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Cosmetic Chemistry

Cosmetic Chemistry – The Compounds in Red Lipstick

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 […]

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

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, […]

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The Science of Sunscreen & How it Protects Your Skin

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 […]