How old is your skin? Take the test and find out.
August 19, 2015
What’s your real skin age?
Birthdays are only one aspect of how we determine how old our skin is. The fact is, how you treat yourself can keep your complexion youthful – or leave it looking older than its years. Take this test to see how your skin rates. What you will be doing is using your age and either subtracting or adding to that age depending on how you answer each question. Try not to look at the answers as you complete the questions. Let’s see how you do.
- How does your Mother look for her age?
a. My Mother looks amazing
b. Not bad – she actually looks younger than her age
c. Basically, she looks about her age
d. She looks older than her age.
Your Mother’s appearance can give you a clue about how genetics will affect your skin over time.
- Describe your natural skin colour
a. Paler than skim milk
b. Somewhere between a flat white and latte
c. A shade of mocha
d. Rich and dark, like espresso
The pigment in naturally darker skin offers some UV protection that can slow the ageing process.
- How has your weight changed since high school?
a. I can still get into my graduation outfit.
b. I’ve shrunk from my high school size
c. I’ve gained a few pounds
d. Like hemlines, my weight goes up and down over the seasons
Weight changes stress your skin, but as you get older, some fat on your face will keep it looking fuller and younger.
- Where in the country have you lived the longest?
c. South east
d. West or north west
It’s no coincidence that sunnier climates have the highest rate of skin cancer.
- Describe your level of activity:
a. Filling out this quiz is a workout
b. I work out when I can fit it into my schedule, but I’m not a fanatic about it
c. I have a regular spot in Spin class
d. I spend more hours at the gym than the trainers do
Exercise improves circulation, reduces stress, and lowers blood pressure – all help preserve your skin’s health. But too much activity can counteract all the good you’re doing.
- Pinch the fleshy part of your hand between your thumb and index finger. How many seconds does it take for the skin to bounce back?
a. Less than a second
b. 2 to 3 seconds
c. 4 to 5 seconds
d. More than 5 seconds
The faster the rebound, the stronger your skin’s collagen and elastin, both firming proteins.
- Which of the following statements best describes your sunning habits?
a. I’ve never burned or had a serious suntan
b. I haven’t been sun tanning since I was a teenager – and now I’m vigilant about using daily sun protection
c. I occasionally use a sun tanning bed during the off-season
d. I tan myself often, either by sitting in the sun or using a tanning bed.
Damage from UV rays is the biggest threat to your skin. The more unprotected exposure you’ve had, the older you’re likely to look.
- Which term best describes your skin type?
b. Normal or combination
d. Dry, sensitive and flushes easily”’
Oily skin is rich in natural moisturizers believed to keep skin supple. Dryness and irritation cause damage below the surface that adds up over time.
- Tick each product below that is part of your regular skin-care routine:
Sunscreen or moisturizer with sunscreen
Antioxidant cream or cleanser with exfoliants
Anti aging creams and serums for eyes, face and skin.
Subtract two points for each product ticked.
Using each of these products has proven anti-ageing, skin-preserving benefits.
10. What are your bad habits? (You can select more than one answer)
Eating more junk food than fresh produce
Smoking (any amount, ever)
Drinking (more than 3 drinks at a time, more than 3 days of the week)
Bad bedtime routine (regularly going to bed without washing your face or getting less than six hours of sleep at night)
Add a point for each habit you ticked.
Smoking and drinking expose healthy cells to damaging toxins. And without enough sleep and nutrients, your skin can’t repair the damage.
Add or subtract your total to your age. The result is your skin’s actual age.
If your skin is…
YOUNGER THAN YOU
Clearly you’ve been doing all the right things. But you may also want to give a big kiss to your Mother and Father, because you got lucky in the gene pool.
THE SAME AGE AS YOU
Not bad, but why settle? Remember, heredity aside, your actions play a big part in how good your skin looks. So step up the program. And if you’re not using any anti ageing formulas, start now!
OLDER THAN YOU
It’s not too late to turn back the clock. Start a daily skin-care regimen ( you’ll need all four anti-agers from question 9), hit the gym, and unload the bad habits.