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Wrinkles Quiz: Common Causes and Home Fixes

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Using a moisturizer can make wrinkles less noticeable.

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Using a moisturizer can make wrinkles less noticeable.

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Explanation: Dermatologists recommend using moisturizer to plump up fine lines and make your complexion look younger. A good moisturizer can protect your skin from drying out, which leads to wrinkles. Many products that promise wrinkle reduction in 24 to 48 hours contain moisturizer as a top ingredient.

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What's the top cause of wrinkles?

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What's the top cause of wrinkles?

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Explanation: Long-term sun exposure and damage from the sun's ultraviolet light leads to photoaging, which causes most wrinkles and undesirable skin changes.


Of course, staying out of the sun and wearing UV-protective clothing are the best ways to prevent wrinkles, but not many of us will really do that. So, using a broad-spectrum sunscreen (offering UVA and UVB protection with an SPF of 30 or higher) every day is the most effective realistic way -- to protect skin and look younger.

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You don't need to wear sunscreen if you're inside most of the day.

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You don't need to wear sunscreen if you're inside most of the day.

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Explanation: Even just a little sun time can age skin and increase cancer risk. If you're outside only briefly or driving in a car, makeup foundation or a tinted moisturizer with SPF protection is probably enough. This is also true if you're inside but sit near a window; UVA rays, which cause aging, can penetrate glass. Only products that offer an SPF value of 30 or higher can claim to protect against early aging and cancer.

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Smiling causes wrinkles.

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Smiling causes wrinkles.

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Explanation: Smiling -- along with squinting, frowning, and other repetitive facial expressions -- makes fine lines and wrinkles more prominent over time because skin loses elasticity as we age. And those facial exercises some of us do to try to improve muscle tone? They actually have the opposite effect.

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Which can help make skin look younger?

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Which can help make skin look younger?

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Explanation: Products with retinoids, alpha-hydroxy acids, and azelaic acid have been shown to treat signs of aging and make skin look younger. Retinoic acid, which is derived from vitamin A, can partially reverse photoaging changes. Azelaic acid and alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) are natural-based acids that can be used to exfoliate and lighten discolorations.

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What you think is an age spot could be a sign of skin cancer.

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What you think is an age spot could be a sign of skin cancer.

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Explanation: Be careful not to dismiss skin changes as harmless age spots. What you may believe is an age spot could turn out to be melanoma (or another type of skin cancer). So it's important to see a dermatologist for anything noticeably new and different with your skin.


Non-cancerous spots can usually be removed or lightened with skin-bleaching products.

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Wrinkles start to show up in smokers as young as:

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Wrinkles start to show up in smokers as young as:

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Explanation: It's no secret that smoking can age you. One study showed the appearance of facial wrinkles under a microscope in smokers as young as 20. Odds are high that long-term smokers will develop deeply wrinkled, leathery skin. But smokers who quit the habit show less facial wrinkling and improved skin tone when they stop, so that's another reason to stub out the cigarettes.

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Women get more wrinkles around the mouth than men.

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Women get more wrinkles around the mouth than men.

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Explanation: Women get more wrinkles and deeper lines around the lips (called perioral wrinkles) than their male counterparts, according to researchers in the Netherlands. Men have more sweat glands and better circulation around the mouth, which may explain why they are less prone to these wrinkles.

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Dressing in this color may make you appear more attractive on a webcam.

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Dressing in this color may make you appear more attractive on a webcam.

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Explanation: Researchers have found that dressing in red can make women look more attractive, especially to potential mates. So if you're worried that webcams are unflattering, don't rush to schedule a facelift. After all, beauty is more than skin deep.

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Taking off eye makeup causes wrinkles.

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Taking off eye makeup causes wrinkles.

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Explanation: Rubbing your eyes to get rid of mascara and eyeliner won't give you wrinkles. But if you tug and aren't gentle when you whisk away eye makeup, the skin around your eyes can get irritated and that can temporarily make it look wrinkly. For best results, moisten a cotton ball with eye makeup remover and gently wipe away eye makeup every night before you go to bed.

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When should you start anti-aging skin treatments?

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When should you start anti-aging skin treatments?

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Explanation: Technically, sunscreen is the best anti-aging treatment and you should've started that when you were a baby. In your 20s, you can use retinoids and topical antioxidants to keep your skin young and healthy.


"I have always believed it is easier to keep someone looking young than to take someone and make them look young," says dermatologist Lisa M. Donofrio from the Yale University School of Medicine.

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Leaving your makeup on at night can cause wrinkles.

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Leaving your makeup on at night can cause wrinkles.

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Explanation: Going to bed with a face full of makeup won't make you wrinkly, but it sure isn't good for your skin. Some makeup can clog your pores and that can lead to breakouts. No matter how tired you are, take a few minutes to wash and moisturize before bed.


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