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Posted Jun 10 2009 6:43pm

Are you curious how old your skin really is? I came across this interesting quiz on WebMD to find out the real age of your skin, but it was originally published in Good Housekeeping magazine.

This is no ordinary beauty quiz. It was created for The Mind-Beauty Connection by Amy Wechsler, M.D., by two scientists — Axel Goetz, M.D., Ph.D., and Harriet Imrey, Ph.D., both researchers with RealAge, an anti-aging Website in San Diego — who pored over a decade’s worth of peer-reviewed scholarly papers to find a scientifically valid way to measure how old you look versus how old you are. Before you answer the 13 questions on the next page, either shower or wash your face; then dry off and rub in some moisturizer (it won’t affect your visual exam). Look in the mirror without smiling. Finally, add up your score using the box below. (Note: You must be between the ages of 27 and 81 to get a valid result.)


How Old Is Your Skin?

1. Is the skin of your cheeks (and maybe your forehead, too) smooth or sagging?  
A.  Smooth
B.  Somewhat sagging
C.  Sagging and forming jowls on my jawline

2. Do you have bags under your eyes?  
A.  No
B.  Small ones
C.  Distinct bags  

3. Are your upper eyelids drooping, almost touching your upper lashes?  
A.  No
B.  Slightly
C.  Definitely

4. Do you see fine lines on your forehead and/or cheeks?  
A.  No
B.  Some
C.  Quite a few

5. Do you see deep wrinkles on your cheeks?  
A.  No
B.  Yes, some deepening wrinkles
C.  Yes, several deep wrinkles

6. Do you see smile lines leading from the corners of your nostrils to the corners of your mouth?  
A.  No
B.  Yes, soft lines
C.  Yes, very clear lines

7. Do you see crow’s feet at the outer corners of your eyes?  
A.  No
B.  Yes, slight lines
C.  Yes, marked lines

8. Do you see wrinkles under your eyes?  
A.  No
B.  Yes, fine wrinkles
C.  Yes, very marked wrinkles

9. Are there any frown lines running horizontally across your forehead and/or vertically between your eyebrows?  
A.  No
B.  Yes, slight lines
C.  Yes, very marked lines

10. Do you see fine vertical lines above your upper lip?  
A.  No
B.  Yes, a few
C.  Yes, many

11. Do you see fine up-and-down lines on your lips?  
A.  No
B.  Yes, some
C.  Yes, many

12. Instead of the coloring on your cheeks or forehead being even, do you have any small red dots or uneven coloring?  
A.  No
B.  Some dots or uneven coloring
C.  A lot of dots and uneven coloring

13. Do you have any milia on your forehead or cheeks (milia are small bumps that look like little whiteheads but don’t go away)?  
A.  No
B.  Yes

Determining your skin’s age

To figure out just how young or old your skin really is, circle the points for each answer, then add them up.
1. a=0; b=3; c=6
2. a=0; b=1.5; c=3
3. a=0; b=1.5; c=3
4. a=0; b=1.5; c=2.5
5. a=0; b=1; c=2
6. a=0; b=0.5; c=1.5
7. a=0; b=0.5; c=1.5
8. a=0; b=0.5; c=1.5
9. a=0; b=0.5; c=1.5
10. a=0; b=1; c=2
11. a=0; b=1; c=2
12. a=0; b=7; c=14
13. a=0; b=5

Determining your skin’s age continued…


Did your skin turn out to be younger, equal to, or older than your chronological age? If it’s older, don’t panic. Just imagine how good you’re going to feel when you take up to seven years off your face with the plan in this article. If this quiz shows that your skin is younger than the number on your driver’s license, use the plan as maintenance. Ironically, the longer you’ve been neglecting your complexion, the bigger the difference you will see when you take this quiz again in six months.

Originally published on February 13, 2009

Here are the tips to look 7 years younger

  1. Shun the sun
  2. Smooth lines with retinoids
  3. Load up on antioxidants
  4. Sleep well
  5. Exfoliate gently and often
  6. Add moisture
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