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Christmas beauty science

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone! The Beauty Brains are taking the day off to be with our families so we’re re-running one of our favorite Christmas-themed posts.

We all have our favorite memories of the season – Christmas trees, stockings stuffed with gifts, the beauty of a new fallen snow. But nothing says “happy holidays” quite like this study I found on the composition and pharmaceutical activity of chondroitan sulfate obtained from reindeer trachea. That’s right, I said “reindeer trachea.” Although chondroitan sulfate is usually employed as a joint medication, chondroitan-based ingredients do make their way into a variety of skin care beauty products.

Could jolly ol’ Santa be secretly harvesting reindeer trachea for big Pharma? Run Rudolph, run!