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July 2, 2020
On today’s show we answer questions aboutIs glycerin bad for curly hair?Are encapsulated ingredients better?Do scalp exfoliators help?Can beauty companies hide allergens in their products?What’s the difference between organic DHA and the non-organic...
June 25, 2020
On today’s show I’m going to answer questions about Microplastics in cosmetic products Metallic colorants in hair color The best products to use when undergoing chemotherapy Should you used expired sunscreens? Beauty Science News Is coffee waste the next hot ingredient?  Follow the Beauty Brains Thanks for listening. Hey if you get a chance can […]
June 19, 2020
Welcome to the Beauty Brains, a show where real cosmetic chemists answer your beauty product questions and give you an insider’s look at the cosmetic industry. Hosts: Perry Romanowski. On today’s show we’re going to answer questions about… Whether beauty supplements can make hair & skin look better What exactly is skin pH And whether […]
June 11, 2020
Welcome to the Beauty Brains, a show where real cosmetic chemists answer your beauty product questions and give you an insider’s look at the cosmetic industry. Hosts: Valerie George and Perry Romanowski. On today’s show we’re going to answer questions about… Whether you should get a cosmetic fridge? If dry shampoo is bad for your […]
May 30, 2020
Welcome to the Beauty Brains, a show where real cosmetic chemists answer your beauty product questions and give you an insider’s look at the cosmetic industry. This is Episode 222. Yes, that’s a palindrome!  Yeah.   I’m your host, Perry Romanowski and with me today is…well, it’s just me. Valerie is off today but she’ll […]
May 22, 2020
Welcome to the Beauty Brains, a show where real cosmetic chemists answer your beauty product questions and give you an insider’s look at the cosmetic industry. Hosts: Valerie George and Perry Romanowski On today’s show we’re going to be answering questions about… Is blow drying at low heat better for your hair than air drying? […]
May 14, 2020
Hello & welcome to the Beauty Brains, a show where real cosmetic chemists answer your beauty product questions and give you an insider’s look at the cosmetic industry. This is episode 220. Host:  Perry Romanowski 7 Marketing Tricks that are Costing you Money Natural product nonsense Clean beauty con Salon brand secrets The Pricing Ploy […]
May 4, 2020
Welcome to the Beauty Brains, a show where real cosmetic chemists answer your beauty product questions and give you an insider’s look from scientists in the cosmetic industry.  On today’s show we’re going to be answering questions about… Is the wait time necessary when you are applying acids? How do you debate product safety with […]
April 22, 2020
Welcome to the Beauty Brains, a show where real cosmetic chemists answer your beauty product questions and give you an insider’s look at the cosmetic industry. This is Episode 218. Hosts: Valerie George and Perry Romanowski.  On today’s show we’re going to be answering beauty questions about… How do magnetic face masks work? Do Rodan […]
April 17, 2020
On today’s show we’re going to be answering questions about… Does Kiehls eye alert product help eyes look better? What is the best product to use to avoid breakouts with anti-aging benefits? What do you think of the technology of the new Victoria Beckham line? What is the oldest beauty product on the market today? […]
April 9, 2020
The Beauty Brains episode 216 featuring cosmetic chemists Valerie George and Perry Romanowski.  Beauty questions covered today include:  How do bond builders work?  Is sodium coco sulfate more gentle than SLS? Does men’s antiperspirant better than women’s? Beauty Science Avon launches a new CBD skin care line. R+Co just launched a CBD Beauty Questions Question […]
April 2, 2020
This is Episode 215. I’m your host, Perry Romanowski and with me today all the way from sunny California is Valerie George.  Hello Valerie! We have a few interesting beauty questions to cover today, including: Can the coronavirus survive on your hair? What does it mean when a permanent color says it’s not for gray […]
March 25, 2020
Welcome to the Beauty Brains, a show where real cosmetic chemists answer your beauty product questions and give you an insider’s look at the cosmetic industry. This is Episode 214. I’m your host, Valerie George and with me today is the most famous cosmetic chemist who already works from home, Perry Romanowski.  Hello Perry! We […]
March 19, 2020
We have a lot of beauty questions to answer today, including: What do we think of the Beverly Hills MD brow serum Are lash tints safe? Why do anti-aging ingredients affect skin color? Why do dermatologists keep saying hyaluronic acid is pointless? Perry and Valerie are under self imposed quarantine!  But we’re still recording.  Beauty […]
March 11, 2020
Beauty Questions covered We have a lot of beauty questions to answer today, including: What are the best facial moisturizers for sensitive skin? Is there a big difference between facial cleansers and shampoo? Will castor oil help your hair grow? How does someone become a cosmetic chemist? (Audio) Beauty Science News How is the […]
March 2, 2020
It's an all Vitamin C podcast episode. In this show we answer questions including... Are there different grades of vitamin C/ascorbic acid since the prices vary so much for the same thing? What is your opinion of the effectiveness of waterless Vitamin C products? Does Vitamin C really do anything for your skin? Is it ok to use jars for packaging?
February 18, 2020
We’ve got a fully packed program today.  We’ll be covering a couple of cosmetic science news stories, catching up from my hiatus and answering questions about... Is silicone suffocating hair and causing hair loss?Do proteins in nail products strengthen nails?What is goat’s milk doing in soaps and more?What’s an affordable version of Skinceuticals Triple Lipid Restore?Is Bakuchiol safe during pregnancy?
February 7, 2020
It’s a solo Beauty Brains podcast. Chemical Free RantSince I’m going solo, there are a few topics I’d like to rant about. Let’s start with chemical free. Can someone tell me something, what do people mean when they claim “chemical free”? I look at the world from the standpoint of a scientist but you don’t […]
January 30, 2020
Beauty questions answered today include Is there a bar shampoo or bar conditioner that works as well as the ones out of a bottle? Why can’t everyone use retinol? Is sugaring dangerous? And does it work as well as waxing?  Do peptides have an effect beyond moisturizing & is there a “best one” to pick? […]
January 22, 2020
On today’s program we are going to talk about a couple of beauty industry news stories and answer your questions about… Is an expensive skin serum worth the money even it if is from a pharmaceutical company? Which is more damaging, hot water or hot styling devices? Do nutrition pads work to deliver actives? Can […]
January 15, 2020
Beauty Science News stories On today’s program we are going to talk about a couple of beauty industry news stories and answer your questions about… Aluminum hydroxide in topical products Whether lip scrubs are worthwhile The environmental impact of cosmetics And what the differences are between bentonite and charcoal in a facial mask Beauty Science […]
January 8, 2020
It’s a special episode with Perry and Sarah Bellum. On today’s episode we’re going to be answering your beauty questions about  Do you need to reapply sunscreen if I’m indoor all day? Why is ferulic acid used with vitamin C? Are vampire facial good for your skin? Why isn’t there more recycling? Does Revitalash really […]
December 31, 2019
Happy New Year! We take a look at some of the hottest trends in the beauty industry in 2019 including clean beauty, CBD, Indie beauty and waterless beauty. Then we give our predictions for the hottest trends coming in 2020. We’ll get back to answering beauty questions in our next show. Follow the Brains Thanks […]
December 24, 2019
On today’s episode we’re going to be answering your beauty questions about  On today’s episode we’re going to be answering your beauty questions about  Quality of ingredients versus price of the product? The Curly Girl Method and Parabens? What it’s like to work in the cosmetics industry Do you have to wait after applying Vitamin […]
December 11, 2019
On today’s episode we just felt like ranting! Today we cover 3 beauty science topics that have affected the beauty world. Here you’ll get the cosmetic chemist and formulator take on the following topics: Hair dye and a link to cancer Waterless formulas and whether they are superior CBD – is it really linked to […]
December 4, 2019
On today’s episode we’re going to be answering your beauty questions about  Is meadowfoam seed oil making skin less itchy? Can rinse off conditioner give you acne? Does Este Lauder own Bobbie Brown? What is Indie Beauty? What’s the deal with oils and hair? Beauty Science News stories What do you make of these “waiting […]
November 26, 2019
Covered on this episode: Beauty Science stories: Cruelty free products are free from cruelty. EWG on the Kardashian’s show – Beauty Questions: Are human stem cells effective in anti-aging products? Coincidentally, I just read a story about a new skin care product that incorporates both plant and human “stem cells.” This type of marketing is […]
November 19, 2019
The Beauty Brains answer questions about… Why can’t I find more fragrance-free hair products? Living Proof hair care (is the price worth it?) What’s the deal with No-BS Skincare Can magnesium be used for cleaning? Beauty News Skin care in the dairy aisle – will probiotics help strengthen skin and hair? There isn’t a lot […]
November 12, 2019
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 peroxide Can Vitamin C change color? Beauty News Natural cosmetic act is introduced in congress (in the US) The purple hair challenge is going viral […]
November 6, 2019
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? […]
October 28, 2019
On today’s episode we answer your questions about   Is vaping bad for your skin Is there any benefit to inverse hair conditioning Do 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 […]
October 16, 2019
On this episode of the Beauty Brains we answer a number of beauty product questions and talk about big companies and the brands they own. Beauty Questions On today’s episode we answer your questions about   Are there any benefits in putting vitamins on hair? Does anything work better than hydroquinone for age spots? Do shave […]
October 9, 2019
On this episode of the Beauty Brains we answer a number of beauty product questions and talk about big companies and the brands they own. Beauty Questions On today’s episode we answer your questions about   Color cosmetics for protection from the sun? Is it ok to apply baking soda to your skin? What’s up with […]
September 20, 2019
On this episode of the Beauty Brains we answer a number of beauty product questions and talk about big companies and the brands they own. Beauty Questions On today’s episode we answer your questions about   Is oil cleansing better for your skin? How should you treat seborrheic dermatitis? What do you think of the […]
August 26, 2019
On this episode of the Beauty Brains we answer a number of beauty product questions and talk about big companies and the brands they own. Beauty Questions On today’s episode we answer your questions about   Yeast infection medicine to treat hair loss  Is an organic facial mask worth buying? What’s with mineral oil, is […]
August 14, 2019
On today’s episode we’re going to be answering your beauty questions about  Oxygen facials and how they work How does plant based hair color work? Does light degrade shampoo? Substituting Body Wash for Hand Soap And more, plus… Kitchen Chemistry! Beauty News Is showering daily necessary? Kitchen Chemistry Tumeric and cinnamon for foundation & eye […]
August 6, 2019
On this episode of the Beauty Brains we answer a number of beauty product questions and talk about big companies and the brands they own. Beauty Questions What is the big deal about squalane Does the number of ingredients in a product impact its effectiveness? Are dip nails safe? And how do anti-dandruff shampoos work? […]
July 28, 2019
On this solo episode of the Beauty Brains we cover… Beauty Product Topics Skin Microbiome – Do these beauty products really work? Peppermint oil – Can it grow hair? Should you spend a lot of money for La Mer? Follow the Brains Thanks for listening. Hey if you get a chance can you go over to […]
July 15, 2019
On this episode of the Beauty Brains we cover a variety of topics for both hair and skin. On this show… Beauty Questions Can you use regular hair color after using henna Why can’t you buy red lipstick, or can you? Is sunscreen causing cancer? Is hygral fatigue a real thing? Beauty News Nature’s Truth […]
July 8, 2019
On this episode of the Beauty Brains we cover a variety of topics for both hair and skin. On this show… Beauty News Mental Health & Genes related to Tanning Bed Addiction CBD line launched Recall Roundup – We check the FDA website so you don’t have to Young Living Essential Oils, Orange Blossom Moisturizer […]
June 24, 2019
On this episode of the Beauty Brains we cover a variety of topics for both hair and skin. On this show… How does Hard water affect hair? Should you be Patting or smearing on skincare products? What natural ingredients that are good for hair? Plus, we look at the Jacklyn Hill lipstick controversy and whether […]
June 14, 2019
We’re on vacation this week but instead of skipping the week we thought we’d give you some insight on the fragrance loophole and what it means from a cosmetic chemists and formulator’s perspective. Follow the Brains Thanks for listening. Hey if you get a chance can you go over to iTunes and leave us a […]
June 5, 2019
Welcome to the Beauty Brains. A podcast and website where real cosmetic scientists answer your beauty questions. On the show today we cover: Kitchen cosmetics: Does Beer work for hair What’s the deal with the microbiome Can you get alcohol free hair spray? Can makeup sprays keep makeup on longer? To see a transcript of […]
May 29, 2019
Welcome to the Beauty Brains. A podcast and website where real cosmetic scientists answer your beauty questions. On the show today we cover: The types of questions you can get answered about beauty products Does Preparation H really reduce puffy eyes Are beauty products really cruelty free? Will sunscreen prevent skin from tanning This was […]
May 22, 2019
On today’s episode we answer beauty questions about : Should one be worried about tree nuts in cosmetic products? What’s the difference between a toners and astringent? How does one spot a bad dupe versus an affordable product that works? Why do some nail polishes last longer on some people than others? Show intro notes […]
May 13, 2019
The Beauty Brains episode 182 – we cover beauty questions about BB glow facials The safety of self tanners Doing you own research and Hard water and your beauty products Beauty Science News Butt MasksIs natural deodorant necessary?8 Beauty ingredients to know about SeaweedWheatgrassSaffronPatchouliCBD OilKaleKukui Nut OilMarula Oil Beauty questions Alina asks – What do […]
April 30, 2019
Welcome to the Beauty Brains, a show where real scientists answer your beauty questions and give you an insider’s look at the beauty product industry. On today’s episode we’re going to be answering your beauty questions about Whether or not expired or fermented milk from the kitchen can be used as a DIY Toner. Should […]
April 23, 2019
Welcome to the Beauty Brains show. On today’s episode we’re going to be answering your hair care beauty questions! Hair products that claim to restore natural color in gray hair Ouidad curl conditioner Products that claim to thicken hair How do you avoid hair damage? How do you know what ingredients actually do something? What […]
April 16, 2019
Welcome to the Beauty Brains, a show where real scientists answer your beauty questions and give you an insider’s look at the beauty product industry. Hosts: Valerie George and Perry Romanowski On today’s episode we’re going to be answering your beauty questions about What are the benefits of broccoli seed oil? What is the deal […]
April 11, 2019
On today’s episode of The Beauty Brains we’re going to be answering your beauty questions about The differences between salon and store bought deep conditioners Whether curology is better than going to a dermatologist And what are the pros and cons of using a bar soap form of shampoo and hair conditioner? Beauty Science News […]
April 1, 2019
Welcome to episode 177! It’s a solo episode of the Beauty Brains. On this episode we’re going to be answering your beauty questions about Thinning hair and the research going on in that area Whether cupping is an effective facial treatment Which sunscreen ingredients block UVA Why mandelic acid is used in deodorants. Beauty science […]
March 18, 2019
Welcome to episode 176! Today is our all-fragrance question extravaganza!!   On this episode we’re going to be answering your beauty questions about What do the terms unscented and fragrance free mean? Should you avoid fragrance in skin care products What’s the difference between synthetic and natural fragrances? And how do fragrances get chosen for […]
March 5, 2019
We had a technical glitch this week & Perry is on vacation so enjoy a show from the archives…episode 101 Question of the week: How are cosmetics regulated outside of the US? Jacs from the UK asked…”Can you add a overview on how cosmetics are regulated in the rest of the world other than America […]
February 26, 2019
This is episode 175 and on today’s episode we’re going to cover a news stories we found interesting in the cosmetics industry, and then we’ll answer your beauty questions about: Are sunscreen sprays legal? What is the level of SPF we should use on our face everyday? Why hasn’t the FDA approved the new sunscreen […]
February 19, 2019
Beauty questions covered on this episode include… Why is the prescription azelaic acid so expensive? Do cosmetic products expire? Is petroleum in skin products like Aquaphor bad for you? What’s the difference between moisturizers and hydrators Beauty news How will the microplastic ban affect cosmetic products? I saw this story that the EU was proposing […]
February 12, 2019
Hello and welcome to the Beauty Brains, a show where real scientists answer your beauty questions and give you an insider’s look at the beauty product industry. Beauty questions answered on this show Do silicones dry out your skin? Why do white hairs on my head turn reddish at the ends? What ingredients should look […]
February 4, 2019
On today’s episode we’re going to be answering your beauty questions about Does a product’s price indicate anything about quality? Does Glycerin and Aloe Vera really moisturize? What does Salicylic acid do in products? And how legit are beauty product / ingredient trends? Beauty Science News Unilever goes further with transparency The Big Companies are […]
January 28, 2019
On today’s episode we’re going to be answering your beauty questions about Do jade rollers work or are they just hype? Is micellar water good enough for cleaning off makeup? Will supplements give you better looking skin? Is this hot, expensive hair line worth the money? And are the ingredients in cosmetics safe? Chit Chat […]
January 21, 2019
On today’s episode of the Beauty Brains we cover beauty questions about Shampoo and what it does to hair color Whether collagen works in skin care products The Curly Girl method of treating hair Beauty Science News Is there asbestos in J&J baby powder?  Reuters says that J&J was selling product with asbestos in it. […]
January 14, 2019
Welcome to the Beauty Brains podcast. In today’s episode we answer questions about Petrolatum and it’s use in skin care, whether eyebrow growth serums really work and dish on a couple cosmetic industry stories that we found interesting. Beauty Science News Hemp is now legal to grow in the US. What will this mean for […]
January 7, 2019
Beauty Science News What makes a cosmetic chemist? Here’s a story published in the Insider back in November talking about the Luxury skin-care brand Sunday Riley and whether their founder is actually a cosmetic chemist. But what makes someone a cosmetic chemist? Nearly all cosmetic chemists working in the mainstream cosmetic industry have a college […]
December 10, 2018
Hello and welcome to the Beauty Brains, a show where real scientists answer your beauty questions and give you an insiders look at the beauty product industry.   On today’s episode we’re going to be answering questions about should you wash your hair every day whether dermatologist recommended products are better, the difference between natural and […]
December 4, 2018
After a brief hiatus, the Beauty Brains podcast is back. Covered on this episode: Beauty Science stories: Cruelty free products are free from cruelty. What does it mean for consumers? Getting rid of animal testing means that products will not be much different than what you could ever make. EWG on the Kardashian’s show – […]
January 18, 2018
We don’t have a transcript for today’s show yet but please enjoy the audio. Listen to the end of show when Perry and I announce that this will be our final podcast for the foreseeable future. Thanks for stopping by!
September 29, 2017
Today, we bring you a special Beauty Brains episode featuring Sarah Bellum.  Randy is on vacation. We answer a few question. About beauty products on Amazon cejxn19 asks – Hi Guys, I’ve heard some horror stories of people buying expired or knock off beauty products on amazon. Is there any good way to tell if […]
August 24, 2017
Is bee venom a good anti-aging ingredient? Monika asks…Korean Bee Venom essence but it does seem to work. My question is the bee venom really magic or is there something else that removes the spots? RS: Thanks Monika…this gives me the perfect excuse time to remind listeners to go back to Episode 105 and listen […]
July 20, 2017
Can you use diaper rash cream as sunscreen? Mari asks…Today a customer came into the retail pharmacy where I work and demanded that we sell him zinc oxide diaper rash paste so he could use it as sunscreen. I tried to steer him in the direction of actual sunscreens with listed SPFs, but he was […]
June 13, 2017
How can you find a cheaper natural lip balm? Abby says…I have a question about Bite Beauty’s Agave Lip Mask. It claims its natural formula smoothes, nourishes and moisturizes lips with a bio active combination of organic agave nectar, jojoba oil, vanilla co2 extract, and triple the amount of the antioxidant trans-resveratrol found in red […]
April 18, 2017
Can hair straighteners stop your hair from being naturally curly? Sarah asks…Can straightening your hair for a long time change it from being very curly to being naturally straight? That’s like saying bleaching your brown hair for a long time will make you naturally blonde. It doesn’t work that way because you’re only treating the hair that’s […]
March 21, 2017
Why isn’t everyone exfoliating with AHAs? Melissa says…I’ve been using an night cream with glycolic acid and I noticed that my skin is actually brighter, clearer, and softer. I’ve been using this product for years and I still love it but I worry that it may be too good to be true. Are there any […]
February 20, 2017
How does color changing makeup work? Julia asks…I’m a make up artist and my question is how does color adjusting makeup work? I’ve tried a few and they didn’t adjust very well. Also, what are both of your favorite ingredients to use on your own skin? Thanks for bringing this up Julia! Color changing makeup […]
January 24, 2017
Are lotions with water actually bad for your skin? Veronica asks…I heard that using lotions with water is actually bad for your skin because as the water evaporates it removes the skin’s natural moisture and oil. Is this true? Veronica’s question is an interesting twist on a theme that we have discussed a couple of […]
October 25, 2016
Is aloe lotion good for skin? Gemma asks…I am a huge fan of Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe Fresh lotion. However, I have found another aloe lotion that is even cheaper: Perfect Purity. So I’m wondering can you tell me if the Perfect Purity will perform as well as my beloved Vaseline? Or should I just […]
October 18, 2016
Can a patch test predict acne? Janelly asks…I would like to know if patch testing a product for acne can really work. I see this concept mentioned a lot on Reditt as a way to test if a new skincare product will cause acne. That’s a great question but patch testing for acne does NOT work. […]
October 11, 2016
Should your cosmetics be biodegradable? Fabi asks about biodegradable products… I have an outdoor shower and it drains into the ground and everyone tells me I have to have biodegradable shampoo, conditioner, and body wash for the ground. Can you explain biodegradable products? It’s really hard to find them. What they’re all about and why […]
October 4, 2016
How can I tell if a store brand mouthwash is the same as the expensive name brand? Victoria says…My husband insists that all name brand products are stronger and better than store brands. He feels strongest about Listerine and his dentist agrees with him. Does it matter in areas other than cosmetics? When discussing store brands, […]
September 27, 2016
How does baby foot work? Leslie asks…Can you please explain how Babyfoot works and if it is truly safe to use. I have used it and my feet did peel but I really don’t understand how it works.  In case our listeners aren’t familiar with this product, it’s a special type of exfoliator designed just […]
September 20, 2016
How does Tresemme Beauty-Full Volume Reverse Wash haircare system work? Jess says…I just saw an ad for the Tresemme Beauty-Full Volume system. Is there really something to conditioning first and then shampooing or are they just convincing us to wash our money down the drain? Let’s talk a little bit about the process of reverse […]
September 13, 2016
What’s the deal with micellar water make up removers? Taylor asks…I’m a new listener and enjoy your show so much. (Gets me through the work day) I want to know the hype about micellar water and is this something new or just a mild makeup remover with a “fancy name.” Micellar waters are named after […]
September 6, 2016
Is Charlotte Tilbury Multi-miracle cream really worth it? Jo asks…I love Charlotte Tilbury’s Multi-Miracle Glow product but I’m afraid I spent too much and I worry that it really provides any benefits. Can you tell me if it has any special properties and if not is there a more budget conscious version? Thanks for the question, […]
August 30, 2016
Our plane just landed and I’m posting this from my phone while waiting for Perry who’s stuck in customs. Apparently they think his juggling balls are contraband. We’ll be home soon! In the meanwhile listen to this blast from the past about skin cleansers and active ingredients. Click this link to read the original show […]
August 23, 2016
I thought for sure we’d be back in the country by now but before we could board the plane Perry was detained by the police. I’m still not sure what’s going on but apparently it has something to do him getting robbed on the way back to the hotel.   Don’t worry though, you can still listen […]
August 16, 2016
I thought we’d be flying home from our tropical vacation today but it turns out Perry lost our plane tickets in a poker game last night. Looks like we’ll be flying stand by. Until we get this all sorted out, please enjoy this encore episode on fragrance allergies. You an find the original show notes here. […]
August 9, 2016
I was planning on coming back to work today but Perry just ordered another picture of margaritas. That means today’s podcast has to be another rerun. Check out our discussion of the Think Dirty app. Click here for the original show notes.
August 2, 2016
Perry and I are still at the beach but don’t worry he’s constantly rubbing me down with sunscreen. While we’re gone please enjoy this encore episode of our podcast about the odors of ovulation.   Click here to read the original show notes. Thanks and see you soon!
July 26, 2016
Perry and I are on summer vacation.  While we’re gone please enjoy this encore episode of our podcast about antibacterial soaps. Click here to read the original show notes about antibacterial soaps. Thanks and see you soon!
July 19, 2016
Do I really need to use 3 kinds of conditioner? Dev asks… Is it absolutely essential to use a leave in, a rinse out, and a deep conditioner? I’ve been washing my hair and appling a regular rinse out conditioner and then I leave it in until the next time I wash my hair about […]
July 12, 2016
Can Coca Cola give you a better tan? Nanda asks…Will Coca Cola give you a better sun tan?
 When I first head this I thought it was an obscure, ridiculous rumor. But I was wrong. it turns out it’s a very pervasive, ridiculous rumor. Yeah, if you Google “using coca cola to tan” you get […]
July 4, 2016
Does blotting oily sunscreen reduce SPF? Emma asks in Gmail…I don’t like the oily skin I get from using sunscreen so I blot off the excess with an oil absorbing sheet. Is this reducing the SPF of the sunscreen? Yes, blotting some of the sunscreen off your face will reduce the UV protection, to some […]
June 28, 2016
Is the NIOD brand really “ultra-scientific?” Saania says…I have a question about a skincare brand that’s gained a cult status amongst serious skin care junkies. The brand NIOD, under the umbrella brand Deciem, claims to be “skincare for the hyper-educated”.  Their star product is called Copper Amino Isolate Serum. I wanted to know what you […]
June 21, 2016
Are boar bristle brushes better for your hair? Georgina asks…Are boar bristle brushes better for your hair? I’m looking at a Mason Pearson brush that’s about $100 and I want to know if it’s worth it. It’s tough to give a definitive answer because as you might imagine there aren’t many double blind, peer reviewed […]
June 14, 2016
Are super foods effective beauty ingredients? Jana asks…What are your thoughts on super foods in skin care? Ingredients like acacia, coconut, grapeseed oil, berries, green tea, avocado, turmeric and resveratrol. What the heck IS a super food? There is no scientific or medical definition. Typically you’ll see them described like this: “superfoods are nutrient powerhouses […]
June 7, 2016
Can I use clay to shampoo my hair?  Joneen says…I have a question about rhassoul clay. I’ve heard great things about using it as a shampoo. My concern, though, is mineral buildup. This is one of the results of hard water that has a negative impact on hair, and something I am currently experiencing and […]
May 31, 2016
Do anti-aging patches really work? Julia asks…Can micro needle patches really work to deliver anti-aging ingredients like hyaluronic acid? Coincidentally I just read a study about a new technology for lightening age spots that involves, get this, Dissolving Micro Needles. This research was published by a Korean team in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology and here’s […]
May 24, 2016
Should we be worried about aluminum in deodorants? Erin asks…Should we be worried about aluminum in deodorants? First of all don’t get confused between anti-perspirant and deodorants. Anti-perspirants contain aluminum salts that help plug your pores so you don’t sweat as much. Deodorants do not contain aluminum and they don’t stop you from sweating. They […]
May 17, 2016
Is the “Remedy” hair treatment by Rita Hazan really magic? Lizzy asks…Does the Rita Hazan Remedy have any magic in it? My hair feels soft and shiny after I use it, but it didn’t do anything for my sister. I must say I’ve never seen a product quite like this before. It’s a two part […]
May 10, 2016
How do I find a sunscreen that doesn’t cause acne? Allison asks…What’s the difference between a sunscreen and a sunblock? Also, what ingredients should I look for in a product that will not contribute to acne? And, when’s the best time to apply sunscreen in my morning skin care routine? Sunscreens use UV absorbers to protect your […]
May 3, 2016
Cosmetic Questions Do silicones melt on your hair? Kylie asks…I am attempting to remove years of black hair dye and came across Scott Cornwall and his product Decolour. He makes a claim that if it doesn’t work likely cause is hair plasticised due to using heat over 220 deg cel. Quote “If you use heated […]
April 26, 2016
Hair and skin have some things in common but there’s one big difference: skin is alive and responds to so called “anti-aging” ingredients while hair is DEAD. Check out this encore episode where we give you the straight scoop on hair care products that claim to make your hair younger.   Click here for the our […]
April 19, 2016
In this encore episode we discuss why cosmetic companies STILL make so many fake natural products. There are a few main reasons: True natural consumers are still a small market segment All-natural cosmetics do not work as well Consumers don’t know the difference Greenwashing keeps costs down There are no required standards Formulating natural cosmetics […]
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