Test Your Anti Aging Skin Smarts!
April 27, 2011|
What’s the best way to tame a breakout? Erase fine lines around your eyes? Find out with this healthy-beauty quiz.
How many times have you slathered on a cream or squeezed a blemish without knowing if your solution will help or do harm? Does it often make it worse? Find out how skin-savvy you are with this quiz, than discover the best ways to keep your complexion smooth, beautiful, and problem-free.
Skin Care Questions
- If my complexion suddenly looks flaky, I …. (a) gently exfoliate each day and apply moisturizer, (b) use a scrub with natural exfoliants, like ground walnut shells or salt, (c) immediately head to the dermatologist to see what’s up, (d) apply a rich face cream.
- When my face has red patches, my first move is to …. (a) use an anti-redness lotion, then hide the discoloration with concealer, (b) try an anti-aging moisturizer with broad-spectrum chemical sunscreen, (c) apply a mineral sunblock and an anti-redness treatment, (d) treat it like a rash and apply some hydrocortisone cream.
- When I have a pimple, I …. (a) use my fingers to gently pop it, then put on some pimple cream, (b) wash with an anti-acne skin cleanser, swab it with toner, then use a spot treatment, (c) dot on a blemish treatment, (d) dab on some toothpaste to dry it out.
- To treat scaly spots on my body, I …. (a) apply cocoa butter to soften them, (b) exfoliate with a loofah in the shower, then apply body lotion, (c) wash with a moisturizing soap, then apply body cream, (d) wash with a mesh sponge and fragrance-free body wash in the shower, then apply body lotion.
- To soften wrinkles around my eyes, I …. (a) use an eye cream with antioxidants, (b) apply an eye cream with retinol and a sunscreen, (c) reach for a face lotion with retinol, (d) wash with anti-aging cleanser and use an anti-aging toner and serum, retinol face cream, and sunscreen
Skin Care Answers
- (a) – Flakiness that comes on suddenly is often a reaction to a product or a dry skin symptom. (Chronic flakiness, on the other hand, could be caused by a condition such as seborrheic dermatitis that may require a trip to the doctor). So, what to do about flakes that appear out of nowhere? First, stop using any new products to rule them out as the cause. If the flakiness persists, gently exfoliate every morning then apply an anti-aging moisturizer. Moisturizer alone can’t penetrate the layer of flaky skin effectively but don’t use rough scrubs with shells or granules. Use a gentle exfoliator and apply your moisturizer afterwards.
- (c) Whether the redness is caused by dry or irritated skin or is simply a sign of aging, UV light can exacerbate things. For that reason, the right strategy incorporates sun protection. Use an SPF lotion with zinc oxide each morning. Zinc has anti-inflammatory properties that can calm redness and it’s typically less irritating than chemical sunscreens. Sometimes, that will be enough to fix the flush, but applying an anti-redness treatment before bed is also a good idea. If the redness doesn’t go away after a few weeks, have your doctor take a look.
- (c) The urge to pop is undeniable, but putting your fingers anywhere near a pimple introduces bacteria that can cause an infection. Instead, wash with your regular cleanser, then dot on a treatment with salicylic acid. The last thing you want to do is go overboard with tons of products; switching to a face wash with anti-acne skin ingredients, then layering on anti-acne products your skin’s not used to may cause irritation that slows healing time. That said, there are rare cases when popping is OK, if done correctly – but you should never use your fingers. If it’s trying a whitehead, not a red, cyst-like bump, apply a warm compress for a few minutes, use the tips of two dry cotton swabs to gently squeeze it, than wash your face.
- (d) Scaly patches could be caused by dryness or, if they’re bumpy like chicken skin, they could be keratosis pilaris (a condition that occurs when proteins in your skin plug-up hair follicles. Either way, you need to exfoliate and hydrate – just hydrating with a rich body cream won’t work because the cream won’t be able to penetrate the barrier of dead skin. Just cleanse by massaging on your body wash with a nylon mesh sponge. You may want to use a body wash formulated for sensitive skin because if causes less irritation. After showering, while your skin is still damp, apply a lotion with an alpha hydroxy acid, which has exfoliating and moisturizing properties that will help smooth the rough skin.
- (b) Antioxidants are great, but their main function is to prevent new sun damage from forming, rather than soften the lines you already have. Retinol can help to stimulate the growth of collagen, which plumps up skin, making lines less noticeable. Use an eye cream with retinol (bonus points if it also has protective antioxidants), then smooth on sunscreen daily. Anything more may be overkill. Layering on too many anti-aging products or using retinol creams meant for your face can irritate the thin skin around your eyes. Instead, opt for the one products designed to do the job – and do it gently.
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