What's The Right Anti-Aging Routine For You?

BEAUTY&FASHION

By: Katie Ormsby

5 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

No matter what you're doing to take care of your skin, there's always more that can be done. But diving into the world of anti-aging skincare and pinpointing the right routine for your skin can be daunting. There are so many creams, serums and treatments to sort through. Thankfully, you don't have to figure it out on your own. 

Since everyone's skin is different, there's no one-size-fits-all anti-aging regimen. It's crucial to not only take into account your skin type and how it reacts to new products, but also to zero in on the main thing you're hoping to accomplish. If you want to brighten your complexion and lighten dark spots, antioxidant serums can make a difference. But which one? Those battling fine lines and wrinkles have topical and injectable options to consider. You've probably heard some of the anti-wrinkle buzzwords — retinol, botox, fillers — but you might not know what sets each option apart. Whatever your anti-aging goal, this quiz will help you figure out the type of routine that can get you there.  

With the right routine, age is only a number, after all. So, let's get started! 

If you want to fade dark spots, which popular anti-aging ingredient can help?

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, all three of these ingredients can help fade dark spots. So if you're targeting sunspots, age spots or acne scars, consider anti-aging products with at least one of them.

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You need a prescription to use retinol.

Both retinol and prescription retinoid products are vitamin A derivatives, but retinol has a lower concentration of the active ingredient and is available over the counter. With drugstore options starting as low as $10, you can get retinol products at every price point. The powerhouse anti-aging ingredient can help smooth fine lines by causing cell turnover and encouraging collagen production, according to "SELF."

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What's the minimum SPF most commonly recommended?

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends a sunscreen with broad-spectrum UVB and UVA protection that's at least SPF 30. From fine lines to dark spots, sun exposure is a major contributor to aging your skin. Easily incorporate protection into your routine with moisturizers and makeup formulated with SPF.

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Do you know which of these wrinkle treatments work by relaxing crease-causing muscles?

When fine lines and wrinkles are getting too stubborn for topical treatments, it may be time to talk to your dermatologist about injectables. Botox relaxes crease-causing muscles like frown and forehead lines, while fillers work by restoring volume to your skin, according to "Real Simple."

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How long do hyaluronic acid fillers typically last?

Hyaluronic acid fillers need to be touched up because they start to break down after about six months, according to "SELF." They degrade over time, but according to "Allure," they can last for up to two years. They just won't work as well as they did the first few months after injection. Most fillers are made with hyaluronic acid, though there is a longer-lasting option on the market — Bellafill. It's a type of filler made with collagen and polymethylmethacrylate microspheres. Bellafill is FDA-approved to last for up to five years.

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You probably know that you shouldn't sleep in makeup, but do you know why?

Besides leaving behind a dirty pillowcase, sleeping in makeup can wreak havoc on your skin. According to "HuffPost" and "Bustle," makeup residue can clog pores, allow free radicals to linger and break down collagen, and leave skin dry and irritated.

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Which of these steps most likely doesn't need to be a part of your daily skincare routine?

Over-exfoliating can strip your skin of natural oils and cause irritation. According to "Glamour," daily exfoliation can even lead to wrinkles by thinning your skin and slowing down cell turnover. "Allure" recommends exfoliating three times a week or less.

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It's common for skin to take about a month to adjust to retinol.

During the first month of using retinol, skin goes through "retinization." It's common to experience dryness during this period. "SELF" recommends applying retinol after moisturizing and using it twice a week, gradually adding a day until you're using it daily.

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When it's time to get some beauty sleep, which of these sleep positions is best for your skin?

Sleeping on your side or stomach applies pressure to your face, which can lead to fine lines, according to "Health." If you can't fall asleep on your back, switching from a cotton to a silk or satin pillowcase can help since it's smoother and pulls less on skin. Bonus points: That smooth texture can help keep hair from frizzing and tangling.

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To help prevent fine lines, how should you apply anti-aging creams and lotions?

Patting lotion onto skin can help prevent fine lines because it's gentler and pulls less on skin than rubbing in lotion does, according to "Cosmopolitan." The method has been popularized by the spread of Japanese and South Korean skincare regimens, according to "Allure."

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