Category Archives: Beauty Tips

Tips and ideas to enhance your attractiveness

How Soap And Shower Gel Dry Your Skin

How Soap And Shower Gel Dry Your SkinI think I can claim to be something of an expert about skincare, but the trouble with getting really immersed in a subject is that you begin to forget that not everybody knows what you know.  I spend a lot of time talking to people in the beauty industry who know a great deal about cosmetic products.  And when I am not talking to them I am often talking to beauty bloggers who know even more.  So when I gave a talk the other day to some people with no particular connection to the business I was struck that the questions they asked were ones that I would have thought everybody already knew the answer to.  Here’s one interesting one. Continue reading

Does Lip Balm Make Your Lips Dry?


The Beauty Brains highlighted a list of three useless cosmetic product categories on their Twitter feed a couple of days ago that they had found on a blog.  The first two were pretty hard to argue with.  Split ends are going to stay split whatever product you put on them.  And cellulite creams, while they might work in theory they have yet to be shown to work in practice.  But the third one suggested that lip balms damaged your lips barrier function.  This means that while the lip balm itself protects your lips while it is there, it dries them out in the long run. Continue reading

Can Eating A Tube of Toothpaste Kill A Child?


A gentleman describing himself on Twitter as a celebrity dentist called Dr Gerry Curatola put out this alarming tweet on the 9th of December 2013.  “There is enough #flouride in a standard tube of toothpaste that, if ingested, can be fatal to two small children.”  This being twitter I have no idea if this really was tweeted by Dr Curatola.  I am not even aware that there were any celebrity dentists, let alone exactly where Dr Curatola stands in the pantheon of tooth titans.  I’ll leave the management of his reputation to him, and concentrate on the facts.

Anyway I saw the old tweet getting retweets in my timeline, so I thought I’d investigate.

So can eating toothpaste kill a child?

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Love Your Products


Most of you won’t know this, but I am a long time development chemist who has become a consultant to pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries about a year ago.  I know most of you don’t know this because I obsessively monitor my traffic to see how I am doing.  While I am at it I generally take a look at all sorts of statistical information that Google serves up, including the fact that the bulk of my readers get here through searches and haven’t visited before. Continue reading

Women Like Beards


Lovers of taste and decorum will of course be aware that this year’s Eurovision Song Contest was won by Conchita Wurst.  Whilst her success was no doubt largely due to musicality and creative artistry, it may have caught some people’s attention that she sports a beard.  I wonder if this had anything to do with her success?  Recent research suggests it might. Continue reading

Does Getting Up Earlier Make You Slimmer?


Back in 2011 there was some media coverage of a story that said a new survey had shown that getting up early was linked with being happier and slimmer.  The Daily Mail ran the headline “Want to be happier and slimmer? Get up earlier.”  That doesn’t leave much room for interpretation.  I was interested at the time, but there was no link to any actual research so I forgot about it.  But by a fluke I happened to come across what I think must have been the origin of the story.   Continue reading

Egyptian Skincare


Sometime ago I had a question about whether French skincare was any good from a half Egyptian woman living in Canada called Yasmine.  She described herself as a  “freelance makeup artist, beauty junkie and organic modernist bohemian.”   She sounded like an interesting person so when I replied saying that yes French skincare is generally very good I asked her a question about what Egyptian skincare was like.  Her reply was so full I resolved to ask her for a bit more detail and ask if I could run it as a blog post.  Unfortunately I got sidetracked and have only just got round to doing it.  When I tried to e-mail her it bounced back.  But I think what she sent was enough as it stood, so here it is.

If you are out there Yasmine thanks for your reply and I hope you don’t mind me using it without permission.   Please get back in touch if you want to add anything. Continue reading

Is Hydrolyze the Answer to Dark Circles Under the Eyes? (Hint – No)


The pert and perky Dave Bradley of ScienceBase has a way with words so I can’t do better than cut and paste an e-mail he has just sent me.


How’s it going?

Dunno if you’ve come across this before, but I just noticed a sudden surge of spam emails advertising – Hydrolyze – apparently it gets rid of dark circles and bags under your eyes and reinvigorates, usual BS I assume. Something to dig around in and warn your readers if it’s a risky scam?

Obviously, to me as a chemist it looks like they just hijacked one of our words to make it sound scientific. Continue reading