Have you ever wondered how something works or how something was made? In the monthly Science Behind series, we partner with a guest presenter to explore a large variety of interesting topics. The Science Behind series offers opportunities for adults to apply new knowledge and skills to everyday life, while having fun!
** This Science Behind event took place in January, 2019**
The Science Behind Balms and Lotions
We use things like lotions, lip balm and soap on our skin every day, but these household products aren’t only skin deep. Personal care products can be easily absorbed into our bodies through our skin, by being inhaled, and by licked off of our lips, making it important to make sure that the products we use are safe for our bodies. A simple and fun way to make sure you know what’s going into your body is to make your own beauty products.
While the European Union has banned more than 1,000 ingredients from being used in cosmetics, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has only banned about ten. The FDA doesn’t review or approve the vast majority of personal care products sold in the United States, leaving us to figure out which products have known or potential carcinogens, hormone disrupters, or neurological toxins. (http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/myths-on-cosmetics-safety/).
Hannah Rumble, the Community Programs Director at Walking Mountains Science Center, will present tips for preventing and treating dry skin based on science. Hannah is a DIY-er who has been perfecting the art of homemade lotions and balms in her own kitchen for years.
She loves to experiment with new essential oil combinations and to source ingredients that she knows are safe to use. She’s excited to share this healthy and inexpensive hobby with others.
What: The Science Behind Lotions and Balms
When: This event happened in January of 2019
Where: Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon
How much: $10 includes supplies and take-homes. Click here to register.