Fact or Fiction: Choosing Daily Skin Care Products

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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.
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almost fact: If the product is all-natural or organic, it won't be irritating if it's scented.
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It doesn't matter if the product is natural or organic -- people with dry or sensitive skin should steer clear of scented cleansers.

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Facial cleansers should always be soap-free.
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almost fact: Yes --but only if you have dry or sensitive skin.
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No matter what skin type you have, facial cleansers should always be soap-free.

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People with very dry skin should use foaming facial cleansers.
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almost fact: The ingredient list is more important than the type of cleanser.
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Foaming cleansers are too drying for very dry skin -- a creamy cleanser is the way to go.

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Facial cleansers that include alcohol should also be avoided by people with dry and/or sensitive skin.
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almost fact: People with dry skin could actually benefit from a little alcohol in their facial cleanser.
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People with dry and/or sensitive skin should always go alcohol-free, but it's OK for oily skin.

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If you have oily skin, try an acidic cleanser.
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almost fact: People with oily skin should use humectant cleansers.
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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.

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People with dry or sensitive skin should use exfoliating products that contain salicyclic acid.
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almost fact: Exfoliation isn't good for dry or sensitive skin.
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Exfoliation can harm dry or sensitive skin, so it should be avoided.

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Even if you have oily skin, you should moisturize every day.
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almost fact: Yes, but be careful to use an oil-free moisturizer.
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Contrary to popular belief, moisturizers aren't for everybody. They're great for dry skin, but can make oily skin even worse.

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Moisturizers that contain alcohol can wreak havoc on sensitive skin.
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almost fact: You should watch out for cleansers that include alcohol, but moisturizers don't.
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Yes, many moisturizers do contain alcohol, so those with sensitive skin should read ingredient lists carefully.

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Some sunscreens use chemical means to block UV rays (like avobenzone or oxybenzone) and some are physical (zinc oxide or titanium dioxide).
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almost fact: It's the other way around -- physical sunscreens use avobenzone or oxybenzone.
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The original statement is correct. There's really no difference in effectiveness between chemical and physical sunblocks, though.

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Cosmeceutical products, like vitamin-C night creams, are not a good substitute for eating foods with vitamin C.
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almost fact: Cosmeceuticals aren't tightly regulated like other products, but they could be beneficial.
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If you don't get enough vitamins from your diet, you might try a vitamin-C cream or another product that contains antioxidants.

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Facial moisturizers work by blocking water from escaping from your skin.
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almost fact: They can also draw water from the inner layers of the skin toward the top.
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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.

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People with oilier skin should keep an eye out for noncomedogenic facial products.
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almost fact: Everyone should use noncomedogenic products.
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Most people probably could benefit from noncomedogenic (nonclogging) products, but they're most important for oily skin.

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Inexpensive drugstore skin products work just as well as the fancy stuff.
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almost fact: That can be true, but when in doubt, buy the more expensive product. They usually work better.
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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.

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You should stick with the same skin products year-round -- what works in the summer will work in the winter.
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almost fact: You should switch them up with the seasons.
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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.

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If you're looking to rid yourself of wrinkles, products that contain retinol are your best bet.
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almost fact: Retinol is OK, but alpha hydroxy acids are better.
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Among over-the-counter products, retionl (a vitamin A compound) has shown the most promise for temporary wrinkle reduction.

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Some moisturizers contain synthetic humectants, which can exfoliate dead skin cells and trigger new skin growth.
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almost fact: It's synthetic parabens.
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Yes, moisturizers can exfoliate, too, but it's hydroxy acids that do the job.

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If you want to even out your skin tone, products with soy compounds could do the trick.
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almost fact: Soy compounds are good for unclogging the pores and clearing up acne.
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Soy compounds may even out skin tone and build collagen fibers that give skin its smooth texture.

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If you're using a cleanser that contains retinol, you might want to avoid moisturizers with vitamin E -- they don't interact well.
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almost fact: You should avoid vitamin C.
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Retinol is derived from vitamin A, which doesn't go well with vitamin C.

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People with normal skin should use oil-based facial moisturizers with silicone-derived ingredients.
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almost fact: The moisturizer should be water-based.
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Normal skin needs non-greasy, water-based products with silicone-derived ingredients -- oil-based products are really just for dry skin.

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No matter what other ingredients you seek out in a daily facial moisturizer, No. 1 should be sunscreen.
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almost fact: Take care of your skin-type needs first, then add sunscreen.
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We can't say it enough -- the most important additive in a daily facial moisturizer is sunscreen.

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