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Thanks The Beauty Brains! Or Skin and pH – Part II February 9, 2012

Filed under: Skin and Skincare — askanesthetician @ 6:39 am
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Recently I wrote a post about skin pH which explained what affects our skin’s pH, how our skin’s pH can be compromised, and how to fix your skin if its pH  has been compromised.   After publishing my post Traci posted the following question:

Can you explain how a toner/tonic can help PH? Do you think one is necessary? Thanks!

I answered Traci by saying that I didn’t believe that you needed a toner after cleansing – basically that the idea that one had to use a toner after cleansing was out dated.

Shortly thereafter one of my all time favorite beauty blogs – The Beauty Brains – asked their readers who were beauty bloggers to submit questions to be featured on their blog and in the process get exposure for their blog.  Prompted by my post about skin and pH levels and Traci’s question to me I decided to ask the following question:

I was wondering what The Beauty Brains thought about the idea that you need to use toner after cleansing in order to restore the skin to its proper pH. I’ve come around to thinking that this is an outdated beauty idea, but I would love to hear your take on it.

 Very happily The Beauty Brains decided to answer my question and in the process feature this blog!  Thanks The Beauty Brains!  You can see The Beauty Brains’ answer to my question here.

(And thank you to Traci too for her question as well)


Website Recommendation: The Beauty Brains February 3, 2011

I am not sure why it took me so long to come across this website since its contents go along so well with many of the issues I have addressed in my blog.  Anyhow, now that I have discovered it I want to share the information about this website with my readers.

So The Beauty Brains is written by a group of cosmetic chemists who help their readers cut through advertising confusion and explain if skincare and hair products will really work.  According to the website their purpose is:

We’re here to help you cut through the confusing, misleading and sometimes false information that the beauty companies bombard you with. Our goal is to explain cosmetic science to you in a way that’s entertaining and easy to understand. We believe the more information you have, the better you’ll be able to find products that you like at a price you can afford. So, you can listen to the advertising. Or advice from a friend. Or what your stylist tells you. But if you want to really understand cosmetic products in an unbiased, scientific way, Ask The Beauty Brains. You’ll get answers from a team of scientists who have no sales pitch and nothing for you to buy.


You can submit questions to the site in order to receive their expert answers.  Additionally, the authors of the website have published an online book called:  How to Save Money on Beauty Products that does a great job of debunking so much of the hype, misleading advertising, and myths that are out there about skincare and hair products.  A lot of the information in the book I mentioned in my recent post Buyer Beware, but the book goes into greater detail than I did and has interesting examples to illustrate their points.

Further reading:  I wrote this post about sources for skincare information a long time ago, but my recommendations still stand.  All the sources listed in the post are good reads for more information about skincare issues and products.


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