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Fact or Fiction: Choosing Daily Skin Care Products
by Staff
Blindly selecting a cleanser and moisturizer could work out -- or it could leave your skin a complete mess. This quiz should help you narrow it down.

If you have dry or sensitive skin, stick with the basics -- mild, unscented cleansers.

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  • almost fact: If the product is all-natural or organic, it won't be irritating if it's scented.

Facial cleansers should always be soap-free.

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  • almost fact: Yes --but only if you have dry or sensitive skin.

People with very dry skin should use foaming facial cleansers.

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  • almost fact: The ingredient list is more important than the type of cleanser.

Facial cleansers that include alcohol should also be avoided by people with dry and/or sensitive skin.

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  • almost fact: People with dry skin could actually benefit from a little alcohol in their facial cleanser.

If you have oily skin, try an acidic cleanser.

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  • almost fact: People with oily skin should use humectant cleansers.

People with dry or sensitive skin should use exfoliating products that contain salicyclic acid.

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  • almost fact: Exfoliation isn't good for dry or sensitive skin.

Even if you have oily skin, you should moisturize every day.

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  • almost fact: Yes, but be careful to use an oil-free moisturizer.

Moisturizers that contain alcohol can wreak havoc on sensitive skin.

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  • almost fact: You should watch out for cleansers that include alcohol, but moisturizers don't.

Some sunscreens use chemical means to block UV rays (like avobenzone or oxybenzone) and some are physical (zinc oxide or titanium dioxide).

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  • almost fact: It's the other way around -- physical sunscreens use avobenzone or oxybenzone.

Cosmeceutical products, like vitamin-C night creams, are not a good substitute for eating foods with vitamin C.

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  • almost fact: Cosmeceuticals aren't tightly regulated like other products, but they could be beneficial.

Facial moisturizers work by blocking water from escaping from your skin.

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  • almost fact: They can also draw water from the inner layers of the skin toward the top.

People with oilier skin should keep an eye out for noncomedogenic facial products.

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  • almost fact: Everyone should use noncomedogenic products.

Inexpensive drugstore skin products work just as well as the fancy stuff.

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  • almost fact: That can be true, but when in doubt, buy the more expensive product. They usually work better.

You should stick with the same skin products year-round -- what works in the summer will work in the winter.

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  • almost fact: You should switch them up with the seasons.

If you're looking to rid yourself of wrinkles, products that contain retinol are your best bet.

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  • almost fact: Retinol is OK, but alpha hydroxy acids are better.

Some moisturizers contain synthetic humectants, which can exfoliate dead skin cells and trigger new skin growth.

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  • almost fact: It's synthetic parabens.

If you want to even out your skin tone, products with soy compounds could do the trick.

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  • almost fact: Soy compounds are good for unclogging the pores and clearing up acne.

If you're using a cleanser that contains retinol, you might want to avoid moisturizers with vitamin E -- they don't interact well.

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  • almost fact: You should avoid vitamin C.

People with normal skin should use oil-based facial moisturizers with silicone-derived ingredients.

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  • almost fact: The moisturizer should be water-based.

No matter what other ingredients you seek out in a daily facial moisturizer, No. 1 should be sunscreen.

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  • almost fact: Take care of your skin-type needs first, then add sunscreen.