Fact or Fiction: Skin Care

Fact or Fiction: Skin Care
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If you've ever had a trickster tell you that your epidermis is showing, have no fear. Your pal is just being clever by telling you the top layer of your skin is visible. It would be pretty hard to hide all of your skin; after all, skin is the largest organ in the human body, at 22 square feet (2 square meters). Since your skin is bound to show sometime, you should know how to care for it. Test your knowledge on that very subject in this skin-tingling quiz.
Wash your face as often as possible.
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fiction
almost fact: Slow down there, partner; twice daily is all the face washing you need.
When you wash your face more than twice a day, you risk irritating your skin.

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You should drink about half a gallon (1.9 liters) of water each day to keep your skin hydrated.
fact
At least half a gallon per day should do the trick.
fiction
almost fact: You should drink closer to 2 gallons (7.5 liters) for adequate skin hydration.

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A nice hot shower is a great way to refresh your skin and clean out your pores.
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fiction
No matter the season, long, steamy showers are bad for the skin. They leave skin dry and strip needed oils from the surface. Stay lukewarm when you're in the tub.
almost fact: Hot showers don't have any effect on your skin.

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If you have dry skin, you should seek out a cleanser with a high alcohol content.
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fiction
almost fact: You'll actually want to avoid products with high alcohol contents if you suffer from dry skin.
Alcohol dries the skin, so skip if it your skin is already dry.

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Emollients are ingredients in moisturizers that retain moisture in the skin by absorbing it from the air or from lower skin layers.
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fiction
almost fact: It's actually humectants that perform that role.
Humectants retain moisture, while emollients provide moisture to the skin.

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People with oily skin shouldn't use moisturizers.
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fiction
You're not off the moisturizing hook, people with oily skin -- you just need a lightweight, oil-free formula.
almost fact: People with oily skin only need moisturizers in drier seasons.

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Don't put anything on your skin if you have eczema -- you'll only exacerbate the itching and dryness.
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fiction
People with eczema shouldn't use soap, but there are plenty of products they can use, such as non-acidic, non-soap cleansers and fragrance-free moisturizers.
almost fact: Eczema sufferers can use doctor-approved moisturizer, but nothing else.

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The chin, nose and forehead make up the T-zone.
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If you suffer from combination skin, you're probably familiar with the T-zone. The chin, nose and forehead tend to be more oily than other parts of the face.
fiction
almost fact: The T-zone is actually made up of cheeks, chin and neck.

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Only 10 percent of the population experiences acne past the age of 25.
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almost fact: Acne affects 25 percent of adults between the ages of 25 and 44.
Acne: Not just for teenagers.

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It's always important to wear sunscreen -- even on cloudy days, your skin can be exposed to 20 percent of the sun's UV rays.
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fiction
almost fact: It's actually 40 percent.
A cloudy, overcast day is no excuse not to lather on the SPF, as you'll still be exposed to almost half the sun's UV rays.

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