What’s Your Skincare IQ?

Think you know skincare? Put your know-how to the test.

Which of the following is considered by most derms to be the gold-standard ingredient for anti-aging?
a) Retinol (a vitamin A derivative)
b) Hyaluronic acid
c) Petroleum jelly

How often should we use sunscreen?
a) Every day, year-round (we’re exposed to UV rays even when it’s cold and cloudy out).
b) When the sun is scorching hot, and we’re out long enough to burn.
c) When we’re on a beach vacation.

What’s the best way to start using retinol?
a) Ease into it. Use it once or twice a week, then every other day, then gradually transition to daily use.
b) You can start using it daily so long as you moisturize afterwards to ward off dryness.
c) Just slather it on — your skin will get used to it.

What skin type should use vitamin C?
a) All skin types can benefit from its power to tackle dark spots, add radiance and boost collagen production.
b) It’s mostly for people with aging skin who want a powerful antioxidant.
c) It’s only for a small number of people with sensitive and stressed-out skin.

What is hyaluronic acid most famously capable of doing?
a) Hydrating parched skin by holding 1,000 times its weight in water.
b) Plumping up fine lines.
c) Clearing up acne breakouts.

If You Picked Mostly As…
A+ for the skincare savant

In your circle of friends, you’re the skinfluencer everyone asks for product advice — the As in this quiz are the best answers. You’re well acquainted with the trends and hero ingredients (like, say, the derm-approved retinol that powers Shiseido Vital Perfection Intensive WrinkleSpot Treatment).

If You Picked Mostly Bs…
Solid effort, skincare sophomore

You’re not a novice — you may not know exactly how they work, but you’re definitely aware of the hype around buzzy ingredients like hyaluronic acid (the hydration booster in Clinique Smart Clinical™ MD Multi-Dimensional Age Transformer Duo Resculpt + Revolumize). You’ll soon be on your way to acing expert status.

If You Picked Mostly Cs...
We all start somewhere, skincare beginner

You’re curious about skincare, but you’re still figuring out fact from fiction. Psst, the Cs in this quiz are wrong answers. Not to worry; with a little more education, your beauty future can be as bright as your skin after using vitamin C (the key ingredient in Estée Lauder Perfectionist Pro Rapid Brightening Treatment).