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Q:Bar soap and water are fine for cleansing the face if you have sensitive or dry skin. True or False?

A:False. Most bar soaps are too harsh to use on your face because they contain ingredients that may irritate and dry the skin. Liquid facial cleansers or foaming products tend to be less harsh and some even moisturize and tone your face as they clean.

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Q:The face only needs to be cleansed once per day. True or False?

A:False. For the best skin health it is best to wash your face twice daily -- once in the morning and once at night before going to bed.

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Q:What are the purposes of facial toner?

A:Restoring pH balance and removing trace oil, dirt, and make-up. According to some skin care experts, toners serve two main purposes. Toners help restore the pH balance to your skin, which makes your skin's surface less susceptible to unwanted bacterial growth. Toners also help to remove fine traces of oil, dirt, and make-up that you may have missed when cleansing.

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Q:What is the proper order for facial cleansing?

A:Cleanse, tone, and moisturize. The proper order for facial cleansing is to cleanse, tone, and moisturize.

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Q:In terms of beauty, the forehead, nose, and chin are referred to as what?

A:T-zone. On the face, the "T-zone" includes the forehead, nose, and chin.

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Q:What is the décolleté?

A:Skin between the base of the neck and the bust. The décolleté (DAY-co-let-TAY) is the flat area on a woman's upper body that extends from the base of the neck near the collarbone to the bust.

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Q:How often should mascara be replaced?

A:3. It is best to replace mascara every 3 months. Note: Never share mascara with anyone! It can lead to serious eye infections.

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Q:Ephelides is the medical term for what?

A:Freckles. Ephelides (a-FEE-lid-eez) is the Greek word and medical term for freckles.

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Q:The term "pigment" refers to what?

A:Color. The term "pigment" refers to color. Medically speaking, pigment is a substance that gives color to tissue and is also responsible for the color of the skin, eyes, and hair. Cosmetically speaking, pigments are substances that give color to makeup and nail polish.

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Q:If skin is described as "sallow," the skin is what?

A:Yellowish. Skin that is sallow (SAL-owe) has a yellowish color.

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