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Winter Skin IQ

Do you know how to prevent and treat dry skin in the winter? Test your winter skin-care IQ with our quiz.

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Winter Skin IQ
Winter Skin IQ
Question 1 of 20 Correct

True or false: For best results you should use the same cleanser throughout the year.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Depending on your skin type, a foamy cleanser might work great for summer but may be too drying for winter. Foamy cleansers contain more surfactants, which create a nice lather but also removes protective skin oils. Switch to something more gentle in winter.

Winter Skin IQ
Question 2 of 20 Correct

Which of the following can contribute to dry skin?

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The correct answer is: All of the above can strip protective oils from the skin.

Winter Skin IQ
Question 3 of 20 Correct

How long should you shower to avoid drying out your skin?

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The correct answer is: A 10-minute shower in lukewarm (not hot) water will keep your skin from losing precious oils. Keep up the hydration by using a mild soap. Pat down your skin afterward with a towel, and apply lotion to still-damp skin to seal in moisture.

Winter Skin IQ
Question 4 of 20 Correct

Why do my feet get so dry and flaky?

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The correct answer is: Your feet have fewer oil-producing glands, so they dry out more quickly than other parts of your body. Moisturize and exfoliate your feet regularly in the winter to avoid cracked soles, which can lead to infection.

Winter Skin IQ
Question 5 of 20 Correct

What causes chapped lips?

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The correct answer is: Dehydration, makeup and cold weather can all add up to chapped lips. And with winter's drier air, you may be tempted to lick your lips more often, causing your lips to chap as your saliva evaporates.

Winter Skin IQ
Question 6 of 20 Correct

True or false: Lip balm addiction is real.

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The correct answer is: This is false. No scientific evidence suggests that lip balm ingredients are addictive.

Winter Skin IQ
Question 7 of 20 Correct

When’s the best time to moisturize?

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The correct answer is: For best results, moisturize right after a shower, bath or any contact with water to lock in the moisture.

Winter Skin IQ
Question 8 of 20 Correct

Why is excessive scrubbing and styling bad for your hair?

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The correct answer is: The answer is all of the above. Proper cleansing is important for healthy hair, but too much scrubbing and rubbing will remove the natural oils needed to keep hair moisturized. Especially during cooler months, opt for a mild cleanser, and consider skipping a day between shampoos.

Winter Skin IQ
Question 9 of 20 Correct

True or false: Men should not use women's skin care products, and women should not use men's.

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The correct answer is: The answer is false. The packaging and fragrance may be different, but most men's and women's skin care products are the same. The most important factor in choosing a skin care product is skin type. Both men and women should moisturize and apply sunscreen daily, even in the winter.

Winter Skin IQ
Question 10 of 20 Correct

Which of these gadgets can help prevent dry skin in winter?

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The correct answer is: If your skin is ultra-dry during winter months, consider buying a humidifier for your home or bedroom to add extra moisture to the air.

Winter Skin IQ
Question 11 of 20 Correct

What should I look for in a moisturizer?

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The correct answer is: None of the above are important when selecting a moisturizer. It's not the price but what's inside that makes a good moisturizer. Look for one that contains lanolin, which can be found in both expensive and inexpensive brands. Stick to unscented kinds to avoid possible irritation.

Winter Skin IQ
Question 12 of 20 Correct

Why is your skin more sensitive in the winter?

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The correct answer is: During winter, when the air is much colder and drier, skin loses moisture much faster than in other seasons.

Winter Skin IQ
Question 13 of 20 Correct

True or false: I do not need to apply sunscreen in the winter.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Sunburn is surprisingly common in the winter because 80 percent of the sun's UV rays can reflect off snow. Apply sunscreen in winter to the face, neck and back of hands.

Winter Skin IQ
Question 14 of 20 Correct

What body part is most prone to windburn?

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The correct answer is: Be especially careful in the winter, when exposed areas such as your face, neck, hands and ears are most prone to windburn.

Winter Skin IQ
Question 15 of 20 Correct

Smoking will…

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The correct answer is: Smoking has a direct effect on the skin, leaving prominent lines and wrinkles, bony contours, a dull, gray color and blotchiness. That's all because smoking causes blood vessels in the outermost layers of the skin to narrow, which leads to impaired blood flow.

Winter Skin IQ
Question 16 of 20 Correct

True or False: A hydrating mask can seal in moisture for several days.

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The correct answer is: The answer is false. A hydrating mask can soothe and moisturize, but only until it's rinsed off. If you have sensitive skin, watch out for mask ingredients like fruit acids or menthol, which can cause irritation.

Winter Skin IQ
Question 17 of 20 Correct

How many times a day should I wash my face if I have dry skin?

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The correct answer is: Wash your face twice a day. Some people worry that they'll make dry skin even drier by cleansing it too much. The key is to use a mild, non-soap cleanser and to follow with moisturizer.

Winter Skin IQ
Question 18 of 20 Correct

Which skin type should use moisturizer?

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The correct answer is: The answer is all of the above. No matter what your skin type -- dry, oily, combination or normal -- moisturizing helps restore a balance to your skin.

Winter Skin IQ
Question 19 of 20 Correct

True or false: Windburn is worse than sunburn for your skin.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Windburn itself is not as serious as sunburn and will usually fade within days. Remember, though, that the two often go hand in hand, so cover exposed areas and wear sunscreen.

Winter Skin IQ
Question 20 of 20 Correct

True or false: Splashing water on my face will help moisturize my skin.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Rather than splashing water on your face, drink it up! Staying hydrated helps minimize the look of fine wrinkles and leaves you with a younger, healthier appearance.

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