Category Archives: Science

Hard core science straight from the journals.

Mole Day, Hooray!

Who is the most popular chemist?  Avogadro.  Everyone knows his number.  Okay it is a corny joke, and it is also probably a bit baffling if you have never heard of Avogadro’s number.  It is one of those things that … Continue reading

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Personal Care Products and Exercise

I used to think about things in boxes when I was at school.  There was chemistry, biology and gym.   I didn’t really think much about the connections between them.   But these subject headings we learn are not real. … Continue reading

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Microbeads In Cosmetics

As a keen environmentalist I often find myself face palming when a cosmetic company picks up on a green issue.  They often home in on things that aren’t particularly relevant and propose solutions that are questionable.  But I think the … Continue reading

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The Beauty Brains Podcast

I was a bit slow off the mark with this one.  When the Beauty Brains started their podcast I tried to find it on iTunes but couldn’t locate it.  So I gave up.  I should have persevered because I needed … Continue reading

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Why We Need A Sugar Tax

I have a busy day ahead catching up on paperwork and writing reports.  To prepare I have stocked up on snacks, including a last minute dash to the Co-op for some bananas and ginger nut biscuits.  I noticed that by … Continue reading

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Perfume Makes You More Attractive

Perfume is supposed to make you smell nice.  That is sort of what it says on the tin. But newly published research indicates that it also makes you look better too.  The scientists showed photos of women’s faces to a … Continue reading

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Everyday Sexism In Lab Work

Scientists are often unaware of their own biases, and I am no exception.  I have never been keen on animal experiments even for drug development.  The ethics don’t trouble me too much.  If an experiment on an animal can prevent … Continue reading

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Correcting Acne Scars

If acne wasn’t bad enough already it can often leave scars on the face which can, in some cases, last a lifetime.  Fortunately severe disfigurement as a result of acne is rare, but unfortunately there isn’t a huge amount that … Continue reading

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Do You Know The Difference Between A Cream And An Ointment?

People often use the terms cream and ointment interchangeably.  They are both white substances that come in jars that you put on your skin, so that makes sense.  I think ointment sounds a bit more medical than cream, but other … Continue reading

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Studying Skin Penetration

The skin is the main organ of interest to the cosmetic scientist. You might well suppose that the skin, being something that we all possess and interact with on a daily basis, was something that we would know a lot … Continue reading

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