Cosmetic Quiz - Test Your Skin Savvy
Most cosmetics are safe if you use them correctly. But there are some things
to be careful about. Check out our special cosmetics true or false quiz and find
out how much you really know!
- The FDA must approve all cosmetics before they go on the market?
True or False
- Using mascara the wrong way can cause eye injuries and infections - even
blindness. True or False
- It's fine to use hair dyes on your eyebrows and eyelashes. After all,
they're hair too! True or False
- Tattoos used to be permanent, but now lasers are an easy, reliable way
to erase them. True or False
- "Cruelty Free" or "Not Tested in Animals" means that no animal testing
was done on the product and its ingredients. True or False
- "Hypoallergenic" triple-header
- If a product is labeled "All Natural" or "Organic,"
it's probably hypoallergenic. True or False
- Even if a product is labeled "Hypoallergenic," it
may contain substances that can cause allergic reactions. True or False
- Choosing products with the claim "Dermatologist Tested" is a way to
avoid an allergic reaction or other skin irritation. True or False
- Question: The FDA must approve all cosmetics before they go on
False: Unlike drug companies, cosmetic companies may use almost
any ingredient they choose, with these exceptions:
- There are a few substances that are not allowed to
be used in cosmetics.
- All color additives must be approved for their intended use. For
example, a particular color additive may only be used in an eye shadow
if it is approved for cosmetic use, including the area of the eyes. Many
colors even have to be "certified" by FDA. That means that samples from
each batch must pass special testing for purity in FDA's own labs before
they may be used.
If a product or its ingredients have not been shown to be safe, the
product is supposed to have this warning statement on the label:
"Warning: The safety of this product has not been
determined." For more, please read the "Are Cosmetics Safe" article.
- Question: Using mascara the wrong way can cause eye
injuries and infections - even blindness.
True: The most serious risk from mascara is scratching your eye with the
mascara wand, then getting an infection from germs
on the wand. To use mascara safely, follow these rules:
- Never apply mascara in a car, bus, plane or any
other moving vehicle. It's easy to scratch your eye if you hit a bump or
come to a sudden stop.
- If mascara gets dried up, don't add water or - even
worse - (yuck) spit into it to moisten it. This can add germs that may grow
and cause an infection.
- As mascara gets old, it is more likely to have germs
growing in it. Throw it out after three months.
- Don't share mascara - not even with your best
friend. You might be sharing germs that way.
- Remove all mascara, and any other make-up, before you go to bed.
Bits of mascara can flake into your eyes and cause an infection.
- Question: It's fine to use hair dyes on your eyebrows and
eyelashes. After all, they're hair too!
False: Never use hair dyes on the eyebrows and eyelashes. Doing
this can cause blindness. There are approved, safe colors for mascara and
eyebrow pencils, but no hair dyes are approved for tinting or dyeing the
eyebrows or eyelashes.
- Question: Tattoos used to be permanent, but now lasers are an
easy, reliable way to erase them.
False: Lasers have made it easier to lighten tattoos, but it's
not as easy or as reliable as many people think. Lightening a tattoo generally
takes several treatments and can be expensive. How well it works depends on
the tattoo. Many tattoos can be lightened until they are much less noticeable,
but usually a trace of the tattoo remains.
Also, some tattoo colors are harder to remove than others. Laser
treatments can turn some tattoos darker instead of lighter, or change them
to a different color. The same goes for "permanent makeup," which is a kind
of tattoo. It depends on what ingredients went into the tattoo ink to
produce the color.
But it can be hard to find out what's in tattoo inks
because they usually don't have ingredients listed on the label. Very often,
even the tattooist doesn't know what's in the tattoo ink because the company
that made it considers the formula "proprietary" (pro-pry-uh-tar-ee). That
means it's a trade secret. For more, please read the Tattoo Removal