Winter Beauty Woes
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Winter Beauty Woes

Cracked skin, chapped lips and flaky skin are common winter woes. Take our quiz to see how to nip them in the bud.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

During which season is the sun most damaging to your skin?

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The correct answer is: A day on the ski slopes can be more damaging than a day on the beach. That's because UV radiation increases with altitude (rays are 35% to 45% stronger at 10,000 feet than at sea level); reflectivity is greater as well. So don't skimp on sunscreen -- use SPF 30 or higher.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

Winter air often lacks moisture, causing skin to become dry and sensitive. How much water should you drink to keep your skin healthy and hydrated?

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The correct answer is: You’ve probably heard that drinking six to eight glasses of water a day is a good idea, but you may need more or less depending on your activity level. When adequately hydrated, skin looks healthier and more vibrant and is less prone to wrinkles. If you sweat heavily during a workout, guzzle more water to make up for the loss.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

Scarce sunlight can put a damper on your complexion. What can you eat to bring back a summery glow?

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The correct answer is: Some research suggests that antioxidant compounds called carotenoids, which are found in red peppers, can give complexions a warm hue similar to the golden glow of a light summer tan.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

When is the best time to moisturize your hands?

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The correct answer is: The best time to moisturize is after you get out of the bath or shower, while your skin is still damp. This will allow your skin to retain the extra water.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

You don't want to quit wearing mascara in the winter, but all the cold, windy weather makes your eyes water. What can you do?

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The correct answer is: Grab your sunglasses. Eyes water because they're dry, and while sunglasses not only protect your eyes from the sun, they can keep eyes moist by preventing tear evaporation.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

To stay warm at home, you should reach for all of these except what?

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The correct answer is: Don't crank up the thermostat! Heating systems can rob moisture from indoor air, which can lead to dry, even cracked, skin. Curl up under a warm blanket and wear warm clothes at home instead, and use a humidifier to bring moisture back into the air.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

Which of the following can you put in your bath to soothe chapped, wind-burned skin?

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The correct answer is: Milk is a super soother for chapping and windburn. Add two to four cups of whole milk (or powdered whole milk) to a warm tub and soak for twenty minutes. After your twenty-minute soak, give your body a gentle neck-to-toe scrub down with a bath brush, loofah or washcloth. This will slough off those dead cells, leaving skin smoother and softer.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

What's the best remedy for lips that are cracked by wind and cold?

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The correct answer is: For cracking and inflammation in the corners of the mouth, apply zinc oxide to the corners of your mouth. Zinc seals in moisture and acts as an anti-inflammatory and anti-yeast agent.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

Yikes - the winter weather has really done a number on your hair. Which of these should you avoid next time you shampoo?

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The correct answer is: Try to avoid all of the above if winter is taking its toll on your tresses. When hair is wet, it is more vulnerable to breakage, so avoid vigorously towel drying. And excessive heat from blow drying can cause breakage, too. Best bet: Let your hair air dry, and brush it only after it is dry.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

What one item can you use to moisturize your scalp, hair, nails and lips during the winter?

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The correct answer is: Olive oil's not just a go-to ingredient in the kitchen; it can help moisturize pretty much your entire body. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil for a pleasing fragrance.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

How often should you bathe to keep your skin hydrated in the winter?

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The correct answer is: If you're prone to dry, sensitive skin in the winter, try bathing every other day to retain the skin’s natural oils.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

Which herb can help heal dry skin?

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The correct answer is: Studies show that lavender essential oil hydrates and improves dry or scaly skin.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

In the winter, your nails become extra brittle and your cuticles crack. What should you do?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Rubbing petroleum jelly, vitamin E or a cuticle cream into the cuticles at night will keep them moisturized and also promote nail strength. Wear gloves when washing dishes or cleaning to prevent nails from becoming brittle, and don't use nail polish remover that contains formaldehyde or acetone, both of which are drying.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

Not all lip balms are created equal. Which one of the following is safest for your lips?

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The correct answer is: None of the above. Mineral oil creates a film on your lips that fools your skin into thinking it can stop producing its own oils. Products with added colors, flavors and fragrances also can cause drying and irritation. Look for a lip balm that's free of these ingredients, and make sure it contains sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

What type of exfoliant is best for dry, winter-damaged skin?

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The correct answer is: Experts recommend using an enzyme-based exfoliant because it's gentle and won't irritate or further dry out your skin.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

What should you do right after using an exfoliant?

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The correct answer is: Be sure to moisturize after applying an exfoliant. Your skin has been stripped of its uppermost layer and needs that moisture and protective barrier replenished.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

Which of the following drinks can help keep your skin healthy and hydrated?

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The correct answer is: For your afternoon cuppa, reach for some herbal tea instead of coffee or soda, which likely contain caffeine. Caffeine, like alcohol, is a diuretic, meaning it draws water out of your system and skin.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

You're already slathering on sunscreen in the winter, but you want some extra protection. What should you do?

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The correct answer is: Stock up on sweet, juicy oranges. The reason? Oranges are ripe with naringenin, a naturally occurring flavanone that may help shield skin from ultraviolet (UV) rays. According to RealAge, some studies suggest naringenin may shield skin from UV rays. While it won't replace regular sunscreen use, researchers hope it may help stop skin-cell death.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

Winter wind is a common trigger of rosacea. Which of the following may make a flare-up worse?

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The correct answer is: Wool is not recommended for people with rosacea because its rough texture can irritate the skin. Wear a scarf made of cotton fleece or another soft material instead.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

Winter weather causes dandruff for many people. What's the best thing to do to avoid a flaky scalp?

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The correct answer is: Medicated shampoos are your best defense against dandruff. Look for antimicrobial and antifungal shampoos. Another, less-proven remedy: Try rinsing your hair with cool green tea. Green tea contains a polyphenol called EGCG that's been shown to fight scalp dryness. However, like so many other herbal remedies, studies haven't proved the effectiveness.

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