Cosmetic IQ

How much do you know about cosmetics? Take this true-false cosmetic test and determine your cosmetic quotient.

Score: 9-10, your son’s friends think you’re his sister; 7-8, your girlfriends think you’re in your 40s; 5-6, most people guess you age plus or minus 5 years; 3-4, people allow you to park in handicap parking even though you don’t have the sticker; and 1-2, every time you cat nap you find yourself on the mortician’s table when you wake up.

True or False:

  1. Almost any substance can be used in cosmetics.
  2. Products that clean, beautify, promote attractiveness, or alter a person’s appearance are considered cosmetics and need no FDA pre-market approval.
  3. You can use hair dye on your eyebrows and eyelashes safely.
  4. The FDA has confirmed lead levels in certain lipsticks exceed levels found in candy.
  5. The “cruelty-free” or “not tested in animals” means the product never underwent animal testing.
  6. Tattoo inks rarely cause allergic reactions.
  7. The FDA maintains a color additive status list and items on this list can be used in everything from food to drugs to cosmetics.
  8. Old mascara can be dangerous and cause infections.
  9. It doesn’t matter how you remove cosmetics as long as you take them off each night.
  10. Hypoallergenic products do not contain substances that cause allergies.

Answers:

  1. True. While all color additives must be approved and pass special purity tests, most other substances are allowed to be used in cosmetics.
  2. True. Cosmetics are not regulated by the FDA, whereas drugs require FDA pre-market approval.
  3. False. Never use hair dyes near or around your eye brows or eyelashes because they can cause blindness.
  4. False. The FDA has not yet confirmed lead levels in lipstick and it is unreasonable to compare lead levels for ingested candy against products intended for topical use.
  5. False. A “no animal testing” claim doesn’t mean the ingredients were never tested on animals. Testing may have occurred in the past. It only means they are not tested currently.
  6. True. Although reactions to tattoo inks are rare, they do happen and you can imagine what it would be like to experience a reaction to something injected into your skin.
  7. False. While the FDA does maintain an additive list, certain additives cannot be used in eye products or products used near the eye.
  8. True. Old mascara can cause infections, so if your mascara is older than three months, throw it away. Additionally, never add water to your mascara or share mascara products with a friend, and remove mascara each night to prevent infections.
  9. False. It is just as important to remove a product correctly as it is to apply it. If a product says to remove it with soap and water, use soap and water. If it says to remove it with eye makeup remove, use eye makeup remover. Always follow package directions.
  10. False. Hypoallergenic products cannot guarantee a person will not have an allergic reaction. However, for those people who suffer from allergies, it is less likely an allergic reaction will occur with a hypoallergenic product.

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