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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 302 - Can you dilute your products to make them last longer?

    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 News
    EWG sunscreen guide
    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 thebeautybrains@gmail.com
    3. Send it to us via social media (see links below)
    4. Submit it through the following form - Ask a question

    Support the Beauty Brains
    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 accounts
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    on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrains
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    Valerie's ingredient company - Simply Ingredients

    Be Brainy about your Beauty!



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    • 41 min
    Episode 301 - Home treatments vs professionals

    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 News
    Scarlett johansson launches a line 
    Kitchen Chemistry Hack
    Hair slugging 
    Companies behaving badly
    Badger company has numerous GMP violations as laid out by a letter from the FDA.
    Lawsuit
    Morphe using unapproved color additives 
    Questions
    How do magnetic eyelashes work? 
    Thank you to you all!  Listen to the end to hear a special announcement from Valerie for patrons. 



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    • 51 min
    Is Retinyl Retinoate a gimmick - and other beauty questions - Episode 300

    Is Retinyl Retinoate a gimmick - and other beauty questions - Episode 300

    On today’s show we are going to answer questions about…
    What’s the difference between ethyl ascorbic acid and ascorbic acidIs Retinyl Retinoate a gimmick?Do skincare lines add self tanner to their products to produce that glow on the skin?Does the AQUIS PRIME Hair Care System really protect hair from damage?Is it true that the majority of Haircolor manufacturers are located in a small town in Italy?Thank you to all of you for your continued support and questions!

    Beauty Science News
    Beauty refills go mainstream
    Recall
    Jergens recalls moisturizer
    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 thebeautybrains@gmail.com
    3. Send it to us via social media (see links below)
    4. Submit it through the following form - Ask a question

    Support the Beauty Brains
    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 accounts
    on Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018
    on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrains
    And we have a Facebook page

    Valerie's ingredient company - Simply Ingredients

    Be Brainy about your Beauty!
    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thebeautybrains?fan_landing=true)

    • 45 min
    Episode 299 - Lets talk about oil in beauty products

    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 News
    Do 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  
    Recall
    Suave recalls antiperspirants 
    Lawsuit
    Rodan 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 thebeautybrains@gmail.com
    3. Send it to us via social media (see links below)
    4. Submit it through the following form - Ask a question

    Support the Beauty Brains
    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 accounts
    on Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018
    on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrains
    And we have a Facebook page

    Valerie's ingredient company - Simply Ingredients

    Be Brainy about your Beauty!
    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thebeautybrains?fan_landing=true)

    • 51 min
    Why are more expensive products popular? Episode 298

    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 thebeautybrains@gmail.com
    3. Send it to us via social media (see links below)
    4. Submit it through the following form - Ask a question

    Support the Beauty Brains
    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 accounts
    on Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018
    on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrains
    And we have a Facebook page

    Valerie's ingredient company - Simply Ingredients

    Be Brainy about your Beauty!
    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thebeautybrains?fan_landing=true)

    • 36 min
    Should you take toxicology advice from Youtube? episode 297

    Should you take toxicology advice from Youtube? episode 297

    On today’s show we answer questions about…
    How would a US citizen get a sunscreen from outside the US?Non-pilling Vitamin C productsWhy is a foundation considered a hazmat product?Is curlsmith a less expensive version of Olaplex?And can you believe claims of youtube derms telling you sunscreens may be causing hair loss?Beauty News
    Walmart going prestige?
    Beauty Question links
    Link between a hair loss condition (FFA) and sunscreen?
    5 products you should avoid?
    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 thebeautybrains@gmail.com
    3. Send it to us via social media (see links below)
    4. Submit it through the following form - Ask a question

    Support the Beauty Brains
    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 accounts
    on Instagram we’re at thebeautybrains2018
    on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrains
    And we have a Facebook page

    Valerie's ingredient company - Simply Ingredients

    Be Brainy about your Beauty!
    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thebeautybrains?fan_landing=true)

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
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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