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What's In Cosmetics? Quiz

Cosmetics can improve your skin as well as your looks, but what do they contain? (Not for the faint-hearted... and watch out for Praggy traps!) 10 Questions.

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The invention of “Cold Cream” is credited to Galen, a physician in second century Greece. What is the base ingredient apart from water?

  • Ear Wax
  • Beeswax
  • Paraffin Wax
  • Congealed sweat

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In 2012, what heavy metal did the US “Food and Drug Administration” find in lipsticks? (within safe limits when used as intended)

  • Arsenic
  • Mercury
  • Cadmium
  • Lead

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To promote new, healthy growth for a youthful look, “Glucosamine” is used in many cosmetics, particularly skin and face creams. From what is it extracted?

  • Chicken bone marrow
  • Lining of large intestine
  • Pig Ears
  • Sewage

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Researchers have found bacteria, as well as fungi, commonly transferred by a wand to and from the eyes into what cosmetic? (UNDER 3 months old - and often kept in a handbag)

  • Face Powder
  • Eye liner
  • Mascara
  • Eye shadow

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As a face mask dries it absorbs excess oil and dirt from the surface of the skin. What is the base ingredient that provides this effect?

  • Plaster of Paris
  • Cow manure
  • Polyfilla
  • Kaolin clay

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Scientists have found that a certain type of ‘surfactant’ supposedly helps to regenerate damaged skin. From what by-product is it extracted?

  • Used motor oil from garages
  • Waste cooking oil from fast food restaurants and cafés
  • Sludge from grease traps
  • Congealed camel sweat

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What is crushed to a powder to provide red dye used to give a red hue to cosmetics, such as lipstick, blusher etc?

  • Washed and dried blackberries
  • Waste red blood cells
  • Boiled and dried Cochineal Beetles
  • Dried rose petals

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“Pearlescence” is used in any type of cosmetic that gives a glow or shimmer effect such as a lotion, nail polish, or lipstick. From what is Pearlesence extracted?

  • Fish Scales
  • Oysters
  • Mother of Pearl
  • Clam shells

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“Hyaluronic Acid” and “Protein Hydrolysate”, help to promote tissue growth, which is very effective in removing wrinkles. From what are they extracted?

  • Cream
  • Human placenta
  • Whey protein
  • Stomach lining

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Many hair lotions give any type of hair a brilliant sheen due to the unmatched properties of which ingredient?

  • Shellac
  • Snail slime
  • Saliva
  • Cod semen