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Real scientists answer your beauty questions

The Beauty Brains Discover the beauty and cosmetic products you should use and avoid

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Real scientists answer your beauty questions

    Episode 369 - Can Tranexamic Acid Really Reduce Hyperpigmentation?

    Episode 369 - Can Tranexamic Acid Really Reduce Hyperpigmentation?

    On today’s show we cover lots of questions including…Does tranexamic acid really help reduce hyperpigmentation?Can Rene Furterer products for "reactional thinning hair" do what they claim?Will eating hyaluronic acid improve skin?What’s the difference between derma glow versus hydra facial?Does Gucci Westman’s use a more potent form of Vitamin C?What silicones or other materials are good replacements for cyclopentasiloxane?Beauty NewsCan omega-3 supplementation reduce acne severity? Dire...

    • 55 min
    Episode 368 - Drunk Elephant vitamin C and more skin care questions

    Episode 368 - Drunk Elephant vitamin C and more skin care questions

    On today’s show we cover lots of skin questions including…Does spraying magnesium on your legs help you sleep and relieve nausea?Are Olivada's waterless skincare products, which use pressed olive oil, truly effective and comparable to Botox?Is the new DIY vitamin C serum from Drunk Elephant safe, effective, and likely to be popular among consumers?What are the differences, pros, and cons of Morpheus 8 and Ultherapy for skin tightening?Can cheaper hyaluronic acid products be as effective as mo...

    • 50 min
    Episode 367 - Long Hair Myths and Microneedling Marvels

    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 questio...

    • 42 min
    Episode 366 - Will Hyaluronic acid dry out your skin?

    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 su...

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Episode 365 - Is Topical Estrogen the Secret to Youthful Skin?

    Episode 365 - Is Topical Estrogen the Secret to Youthful Skin?

    On this show we cover lots of questions including…Why are people putting estrogen cream on their face?Can a shampoo offset the negative problems of hard water?Why aren’t more beauty products sold in a concentrated form?When should you apply a leave-in conditioner?What advice do you have for a future cosmetic chemist?Beauty NewsDo gray hair delay products work?Top three innovative ingredients in Cosmetics. Celebrity launchKate moss launches makeupEverist concentrated Hair CareFive Ways t...

    • 47 min
    Episode 364 - Dry Eyes, Sleepy Scrubs and Energizing Shampoos

    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 Corneomete...

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

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9 Ratings

9 Ratings

Nicola C not Nicola B ,

What you need to hear about the beauty industry

With so many people out there selling snake oil to the willing, it’s great to hear a podcast that tells you the truth. If you believe a cream will do the same thing as a face lift then you should listen to why it won’t from these guys.

jaydakylie ,

Love this one

Find it really interesting Thanks

wakariyasui1 ,

Freeing us from the shackles of advertisers

I have seen a few people who say that having 2 men talk about products that are marketed primarily at women is condecending, or even mansplaining. I don't see how having scientists who play a roll in developing these products explaining both how they actually work, and how marketers mislead consumers, is condecending. In my opinion, it is much more condecending for marketers to tell their consumers that a microgram of Vitamin X is going to cure us from aging, and rely on us being too ignorant to seek out the science behind their claims. If anything, this podcast empowers women by giving us real information that beauty companies won't give us, meaning that it will be more difficult for them to advertise to us that their new wonder ingredient will cure us from all our socially engineered insecurities. Moreover, the information is presented in a very easy to understand and engaging way. Thank you for making this podcast!

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