Is quinoa the next super-food beauty breakthrough? Episode 118
Please support the Beauty Brains by signing up for a free audio book at Audible.com. Click here to get your free audio book. Do hand creams stop your skin from regenerating? Julia from Germany asks…I have very dry skin so I use hand cream a lot. I read an article that said if you use too much hand cream the skin on your hands can not regenerate properly anymore because it becomes dependent on the hand cream. Is this true? I wish Julia had included a link to the article so we could get more details but without further information we have to say this sounds like a misunderstand. There’s nothing about t...
Source: thebeautybrains.com - February 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Perry RomanowskiDiscover the beauty and cosmetic products you should use and avoid Source Type: blogs

Are natural products as good as drug store brands? Episode 102
Is this natural product as good as a drug store brand? Gemma asks (in the Beauty Brains Forum)…It seems as though you guys aren’t the biggest fans of “natural” and “organic” cosmetics, but there seems to be a wider offering of lines at places like Whole Foods, Sprouts, and Erewhon. Lines like Andalou Naturals, Avalon Organics, MyChelle, and Dr. Hauschka. These are quite a bit more expensive than their drugstore counterparts and I’ve barely tried any of them. My question is, is there anything in these products that are as effective as the ones at the drugstore? They are chock-full ...
Source: thebeautybrains.com - September 29, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Perry RomanowskiDiscover the beauty and cosmetic products you should use and avoid Source Type: blogs

Are ceramides good anti-aging ingredients? Episode 77
This study was done on mice.) A Japanese study shows that plant-derived ceramides improve skin moisture better than a placebo. The Kao Corporation published a study showing that a cream containing 8% of Ceramide E improves water content of skin and symptoms of atopic dermatitis. But, ceramide cream wasn’t compared to any other product. So the test had no control and it wasn’t blinded. By the way, this 8% concentration shows up in a couple of studies and it’s MUCH higher than the typical use level of ceramides which is a few tenths of a percent. According to the Textbook of Cosmetic Dermatology, certain ce...
Source: thebeautybrains.com - April 7, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Perry RomanowskiDiscover the beauty and cosmetic products you should use and avoid Source Type: blogs

How to tell if your makeup primer is worth it. Episode 71
This week Randy and I explain how to test your makeup primer to see if it’s worth the money. Improbable products You know this game – I look for beauty products that are just too ridiculous to be true, then I make up one that’s even more ridiculous and challenge Perry to guess which one is fake. Can you spot the phony? The HeMan nail brush If you’re too macho for those dainty plastic brushes that women used to scrub their fingernails then you’ll love this new brush made from an actual galvanized box nail with bristles attached to one side. The iBrush There’s nothing worse than wanti...
Source: thebeautybrains.com - February 24, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Perry RomanowskiDiscover the beauty and cosmetic products you should use and avoid Source Type: blogs

How to pick the perfect makeup remover
Makeup can be tough to remove so it’s important to pick the right kind of cleanser. Tune in to this week’s show to learn everything you need to know about the perfect product to clean your face.  Click below to play Episode 63 or click “download” to save the MP3 file to your computer. Show notes The Beauty Brains on Dr.Oz I just returned from New York where I not only attended the annual Society of Cosmetic Chemists meeting but I also appeared on the Dr. Oz show! I talked about beauty myth busting and I’ll post a link to the video as soon as I know when the episode airs. Q...
Source: thebeautybrains.com - December 30, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Perry RomanowskiThe Beauty Brains Tags: Best Podcast Problems Source Type: blogs

Be careful what you believe about ingredient lists
Design A Thought says…While I am a lover of these “chem free” products I love them because (I must stress some of them! you have to carefully look at the ingredients list!) they are using the ingredients grown from our good earth not cheaply mass produced in a lab so some company can reep the profits. I found that through some careful research, many of my products contained harmful chemicals which could be substituted with a natural one. But there goes profit, the cheaper the product the more of us hard up people with loads of bills are going to buy them. Not all of us have the knowledge to kno...
Source: thebeautybrains.com - November 20, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Perry Romanowski Tags: Natural Source Type: blogs

Watermelon and CoQ10 facial cream – look at the label
Watermelon & CoQ10 Facial Cream with Caffeine SPF 20 is certainly a mouthful and it’s one of the beauty best sellers on Amazon. Is it worth $38? Let’s look at the label. To the skeptical eye of a cosmetic chemist, this product is a bit of mess (at least as it’s portrayed on Amazon.com) Let’s look at some of the more interesting claims for the product then we’ll see what we can learn from the ingredient list. Claims 100% Natural and Organic Smooths fine lines and wrinkles Protects skin from UVA and UVB Contains watermelon which repairs DNA damage by 25%. It is also undiluted with water. Re...
Source: thebeautybrains.com - July 6, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Randy Schueller Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Are natural extracts better than water?
Liz asks…Since water is usually the first ingredient of any shampoo… then all these extracts are basically taking the place of plain old water. What would make this formulation different is the concentration of the extracts in the purified water, no? The Beauty Brains respond: Think of it like this, Liz: Let’s say my shampoo is made of mostly water (about 90%) and the rest (10%) is detergent, preservative, thickener, color, etc. So my ingredient list would read something like… “Water, detergent, preservative, thickener, color, etc.” Now, let’s say I want to make this formul...
Source: thebeautybrains.com - March 5, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Perry Romanowski Tags: Claims Natural Source Type: blogs

Watermelon & CoQ10 Facial Cream: Look at the label
Watermelon & CoQ10 Facial Cream with Caffeine SPF 20 is certainly a mouthful and it’s one of the beauty best sellers on Amazon. Is it worth $38? Let’s look at the label. To the skeptical eye of a cosmetic chemist, this product is a bit of mess (at least as it’s portrayed on Amazon.com) Let’s look at some of the more interesting claims for the product then we’ll see what we can learn from the ingredient list. Claims 100% Natural and Organic Smooths fine lines and wrinkles Protects skin from UVA and UVB Contains watermelon which repairs DNA damage by 25%. It is also undiluted with water. Re...
Source: thebeautybrains.com - November 2, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Perry Romanowski Tags: Questions Source Type: blogs

Is Lush Fair Trade Honey shampoo really preservative free?
Rachel says…After reading your articles about the importance of preservatives in cosmetics I’m always worried about the so-called “preservative-free” products. I’d love to try Lush’s honey shampoo but it’s expensive and I’m worried that it won’t keep very long without preservatives. Can you shed any light on this?  The Beauty Brains respond:  The Lush website explains that 50% of this shampoo formula consists of honey. Honey is self-preserving because it has a very low water-activity (0.6). Essentially this means that there’s not enough water in the pro...
Source: thebeautybrains.com - August 29, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: thebeautybrains Tags: Questions Source Type: blogs