What’s Really in Our…?

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What’s Really in Our…? (2010)


The average person uses 10 to 25 cosmetic products before they leave the house in the morning: exposing their hair, skin, and mouth to hundreds of chemicals before breakfast. From sunscreens to moisturizers, toothpaste to hair dye, Petra Bagust investigates how our favorite products work, if they work and whether there are toxic dangers lurking in our homes. Speaking to the experts, including leading scientists and medical professionals, she uncovers the good, the bad and the ugly truths about our daily creams, gels and pastes.

What’s Really in Our…? looks into the popular myths and misunderstandings surrounding personal care products, asking what the fuss is about sodium lauryl sulfate and parabens; whether any anti-aging products actually work; whether there really is lead in lipstick; whether mouthwash can give you cancer; whether aluminum in deodorants is dangerous; and whether “natural” is any better than “synthetic.”

Episode List

Petra gets hot and bothered to discover the truth about pheromones, the difference between antiperspirant and deodorant, and whether the ingredients in them increase your risk of breast cancer or Alzheimer’s.
23 minutes
Petra puts damaged hair under the microscope and finds out how to keep your crowning glory in top condition – and it will cost you.
23 minutes
Plaque, breath-freshener, tartar control, sensitivity, whitening, baking soda, peroxide – these days choosing a simple toothpaste can be a puzzling process.
23 minutes
More of us are dyeing our hair than ever before – but are we putting appearance before safety?
23 minutes
Makeup has colored and enhanced our features for thousands of years, but is modern science taking the chemistry too far? Petra gets the low down on our favorite makeup products.
23 minutes
Can you tell your UVA from your UVB? Do you really understand what it takes to keep yourself, and your family, sun-safe?
23 minutes
Is it possible to turn the clock back with a simple pot of cream? Or are anti aging products just a new way of selling us hope-in-a-bottle?
23 minutes
Hair removal by razor, wax or depilatory cream – Petra investigates the pros and cons.
23 minutes
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Body wash, cleansers, toners, exfoliants, acne products – the days of simply washing yourself with soap are long gone!
23 minutes
It seems there’s a special oil, balm or lotion for every part of our bodies. Petra takes a look at moisturizers and creams to learn what’s really in them.
23 minutes

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Alchemist, posted on October 28, 2015

At frist I was excited....I would love reviews on products to help me and may family, friends stay informed.....oh, silly me...thinking there would actually be an 'unbiased, actual scientific' group that cared about what we put on our skin, and actually knew that our skin is our largest organ..... not so. This group does not seem to know or understand what is and is not toxic to our organs. Remember, everything you put on your skin, you might as well put in your mouth. Ugh, I was left completely disappointed. There is no real truth to any of this, even after 3 episodes I was further digusted by the lack of true knowledge and understanding. Only conclusion: being paid off by the MFG....whomever had the deepest pockets.

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