1808, 2014
  • The Chemistry of Lipstick

Cosmetic Chemistry – The Compounds in Red Lipstick

August 18th, 2014|

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Lipstick is one of the most commonly used cosmetic products – and a range of chemicals are required for its production. The choice of these ingredients is carefully considered to provide the desired colour, glossiness, and indelibility. A single stick of lipstick will contain several hundred different chemical compounds, but there are a few substances and compounds whose inclusion is essential.


708, 2014

How Do Tanning Lotions Work? – The Chemistry of Fake Tan

August 7th, 2014|

We’re all well versed in the dangers of spending too much time in the sun. A golden¬†tan after a few weeks away in the sun is everyone’s aspiration, but no-one wants to come back from a holiday¬†red as a cooked lobster, hence the need for sunscreen (which we looked at in a previous post). However, if you’re unlucky enough not to have the time for a couple of weeks on the beach, you might be tempted to resort to tanning lotions to achieve a tanned look. These can induce the appearance of a tan, through the action of the chemicals they contain.


506, 2014
  • Chemistry of Sunscreen

The Science of Sunscreen & How it Protects Your Skin

June 5th, 2014|

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With summer more or less here (stifle those sniggers, English readers), it seemed as good a time as any to examine the chemicals in sunscreen. It’s a product that many of us may take for granted, but you’ve got chemistry to thank for it preventing your skin turning lobster red in the summer sun. There are a number of chemical molecules used in currently available sunscreens, with the exact formulation actually depending on where in the world you live. Additionally, the chemistry of these molecules can help explain why sunscreen has to be reapplied periodically.