Fact or Fiction: Choosing Daily Skin Care Products

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Blindly selecting a cleanser and moisturizer could work out -- or it could leave your skin a complete mess. This quiz should help you narrow it down.

If you have dry or sensitive skin, stick with the basics -- mild, unscented cleansers.

It doesn't matter if the product is natural or organic -- people with dry or sensitive skin should steer clear of scented cleansers.


Facial cleansers should always be soap-free.

No matter what skin type you have, facial cleansers should always be soap-free.


People with very dry skin should use foaming facial cleansers.

Foaming cleansers are too drying for very dry skin -- a creamy cleanser is the way to go.


Facial cleansers that include alcohol should also be avoided by people with dry and/or sensitive skin.

People with dry and/or sensitive skin should always go alcohol-free, but it's OK for oily skin.


If you have oily skin, try an acidic cleanser.

An oily epidermis can benefit from an acidic cleanser, like an alpha-hydroxy product, which does a better job of breaking up sebum -- the skin's oily secretion that can lead to clogged pores.


People with dry or sensitive skin should use exfoliating products that contain salicyclic acid.

Exfoliation can harm dry or sensitive skin, so it should be avoided.


Even if you have oily skin, you should moisturize every day.

Contrary to popular belief, moisturizers aren't for everybody. They're great for dry skin, but can make oily skin even worse.


Moisturizers that contain alcohol can wreak havoc on sensitive skin.

Yes, many moisturizers do contain alcohol, so those with sensitive skin should read ingredient lists carefully.


Some sunscreens use chemical means to block UV rays (like avobenzone or oxybenzone) and some are physical (zinc oxide or titanium dioxide).

The original statement is correct. There's really no difference in effectiveness between chemical and physical sunblocks, though.


Cosmeceutical products, like vitamin-C night creams, are not a good substitute for eating foods with vitamin C.

If you don't get enough vitamins from your diet, you might try a vitamin-C cream or another product that contains antioxidants.


Facial moisturizers work by blocking water from escaping from your skin.

They can work both ways. Occlusive moisturizers block water from escaping, and humectant moisturizers draw water from the inner dermis toward the top the of skin.


People with oilier skin should keep an eye out for noncomedogenic facial products.

Most people probably could benefit from noncomedogenic (nonclogging) products, but they're most important for oily skin.


Inexpensive drugstore skin products work just as well as the fancy stuff.

There are exceptions to every rule, of course, but the key is to examine the list of ingredients. Many drugstore products contain the same active ingredients as the pricey products.


You should stick with the same skin products year-round -- what works in the summer will work in the winter.

The time of year that you shop for a daily facial moisturizer can influence what type you should buy -- typically, winter calls for heavier, more moisturizing products.


If you're looking to rid yourself of wrinkles, products that contain retinol are your best bet.

Among over-the-counter products, retionl (a vitamin A compound) has shown the most promise for temporary wrinkle reduction.


Some moisturizers contain synthetic humectants, which can exfoliate dead skin cells and trigger new skin growth.

Yes, moisturizers can exfoliate, too, but it's hydroxy acids that do the job.


If you want to even out your skin tone, products with soy compounds could do the trick.

Soy compounds may even out skin tone and build collagen fibers that give skin its smooth texture.


If you're using a cleanser that contains retinol, you might want to avoid moisturizers with vitamin E -- they don't interact well.

Retinol is derived from vitamin A, which doesn't go well with vitamin C.


People with normal skin should use oil-based facial moisturizers with silicone-derived ingredients.

Normal skin needs non-greasy, water-based products with silicone-derived ingredients -- oil-based products are really just for dry skin.


No matter what other ingredients you seek out in a daily facial moisturizer, No. 1 should be sunscreen.

We can't say it enough -- the most important additive in a daily facial moisturizer is sunscreen.


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