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The Science of Beauty

Just in time for Mother's Day: From Mother Nature's timeless skin remedies to the latest findings in anti-aging research, science helps to explain how treatments work and whether they're safe

  • May 8, 2009

Are Sunscreens Safe?

Tips on finding a sunscreen that guards from UV rays but does not contain potentially dangerous chemicals

July 22, 2008

Scientists urge EPA to assess potential phthalates risks

Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that humans carry phthalates—chemicals used as softeners in plastics and found in everything from pill coatings to nail polish—around in their bodies.

December 18, 2008 — David Biello

Green hair bleach?

The new blond is bound to be green—that is if chemists at a Japanese beauty company have their way. New research, presented today at the American Chemical Society meeting in Salt Lake City, has uncovered an enzyme that can remove dark pigment from hair.

March 24, 2009 — Katherine Harmon

Are fat bums a sign of good health?

Hey, ladies, been spending hours fretting over your beefy bottoms? Perturbed about your pear-shaped bodes no matter how many lunges you do daily? Don't be.

January 7, 2009 — Lisa Stein

Beauty Is Truth (and Science)

Procter & Gamble scientists Greg Hillebrand and Jay Tiesman talk about scientific research related to beauty products and cosmetics. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Web sites related to this episode include www.pg.com/science

May 11, 2009 — Steve Mirsky