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We're cosmetic scientists who answer your beauty questions. We explain what the chemicals used in cosmetics really do, how products are tested, and what all the advertising really means. Listen to us and you'll be a smarter beauty consumer!

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Collagen for skin, tea tree oil for acne and other beauty questions – episode 199
The Beauty Brains answer questions about… Should you take collagen supplements?Is there a difference between men & women’s hair care?Is tea tree oil is as effective as benzoyl peroxideCan Vitamin C change color? Beauty News Natural cosmetic act is introduced in congress (in the US) The purple hair challenge is going viral – I have no idea why Beauty Questions Question 1: KH says – Hi. Is there any difference in the formulas besides fragrance? Suave Professional Men Daily Clean Shampoo says “Refreshing Shampoo made specifically for men’s hair”  Is this BS? Thanks. Question 2: Kristin – Is tea tree oil as effective as benzoyl peroxide at removing blemishes? You don’t have to dilute it in a carrier oil as with other essential oils?  How true is this? Question 3: Hello BB,  I am a new subscriber to your podcasts and have been learning so much from binge-listening to past episodes. I wonder if you can look at the information in the following link and comment on some of the claims made. I take supplements sporadically – usually when in winter (we’re getting into that season in England now). I have tried collagen supplements in the past but found it made no difference to my skin. I continue to take vitamin c, d and sometimes a multivitamin as an ‘insurance policy’. Am I wasting my money?  Thank you. Question 4: I recently came across an… interesting product from Farmacy, a brand known for its honey-based salve and mask. The product in question is the Bright On Massage-Activated Vitamin C Mask. In the description, amongst other things, they state the following: “As you massage it into your skin, the vitamin C capsules burst, turning the mask from lavender to green, so you know it’s working to bring out your brightest, most perfect skin.” I have personally never heard of Vitamin C changing color in such a manner to indicate efficacy or activation. How/why does this supposedly work, or is it just a gimmick? Link to show notes Follow the Brains Thanks for listening. Hey if you get a chance can you go over to iTunes and leave us a review. That will help other people find the show and ensure we have a full docket of beauty questions to answer.   ASK A QUESTION – If you want to ask a question click this link or record one on your phone and send it to thebeautybrains@gmail.com Social media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook page. Support the Beauty Brains!The Beauty Brains are now on Patreon! Help support us to continue to make episodes. Thanks again for listening and remember Be Brainy about your Beauty
Is Paw Paw ointment different than Vaseline? Episode 198
On today’s episode we answer your questions about   Is Lucas’s Paw Paw ointment different than vaseline?What does the term cosmeceutical mean? Are the products different?Does nail polish help your nails to grow better?Are copper peptides an effective anti-aging ingredient?Shakaki DIY recipe for hair. Does it have any effect on hair? And is it safe? Correction: We do want to make a correction on Episode 195, where we were discussing the methodology that is used in the United States to measure sunscreen efficacy. It was stated 2g/cm2 of sunscreen application are needed, that was a mistake. It’s 2mg/cm2.  Beauty News Are anti-aging products going to become illegal? – Two court cases may signal the end of anti-aging claims in the beauty industry. How to Get Rid of a Hickey: 7 Easy Hacks That Actually Work These mostly won’t work but here’s what they claim… Reduce swelling with a cold spoon. Speed up the healing process with aloe vera.  Soothe your skin with a banana peel. Promote circulation with a warm compress. Apply a vitamin C cream. Eat vitamin K-rich foods. Promote blood circulation with a toothbrush. Beauty Questions Question 1: Sarah asks about Lucas’s paw paw ointment.  It seems like a petroleum jelly product. Is there any research that says paw paw does something that petroleum jelly doesn’t? Yes, it’s mostly vaseline. Question 2: What does the term Cosmeceutical mean? Is it just marketing? What is the difference between cosmeceuticals and standard products?Mostly, just marketing. Here’s what the FDA says about cosmeceuticals. Question 3: Does keeping nail polish on your nails help them to grow? I’ve heard that nail polish keeps the moisture locked in on your nail bed, helping nails grow faster, longer. Also do the gel nail polish that helps to strengthen and fortify your nails actually work? Nail polish is good for coloring your nails, not making them grow. Question 4: Charlotte says – Are copper peptides an effective anti-aging ingredient?  Should I include it in my skin care regimen? Copper peptides uglies? Can they have the opposite effect making skin appear more aged?There is some evidence copper peptides can improve the appearance of skin but not much better than a well formulated moisturizer. Question 5: Misty – Shakaki DIY recipe for hair. Does it have any effect on hair? And is it safe? Safe, but doesn’t do much good. Link to the show notes Follow the Brains Thanks for listening. Hey if you get a chance can you go over to iTunes and leave us a review. That will help other people find the show and ensure we have a full docket of beauty questions to answer.   ASK A QUESTION – If you want to ask a question click this link or record one on your phone and send it to thebeautybrains@gmail.com Social media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook page. Support the Beauty Brains!The Beauty Brains are now on Patreon! Help support us to continue to make episodes. Thanks again for listening and remember Be Brainy about your Beauty *The dogs in the picture are Valerie’s who can be heard a little bit on the show
Is vaping bad for skin – episode 197
On today’s episode we answer your questions about   Is vaping bad for your skinIs there any benefit to inverse hair conditioningDo you need to worry about emulsifiers in skin products? Beauty News Sunday Riley – has practically no consequences to posting fake reviews. J&J baby powder recall –  Company can’t catch a break FDA Recall Roundup –  Microbial contamination warning letters Beauty Questions Question 1 – Hi Beauty Brains! I was wondering about the “inverse hair conditioning  device” it’s kind of like a reverse hair straightener with ice and if it actually works?  Question 2 (audio) – Is vaping as bad as smoking for your skin? Question 3 – Do I need to worry about emulsifiers in my skin products? Link to the show notes Follow the Brains Thanks for listening. Hey if you get a chance can you go over to iTunes and leave us a review. That will help other people find the show and ensure we have a full docket of beauty questions to answer.   ASK A QUESTION – If you want to ask a question click this link or record one on your phone and send it to thebeautybrains@gmail.com Social media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook page. Support the Beauty Brains!The Beauty Brains are now on Patreon! Help support us to continue to make episodes. Thanks again for listening and remember Be Brainy about your Beauty
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Started
Dec 16th, 2014
Latest Episode
Nov 6th, 2019
Release Period
Weekly
No. of Episodes
139
Avg. Episode Length
35 minutes
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