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We care about what we put in our bodies, but what about what we put on them? Test your cosmetic safey knowledge.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

What is the most toxic beauty product used by women?

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The correct answer is: With ingredients that have been linked to cancer, nerve damage and breathing problems, nail polish is the most toxic beauty product women use. Thanks to research and public attention, however, many non-toxic nail options are now available to decorate your digits.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

Which is safer for your skin?

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The correct answer is: Many experts consider physical sunscreens to be the safer choice. Chemical sunscreens contain ingredients that are absorbed directly by the skin when applied. Some of these have been shown to disrupt hormone function, though the health effects aren't known. Physical sunscreens containing zinc oxide or titanium oxide, on the other hand, sit on top of the skin and reflect sunlight away.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

Which of these is safe to use during pregnancy?

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The correct answer is: Pregnant women shouldn't use retinoids (like Retin-A) for wrinkle reduction. Because these retinoids can be absorbed into the bloodstream and stored in fat cells, they could be toxic to a developing fetus. Salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide should also be avoided, since their safety during pregnancy hasn't been determined. Instead, try fruit acid-derived products to keep skin clear and natural antioxidants like green tea or coffeeberry extract to combat wrinkles.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

Which common, but dangerous chemical found in everyday items such as plastic containers and canned goods is also an ingredient in some cosmetic and personal care items?

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The correct answer is: The nasty chemical Bisphenol-A, or BPA, is most commonly found in plastic containers, canned goods and thermal receipts. There is some concern that BPA, which is also commonly used in cosmetics and their plastic packaging, could be linked to brain, behavior and other health effects.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

Which common beauty product ingredient is derived from gluten?

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The correct answer is: Vitamin E, found in many beauty products, is often derived from wheat sources that contain gluten. Sufferers of celiac disease and gluten intolerance could unknowingly be exposing their skin simply by applying makeup every day. This can amplify some of the unpleasant symptoms of the disease such as abdominal pain and intestinal issues.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

What's one material commonly used to give your favorite red lipstick its perfect shade?

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The correct answer is: Metals like lead and cadmium are sometimes used to create the pigments for your favorite lipstick shade. The metals are washed out before the colors are sold to cosmetic companies, but the process isn't perfect and sometimes trace bits are left behind.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

True or false: It's okay to keep using a loofah that's been hanging in the shower to air dry.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Loofahs are notorious for harboring bacteria and fungi -- a situation made worse by the wet, humid environment of your shower. This could lead to skin infections, including staph. The best thing to do is wash them in warm, soapy water and let them dry outside the shower.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

What's the safest way to remove nail polish to minimize exposure to chemicals?

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The correct answer is: By soaking a cotton ball thoroughly in nail polish remover and then pressing it onto the nail for a few minutes, you're helping to dissolve the polish more quickly. This minimizes your exposure to fumes and chemicals and ensures you aren't using more than you need.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

Is it more hygienic to use applicators or your fingers to apply makeup?

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The correct answer is: Assuming they're clean, applicators are the more sanitary way to apply makeup. But if you do insist on using your fingers, make sure you scrub your hands -- even your fingernails -- before and after to keep from spreading germs and illness.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

What is the best way to clean mani-pedi tools?

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The correct answer is: Contaminated at-home mani/pedi tools are a breeding ground for bacteria and fungus. And because they can easily break the skin, the risk for infection is high. Dermatologists recommend cleaning your tools thoroughly with alcohol or hand-sanitizing wipes.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

How often should you wash your makeup brushes?

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The correct answer is: Makeup brushes and applicators should be washed at least once a month in warm, soapy water and set out to air dry. This helps to ensure you aren't transmitting bacteria and fungus to your skin.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

How often should you replace your mascara?

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The correct answer is: Cosmetics that have a high water content also have higher potential for harboring bacteria and fungus. It's a good idea to replace mascara every 3 months. For foundation, make sure to replace it every 6 months. And always keep your cosmetics in a cool, dry place to prevent the bacteria growth that can accompany high temperatures.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

When you spray on your favorite perfume, how does the fragrance get absorbed into the body?

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The correct answer is: According to Patricia Malemes of Agape and Zoe, "Fragrance enters your body through your skin, but also through your nose and lungs, so it has 3 points of entry -- and lungs give direct access to the bloodstream." And because the FDA doesn't require perfume companies to include every ingredient on the bottle, we can't always be sure what we're absorbing.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

True or false: Flouride can cause teeth and skin discoloration.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Everyone has heard that fluoride, often added to public drinking water and found in dental products, is good for your teeth. You may be surprised to know, however, that too much flouride can cause tooth discoloration in children as their permanent teeth are developing. In adults, it can cause skeletal fluorisis -- a weakening of the bones caused by excessive flouride intake.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

Which of these is more effective for treating acne: thyme or benzoyl peroxide?

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The correct answer is: According to a study done by Dr. Margarita Gomez-Escalada, after comparing several different herbs, an alcohol tincture containing thyme proved to be more effective in killing the bacteria that causes acne. In her study, she found that extracts of thyme were more effective than even benzoyl peroxide -- one of the most commonly used breakout treatments available.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

Which easy-to-grow herb can be used as a safe and natural way to treat spider and varicose veins?

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The correct answer is: In addition to being anti-viral and anti-bacterial, rosemary is also an inflammatory that can be used to treat cosmetic conditions like spider veins and varicose veins. You can work the herb into recipes, or mix up a topical application using rosemary oil.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

This natural oil, commonly found in anti-aging serums, is Mother Nature's form of retinoic acid and has been shown to diminish scarring and wrinkling.

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The correct answer is: Rosehip seed oil contains a natural form of retinoic acid, a common staple of anti-aging regimens -- but without the drying side effects of the synthetic version. In a clinical study, participants who applied the oil twice daily for eight weeks had 23% fewer fine wrinkles.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

What ingredients should you look for when buying baby oil?

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The correct answer is: It may be surprising to know that most baby oils are made up of fragrance and mineral oil. Mineral oil has been considered harmful by some in the holistic community because of its alleged ability to trap toxins inside the body. Try looking for essential oils instead, which are naturally derived.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

Which type of rice helps to boost collagen production in the skin?

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The correct answer is: Red Himalayan rice helps boost collagen production, leaving you with more youthful-looking skin. The extract of the rice also improves the skin's barrier function, which helps your skin stay hydrated.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

According to the Natural Products Association, a product labeled "natural" should contain what percentage of natural ingredients?

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The correct answer is: The Natural Products Association says a product must be made of 95% natural ingredients to be certified as "natural." To tell whether a product is certified, look for the NPA's Natural seal on the package.

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