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Makeup Faceoff: What's in your beauty bag?

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 WAUSAU (WAOW) -- Blush. Eye shadow. Lipstick. Mascara.

If you're a female, it's probably a daily ritual. Putting on your face they call it. But could your beauty regimen be doing some ugly things to your body? According to the web site cosmetics the answer could shock you.


We asked three teens from the DC Everest High School Dance Team to put their products to the test. Meet A'Lea, Alexa, and Emily.

"I use probably about 6 different products," A'Lea said.

"I use 2 on my skin and 3 on my eyes," Emily said.


Here's how the site works. Type in the name of a product and the site comes up with a list of hazards. Then it gives the makeup a mark on a scale of one to 10. Ten being the most hazardous.

The girls research their favorite concealers, and what pops up is petrifying.

"The ingredients in this product are linked to cancer," Emily read.

"Irritation to the eyes, skin or lungs," Alexa read.

"Organ system toxicity," A'Lea read.

"It says 84% hazardous," Emily exclaimed. "That's bad!"

"This is not good to be putting on my face!" Alexa gasped.

"That's nasty!" A'Lea said.


Not so fast. Doctors say you can't believe everything you read, especially on the Internet.

"These synthetic products that are looked down upon are actually very well tested," explained Dermatologist Dr. Rashmi Unwala.

Dr. Unwala says there's no scientific proof that links cosmetics to cancer.

"Our medical journals really haven't shown that people have reports of cancers caused by makeups. I've never read about it," she said.

According to Dr. Unwala, in order for the ingredients in cosmetics to cause chaos in your body, you'd have to lay it pretty thick.

"Your skin is a great barrier," she explained. "The chances of anything penetrating all the way through your skin to end up in your bloodstream, you would require incredible amounts and broken down skin. It would hurt and burn and sting before you would ever put that much on."

So what about our dancers? Did our little test change their opinion on what they put on their face?

"I'm going to try to find better products with no risks," Alexa said. 

"I'll probably still use it all," A'Lea commented.

To put your products to the test, click here.

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