Beauty and hygiene products are part of our daily life, but what do we really know about them? With still unanswered questions about the impact of cosmetics on our health and the environment, what price are we ready to pay to look “good”? In an everyday greener society, is there such a thing as environmentally friendly cosmetics? Please note that this event takes place on the ground floor and is accessible for those with impaired mobility.
Cosmetics and personal care products are part of our daily life, primarily for our personal hygiene but also defining who we are. At Keracol we use green chemistry principles to make more sustainable products. We consider alternative sources of ingredients that can be used and avoid petrochemicals and competing with food crops.
During this session of Pint of Science we will discuss the various issues around working with natural ingredients, the perceived safety of naturals in cosmetics, and Keracol’s novel approaches to a new generation of products using renewable ingredients from food waste.
Millions of botulinum toxin (botox) injections are carried out every year and tanning is common in the pursuit of a perceived ‘healthy glow’, despite continued increases in skin cancer. There are still many misconceptions about how they work and what they actually do to the body, but, the science behind them give a fascinating insight into how our largest organ, our skin, works! Using a visual approach, we will explore how botox came to be used to treat wrinkles, what effect it has on skin, discuss more unusual uses for it, as well as the science behind tanning and UV light protection.
Although we all come in different shapes, sizes, and with different features, there is a continual effort from many people to reach an idealised beauty standard. Perhaps this is only a trend in the younger generation, where 100+ “likes” on one selfie is the goal. I’d like to think a shift is taking place, where people care about the impact they have on our planet and less about the ton of make-up on their face… let’s talk about the chemistry, regulations and company ethos with respect to skincare. What ingredients do companies put in their “miracle” pots and where are these sourced from?
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