Tune in to hear us discuss the latest beauty science news including the truth behind the 3 boobed woman, the anti-aging yogurt conman, and 10 beauty amazing products that don’t exist. Plus another challenging round of “Improbable Products.”
Can I win this new game twice in a row? Tune in to find out or to play along for yourself. All you have to do is guess which of the following new beauty products is the fake.
- Light Screen: UV radiation isn’t the only kind of light that’s bad for your skin, this next generation anti-aging lotion also protects your skin from visible light.
- Sun Lock: Even water resistant sunscreens wash off but new “Sun Lock” stays on skin until you apply the special release agent.
- Sunscream: Is the sun too hot for you? Then cool off with Sunscream – the only sunscreen that you keep in your freezer, just like ice cream. It chills and refreshes hot skin while protecting you from the sun.
Listen to the show for the answer!
Beauty Science News
Ancient mummy found with hair extensions
Did you know that hair extensions have been found on mummies that are over 3000 years old? Check out the pictures!
The 3 boobed woman
Jasmine Tridevil, the 3 boobed woman, burst onto social media with the story of how she decided to have plastic surgery to add a third breast. She claims to have seen 50-60 plastic surgeons before she could find one who would create a third breast for her. When the story first broke I reached out to friend of the brains, Dr. Tony Youn who runs Celeb Plastic Surgery and here’s what he had to say:
“Creating a third breast is possible…I doubt that any real, board-certified plastic surgeons in their right mind would perform this deforming procedure.”
Of course, since then the whole story turned out to be a hoax. But do you know HOW they proved it was a hoax? Snopes.com investigated and found that she is really Alisha Jasmine Hessler a Florida massage therapist and she was just trying to pitch a reality TV show. They found evidence that she had been charged in 2013 for use of fraudulent information and that recently she had filed a stolen luggage report at Tampa International Airport and when they recovered the luggage and conducted an inventory they found a “3 breast prosthesis.” So, she’s been busted. On the plus side, there’s already a 3 boobed woman Halloween costume available on the internet.
P&G told to modify their claims
Cosmetic giants Unilever and P&G are squabbling about an Olay body wash ad which claims that Dove body wash is “harsh.” After looking at the data the NAD (the National Advertising Division of the Better Business Bureau which settles disputes such as this) has ruled in favor of Unilever.
Dangerous skin tag products pulled from the market
A company called Solace International has recalled its Dermatend skin tag remover because it is NOT FDA approved, in other words, thus has not been shown to be safe and effective for skin tags. In fact, Using these Dermatend products instead of seeking medical attention could result in delayed diagnosis of conditions such as cancer.
Bacteria is the new weapon against acne
A new discovery shows that ammonia oxidizing bacteria can control acne. (It’s sort of like a probiotic for your skin.) The challenge, of course, is to be able to keep the bacteria viable during product storage.
The case of the anti-aging yogurt conman
Joseph Fox Batista, who’s described as an eccentric Florida inventor, was convicted for selling a yogurt-based cream to regrow hair and slow the aging process. He’s a self-described microbiologist and was convicted of second-degree grand theft and sentenced to 10 years in prison. Investigators say he tricked investors into buying $380,000 of bogus stock. He insists that he never stole money, but that it was actually shadowy forces like the hair-transplant industry conspired to prevent him from selling his invention. He claimed his yogurt cream could grow hair on balding men, stop hair from turning gray hair, and generally reverse the aging process. It’s supposedly based on telomerase technology which scientists do believe plays a role in aging but it’s not going to do any of these things when you slather it on the skin.
Can these beauty products really exist?
Follow the link for the full list and then listen to us opine about whether or not these products could exist or not.
- Skin resistant nail polish – maybe if you use a two part sytesm second product as a barrier cream.
- Instant makeup remover machine – Highly unlikely.
- Kiss proof makeup – this already exists but probably not to the satisfaction of everyone.
- Hair growth eye pencil – Even if this could exist it would be a drug.
- Perfume scented laundry detergent – Yes, someone could invent an unscented detergent to which you add your own fragrance.
- Hair removal lotion – Doesn’t this exist already??? You can’t make hair removal products much stronger because they will burn skin.
- Push button color changing manicures – Maybe, if you used E-ink or LED plastic nails.
- Eye shadow goggles – Not very feasible.
- Mood ring lipstick – there are color changing lipsticks but they work based on pH not your mood.
- Chocolate that burns calories – You wish!
Buy your copy of It’s OK to Have Lead in Your Lipstick to learn more about:
- Clever lies that the beauty companies tell you.
- The straight scoop of which beauty myths are true and which are just urban legends.
- Which ingredients are really scary and which ones are just scaremongering by the media to incite an irrational fear of chemicals.
- How to tell the difference between the products that are really green and the ones that are just trying to get more of your hard earned money by labeling them “natural” or “organic.
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