Can you crack this mind-bending quiz which tests if you REALLY know what you’re putting on your face and body each day? | The Sun

Can you tell your peptides from your prebiotics? This mind-bending quiz will tell if you’re a scientist when it comes to beauty products.

Users will be tested on their knowledge of hyaluronic acid, selenium and other buzzwords any beauty whizz should know.

It comes after research found nearly seven in 10 women admit they are regularly seduced by ‘buzz’ health and beauty terms such as microneedling, collagen and peptides – but have no idea what they actually mean.

A study of 2,000 women found 72 per cent are confused by some of the scientific terms and technological developments in the beauty business, with 43 per cent unaware a ‘free radical’ is a molecule in the environment that can damage skin.

Not only that, but 42 per cent didn’t know a peptide is a short string of amino acids which can help to make proteins, with many believing it’s an underwater current instead.

And just 62 per cent knew selenium is used to support healthy hair and nails, with wrong answers including a serum to support flyaway hairs, a liquid to make your lips bigger and something that removes nail polish.


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However, 90 per cent correctly said collagen helps to support skin strength and aids elasticity and hydration.

A spokesperson for skin, hair, and nail supplement Vitabiotics Perfectil, which commissioned the research, explained why knowing your buzzwords is important.

They said: "The health and beauty industry is based on scientific advancements, but that means there are often a lot of buzzwords and terms that aren’t always obvious.

“All of the buzzwords show the research and science that has gone into that product, allowing people to feel they can trust the product.

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“But this can mean it’s confusing and we want to help people have a better understanding of the terms to ensure they are doing the right thing for their skin and appearance.”

Other terms that leave people confused include coenzyme, microneedling and micellar water.

While some are stumped by prebiotic, retinol and hyaluronic acid.

But 69 per cent have bought a health or beauty product without really understanding what some of the words on the label meant, with half of those putting that down to a trust in the brand.

Almost half rely on a product's good reviews and 20 per cent are influenced by having friends who already use them and seeing beauty influencers use them.

But 26 per cent of women believe the use of the buzzwords is important to show how the beauty industry is constantly evolving in scientific development.

It also emerged 72 per cent of women follow a ‘beauty regime’ where they do the same things every day to maintain their skin, hair or appearance.

This takes them an average of nearly 14 minutes a day and uses nine different products.

Wrinkles was the top beauty hang-up, followed by dark circles under their eyes, ageing, dry skin and spots or acne.

Others, polled via OnePoll, hate their grey, receding, or fine hair, large pores, and pigmentation issues.

A spokesperson for Vitabiotics Perfectil, added: “We try to keep things simple and use our scientific expertise in the development of the supplements combined with a benefit-led approach of how this supports skin, hair and nails.

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“So that people can make informed decisions and be reassured they are doing the right thing for their skin, hair, and nail care routines.”

Test you knowledge with the mind-bending quiz here.

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