can tell you that they SALIVATE over the possibility of a side by side demonstration. And if that demo can be done against a competitive product they’ll pretty much wet themselves right in the meeting. (This is not to suggest that all ad […]

DIY cosmetics – life in colonial America

Happy Independence Day to all our American readers! To celebrate we’re reprinting one of our favorite posts about cosmetic science around the time of the American Revolution. If you’re interested in learning what life was like in colonial America, you can find an excellent summary at; the details of how women made their own […]

Will waterproof sunscreen give you acne?

Tree asks…The sales assistant in a makeup store told me I shouldn’t be using waterproof sunscreen because it’s too heavy for me. The sunscreen contains zinc oxide. She recommended me another one that doesn’t contain parabens and is also lighter. I don’t care about parabens but is waterproof sunscreen something I should stay away from? […]

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