How well do you know cosmetics and their compositions? Test your knowledge of common cosmetic ingredients and approaches with our beauty myths quiz.
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Question 1 of 6
What's an antioxidant?
A function an ingredient can have on skin
A type of ingredient
Antioxidants are found in ingredients. They are not ingredients, or products, themselves. They serve to slow down or reverse the effects of free radicals on the skin. Oxygen, sunshine and pollution are the main catalysts for free radical damage. For more on antioxidants, see Antioxidants and Free Radical Damage
A skin care product
Question 2 of 6
Emollients are standard to almost all cosmetics.
Emollients are standard to almost all cosmetics. They are soft, supple, wax-like thickening agents. If a cosmetic has an elegant, smooth feel, is gel-like in consistency, or has a thick, creamy-white texture, then it contains emollients.
Question 3 of 6
can be applied topically to the skin
is an anti-inflammatory
can help produce collagen
All of the above
Taken orally to do everything from increase blood flow to improve memory, ginkgo biloba is also effective when used topically. It is an effective anti-inflammatory, can aid in collagen production and also has antioxidant properties.
Question 4 of 6
Mineral oil is bad for the skin.
Mineral oil has gotten a bad rap. Cosmetic makers claim it is bad for skin because it is made from petroleum, therefore causing an oily film that suffocates the skin. However, petroleum is a natural ingredient derived from the earth, and once it becomes mineral oil, it has no resemblance to the original petroleum. Cosmetic-grade mineral oil is one of the safest, most nonirritating moisturizing ingredients ever found.
Question 5 of 6
Moisturizers can prevent wrinkles.
Moisturizing the skin does not have any long-term effect on wrinkles. It is completely false that dry skin and wrinkles are related, so all the moisturizer in the world won't prevent wrinkles. To learn more about preventing wrinkles, see The Myth About Wrinkles
Question 6 of 6
Which of these statements is NOT true?
The weather can dry your skin.
A lack of moisture can cause dry skin.
The truth is, all of the above can cause dry skin, except for a lack of moisture. There are studies comparing the water content of dry skin with that of normal or oily skin and there doesn't appear to be a statistically significant difference. Adding more moisture to the skin is not necessarily a good thing â€” if anything, too much moisture can be bad for skin because it disrupts the skin's intracellular matrix, the substances that keep skin cells bonded to each other.
The sun can cause dry skin.
Genetics causes dry skin.