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The Beauty Brains

English, Beauty, 2 seasons, 249 episodes, 1 hour, 24 minutes
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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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Episode 367 - Long Hair Myths and Microneedling Marvels

On this show we cover lots of questions including…Is a deep conditioner really needed?Is long hair bad for your pregnancy?What ingredients in hair products might make you lose hair?What hair products can we use that don’t have toxic chemicals in them?Do microneedles help ingredients work better?NewsCreating A Semi-Custom SPF Just Got A Lot Easier With Drunk Elephant’s Latest LaunchUnderstanding the biomechanics of split hair.Question linksHairmayrakiReedle technologyFive Ways to Ask a question -1. Send us a message through Patreon!2. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to [email protected]. Send it to us via social media (see links below)4. Submit it through the following form - Ask a question5. Leave a voice mail message: 872-216-1856Social media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageValerie's ingredient company - Simply IngredientsPerry's other website - Chemists CornerFollow the  Porch Kitty Krew instagram accountSupport the Show.
6/19/202442 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 366 - Will Hyaluronic acid dry out your skin?

This is the 200th episode that Valerie and Perry have recorded together!! And in celebration we had a LIVE virtual audience made up of our patrons.But this is a regular show too so, On today’s show we cover lots of questions including…Can face & body treatments and moisturizers be used on the scalp, and is it okay to use hada labo toner on the scalp daily?Is it true that hyaluronic acid should not be used frequently in dry weather?Can epsom salts really penetrate the skin?What are some surprising industry developments or things you have changed your mind about as more research has come out?What happens to hair when it turns grey, and do products for grey hair make a difference?Plus, we take some live Patron questions..Beauty NewsTarget faces a lawsuit over coral bleaching claimsDo we really need whole body deodorants?Five Ways to Ask a question -1. Send us a message through Patreon!2. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to [email protected]. Send it to us via social media (see links below)4. Submit it through the following form - Ask a question5. Leave a voice mail message: 872-216-1856Social media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageValerie's ingredient company - Simply IngredientsPerry's other website - Chemists CornerFollow the  Porch Kitty Krew instagram accountSupport the Show.
6/12/20241 hour, 9 minutes, 4 seconds
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Episode 364 - Dry Eyes, Sleepy Scrubs and Energizing Shampoos

On today’s show we cover your questions including…Is sun powder a sensation?Does a corneometer measurement prove a moisturizer works better?What does melatonin do in a body scrub?What does it mean when a shampoo claims it “promotes hair growth”?Can eyelash serum cause dry eyes?Beauty NewsUnilever settles a benzene lawsuit. J&J proposes new settlement Should you wear makeup while exercising?Actual exercise study Links relevant to QuestionsSun powder Tik TokL'Oreal Corneometer demoMelatonin productFive Ways to Ask a question -1. Send us a message through Patreon!2. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to [email protected]. Send it to us via social media (see links below)4. Submit it through the following form - Ask a question5. Leave a voice mail message: 872-216-1856Social media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageValerie's ingredient company - Simply IngredientsPerry's other website - Chemists CornerFollow the  Porch Kitty Krew instagram accountSupport the Show.
5/10/202453 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 363 - Head, neck, knees and toes questions

On today’s show we cover lots of questions including…Are shampoos for different hair types all that different? Can topical products help skin once it’s aged?Should you buy tretinoin without a prescription?Do products that claim to get rid of stretch marks actually work?How does a clay mask make skin tingly and red?Beauty NewsWho are the biggest plastic polluters in the world?Five Ways to Ask a question -1. Send us a message through Patreon!2. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to [email protected]. Send it to us via social media (see links below)4. Submit it through the following form - Ask a question5. Leave a voice mail message: 872-216-1856Social media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageValerie's ingredient company - Simply IngredientsPerry's other website - Chemists CornerFollow the  Porch Kitty Krew instagram accountSupport the Show.
5/3/202438 minutes, 41 seconds
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Episode 362 - Hair Care Hacks: Frizz Control, Safe Dandruff Solutions, and Finding Perfect Product Dupes

On today’s show we cover lots of hair questions including…What should you look for in hair care products to prevent frizz on humid days?What anti dandruff ingredients are ok for colored hair?How do you find a suitable dupe for an expensive conditioner?Can a product really repel water on the hair?Do heat protectants inhibit the ability to crimp hair?Are phytoestrogens helpful in skincare products?Beauty NewsEye ointment product recalledBe wary of buying personal care products from Facebook.  Are people really switching to beauty bar shampoo over bottle?First AI beauty pageantParis Hilton launches a lineFive Ways to Ask a question -1. Send us a message through Patreon!2. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to [email protected]. Send it to us via social media (see links below)4. Submit it through the following form - Ask a question5. Leave a voice mail message: 872-216-1856Social media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageValerie's ingredient company - Simply IngredientsPerry's other website - Chemists CornerFollow the  Porch Kitty Krew instagram accountSupport the Show.
4/25/202440 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 360 - Brushable hair spray, silicon peptides and more

On today’s show we cover questions including…Can silicones prevent the penetration of peptides into skin?What makes a hair spray brushable?Is the Revlonissimo shampoo safe to use?Does copper peptide turn vitamin C orange?What are the basic ingredients in a mascara formula?Beauty News:Benzoyl peroxide is bad? More Benzoyl peroxide newsSephora wins its Clean Beauty caseThe Rock launches a beauty line.Beauty QuestionsFour Ways to Ask a question -1. Send us a message through Patreon!2. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to [email protected]. Send it to us via social media (see links below)4. Submit it through the following form - Ask a questionSocial media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageValerie's ingredient company - Simply IngredientsPerry's other website - Chemists CornerFollow the  Porch Kitty Krew instagram accountSupport the show
3/26/202452 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 358 - How should you layer skin care products?

On today’s show we cover questions including…What do you think of infrared hair dryers?How does a store brand like Equate compare to mainstream brands?How do you properly layer a moisturizer, a sunscreen and a foundation to avoid “flakiness”?Are UV/LED lash extension systems safe?Beauty NewsIs it a good thing that consumer demand dictates what ingredients formulators can use? A chemist tested Nivea and got shocking results! Beauty QuestionsFour Ways to Ask a question -1. Send us a message through Patreon!2. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to [email protected]. Send it to us via social media (see links below)4. Submit it through the following form - Ask a questionSocial media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageValerie's ingredient company - Simply IngredientsPerry's other website - Chemists CornerFollow the  Porch Kitty Krew instagram accountSupport the show
3/1/202453 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 357 - Silk pillowcases, white tigers and titanium dioxide

On today’s show we cover questions including…Is it true that a satin or a silk pillow case helps prevent frizz?What do we think of the White Tiger skincare collection?What is the most effective color to offset the Tyndall Effect?What are our thoughts on the bioprogramming technology?If Titanium dioxide is considered a possible carcinogen Why is it still used in lipstick?Beauty NewsBody Shop goes under?  Michael Cera - Super Bowl commercial.Celebrity beauty brands exceed $1 billion LEBRON JAMES LAUNCHES BRAND Beyonce announce name of hair care brand Beauty QuestionsFour Ways to Ask a question -1. Send us a message through Patreon!2. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to [email protected]. Send it to us via social media (see links below)4. Submit it through the following form - Ask a questionSocial media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageValerie's ingredient company - Simply IngredientsPerry's other website - Chemists CornerFollow the  Porch Kitty Krew instagram accountSupport the show
2/23/202444 minutes, 54 seconds
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Episode 356 - The questions of curling hair

On today’s show we cover lots of hair questions including…Can hair be too healthy to curl?Does hair porosity matter when picking products?When is the best time to curl?Should you limit hair curling to once every three days?What’s the maximum temp to heat your hair?Do flat iron curls last longer than curling iron curls?What can you put on hair to make curls last longer?How can you tell the difference between hair conditioners?Plus a skin question - Can Adipeau plump up your face?Beauty NewsAnti-celebrity beauty launch - Michael Cera? How I Built That - Drunk Elephant Radiolab - Mosquitos Four Ways to Ask a question -1. Send us a message through Patreon!2. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to [email protected]. Send it to us via social media (see links below)4. Submit it through the following form - Ask a questionSocial media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageValerie's ingredient company - Simply IngredientsPerry's other website - Chemists CornerFollow the  Porch Kitty Krew instagram accountSupport the show
2/7/202451 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode 355 - Do you become immune to skin care actives?

On today’s show we cover questions including…Does freezing hair cause damage?Does skin get immune to the benefits of skin care products?What do we think of coconut oil for hair?Are collagen supplements for skin care a myth?What are the key ingredients in shampoos like Nioxin that make hair look more full?What makes Curel Hydratherapy Wet Skin Moisturizer a  "water-activated moisturizer"?Beauty NewsRaw Milk is the latest beauty trend on TikTok? Doing your own research is a good way to end up being wrong Four Ways to Ask a question -1. Send us a message through Patreon!2. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to [email protected]. Send it to us via social media (see links below)4. Submit it through the following form - Ask a questionSocial media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageValerie's ingredient company - Simply IngredientsPerry's other website - Chemists CornerFollow the  Porch Kitty Krew instagram accountSupport the show
1/27/202454 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 354 - Do Microneedles Work for Skincare?

On today’s show we are going to cover some questions including…What is your opinion of microneedle patches?How do you know a study should be trusted?What makes a hair conditioner condition?Is efg (epidermal growth factor) worth the hype?Why do companies include ingredients they don’t talk about?Beauty NewsPre-teens and teens skin care. Do they need it? Four Ways to Ask a question -1. Send us a message through Patreon!2. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to [email protected]. Send it to us via social media (see links below)4. Submit it through the following form - Ask a questionSocial media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageValerie's ingredient company - Simply IngredientsPerry's other website - Chemists CornerFollow the  Porch Kitty Krew instagram accountSupport the show
1/19/202442 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 352 - Do depilatories make hair grow?

On this episode, we answer questions about...What do we think of Coenzyme Q10Do depilatories make your hair grow more?Do you really need to shower every day? And what does ear wax have to do with it.Plus we review trend predictions from last year and our trend predictions for the coming year.Beauty NewsUnilever buy K18 Beauty Question linksPaper about Depilatories and hair growth How to be Fine podcast Four Ways to Ask a question -1. Send us a message through Patreon!2. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to [email protected]. Send it to us via social media (see links below)4. Submit it through the following form - Ask a questionSocial media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageValerie's ingredient company - Simply IngredientsPerry's other website - Chemists CornerFollow the  Porch Kitty Krew instagram accountSupport the show
12/30/202340 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode 351 - Glycolic acid as a deodorant? Plus trends for 2024

On this episode, we answer questions about...Do pharmaceutical grade claims mean anything?If my product smells like stinky feet or cheese, does it still work?Can Glycolic acid be used as a deodorant?Do salon hair brands really work better?Plus we review trend predictions from last year and our trend predictions for the coming year.Beauty NewsTrend predictions for 2024 More 2024 beauty industry predictions Tik Tok account of salon product question Four Ways to Ask a question -1. Send us a message through Patreon!2. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to [email protected]. Send it to us via social media (see links below)4. Submit it through the following form - Ask a questionSocial media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageValerie's ingredient company - Simply IngredientsPerry's other website - Chemists CornerFollow the  Porch Kitty Krew instagram accountSupport the show
12/23/202357 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 345 - Is there still formaldehyde in Brazilian Blowout?

On today’s show we answer questions about:How does Kerastase Therapiste Hair Serum make hair feel so good?Is there still formaldehyde in Brazilian Blowout?Do self-tanners rust your skin?Is it possible to reverse 2 years of hair damage in just 1 treatment?Beauty Science NewsJ&J talc suit  - Listener Vivian pointed this one out.  Dismissed.  AI creating fragrances  Four Ways to Ask a question -1. Send us a message through Patreon!2. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to [email protected]. Send it to us via social media (see links below)4. Submit it through the following form - Ask a questionSocial media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageValerie's ingredient company - Simply IngredientsPerry's other website - Chemists CornerFollow the new Porch Kitty Krew instagram accountSupport the show
10/19/202352 minutes, 4 seconds
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BOBB - Is retinol toxic? and other beauty questions you're dying to know. Episode 313

Perry is traveling and Valerie is moving so they weren't able to get a new show recorded. Here is a "best of" which will still be enjoyable. We'll be back next week with an all-new show!On today’s show we answer questions about:What we think of the Redken acidic bonding treatments?Should pregnant women avoid certain ingredients in lip gloss?Is retinol toxic?Should you be worried about potential asbestos contamination affecting talc in makeup products?Is pharmaceutical grade skincare different from over the counter?Beauty Science NewsKylie Jenner in the lab. Celebrity LaunchAlicia Keys launches something Beauty Question linksRedken acidic bondingPharma grade skincare Four Ways to Ask a question -1. Send us a message through Patreon!2. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to [email protected]. Send it to us via social media (see links below)4. Submit it through the following form - Ask a questionSocial media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageValerie's ingredient company - Simply IngredientsBe Brainy about your Beauty!Support the show
9/13/202338 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 342 - Are Beauty Apps Reliable Sources for Product Recommendations?

On today’s show we answer questions about:Should you throw away products because of a beauty product app?Are lip primers just chapstick?Does sunscreen break down if it is heated too high?What claims about ethnic hair are true?Does Lamellar technology as found in Wonder Water work for hair?Beauty NewsAOC thinks you deserve better sunscreen. Four Ways to Ask a question -1. Send us a message through Patreon!2. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to [email protected]. Send it to us via social media (see links below)4. Submit it through the following form - Ask a questionSocial media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageValerie's ingredient company - Simply IngredientsPerry's other website - Chemists CornerFollow the new Porch Kitty Krew instagram accountSupport the show
8/22/202355 minutes, 14 seconds
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Episode 341 - Do You Really Need a Separate Heat Protector for Leave-In Conditioners?

On today’s show we answer questions about:Why are companies replacing ‘synthetic’ blurring ingredients?What’s the deal with The Ordinary/ Glycolipid Cleanser?Do you need a separate heat protector if you use leave-in conditioner?What is the dried foam that’s in my serum dropper?What do we think about expensive treatment dispersal system for a pricey serum?Beauty NewsIs Ageless the new Anti-aging? Men's personal care use Male skin care line Michael Strahan Four Ways to Ask a question -1. Send us a message through Patreon!2. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to [email protected]. Send it to us via social media (see links below)4. Submit it through the following form - Ask a questionSocial media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageValerie's ingredient company - Simply IngredientsPerry's other website - Chemists CornerFollow the new Porch Kitty Krew instagram accountSupport the show
8/5/202344 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode 340 - Tattoo skin care, mixing retinol, biomimicry and more

On today’s show we answer questions about:Is biotechnology going to revolutionize the beauty industry?Do products designed for tattoos actually work?Is it ok to mix retinol with regular skin care products?Does poly l lactic acid work as a topical ingredient?Beauty Question linksArcaea Tattoo skin care Four Ways to Ask a question -1. Send us a message through Patreon!2. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to [email protected]. Send it to us via social media (see links below)4. Submit it through the following form - Ask a questionSocial media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageValerie's ingredient company - Simply IngredientsPerry's other website - Chemists CornerFollow the new Porch Kitty Krew instagram accountSupport the show
7/27/202330 minutes, 27 seconds
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Episode 337 - Is Mascara Toxic? PFAS in Cosmetics & other beauty questions answered

On today’s show we answer questions about:Eyebrow laminationPFAS in mascara - are they dangerousHow does epsom salts affect hairDo bond builders strengthen hair’s cortexAnd what is hexylresorcinol doing in my skin careBeauty NewsClean beauty in Canada Dr Rupa video discussed Four Ways to Ask a question -1. Send us a message through Patreon!2. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to [email protected]. Send it to us via social media (see links below)4. Submit it through the following form - Ask a questionSocial media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageValerie's ingredient company - Simply IngredientsPerry's other website - Chemists CornerFollow the new Porch Kitty Krew instagram accountSupport the show
6/19/202338 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 336 - Pores, Peptides, and Pets with a Dash of AI

In this episode of the Beauty Brains podcast, hosts Valerie George and Perry Romanowski discuss various beauty product topics, including improving the appearance of large pores, issues with HA products causing pilling, combining copper peptides and vitamin C, and sunscreen degradation. They also chat about their recent travels and new pets, and discuss the launch of Serena Williams' new product line, Will Perform. Additionally, they explore the potential benefits of using AI to replicate their voices for the podcast and eliminate filler words. The hosts answer listener questions and share beauty science news, advising against mixing prescription drugs with non-prescription actives and reminding listeners to take sunscreen expiration dates seriously.Beauty NewsCelebrity launch - Serena WilliamsL’oreal patents wipe impregnated with sunscreenFour Ways to Ask a question -1. Send us a message through Patreon!2. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to [email protected]. Send it to us via social media (see links below)4. Submit it through the following form - Ask a questionSocial media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageValerie's ingredient company - Simply IngredientsPerry's other website - Chemists CornerFollow the new Porch Kitty Krew instagram accountSupport the show
6/9/202334 minutes, 54 seconds
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Episode 335 - What's a good skin care routine, plus we talk parabens, bleach and heat protectors

On this show we answer questions about:Parabens in cosmetics are dangerous and Will avoiding parabens reduce chances of cancer?How do you figure out what you really need in a skin care routine?What should you really look for in a heat protectant?Should you use bleach on your skin?Beauty Science NewsCruelty free method of getting snail slime? Is grey hair reversible? Four Ways to Ask a question -1. Send us a message through Patreon!2. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to [email protected]. Send it to us via social media (see links below)4. Submit it through the following form - Ask a questionSocial media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageValerie's ingredient company - Simply IngredientsPerry's other website - Chemists CornerFollow the new Porch Kitty Krew instagram accountSupport the show
6/2/202348 minutes, 3 seconds
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Episode 332 - Is it ok to use body lotion on your face?

 On today’s show we answer questions about:Whether it’s ok to use body lotion on your faceIf Creatine or other proteins strengthen hair?Self tanning productsBlow drying and air drying hairBeauty NewsTrends at the in-Cosmetics show Kao launches space sheet shampoo Rhianna is the most successful celebrity beauty brand LawsuitsJ&J looks to settle L’Oreal lawsuit thrown out Four Ways to Ask a question -1. Send us a message through Patreon!2. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to [email protected]. Send it to us via social media (see links below)4. Submit it through the following form - Ask a questionSocial media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageValerie's ingredient company - Simply IngredientsPerry's other website - Chemists CornerFollow the new Porch Kitty Krew instagram accountSupport the show
4/14/202347 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 327 - Salon hair care, cationic skin care, collagen threads and more

On today’s show we answer questions about:Cationic surfactants in skin careEven more salon hair care questionsSkin pHAnd Collage treatment threadsBeauty News StoriesMold found in a concealer - This is what happens when you rely of poor preservative systemsBlue light testing created. Is this really necessary?Study they cite LAWSUIT CORNERJ&J talc suit continues Questions:The collagen string product Four Ways to Ask a question -1. Send us a message through Patreon!2. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to [email protected]. Send it to us via social media (see links below)4. Submit it through the following form - Ask a questionSocial media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageValerie's ingredient company - Simply IngredientsPerry's other website - Chemists CornerFollow the new Porch Kitty Krew instagram accountSupport the show
2/13/202342 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 323 - Predictions, Reviews plus some beauty questions answered

Our year end review show and some predictions of what we think will happen in the new year. Also, my microphone started to fizzle out during the show so the sound quality is not as good as I'd like. But it's not too bad and we wanted to get a show out before the end of the year so hopefully you can still enjoy it. I promise I'm getting a new microphone for the next show!On today’s show we’re going to answer questions about:What ingredients are banned in cosmetics in the US?What does petrolatum do for hair?What is your favorite hair conditioning ingredient?List of FDA banned ingredients Have a great New Year!Thank you for all your support.Perry & ValerieFour Ways to Ask a question -1. Send us a message through Patreon!2. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to [email protected]. Send it to us via social media (see links below)4. Submit it through the following form - Ask a questionSocial media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageValerie's ingredient company - Simply IngredientsPerry's other website - Chemists CornerSupport the show
12/31/202243 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 321 - What's the right way to layer products?

On today’s show we answer questions about:Is there a specific way you should layer your skincare products?Silicones in hair care - a bunch of questionsIs it ok to wash hair that’s been colored?Why do you have to wait between bleaching?Chit ChatDecember news - Valerie has some extra product that she can't keep! We'll send you more information.Beauty Science NewsSephora clean beauty gets sued. Lawsuit Kuwait bans sales of lilial containing cosmetics Increasing use of synthetic vitamins may be causing allergic contact dermatitis Support the show
12/2/202246 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 320 - Electrically charged skin, Revela and more

On today’s show we answer questions about:What do we think of the effectiveness of Revela?Is there evidence that electric currents improve results of skin care?Why aren’t all exfoliators rinse off products?Is there anything special about products from the brand 20/20?Question linksRevela Electric currents and the skin Four Ways to Ask a question -1. Send us a message through Patreon!2. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to [email protected]. Send it to us via social media (see links below)4. Submit it through the following form - Ask a questionSocial media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageValerie's ingredient company - Simply IngredientsPerry's other website - Chemists CornerHappy Thanksgiving to our US listeners!Support the show
11/24/202242 minutes, 4 seconds
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Episode 319 - Arnica, Minerals, Olay oh my

On today’s show we’re going to answer questions about:How can you tell if a product is formulated well?Will minerals boost your skin?How does a store brand compare to a dermatologist brand?Is it ok to use Arnica under the eye?What is a cosmetic chemist?Beauty industry newsAugustinus Bader is worth $1 Billion Four Ways to Ask a question -1. Send us a message through Patreon!2. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to [email protected]. Send it to us via social media (see links below)4. Submit it through the following form - Ask a questionSocial media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageValerie's ingredient company - Simply IngredientsPerry's other website - Chemists CornerBe Brainy about your Beauty!Support the show
11/18/202237 minutes, 24 seconds
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Can infrared lights get rid of wrinkles? Plus more beauty questions Episode 318

On today’s show we’re going to answer questions about:Does infrared light home therapy actually work?Have The Beauty Brains considered other types of chemistry?Do LED facial masks really work?How can you tell if a product is using liposomes or not?Do stem cells work better with microneedling?Beauty industry newsAvon is shutting down R&D in the US  Pumpkins in your cosmetics Four Ways to Ask a question -1. Send us a message through Patreon!2. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to [email protected]. Send it to us via social media (see links below)4. Submit it through the following form - Ask a questionSocial media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageValerie's ingredient company - Simply IngredientsBe Brainy about your Beauty!Support the show
11/11/202250 minutes, 22 seconds
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Should you use probiotics to clean your house? episode 316

On today’s show we’re going to answer questions about:Does mechanical damage on hair cause damage on the same bonds or chains as heat or chemical damage?How effective are the Arey Grey products?Are probiotic home cleaning products effective?What are our thoughts on the Regimen Lab skincare brand?Beauty NewsAI based skin analysis tool Plastic free packaging - Why doesn’t everyone do this?Celebrity CornerOzzie Osbourne launches his own makeup lineFour Ways to Ask a question -1. Send us a message through Patreon!2. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to [email protected]. Send it to us via social media (see links below)4. Submit it through the following form - Ask a questionSocial media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageValerie's ingredient company - Simply IngredientsBe Brainy about your Beauty!Support the show
10/12/202243 minutes, 45 seconds
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Are retinol products with the same level of retinol the same? episode 315

We have both been traveling a lot in the last month, so this was the first chance we had to catch up. (Valerie is still traveling actually). But we'll be back with a full show next week.Beauty NewsL'Oreal faces lawsuitBrad Pitt launches skincareQuestion:Does Argireline work and are all retinol 0.25% product brands the same?Four Ways to Ask a question -1. Send us a message through Patreon! 2. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to [email protected]. Send it to us via social media (see links below)4. Submit it through the following form - Ask a questionSocial media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageValerie's ingredient company - Simply IngredientsBe Brainy about your Beauty!Support the show
10/3/202235 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 313 - Aqueous serum and magical eye creams

On today’s show we’re going to answer questions about:What is an aqueous cream?Is the Ordinary Vitamin C trustworthy?Magical sunbeam eye cream - audioFrizzy hair questionBeauty Science NewsBaby powder discontinued.Is scorpion venom the next snail slime? Celebrity beauty newsCardi B is treating her hair with onions? Stella Mccartney launches a line with LVMH Most popular beauty industry influencers Beauty Questionshttps://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/8262/pil#grefhttps://colorwowhair.com/products/dream-coat-anti-frizz-treatmentFour Ways to Ask a question -1. Send us a message through Patreon!2. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to [email protected]. Send it to us via social media (see links below)4. Submit it through the following form - Ask a questionSocial media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageValerie's ingredient company - Simply IngredientsBe Brainy about your Beauty!Support the show
9/5/202238 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode 312 - Toxic ingredients and pharmaceutical grade skincare

On today’s show we answer questions about:What we think of the Redken acidic bonding treatments?Should pregnant women avoid certain ingredients in lip gloss?Is retinol toxic?Should you be worried about potential asbestos contamination affecting talc in makeup products?Is pharmaceutical grade skincare different from over the counter?Beauty Science NewsKylie Jenner in the lab. Celebrity LaunchAlicia Keys launches something Beauty Question linksRedken acidic bondingPharma grade skincare Four Ways to Ask a question -1. Send us a message through Patreon!2. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to [email protected]. Send it to us via social media (see links below)4. Submit it through the following form - Ask a questionSocial media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageValerie's ingredient company - Simply IngredientsBe Brainy about your Beauty!Support the show
8/15/202247 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode 310 - Water resistant sunscreen, eczema shampoo, cool air hair dryers and more

On today’s show Perry & Valerie answer questions about:Does the cool air function on hair dryers help set hair styles?What makes a sunscreen water resistant?Is there a shampoo that can work for eczema?What do we think of Dr. Sam Bunting’s skincare products?Beauty NewsJ&J launches a new baby brand and hops on the BS bandwagon!How do you feel about these apps that let you try on make-up or beauty looks? Do you think they will have a big impact on people’s purchasing habits?Celebrity launch?Who called this one!? Four Ways to Ask a question -1. Become a patron and ask through there. These get top attention.2. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to [email protected]. Send it to us via social media (see links below)4. Submit it through the following form - Ask a questionSupport the Beauty BrainsThe Beauty Brains are now on Patreon! If you want to support the show Patreon is the best way to do it. This will help keep the show going and avoid any of those pesky advertisements that I find so maddening in other podcasts that I listen to. Thank you to all of our Patrons!Social media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageValerie's ingredient company - Simply IngredientsBe Brainy about your Beauty!Support the show
7/26/202242 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode 309 - Can eyelash thickening technology make your hair grow?

On today’s show we answer questions about:Do any scar creams help to reduce the appearance of a scar?Are there anti-aging ingredients you should avoid when pregnant?Can the eye lash thickening technology help the hair on your head?Is Olaplex safe on hair?Should you use a product without an ingredient list?What type of products should be used on kinky hair?Beauty Science storiesIs men’s skin care finally becoming a thing? New generation driving demand for ingestible skin care.Four Ways to Ask a question -1. Become a patron and ask through there. These get top attention.2. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to [email protected]. Send it to us via social media (see links below)4. Submit it through the following form - Ask a questionSupport the Beauty BrainsThe Beauty Brains are now on Patreon! If you want to support the show Patreon is the best way to do it. This will help keep the show going and avoid any of those pesky advertisements that I find so maddening in other podcasts that I listen to. Thank you to all of our Patrons!Social media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageValerie's ingredient company - Simply IngredientsBe Brainy about your Beauty!Support the show
7/16/202243 minutes, 2 seconds
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Laser treatments, Rosacea, micronized retinA and more - Episode 308

On today’s show we’re going to answer questions about:What’s up with Riversol and what your thoughts are about laser treatments for people with Rosacea?Is Retin-A Micro as good as tretinoin?Can Niacinamide and Ascorbic Acid be mixed?Does fragrance dry out your hair?Beauty Science NewsColor Depositing Mask - does it work? LawsuitA proposed class action lawsuit was filed against Oars and Alps. Question linksRiversol Ask a question!If you have a question we prioritize Patrons first! Just send us an email or record your voice on a smart phone and email it to [email protected]  If you are a patron be sure to let us know.Social media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageValerie's ingredient company - Simply IngredientsBe Brainy about your Beauty!Support the show
7/6/202227 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 305 - Hair protein treatments and more

On today’s show Perry & Valerie answer questions about:What do you think of the Aphogee Two Step Protein Treatment and Balancing Moisturizer?Does human keratin bind to hair and make it stronger and repair damage?Does hydrolyzed wheat protein work as well as hydrolyzed soy protein?Can brow thickening products work?Do inorganic filters reflect or absorb UV rays?Beauty science newsHoney Pot changes its formula and gets some social media backlash. Oil Free Lawsuit Against Target Dismissed Celebrity launchSkin by Kim  Question notesAphogee treatment Brow thickeners AVeda brow thickener UV paper Four Ways to Ask a question -1. Become a patron and ask through there. These get top attention.2. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to [email protected]. Send it to us via social media (see links below)4. Submit it through the following form - Ask a questionSupport the Beauty BrainsThe Beauty Brains are now on Patreon! If you want to support the show Patreon is the best way to do it. This will help keep the show going and avoid any of those pesky advertisements that I find so maddening in other podcasts that I listen to. Thank you to all of our Patrons!Social media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageValerie's ingredient company - Simply IngredientsBe Brainy about your Beauty!Support the show
6/9/202247 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode 303 - What makes a cleanser without surfactants work?

It's a shortened episode today due to the traveling of our dedicated hosts.But there is some interesting topics discussed including whether science has really reversed the aging of cells, whether the industry needs more regulation, and a warning for magnetic eyelash users.  Reversed aging of skin cellsCosmetic regulationsOh yeah, and we answer a patron's question about an interesting cleanser formulation from our biggest fan Timothy!  We'll be back with a full episode next time.Support the show
5/25/202222 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 302 - Can you dilute your products to make them last longer?

On today’s show Perry and Valerie answer questions about…What should we think about the EWG?How can you find less expensive versions of expensive hair shampoos/conditioners?Can you dilute out a conditioner with water to make it thinner?What in leave-in conditioner makes hair crunchy?Are skin moisturizers (or cosmetics in general) sterile?Beauty Science NewsEWG sunscreen guideFour Ways to Ask a question -1. Become a patron and ask through there. These get top attention.2. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to [email protected]. Send it to us via social media (see links below)4. Submit it through the following form - Ask a questionSupport the Beauty BrainsThe Beauty Brains are now on Patreon! If you want to support the show Patreon is the best way to do it. This will help keep the show going and avoid any of those pesky advertisements that I find so maddening in other podcasts that I listen to. Thank you to all of our Patrons!Social media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageValerie's ingredient company - Simply IngredientsBe Brainy about your Beauty!Support the show
5/16/202241 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 301 - Home treatments vs professionals

On today’s show we are going to answer questions about…How do magnetic eyelashes work?Can red light make your hair grow?What home treatments are as good as what you would get from an esthetician?And Is it fine to cut your hair at home?Beauty Science NewsScarlett johansson launches a line Kitchen Chemistry HackHair slugging Companies behaving badlyBadger company has numerous GMP violations as laid out by a letter from the FDA.LawsuitMorphe using unapproved color additives QuestionsHow do magnetic eyelashes work? Thank you to you all!  Listen to the end to hear a special announcement from Valerie for patrons. Support the show
5/7/202251 minutes, 42 seconds
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Episode 299 - Lets talk about oil in beauty products

On today’s show we are going to answer questions about…Can cosmetics increase the production of melanin in your skin?Do oils act as a sealant on skin?Does pre-pooing hair with oil reduce the effectiveness of shampoo?Does oil on hair cause dandruff?Does Head and Shoulders strip oil from hair?Can rancid oil cause a skin reaction?Beauty Science NewsDo women smell worse than men? Brand Leads Post Natural Beauty Movement - Tiny Associates tries to use as few ingredients derived from nature as possible in its formulas. Instead, the brand favors ingredients made in labs.What’s a microplastic & are cosmetics filled with them? Response  RecallSuave recalls antiperspirants LawsuitRodan and Fields pays up Four Ways to Ask a question -1. Become a patron and ask through there. These get top attention.2. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to [email protected]. Send it to us via social media (see links below)4. Submit it through the following form - Ask a questionSupport the Beauty BrainsThe Beauty Brains are now on Patreon! If you want to support the show Patreon is the best way to do it. This will help keep the show going and avoid any of those pesky advertisements that I find so maddening in other podcasts that I listen to. Thank you to all of our Patrons!Social media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageValerie's ingredient company - Simply IngredientsBe Brainy about your Beauty!Support the show
4/15/202251 minutes, 40 seconds
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Why are more expensive products popular? Episode 298

On  today's show it's a solo episode where Perry tackles three questions including...Why brands might change their formulas?Are professional skincare is better than the stuff you can buy in stores?If expensive products don’t work better why are they so popular?Link to the story discussed.What's the difference between professional and OTC skincare?Four Ways to Ask a question -1. Become a patron and ask through there. These get top attention.2. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to [email protected]. Send it to us via social media (see links below)4. Submit it through the following form - Ask a questionSupport the Beauty BrainsThe Beauty Brains are now on Patreon! If you want to support the show Patreon is the best way to do it. This will help keep the show going and avoid any of those pesky advertisements that I find so maddening in other podcasts that I listen to. Thank you to all of our Patrons!Social media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageValerie's ingredient company - Simply IngredientsBe Brainy about your Beauty!Support the show
4/6/202236 minutes, 16 seconds
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Happy holidays from the Beauty Brains!

Warm wishes to you and your family this season.  We'll have a wrap-up show next week.Valerie & Perry Support the show
12/25/202115 seconds
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Can you mix vitamin C and other anti-aging ingredients - episode 285

On today’s show, Valerie and Perry answers questions about...What is the difference between cleansing oil and facial oil?Do oils hydrate or moisturize? Are there oils you recommend?Can you mix foundation with sunscreen to make a tinted sunscreen?Can a sunscreen help boost vitamin D productionIs mixing too many products at night a problem?Valerie's ingredient company - Simply IngredientsFour Ways to Ask a question -1. Become a patron and ask through there. These get top attention.2. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to [email protected]. Send it to us via social media (see links below)4. Submit it through the following form - Ask a questionSupport the Beauty BrainsThe Beauty Brains are now on Patreon! If you want to support the show Patreon is the best way to do it. This will help keep the show going and avoid any of those pesky advertisements that I find so maddening in other podcasts that I listen to. Thank you to all of our Patrons!Social media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageBe Brainy about your Beauty!Support the show
12/24/202142 minutes, 4 seconds
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What ingredients penetrate the skin? and more - episode 283

On today’s solo show we answer questions about…How to find an affordable alternatives to expensive facial washes.What ingredients can really penetrate skin?Which glycolic acid product is the better buy one from the Ordinary or Paula’s Choice?And I’ll cover an opinion on herbal infused facial oils?3 Ways to Ask a question -1. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to [email protected]. Send it to us via social media (see links below)3. Submit it through the following form - Ask a questionSupport the Beauty BrainsThe Beauty Brains are now on Patreon! If you want to support the show Patreon is the best way to do it. This will help keep the show going and avoid any of those pesky advertisements that I find so maddening in other podcasts that I listen to. Thank you to all of our Patrons!Social media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageBe Brainy about your Beauty!Support the show
12/9/202131 minutes, 43 seconds
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Should you put sunscreen on bare skin? episode 281

On today’s show we answer questions about…What ever happened to SD alcohol 40?Does sunscreen need to be applied on bare skin?Do facial oils penetrate deeper than a moisturizer?Does kakadu plum actually benefit the skin?Should Vitamin C be used at night?Beauty Science NewsAromatherapy product found to contain deadly bacteriaEvidence is not good enough to say sunscreen ingredients are harming Coral reefs3 Ways to Ask a question -1. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to [email protected]. Send it to us via social media (see links below)3. Submit it through the following form - Ask a questionSupport the Beauty BrainsThe Beauty Brains are now on Patreon! If you want to support the show Patreon is the best way to do it. This will help keep the show going and avoid any of those pesky advertisements that I find so maddening in other podcasts that I listen to. Thank you to all of our Patrons!Social media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageBe Brainy about your Beauty!Support the show
11/17/202139 minutes, 42 seconds
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Why do people hate sulfate free shampoos? episode 240 rebroadcast

On today’s rebroadcast show we answer questions about…What’s a good beauty routine for someone in their 50s?Does Pacifica’s underarm detox really help you get out those pore clogging toxins?Can coconut oil absorb through your skin to cause an allergy?Why do people hate sulfate free shampoos?Is Creme Placenta the creme de la creme?Beauty Science NewsKorean beauty backlashFDA fails to ban Brazilian hair straightening?3 Ways to Ask a question -1. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to [email protected]. Send it to us via social media (see links below)3. Submit it through the following form - Ask a questionSupport the Beauty BrainsThe Beauty Brains are now on Patreon! If you want to support the show Patreon is the best way to do it. This will help keep the show going and avoid any of those pesky advertisements that I find so maddening in other podcasts that I listen to. Thank you to all of our Patrons!Social media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageBe Brainy about your Beauty!Support the show
10/29/202151 minutes, 42 seconds
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What makes Peter Thomas Roth Firmx Eye tightener work - Episode 277

On today’s show, Perry and Valerie cover...What ingredients are suitable for sensitive skin?What makes Peter Thomas Roth Firmx Eye tightener work?Peptides in cosmeticsDo ingredients accumulate in your body?Are there ingredients in makeup you should avoid?Can estheticians get more powerful ingredients than consumers?Beauty Science NewsFunction of Beauty causing hair loss?   Four Ways to Ask a question -1. Become a patron and ask through there. These get top attention.2. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to [email protected]. Send it to us via social media (see links below)4. Submit it through the following form - Ask a questionSupport the Beauty BrainsThe Beauty Brains are now on Patreon! If you want to support the show Patreon is the best way to do it. This will help keep the show going and avoid any of those pesky advertisements that I find so maddening in other podcasts that I listen to. Thank you to all of our Patrons!Social media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageBe Brainy about your Beauty!Support the show
9/22/202154 minutes, 30 seconds
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Do collagen drinks improve acne? (Episode 231 rebroadcast)

Valerie and Perry are traveling so here's a rebroadcast from last year.On today’s show we answer questions about…What is the PAO and why can’t I find it on makeup?Will natural collagen drinks or tablets improve the appearance of acne scars?Are anti-frizz serums detrimental to hair?What ingredients should you avoid to prevent milia?And we’ll have some chit chat about beauty science news...News:Personal grooming slips in the UKWhen is the right time to floss your teeth? Before or after brushing?Thank you to our patrons!  If you want to subscribe to the Beauty Brains and keep us commercial ad free, sign up on our Patreon Page.Follow us on Social Mediaon Instagram we're @thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we're @thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook page. Thanks again for listening and remember Be Brainy about your Beauty.Support the show
9/3/202137 minutes, 39 seconds
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Do active ingredients in body wash benefit your skin? - Episode 275

On today’s show, we are going to cover...Is there something that makes Hair Story products special?How can you tell if a vitamin C product still works?Whether emulsifying wax NF is safe to useCan active ingredients in a body wash really benefit your skin?And what ingredients in nail polish are animal derived?Beauty Science NewsRefillable packaging. Does it really make any impact on the environment?PFAS found in cosmetics Four Ways to Ask a question -1. Become a patron and ask through there. These get top attention.2. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to [email protected]. Send it to us via social media (see links below)4. Submit it through the following form - Ask a questionSupport the Beauty BrainsThe Beauty Brains are now on Patreon! If you want to support the show Patreon is the best way to do it. This will help keep the show going and avoid any of those pesky advertisements that I find so maddening in other podcasts that I listen to. Thank you to all of our Patrons!Social media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageBe Brainy about your Beauty!Support the show
8/24/202145 minutes, 56 seconds
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Why are nanoparticles in a sunscreen and is that bad? Episode 271

On today’s solo show Perry tackles some audio questions and weighs in on the J&J sunscreen recall. Questions covered include...How much does zinc oxide affect SPF valuesIs non-nano sunscreen safer?Is it bad for skin if you try different products?Are there things left behind with rinsable hair products?J&J Recalls sunscreens 4 Ways to Ask a question -1. Become a patron and ask through there. These get top attention.2. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to [email protected]. Send it to us via social media (see links below)4. Submit it through the following form - Ask a questionSupport the Beauty BrainsThe Beauty Brains are now on Patreon! If you want to support the show Patreon is the best way to do it. This will help keep the show going and avoid any of those pesky advertisements that I find so maddening in other podcasts that I listen to. Thank you to all of our Patrons!Social media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageBe Brainy about your Beauty!Support the show
7/16/202125 minutes, 19 seconds
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Celebrity beauty products and more beauty science news - episode 270

On today’s show Valerie and Perry talk about beauty science news.  Stories covered include...NAD rules P&G making reasonable claimsScarlett Johansen is launching a beauty lineIs Clean Beauty Under Attack and What Can Be Done About It?Does Beauty Desperately Need a New Hero Ingredient?Diets High in Sugar and Fat May Contribute to Skin InflammationCoty’s Kylie Cosmetics is now ‘clean’ and veganHemp "more effective than trees" at sequestering carbon says Cambridge researcherEWG Takes Clean Beauty to the Next LevelNeutrogena Faces Lawsuit Over Benzene in Sunscreens4 Ways to Ask a question -1. Become a patron and ask through there. These get top attention.2. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to [email protected]. Send it to us via social media (see links below)4. Submit it through the following form - Ask a questionSupport the Beauty BrainsThe Beauty Brains are now on Patreon! If you want to support the show Patreon is the best way to do it. This will help keep the show going and avoid any of those pesky advertisements that I find so maddening in other podcasts that I listen to. Thank you to all of our Patrons!Social media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageBe Brainy about your Beauty!Support the show
7/7/202145 minutes
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Episode 269 - Ask Me Anything - Answers to 20 questions

On today’s show Perry flies solo and answers a lot of questions...Does galactomyces brighten skin?Does propolis work on acne?What should you use on thick, coarse curly hair?What is "cold processing"?Is Lume Deodorant products safe for someone with Chronic Kidney Disease?Can you really make an aqueous, stable 20% Vitamin C product?Is PPG-9 a humactant or a film former, and if so does it rinse off?Is encapsulated vitamin C just a gimmick?Is there any product out there, besides sunscreen, that is anti aging? In what order should I use a hair mask before or after the conditioner?Which skin tightening procedure or device gives the best results Does Gloves in a Bottle work?Is the Curly Girl method scientifically proven?Is hair color carcinogenic?Is lotion marketed for specific body parts (body, hands, feet or face) actually different? Does SWAIR work better than dry shampoo?What is a good skincare product that is good for the skin but wont break the bank or cause me harm?My allergist said that MDBGN isn't used in products any more. Is that true?What in your opinion are some of the things that people just do not understand about your job? And what are some misconceptions people have about being a beauty scientist?When will Valerie be back?4 Ways to Ask a question -1. Become a patron and ask through there. These get top attention.2. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to [email protected]. Send it to us via social media (see links below)4. Submit it through the following form - Ask a questionSupport the Beauty BrainsThe Beauty Brains are now on Patreon! If you want to support the show Patreon is the best way to do it. This will help keep the show going and avoid any of those pesky advertisements that I find so maddening in other podcasts that I listen to. Thank you to all of our Patrons!Social media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageBe Brainy about your Beauty!Support the show
7/1/202140 minutes, 15 seconds
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Should you use expired sunscreens? - replay episode 225

On today’s show I’m going to answer questions aboutMicroplastics in cosmetic productsMetallic colorants in hair colorThe best products to use when undergoing chemotherapyShould you used expired sunscreens?4 Ways to Ask a question -1. Become a patron and ask through there. These get top attention.2. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to [email protected]. Send it to us via social media (see links below)4. Submit it through the following form - Ask a questionSupport the Beauty BrainsThe Beauty Brains are now on Patreon! If you want to support the show Patreon is the best way to do it. This will help keep the show going and avoid any of those pesky advertisements that I find so maddening in other podcasts that I listen to. Thank you to all of our Patrons!Social media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageBe Brainy about your Beauty!Support the show
6/13/202146 minutes, 12 seconds
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Is mixing Vitamin C and Niacinamide a problem? Episode 268

On today’s show Valerie and Perry are going to be answering your questions including… What’s the deal with vitamin C and niacinamide? Is it bad to use them together?What’s the difference between reactive and sensitive skin?And are products who disclose percentages better than ones that don’t?Beauty ScienceCalifornia prohibits hemp derived CBD in cosmetics. China bans the use of CBD in cosmeticsValerie at PBA 4 Ways to Ask a question -1. Become a patron and ask through there. These get top attention.2. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to [email protected]. Send it to us via social media (see links below)4. Submit it through the following form - Ask a questionSupport the Beauty BrainsThe Beauty Brains are now on Patreon! If you want to support the show Patreon is the best way to do it. This will help keep the show going and avoid any of those pesky advertisements that I find so maddening in other podcasts that I listen to. Thank you to all of our Patrons!Social media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageBe Brainy about your Beauty!Support the show
6/4/202132 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 267 - What can you do to make hair grow thicker and other hair questions

On today’s show Valerie and Perry are going to be answering your questions including… Is the new Metal Detox technology something revolutionary to protect hair?Is there anything that can be done to get hair to grow thicker?What’s the difference between hair mousse and gel?Do you need to worry about kidney damage from products with Ethoxydiglycol?Can a hair conditioning treatment last for as long as four month?Beauty ScienceWho’s on the top beauty influencers?  Did you make the top beauty influencers list?Benzene contamination found in various sunscreens. Valisure's press releasePerry’s Recall ReportWell, there’s been a recall on Nature's Truth Lavender Body Cream. This is the 4 oz product Lot # 21057 UPC Code 840093108296.  It seems the product may contain high levels of yeast. If you bought the Nature’s Truth Lavender Body Cream, contact the company In Ronkonkoma, NY and see if you need to get refund. You probably shouldn’t use the product if you happen to have bought it.Book: Winners Make it Happen4 Ways to Ask a question -1. Become a patron and ask through there. These get top attention.2. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to [email protected]. Send it to us via social media (see links below)4. Submit it through the following form - Ask a questionSupport the Beauty BrainsThe Beauty Brains are now on Patreon! If you want to support the show Patreon is the best way to do it. This will help keep the show going and avoid any of those pesky advertisements that I find so maddening in other podcasts that I listen to. Thank you to all of our Patrons!Social media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageBe Brainy about your Beauty!Support the show
5/28/202153 minutes, 14 seconds
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Episode 265 - Celebrating 100 episodes together plus some questions answered

On today’s show Valerie and Perry look back on 100 episodes recorded together & include our first episode recorded together.  Fortunately, we've gotten a bit better.  Episodes mentioned:Episode 167 - hair color (Perry mistakenly called it episode 165)Episode 175 - sunscreen sprayEpisode 253 - brown conditioner4 Ways to Ask a question -1. Become a patron and ask through there. These get top attention.2. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to [email protected]. Send it to us via social media (see links below)4. Submit it through the following form - Ask a questionSupport the Beauty BrainsThe Beauty Brains are now on Patreon! If you want to support the show Patreon is the best way to do it. This will help keep the show going and avoid any of those pesky advertisements that I find so maddening in other podcasts that I listen to. Thank you to all of our Patrons!Social media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageBe Brainy about your Beauty!Support the show
5/13/202149 minutes, 39 seconds
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Episode 262 - Answering questions at live event

This is a special broadcast of an edited version of our March 2021 Patreon event. If you would like to participate in events like these live, just sign up to support us on patreon.4 Ways to Ask a question -1. Become a patron and ask through there. These get top attention.2. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to [email protected]. Send it to us via social media (see links below)4. Submit it through the following form - Ask a questionSupport the Beauty BrainsThe Beauty Brains are now on Patreon! If you want to support the show Patreon is the best way to do it. This will help keep the show going and avoid any of those pesky advertisements that I find so maddening in other podcasts that I listen to. Thank you to all of our Patrons!Social media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageBe Brainy about your Beauty!Support the show
4/21/20211 hour, 22 seconds
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Are these beauty products really necessary? - Episode 251

On today’s show Perry and Valerie answer questions about…Can a product with three ingredients work?Do you have to give your nails a break from nail polish so they can breath?Do you have to shampoo out hair color?Do you really need to double cleanse?And are toners really necessary?Perry's trend predictions 2021Color cosmetics sales will remain flatMore class action lawsuits will be filed against beauty brands (ala Tresemme, J&J, etc)Ingredient prediction - look for Labneh to make it’s way into skin care. Beauty Science NewsWho owns what? - Which big company owns your favorite brands?Does this function of beauty customized hair care really provide a unique benefit?4 Ways to Ask a question -1. Become a patron and ask through there. These get top attention.2. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to [email protected]. Send it to us via social media (see links below)4. Submit it through the following form - Ask a questionSupport the Beauty BrainsThe Beauty Brains are now on Patreon! If you want to support the show Patreon is the best way to do it. This will help keep the show going and avoid any of those pesky advertisements that I find so maddening in other podcasts that I listen to. Thank you to all of our Patrons!Social media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageBe Brainy about your Beauty!Support the show
1/29/202146 minutes, 57 seconds
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What do we think of the EWG and answers to other questions - episode 250

On this solo episode Perry covers questions about… What are our thoughts on the EWG?How does New Wash shampoo work without a detergent?Does Venn skincare work?What can you do if you're super duper oily?Is double cleansing with oil effective?How do skin care products penetrate or do they?Is Biopelle selling a drug?3 Ways to Ask a question -1. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to [email protected]. Send it to us via social media (see links below)3. Submit it through the following form - Ask a questionSupport the Beauty BrainsThe Beauty Brains are now on Patreon! If you want to support the show Patreon is the best way to do it. This will help keep the show going and avoid any of those pesky advertisements that I find so maddening in other podcasts that I listen to. Thank you to all of our Patrons!Social media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageBe Brainy about your Beauty!Support the show
1/21/202136 minutes, 35 seconds
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Happy New Year!

Enjoy your new year's celebration.  We'll be back answering your questions early in the new year.Be brainy about your beauty!Perry & ValerieSupport the show
12/31/20201 minute, 5 seconds
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Purito Sunscreen Problems and answers to other beauty questions - episode 246

On today’s show we are going to answer questions about… What is the truth about hair conditioners? Are beauty products poisoning us? Are cruelty free products still safe? Are eye creams worth the money? Is brow wax just soap?Beauty new storiesProblems with PuritoHair conditioner articlesAccess to cosmetic ingredient safety information3 Ways to Ask a question -1. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to [email protected]. Send it to us via social media (see links below)3. Submit it through the following form - Ask a questionSupport the Beauty BrainsThe Beauty Brains are now on Patreon! If you want to support the show Patreon is the best way to do it. This will help keep the show going and avoid any of those pesky advertisements that I find so maddening in other podcasts that I listen to. Thank you to all of our Patrons!Social media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageBe Brainy about your Beauty!Support the showSupport the show
12/11/202052 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode 244 - Beauty Supplements, MLMs and more answers about the Cosmetic Industry

Today's show is a "best of" show featuring answers to questions about...Are MLM products safer?How do you become a cosmetic industry professional?Do before and after pictures prove anything?Are microplastics in cosmetics bad?Can companies hide allergens in their products?Have a great Thanksgiving!  We'll be back with an all new show next week.3 Ways to Ask a question - 1. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to [email protected]. Send it to us via social media (see links below)3. Submit it through the following form - Ask a questionSupport the Beauty BrainsThe Beauty Brains are now on Patreon! If you want to support the show Patreon is the best way to do it. This will help keep the show going and avoid any of those pesky advertisements that I find so maddening in other podcasts that I listen to. Thank you to all of our Patrons!Social media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageBe Brainy about your Beauty!Support the show
11/25/202049 minutes, 59 seconds
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Beauty routines, sulfate free shampoos, armpit detox and more - episode 240

On today’s show we are going to answer questions about…What’s a good beauty routine for someone in their 50s?Does Pacifica’s underarm detox really help you get out those pore clogging toxins?Can coconut oil absorb through your skin to cause an allergy?Why do people hate sulfate free shampoos?Is Creme Placenta the creme de la creme?Beauty Science NewsKorean beauty backlashFDA fails to ban Brazilian hair straightening?3 Ways to Ask a question - 1. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to [email protected]. Send it to us via social media (see links below)3. Submit it through the following form - Ask a questionSupport the Beauty BrainsThe Beauty Brains are now on Patreon! If you want to support the show Patreon is the best way to do it. This will help keep the show going and avoid any of those pesky advertisements that I find so maddening in other podcasts that I listen to. Thank you to all of our Patrons!Social media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageBe Brainy about your Beauty!Support the show
10/26/202051 minutes, 22 seconds
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Are salt sprays good for hair and other hair care questions - episode 239

On today’s show we are doing an all hair extravaganza and we’ll be answering questions about…Can coal tar be a substitute for AHA/BHA?What are the downsides to those fast developing colors?Are salt sprays for hair safe to use?Are you wasting money buying purple shampoos?Beauty Science NewsL’Oreal patents a custom robot controlled hair dye kit?Tested to be trusted program at CVS - could this work for beauty products?3 Ways to Ask a question - 1. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to [email protected]. Send it to us via social media (see links below)3. Submit it through the following form - Ask a questionSupport the Beauty BrainsThe Beauty Brains are now on Patreon! If you want to support the show Patreon is the best way to do it. This will help keep the show going and avoid any of those pesky advertisements that I find so maddening in other podcasts that I listen to. Thank you to all of our Patrons!Social media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageBe Brainy about your Beauty!Support the show
10/19/202043 minutes, 2 seconds
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Episode 238 - Will Perfect Eyes give you perfect eyes - Plus Planarian!

On today’s show we are going to answer questions about…Does Paula’s Choice live up to its claims?Does My Perfect Eyes make your eyes perfect?Can I heat up my product to get rid of the fragrance?Does Lotion P50 deserve a 100?What products are more heavily regulated in US vs EU?Beauty Science NewsBrand gets in dispute with NADBiden beauty Products?  - yes!Poor planarians - Is it more ethical to kill flat worms than rabbits? 3 Ways to Ask a question - 1. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to [email protected]. Send it to us via social media (see links below)3. Submit it through the following form - Ask a questionSupport the Beauty BrainsThe Beauty Brains are now on Patreon! If you want to support the show Patreon is the best way to do it. This will help keep the show going and avoid any of those pesky advertisements that I find so maddening in other podcasts that I listen to. Thank you to all of our Patrons!Social media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageBe Brainy about your Beauty!Support the show
10/9/202053 minutes, 36 seconds
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6 Tricks Companies use to get you to overspend on beauty products - Episode 237

It's a solo episode today.Perry takes you through 6 marketing techniques that beauty brands use to get you to spend more on beauty products than you really need to.6 Marketing TricksExclusive technologiesCelebrity endorsements / launchesBeauty influencersSketchy scienceCrafty claimsPricey products3 Ways to Ask a question - 1. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to [email protected]. Send it to us via social media (see links below)3. Submit it through the following form - Ask a questionSupport the Beauty BrainsThe Beauty Brains are now on Patreon! If you want to support the show Patreon is the best way to do it. This will help keep the show going and avoid any of those pesky advertisements that I find so maddening in other podcasts that I listen to. Thank you to all of our Patrons!Social media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageBe Brainy about your Beauty!Support the show
10/5/202028 minutes, 57 seconds
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How effective are DIY Vitamin C recipes? episode 236

On today’s show we are going to answer questions about…Do allergens last through soap reactions?What is CBD doing in my adult product?Is this DIY Vitamin C recipe worth all the hype?Beauty Science NewsUnilever to axe petrochemicals from it’s entire cleaning rangeAre these expensive beauty products worth the cost?Talked about This Podcast Will Kill You3 Ways to Ask a question - 1. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to [email protected]. Send it to us via social media (see links below)3. Submit it through the following form - Ask a questionSupport the Beauty BrainsThe Beauty Brains are now on Patreon! If you want to support the show Patreon is the best way to do it. This will help keep the show going and avoid any of those pesky advertisements that I find so maddening in other podcasts that I listen to. Thank you to all of our Patrons!Social media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageBe Brainy about your Beauty!Support the show
9/24/202057 minutes, 49 seconds
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Does hair need trimming during pandemic? - Episode 235

On today’s show we are going to answer questions about…Are common product preservatives causing hair to fall out?Is it bad to not trim your hair?Are expensive skin care products really worth the cost?Do lab created fragrances work the same as natural ones?How does cowboy magic work for horse hair and would it work on people?Beauty Science storiesHow fast do men get bored with shopping?Report: 64% of Consumers Unaware of Blue Light Impact on Skin3 Ways to Ask a question - 1. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to [email protected]. Send it to us via social media (see links below)3. Submit it through the following form - Ask a questionSupport the Beauty BrainsThe Beauty Brains are now on Patreon! If you want to support the show Patreon is the best way to do it. This will help keep the show going and avoid any of those pesky advertisements that I find so maddening in other podcasts that I listen to. Thank you to all of our Patrons!Social media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageBe Brainy about your Beauty!Support the show
9/17/202048 minutes, 58 seconds
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Is retinyl propionate the best retinoid? - Episode 234

On today’s show we are going to answer questions about…Is retinyl propionate the most effective non prescription form of retinol?Can you blend products from the Ordinary?Can you make your own hand sanitizer?What can people who are losing their hair to make wigs & hair pieces last longer?And what are your thoughts on Stratia's new retinol cream? Beauty Science newsHas California finally made your cosmetics in the US safe?  - well, not exactly.Get featured on the show and your question  answeredIf you want to have a question answered on the Beauty Brains, just record it on your smart phone then send it in an email to [email protected]. Or you can send us a message through our various social media account.Support the Beauty BrainsThe Beauty Brains are now on Patreon! If you want to support the show Patreon is the best way to do it. This will help keep the show going and avoid any of those pesky advertisements that I find so maddening in other podcasts that I listen to. Thank you to all of our Patrons!Social media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageBe Brainy about your Beauty!Support the show
9/10/202046 minutes, 1 second
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Are rancid oils ok in cosmetics? and more beauty questions answered - episode 233

On today’s show we are going to answer questions about…Why does Rosehip oil oxidize so quickly?Will Redken Extreme Bleach Recovery Lamellar Water Treatment be good for platinum hair?How do I know the difference between fractionated coconut oil and liquid paraffin oil or mineral oil?Do hair oils clog the scalp?Beauty Science news:Animal testing in the news.  Does new ruling mean cosmetics in the EU need to be tested on animals?It does not mean that.China also has updated their rules so cosmetics don’t need to be tested on animals to be sold in China. Support the Beauty Brainsif you want to have a question answered on the Beauty Brains, just record it on your smart phone then send it in an email to [email protected]. Or you can send us a message through our various social media account.The Beauty Brains are now on Patreon! If you want to support the show Patreon is the best way to do it. This will help keep the show going and avoid any of those pesky advertisements that I find so maddening in other podcasts that I listen to. Thank you to all of our Patrons!Social media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageBe Brainy about your Beauty!Support the show
9/4/202048 minutes, 39 seconds
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Can skin get addicted to glycerin and other beauty questions - episode 232

On today’s show we are going to answer questions about…Do tinted sunscreens work better?Do extra ingredients in hair color provide a benefit?Can skin get addicted to glycerin?What does it mean when a shampoo says % natural origin?Beauty Science news:Sephora and clean beauty Safe Hair Launches Antimicrobial Hair CollectionCan you guess the top 3 brands at Target and Walgreens?Support the Beauty Brainsif you want to have a question answered on the Beauty Brains, just record it on your smart phone then send it in an email to [email protected]. Or you can send us a message through our various social media account.The Beauty Brains are now on Patreon! If you want to support the show Patreon is the best way to do it. This will help keep the show going and avoid any of those pesky advertisements that I find so maddening in other podcasts that I listen to. Thank you to all of our Patrons!Social media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageBe Brainy about your Beauty!Support the show
8/28/202050 minutes, 6 seconds
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What is the PAO and when is the right time to floss? episode 231

On today’s show we answer questions about…What is the PAO and why can’t I find it on makeup?Will natural collagen drinks or tablets improve the appearance of acne scars?Are anti-frizz serums detrimental to hair?What ingredients should you avoid to prevent milia?And we’ll have some chit chat about beauty science news...News:Personal grooming slips in the UKWhen is the right time to floss your teeth? Before or after brushing?Thank you to our patrons!  If you want to subscribe to the Beauty Brains and keep us commercial ad free, sign up on our Patreon Page.Follow us on Social Mediaon Instagram we're @thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we're @thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook page. Thanks again for listening and remember Be Brainy about your Beauty.Support the show
8/19/202037 minutes, 39 seconds
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Rebroadcast - Episode 191 - Who Owns What?

We look at brands in the beauty industry and let you know which big companies own which brands. You may be surprised just how many of the "small, independent" brands are actually owned by big conglomerates.Plus, we answer some of your beauty questions.  We'll be back with a new episode next week.Support the show
8/14/202049 minutes, 18 seconds
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Is it ok to blend beauty products? episode 228

On today’s show we’re going to be answering questions about…Will cocamidopropyl betaine or decyl glucoside remove water insoluble silicones?Are knock-off fragrance sprayers reliable?Do home microcurrent devices work?Is it ok to blend beauty products?Beauty Science NewsUlta launches a Conscious Beauty programL’Oreal is closing Clarisonic. Beauty QuestionsQuestion 1 - Ingredient listAqua, Cetearyl Alcohol, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Parfum, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Polyquaternium-10, Xylityl Sesquicaprylate, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Anhydroxylitol, Linum Usitatissimum Seed Extract, Salvia Hispanica Seed Extract, DMDM Hydantoin, Benzyl Alcohol, Caprylic Acid, Xylitol.Question 3Evidence for microcurrent products - there's not muchSupport the Beauty Brainsif you want to have a question answered on the Beauty Brains, just record it on your smart phone then send it in an email to [email protected]. Or you can send us a message through our various social media account.The Beauty Brains are now on Patreon! If you want to support the show Patreon is the best way to do it. This will help keep the show going and avoid any of those pesky advertisements that I find so maddening in other podcasts that I listen to. Thank you to all of our Patrons!Social media accountson Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook pageBe Brainy about your Beauty!Support the show
7/20/202046 minutes, 33 seconds
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Most misleading beauty product claims - Episode 227

Valerie and Perry answer questions about which UVA products work best, why azelaic acid products are in gel form, and whether essential oils can be used to replace parabens. Also, they talk about the most misleading beauty product claims, recent recalls, and whether Wen makes your hair fall out.Links:Claims discussion panelRecall roundupDoes Wen conditioner make hair fall out?Incidentally, if you want to have a question  answered on the Beauty Brains, just record it on your smart phone then send it in  an email to [email protected].  Or you can send us a message through our various social media account. on Instagram we're @thebeautybrains2018on Twitter, we're @thebeautybrainsAnd we have a Facebook page. The Beauty Brains are now on Patreon! Subscribe now.Support the show
7/13/202052 minutes, 11 seconds
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Are microplastics in cosmetics bad for the environmental? – episode 225

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 […]Support the show
6/25/202045 minutes, 52 seconds
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Will vitamin supplements make my hair grow? Episode 224

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 […]Support the show
6/19/202035 minutes, 5 seconds
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Is dry shampoo bad for your hair and scalp? episode 223

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 […]Support the show
6/11/202043 minutes, 2 seconds
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Do plant extracts work in skin care products – episode 222

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 […]Support the show
5/30/202046 minutes, 15 seconds
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Amino acids in hair plus other beauty questions answered – episode 221

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? […]Support the show
5/22/202043 minutes, 27 seconds
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Cosmetic Marketing Tricks – Episode 220

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 […]Support the show
5/14/202030 minutes, 5 seconds
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Wait time between skincare products – is it necessary? episode 219

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 […]Support the show
5/4/202047 minutes, 55 seconds
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Monat MLM Beauty Products – Are they remarkable? Episode 218

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 […]Support the show
4/22/202050 minutes, 4 seconds
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Victoria Beckham skin, Kiehls, anti-aging products and the oldest beauty brands – episode 217

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? […]Support the show
4/17/202058 minutes, 27 seconds
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Do bond builders for hair really work? Episode 216

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 […]Support the show
4/9/202044 minutes, 24 seconds
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Viruses Carnauba Wax and Argan oil on hair – Episode 215

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 […]Support the show
4/2/202041 minutes, 36 seconds
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Is high end lipstick better than store brand lipstick? episode 214

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 […]Support the show
3/25/202048 minutes, 17 seconds
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Is bakuchiol safe during pregnancy? episode 210

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 […]Support the show
2/18/202046 minutes, 13 seconds
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Is eye lash lift safe and effective? episode 209

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 […]Support the show
2/7/202024 minutes, 34 seconds
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Peptides in skin care – episode 208

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? […]Support the show
1/30/202026 minutes, 57 seconds
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Does Diet Affect Acne – plus SkinMedica serum and hair damage – episode 207

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 […]Support the show
1/22/202042 minutes, 56 seconds
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How do cosmetics impact the environment? episode 206

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 […]Support the show
1/15/202050 minutes, 45 seconds
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Do you need to reapply sunscreen indoors? episode 205

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 […]Support the show
1/8/202033 minutes, 9 seconds
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Year end wrap up – episode 204

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 […]Support the show
12/31/201936 minutes, 55 seconds
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Are high quality cosmetic ingredients a thing? #203

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 C? Beauty Science News stories Is your old makeup is contaminated?  Here’s […]Support the show
12/24/201946 minutes, 10 seconds
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CBD in cosmetics – Waterless products – and hair dye cancer scare – episode 202

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 […]Support the show
12/11/201932 minutes, 52 seconds
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Will meadowfoam seed oil help your face? episode 201

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 […]Support the show
12/4/201937 minutes, 49 seconds
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Stem cells in cosmetics – Beauty Brains rewind episode 166

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 […]Support the show
11/26/201916 minutes, 14 seconds
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Fragrance free hair care and No-BS skincare – episode 200

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 […]Support the show
11/19/201951 minutes, 37 seconds
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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 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 […]Support the show
11/12/201940 minutes, 43 seconds
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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? […]Support the show
11/6/201923 minutes, 59 seconds
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Is vaping bad for skin – episode 197

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 […]Support the show
10/28/201926 minutes, 42 seconds
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Hydroquinone creams, Vitamins in hair and more – episode 196

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 […]Support the show
10/16/201923 minutes, 55 seconds
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More on clean beauty, supplements, baking soda and mineral oil – episode 195

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 […]Support the show
10/9/201946 minutes, 29 seconds
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Clean beauty, oil cleansing and more – episode 194

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 […]Support the show
9/20/201930 minutes, 45 seconds
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Monistat for hair growth – does it work? episode 193

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 […]Support the show
8/26/201946 minutes, 40 seconds
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Do oxygen facials work & more beauty questions – episode 192

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 […]Support the show
8/14/201950 minutes, 28 seconds
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Cosmetic brands and big companies – Who owns that – episode 191

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? […]Support the show
8/6/201949 minutes, 18 seconds
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Skin microbiome and cosmetics – peppermint oil and hair growth – episode 190

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 […]Support the show
7/28/201918 minutes, 48 seconds
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Henna hair color and hygral fatigue – episode 189

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 […]Support the show
7/15/201950 minutes, 11 seconds
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Blue light protection for skin – do you need it? episode 188

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 […]Support the show
7/8/201938 minutes, 45 seconds
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Natural ingredients for hair and skin – what works? episode 187

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 […]Support the show
6/24/201953 minutes, 15 seconds
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Fragrance Loophole vacation episode 186

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 […]Support the show
6/14/201913 minutes, 31 seconds
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Does Beer work for hair and answers to other beauty questions – episode 185

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 […]Support the show
6/5/201934 minutes, 7 seconds
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Will sunscreen prevent tanning? episode 184

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 […]Support the show
5/29/201929 minutes, 31 seconds
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Tree nut allergies and cosmetics – episode 183

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 […]Support the show
5/22/201948 minutes, 4 seconds
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BB glow facials – DHA safety – and hard water cosmetics 182

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 […]Support the show
5/13/201956 minutes, 25 seconds
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Fermented milk and Shellfish Cosmetics – Episode 181

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 […]Support the show
4/30/201937 minutes, 14 seconds
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Your hair care questions answered – episode 180

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 […]Support the show
4/23/201947 minutes, 45 seconds
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Is Quaternium 18 a silicone? Episode 179

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 […]Support the show
4/16/201938 minutes, 27 seconds
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Curology questions – Salon conditioners and bar soap shampoo – episode 178

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 […]Support the show
4/11/201927 minutes, 34 seconds
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What does Mandelic Acid do in Deodorants – The Beauty Brains solo

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 […]Support the show
4/1/201939 minutes, 30 seconds
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This episode smells – we answer fragrance questions

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 […]Support the show
3/18/201940 minutes, 13 seconds
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Are cosmetics safer in Europe than in the US? Episode 101

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 […]Support the show
3/5/201938 minutes, 30 seconds
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Are spray sunscreens illegal? And other sunblock questions – Episode 175

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 […]Support the show
2/26/201936 minutes, 44 seconds
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Does lip balm expire and other beauty questions – Episode 174

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 […]Support the show
2/19/201934 minutes, 2 seconds
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What to look for in a facial sunscreen – Episode 173

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 […]Support the show
2/12/201940 minutes, 35 seconds
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Expensive beauty products – how is their price determined? Episode 172

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 […]Support the show
2/4/201940 minutes, 57 seconds
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Jade Rollers – Micellar water – and more – Episode 171

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 […]Support the show
1/28/201944 minutes, 13 seconds
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The Curly Girl Method – what’s the science? episode 170

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. […]Support the show
1/21/201944 minutes, 16 seconds
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Is more hemp coming to your cosmetics? – Episode 169

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 […]Support the show
1/14/201936 minutes, 46 seconds
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What makes a cosmetic chemist – Episode 168

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 […]Support the show
1/7/201942 minutes, 32 seconds
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Should you wash your hair every day? Episode 167

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 […]Support the show
12/10/201831 minutes, 20 seconds
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The Return of the Beauty Brains – Episode 166

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 – […]Support the show
12/4/201839 minutes, 6 seconds
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Should you use a skin cream made with your own blood? Episode 165

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!Support the show
1/18/201839 minutes, 40 seconds
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Are beauty products from Amazon the real thing? Episode 164

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 […]Support the show
9/29/201719 minutes, 11 seconds
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Is bee venom a good anti-aging ingredient? Episode 163

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 […]Support the show
8/24/201733 minutes, 18 seconds
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Can you use diaper rash cream as sunscreen? Episode 162

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 […]Support the show
7/20/201734 minutes, 3 seconds
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How can you find a cheaper natural lip balm? Episode 161

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 […]Support the show
6/13/201736 minutes, 40 seconds
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Can hair straighteners stop your hair from being naturally curly? Episode 160

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 […]Support the show
4/18/201734 minutes, 59 seconds
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Why isn’t everyone exfoliating with AHAs? Episode 159

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 […]Support the show
3/21/201733 minutes, 57 seconds
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How does color changing makeup work? Episode 158

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 […]Support the show
2/20/201731 minutes, 39 seconds
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Are lotions with water bad for your skin? Episode 157

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 […]Support the show
1/24/201732 minutes, 6 seconds
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Is aloe vera lotion really good for skin? Episode 156

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 […]Support the show
10/25/201632 minutes, 55 seconds
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How can I tell if a product will cause acne? Episode 155

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. […]Support the show
10/18/201625 minutes, 11 seconds
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Are cosmetics poisoning our water supply? Episode 154

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 […]Support the show
10/11/201635 minutes, 16 seconds
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Is store brand mouthwash as good as name brands? Episode 153

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, […]Support the show
10/4/201638 minutes, 14 seconds
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Can Baby Foot really make your feet smoother? Episode 152

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 […]Support the show
9/27/201638 minutes, 22 seconds
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How does Tresemme Beauty-Full Volume Reverse Wash haircare system work? Episode 151

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 […]Support the show
9/20/201637 minutes, 59 seconds
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Are Micellar Water makeup removers the real deal? Episode 150

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 […]Support the show
9/13/201637 minutes, 25 seconds
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Is Charlotte Tilbury Multi-Miracle cream really miraculous? Episode 149

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, […]Support the show
9/6/201621 minutes, 5 seconds
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Does an anti-aging skin cleanser really exist? Episode 148

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 […]Support the show
8/30/201613 minutes, 42 seconds
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Zika or bug spray: which is more dangerous? Episode 147

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 […]Support the show
8/23/201635 minutes, 28 seconds
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Are fragrance allergies all in your head? Episode 146

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. […]Support the show
8/16/201619 minutes, 10 seconds
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Can the Think Dirty app really protect you from dangerous cosmetics? Episode 145

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.Support the show
8/9/201631 minutes, 55 seconds
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Do you smell different when you ovulate? Episode 144

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!Support the show
8/2/201633 minutes, 20 seconds
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Is it safe to use antibacterial soaps? Episode 143

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!Support the show
7/26/201627 minutes, 22 seconds
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Do you really need 3 kinds of conditioner? Episode 142

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 […]Support the show
7/19/201630 minutes, 8 seconds
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Can Coca Cola give you a better sun tan? Episode 141

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 […]Support the show
7/12/201624 minutes, 52 seconds
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Is fabric softener a good hair conditioner? Episode 140

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 […]Support the show
7/4/201633 minutes, 6 seconds
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Can hair really be sensitive to protein? Episode 139

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 […]Support the show
6/28/201631 minutes, 49 seconds
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Are boar bristle brushes better for your hair? Episode 138

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 […]Support the show
6/21/201629 minutes, 24 seconds
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Are super foods good for your skin? Episode 137

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 […]Support the show
6/14/201632 minutes, 1 second
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Can I use clay to shampoo my hair? Episode 136

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 […]Support the show
6/7/201634 minutes, 19 seconds
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Do anti-aging patches really work? Episode 135

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 […]Support the show
5/31/201632 minutes, 23 seconds
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Should you be worried about aluminum in deodorants? Episode 134

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 […]Support the show
5/24/201633 minutes, 58 seconds
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Will silicone ruin a coconut oil hair treatment? Episode 133

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 […]Support the show
5/17/201631 minutes, 39 seconds
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Can I mix my own sunscreen? Episode 132

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 […]Support the show
5/10/201633 minutes, 51 seconds
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Do silicones really melt on your hair? Episode 131

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 […]Support the show
5/3/201634 minutes, 34 seconds
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Do anti-aging hair care products really work? Episode 130

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 […]Support the show
4/26/201630 minutes, 37 seconds
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Are you sick of greenwashed cosmetics? Episode 129

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 […]Support the show
4/19/201620 minutes, 2 seconds
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How can I tell if my product contains natural or synthetic colors? Episode 128

Just about everyone has been puzzled about how “natural” certain products are. This is especially true of color cosmetics because not very many of the colorants used in makeup are truly natural.  In today’s encore presentation, we discuss a quick history of cosmetic colorants, tell you where colorants come from, and explain the difference between […]Support the show
4/12/201631 minutes, 12 seconds