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reviewed 9/12/18

Skin care

True or false?

The skin is our body's largest organ. And just about everyone wants to put their best skin forward. It takes some work to keep our skin healthy—and looking its best. Is your skin care routine up to snuff? Find out with this quick quiz.

True or false?

You should use a moisturizer every day.

True. Moisturizer keeps water in your skin to keep it from drying out. It can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and make your skin look brighter and younger. For best results, apply moisturizer to your face and body right after bathing—when your skin is still damp.

True or false?

If you have sensitive skin, use skin care products that are labeled "unscented."

False. Even when labels say "unscented," many skin care products still contain fragrances. And fragrances can leave sensitive skin feeling irritated and dry. Look for a product that says "fragrance-free" instead.

True or false?

The best way to get your face clean is to scrub it.

False. Scrubbing can irritate your skin. So try this instead: Wash your face with lukewarm water and use your fingertips to gently apply a mild cleanser. Anything rougher than your fingertips—even a washcloth—can also irritate your skin.

True or false?

You should wear sunscreen every day, rain or shine.

True. Applying sunscreen every day helps prevent skin damage that could lead to wrinkles, age spots or even skin cancer. For the best protection, use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.

True or false?

Smoking can age your skin.

True. Tobacco smoke contains chemicals that can cause premature wrinkles and leathery skin. It can also leave you with a dull and dry complexion. Just another reason to kick the habit.

What's the best way to control acne? Can medicine make your skin sensitive to the sun? Discover the answers to these and other questions you might have about caring for your skin in our health information library.

Source: American Academy of Dermatology

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