Thursday, August 9, 2012

Can you get hooked on lip balm?

Do you have to be obsessed with beauty products to be interested in this book? No. Many people will use sunblock, soap, shampoo, or deodorant at some point in their lives, and some of us use some of these things on an almost daily basis. We’re barraged by advertising on the one hand, telling us we NEED this stuff to be beautiful or at least, you know, not socially outcast—and on the other hand, by scary rumors telling us this is all soaking into our skin and giving us cancer! It’s good to read a book that reminds us to be skeptical, about both the advertising and the questionable info we get from the internet and our best friend’s cousin’s dog-walker.

This book grew out of the blog http://thebeautybrains.com/, created by a group of chemists with experience in “developing and testing beauty products at major cosmetics companies,” and who hope to “help you cut through the confusing, misleading and sometimes false information that the beauty companies bombard you with.” Bottom line, they try to be unbiased, scientific, and layperson friendly, and they succeed fairly well. Some of the topics are:

 · Does antidandruff shampoo really work?
 · Why do grey hairs look and feel different?
 · What is shark oil and why is it in skin cream?
 · Why armpit hair doesn’t grow down to your knees.
 · Is your lip plumper making you sick?
 · What does organic really mean?
 · How salon brands get away with lying to you.
 · Why are companies allowed to use nanoparticles?
 · And many more . . .

 I picked up Can You Get Hooked on Lip Balm? because I have often suspected that I may in fact be hooked on lip balm, and I ended up skimming it like a magazine—there were a lot of topics I skipped over, about products that I’d never heard of or would never consider using. But I learned some interesting and comforting facts that will surely inform my future purchases of sunblock, conditioner, and lip balm, and you may too.

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