To believe or not to believe,
THAT IS THE QUESTION.
The aim of this blog is to help people who are not scientists understand whether popular beauty claims have some scientific basis and to what extent the conclusions of scientific articles can be generalised.
The practice of referencing scientific articles to draw beauty conclusions is becoming more and more common among beauty bloggers, and this can only be a good thing. Bloggers aren’t often scientists, however, and can become lost or confused in the nitty gritty of the science. Do we really want to make our beauty decisions based on what might be merely a surface reading of the summary of the article?
Another significant issue is that there are fewer scientific publications in the beauty field than there are in biomedicine. It makes sense that more scientists work on finding the cure for cancer than for split ends. However, the limited number of scientific publications in the beauty field means that the conclusions that scientists report are much less tested and thus, less proven.
Scientists are, for example, still arguing over the benefits of even such simple remedies like vitamin C. Many published studies show that this vitamin has distinct effects on health, but others have been unable to repeat the findings.
Who is lying then?
None of them!
The problem is that experiments vary and test subjects differ, some studies look at cells, others use rats and still more focus on human subjects. And humans vary more than any other factor! We all eat, sleep, stress and look after ourselves differently And this is why scientists get contrasting results. Which in turn means that if only a few articles are written on a certain topic, it isn’t smart to generalise the conclusions.
Unfortunately, this is what often happens in the beauty field.
To get to the bottom of the science of beauty, the Ask Your Hair team will interview various scientists in the fields of chemistry, biology, physics, and bio-medicine. Let’s find out what the experts think about beauty-related scientific articles!
If you have a specific scientific article that you’d like our experts to take a look at then let us know!