I’ve been addicted to lip balm for years, so when I was offered the chance to review the new book Can You Get Hooked On Lip Balm? by the creators of The Beauty Brains.com, I jumped at the chance. Obviously (in my case at least) the answer is yes you can get addicted to lip balm, and the book offers the scientific explanation for this wacky phenomenon. The Beauty Brains are cosmetic chemists who give you no-nonsense info about false claims in the beauty industry, they bust beauty myths, and answer you most pressing beauty questions.
Can You Get Hooked On Lip Balm? Review
The book is broken down into four sections: hair, skin, makeup, and the beauty industry, and there is a contents section that lets you quicky scan for topics of interest. Can You Get Hooked On Lip Balm? is a relatively quick read, or you can flip to a section to instantly find the answers to crazy questions like: does the moon cause bad hair days? or: can perfume make you thinner? If you’re ever stumped for fun facts while making small talk at a party, this book has plenty of gems to offer.
I learned several useful things I didn’t know before:
-If you’re buying a salon brand like Paul Mitchell and you see the same exact product at Target or Wal-Mart, it really is the same thing, despite the warning that it’s “not authentic.”
-Coconut oil and olive oil are able to penetrate hair shafts to make hair appear stronger and healthier (but the oils won’t help with hair loss). I will definitely be doing a coconut/olive oil hair mask soon to see what happens – my hair is fried from continually dyeing it.
-Expect to lose approximately 0.1% of your hair each day. On average brunettes have 120,000 hairs and redheads have 90,000 hairs on their head. This supports my theory that since half of my hair has fallen out, I should now be shedding half as much each day (even though I’m still shedding the same amount – what gives?)
-Beauty gadgets that supposedly really do work include the HairMax LaserComb for hair growth & Zeno MD for reducing acne. I’ve been wanting to try both of these products – especially the hair laser.
Can You Get Hooked On Lip Balm? also mentions topics I’ve written about here on Savvy Skin. The Beauty Brains talk about doing an aspirin mask (their opinion is that just using a salicylic acid topical product is better) and the use of derma rollers (it’s better to have derma rolling done professionally if you want to see real collagen-boosting results. oops). They also investigate the use of duct tape to cure warts, the effectiveness of baby shampoo on adults, and they tell you whether SLS-free shampoo is better than regular shampoo.
Further, the book answer popular heated questions like: are natural and organic products better?, what makes a cosmetic product organic?, and are parabens really that bad? The Beauty Brains tell you that expensive products don’t usually work better than cheaper ones – sometimes they are even worse, and a lot of companies make almost the same products and then sell them as different brands with different price points. They also answer my personal favorite question – how the heck does the beauty industry get away with their blatantly misleading and false claims? And finally, whether or not you believe it – mineral oil and propylene glycol are safe to use!
The bottom line
I don’t want my review to give away too many of the secrets of the book, but I agree with just about everything in it because the information is based on science and research. It’s a great book to read to gain fun, informative, and interesting beauty facts. Can You Get Hooked On Lip Balm tells you what you need to know about makeup, hair care, and skin care from a scientific perspective so that you can cut through the beauty industry hype. If you enjoy reading and have $10, definitely buy this book! Otherwise thebeautybrains.com website offers a lot of the same information from the book, and on their site you can do a search for topics you’re interested in.
ps. The book confirms that you can get hooked on lip balm by training your body to rely on it. Just try kicking the habit – it’s impossible! Are you addicted to lip balm? Have you read this book yet?