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Healthy Skin Habits

Know what it takes to get and keep healthy, glowing skin? Test your skin-care smarts here.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

True or false: Deep breathing is good for your skin.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Deep breathing helps tackle stress, which can age you. Shift your body's balance of oxygen versus carbon dioxide in favor of energizing, stress-squashing oxygen by doing slow, controlled breathing exercises twice a day.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

Why is exercising good for your skin?

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The correct answer is: According to RealAge, staying active boosts circulation, which delivers more nutrients to cells and skin.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

What should you eat more of for healthy skin?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. To eat for healthy skin and a healthy body, try to reduce the allure of sugary, fatty foods by eating more lean protein: fish, eggs, poultry, low-fat dairy foods and walnuts.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

How many hours should you sleep each night for healthy skin?

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The correct answer is: When it comes to healthy skin, there’s no substitute for a good night’s sleep. Make it a goal to sleep as many hours as you need to feel alive and productive the next day—all day.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

True or false: Sex is good for the skin.

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The correct answer is: This is true. All kinds of age-defying, beauty-promoting events happen during sex as three hormones spill out of the brain: endorphin, a natural opiate, which contributes to that delicious high; prolactin, which gives you that relaxing, tension-zapping feeling and soothing oxytocin, which promotes feelings of affection.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

Which of the following helps keep your skin firm and bright?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. These foods help replenish your skin's supply of antioxidants, so they're ready to scarf up free radicals whenever they make an appearance. Free radicals are highly reactive oxygen molecules that damage cells and contribute to just about everything that can go wrong with skin, from dryness to wrinkles.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

Which citrus fruit is the top source of wrinkle-fighting vitamin C?

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The correct answer is: Ounce for ounce, oranges are the top citrus source of vitamin C. And vitamin C helps keep collagen -- the supportive protein fibers that stop skin from sagging—strong and resilient. Since collagen breakdown really picks up in your mid-30s, eat citrus early and often to head off aging.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

Why is drinking green tea good for your skin?

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The correct answer is: All of the above.The EGCG in green tea puts a damper on inflammatory chemicals involved in acne and sun-related skin aging and helps prevent skin cancer. Its L-theanine, a de-tensing amino acid, staunches the flow of the stress hormone cortisol to help keep collagen fibers intact.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

What happens to your skin if it doesn't have enough vitamin A?

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The correct answer is: Vitamin A supports skin-cell turnover. Without enough A, skin becomes dry, tough and scaly.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

True or false: Omega-3 fatty acids boost the effects of your sunscreen's SPF.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Omega-3s, found in fish like salmon, tuna and trout, fight inflammation -- now considered one of the top skin agers—and they also help protect against sunburn, enhancing the effects of your sunscreen's SPF.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

How much zinc do you need to keep your skin's RealAge young?

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The correct answer is: The recommended daily amount is 15 mg, which can be found in most multivitamins. But aim to get a little more from oysters, fortified breakfast cereals, meat, chickpeas, lentils, dairy foods and nuts.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

What do you need to take care of your face?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. When it comes to taking care of your face, you only need a few products, and you can pick them up at your local drugstore.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

What skin color is most likely to get keloid scars?

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The correct answer is: Keloid scars, which are more common in dark skin, are raised and have spread into the surrounding normal skin. They require special treatment and the help of a dermatologist to shrink.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

How can you shrink a scar?

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The correct answer is: If you gently massage the healing area a couple of times per day for about a month after the stitches are out, it will help remodel collagen, breaking it up and reducing scarring. Two treatments that also help are Curad Scar Therapy and Scarguard.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

What time of day is the best to take a beauty nap?

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The correct answer is: Set aside 30 minutes for a nap before 3 p.m. If you nap too late in the day, you can disrupt your nighttime sleep. It can help you live longer, stay more active and look younger.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

If your face is breaking out, how often should you wash with a benzoyl peroxide cleanser

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The correct answer is: According to RealAge, if your face is breaking out, wash with a benzoyl peroxide cleanser once per day (morning, night or after exercise).

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

What do experts recommend for dull, flaky, oily or red skin?

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The correct answer is: Salicylic acid exfoliates dead, dry skin cells while calming inflammation. You can use a wash or toner once a day.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

True or false: There's not much you can do for uneven pigmentation.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Face serums or creams containing polyphenols or other skin-protecting antioxidants derived from green tea or coffee berries can help. Rub them on at night and look for 90% polyphenols on product labels.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

How long can it take to see retinol's effect on brown spots?

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The correct answer is: It can take up to six months to see the benefits of retinol, a vitamin-A based treatment that helps reduce the look of brown spots and exfoliates dry, dead skin cells.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

True or false: Zinc oxide is the best sunscreen you can use.

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The correct answer is: This is false. There are two "best" sunscreens -- one is zinc oxide and the other is titanium dioxide sunscreen with an SPF 30. Be sure to apply a layer that's 1 millimeter thick and reapply frequently to prevent skin cancer.

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Staying out of the sun and away from tanning beds is the easiest way to get great-looking skin. The suns UVB and UVA rays cause skin damage, which is prematurely aging, and skin cancer. Every day you should wear a broad-spectrum s...

unscreen, which blocks UVB and UVA rays, with an SPF of 15 or higher. Reapply at least every two hours while outdoors. For a dewy glow, use skin-care products with 10 ingredients or less to reduce irritation, use moisturizer and feed your skin from within. Dark chocolate and antioxidant-rich foods such as cantaloupe, citrus fruits, blueberries and leafy greens improve the skin’s appearance.
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