The Internet Is Full Of Beauty Myths: That's Where This Book Comes In

"Can You Get Hooked On Lip Balm?" answers that and tons of other beauty questions from a trustworthy, scientific perspective.
Publish date:
November 20, 2013
science, lip balms, books, chapped lips, The Beauty Brains, websites

One of the most obvious benefits of working at a library is having so many books at your fingertips. Lately I’ve been surprising myself by wandering into the non-fiction section more and more often to read up on--what else?--beauty.

The Internet is great for quick information, but it isn’t always reliable. With a book, you can really dig deep into a topic and feel confident that you’re getting the facts.

If that sounds like something you want, then I recommend checking out my latest favorite: Can You Get Hooked On Lip Balm? by the creators of

Obviously, you should check out their website as well for the latest information, but this book is a great way to get a handle on many of the myths and misconceptions behind beauty products and techniques. This “group of cosmetic scientists” is completely unbiased, and they have a wealth of knowledge in the area where science and beauty intersect. They also do a great job of helping to decode tricky beauty marketing.

Some sample chapter headings are:

● “Do pore strips really work?”

● “The perils of parabens”

● “Why does the beauty industry get away with making bogus claims?”

● “Are more expensive products worth the price?”

● “The best skin moisturizing oils in the world”

● “Can perfume make you thinner?”

And, of course, “Can you get hooked on lip balm?” The answer to that surprised me.

It turns out that you can become dependent on lip balm: “When you apply lip balm, you’re creating a barrier level that prevents, or at least retards, the evaporation of moisture from the inner layers of skin. Since the top layer isn’t drying and flaking off as much, the basal layer never gets the signal to produce new cells.”

Thus you constantly feel the need to apply more lip balm, once your last application of balm has worn off and your lips feel dry again. You’re trapping yourself in a cycle of dry lips.

That makes a lot of sense! And of course, they go into more depth than that, but as you can see, they explain things very clearly and simply. I also like being able to skip past the complicated explanation right to the short and sweet “bottom line” at the end of every section.

I strongly suggest that you run to your nearest library or bookstore (oh, who am I kidding? Just go on Amazon) and pick up this book.

Have you read this book or the Beauty Brains website? What’s your favorite source for scientific beauty knowledge?