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Cosmetics quiz: The truth about your make up

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It's alright to sleep in your eye make up.

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It's alright to sleep in your eye make up.

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Mascara can flake into your eyes while you sleep. You might wake up with itchy, bloodshot eyes, scratched corneas or even an infection. Make sure to remove all make up before you go to bed.

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Which of the following may attract the sun’s UV rays to your lips?

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Which of the following may attract the sun’s UV rays to your lips?

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Sheer, high-gloss lipsticks offer little protection and can attract damaging UV rays to your lips. However they can be used safely. Simply apply a protective lip balm with at least SPF 15 as a base, then top with the gloss.

Nail polish may stain your nails.

Nail polish may stain your nails.

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Nail polish, particularly darker colours, may stain your fingernails or toenails and leave them yellowed and discoloured. The stained nails will grow out, but it may take several months.  A far better option is to apply a base coat as a protective layer so that the dark colour doesn’t stain in the first place.

Hypoallergenic cosmetic products don’t cause allergic reactions. 

Hypoallergenic cosmetic products don’t cause allergic reactions. 

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Cosmetics are subject to strict European safety rules,  but just because a product says it's hypoallergenic doesn't mean you won't have a reaction to it. Manufacturers will have made special efforts with the selection of ingredients and product testing to reduce the risk of adverse reactions to cosmetic products. However, no cosmetic product can be guaranteed not to cause an allergic reaction.

According to some experts, which product should you replace every three months?

According to some experts, which product should you replace every three months?

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Because of the risk of eye infections, you may not be able to use eye makeup, including mascara, eyeliner and eye shadow, as long as you would other products. Liquid or creamy makeup can harbour bacteria more easily, so some experts recommend replacing your mascara every three months. If mascara dries out, don't add water or saliva to moisten it. That can introduce bacteria.

Which of the following promotes bacterial growth in make up?

Which of the following promotes bacterial growth in make up?

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Cosmetic brushes, sponges, and fingertips pick up bacteria and other germs from the skin, so sharing make up can mean you're also sharing bacteria. (Moistening brushes with saliva makes this worse.) Extended exposure to light or heat can break down the preservatives that fight bacteria, so don't leave your make up in a hot car. Also, don't use cosmetics if you have an eye infection like conjunctivitis. Throw away any make up you were using when you discovered the infection.

Some lipsticks may contain lead.

Some lipsticks may contain lead.

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The use of lead in cosmetic products is specifically banned by the European Union. However, lead is a naturally occurring element found everywhere in the environment, so it is possible that minute traces may be in cosmetics.  The Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association claims: "These extremely low levels are taken into account as part of a full safety assessment to ensure their presence does not pose a risk to human health."

Regulators approve all cosmetics before they are sold to the public.

Regulators approve all cosmetics before they are sold to the public.

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All cosmetic products supplied in the UK must comply with the Cosmetics Directive which makes it illegal for anyone to supply a product that can damage human health.  The law requires that all products are assessed by a qualified safety assessor before being made available to the public. Assessments can be carried out by pharmacists, doctors, chartered biologists and chartered chemists.

A cosmetics maker is required to report injuries caused by its products.

A cosmetics maker is required to report injuries caused by its products.

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Consumer Protection issues are dealt with when complaints are made to the Office of Fair Trading. When goods are sold to consumers, the goods must be safe. If the goods are unsafe and they cause death, injury or damage to property, the manufacturer, the retailer and/or anyone else in the supply chain may have to meet a claim for compensation.

Which of the following is the most common injury from cosmetics?

Which of the following is the most common injury from cosmetics?

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Scratching the eye with a mascara wand is the most common cosmetics-related injury. It can lead to an eye infection if the scratches go untreated and infections can result in ulcers on the cornea, eyelash loss or even blindness. To avoid this type of injury, don't try to apply mascara in the car, for example – and of course - never while driving.

A manufacturer that claims a cosmetic has medicinal benefits has to comply with medicine regulations.

A manufacturer that claims a cosmetic has medicinal benefits has to comply with medicine regulations.

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"Cosmeceutical" is a popular term for a product that's meant to beautify but also treats a condition. However, robust evidence is required when making cosmetic claims. It is a breach of the Advertising Standards Agency’s code if medicinal claims are made for products that have not been granted a marketing authorisation by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). So a toothpaste which claims to treat sensitive teeth would be subject to the same controls as a medicine.

There is no hard evidence linking the use of cosmetics with cancer.

There is no hard evidence linking the use of cosmetics with cancer.

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Lipsticks, deodorants and hair dyes have been the source of some controversy, but Cancer Research UK says the cosmetic industry is highly regulated in the UK and the EU has produced a list of banned substances that are not allowed to be used. It adds, based on available data, "there is no good scientific evidence to believe that these products could cause cancer."

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