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Quiz: What your skincare routine says about your personality

Move over, Myers-Briggs—there’s a new personality test in town. (And it comes with expert skincare tips, too.)

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by Curology Team
Updated on Jan 23, 2024 • 9 min read
Medically reviewed by Camille Dixon, PA-C
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by Curology Team
Updated on Jan 23, 2024 • 9 min read
Medically reviewed by Camille Dixon, PA-C
We’re here to share what we know — but don’t take it as medical advice. Talk to your medical provider if you have questions.

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The perfect skincare routine isn’t so perfect if it doesn’t fit into your lifestyle. Maybe you’re someone who likes to keep it simple with a basic 3-step routine. Or maybe you like to be the first one to test out the newest skincare trends. Either way, Curology can help you find the routine that’s right for you. Take our skincare personality quiz to get expert tips and recommended products to help you get the results you’re looking for. 

Skincare personality 101

You can learn a lot about someone from their skincare. Who are any of us without our daily rituals? To some, skincare is an expression of self-love. To others, it only becomes a concern during serious skin emergencies. And the rest of us are somewhere in between. 

Of course, if you really want to learn about your skin, you’ll need a medical expert. So we paired each result with some hand-picked skincare advice from our Curology providers. Because, let’s face it, sometimes our impulse buys aren’t the wisest… 

What's Your Skincare Personality? Flow Chart

Ready to learn your skincare personality? Let’s go!

1. Your celebrity bestie just texted you. Who is it?

  1. Rihanna

  2. Bob the Drag Queen

  3. Kourtney Kardashian

  4. Machine Gun Kelly

2. Which bad skincare hack do you talk them out of trying?

  1. DIY microneedling 

  2. Nivea Post Shave Balm as makeup primer

  3. Sunscreen contouring

  4. Leaving an offering to the clear skin gods 

3. ...Yeah. They need a whole new skincare routine. Where do we shop?

  1. Sephora

  2. Ulta 

  3. The drugstore

  4. The perfect product is somewhere online!

4. Let’s talk about you! What’s your current skin stress? 

  1. Acne

  2. Signs of aging

  3. Oiliness or dryness

  4. All of the above

5. Which skincare product would you reach for first? 

  1. Micellar water

  2. Cleansing balm

  3. Hydrocolloid bandages

  4. A multi-tasking face mask

6. What’s your product labeled? 

  1. “Leaping-bunny certified”

  2. “As seen on Tiktok”

  3. “On clearance”

  4. “Dermatologist-approved”

7. Overall, what’s the most important quality in a skincare product?

  1. Power—only the most potent and effective ingredients.

  2. Cool factor—if I’m not having fun using it, what’s the point?

  3. Reliability—I’ll only hype what’s proven to work.

  4. Simple—who has time for a 10-step skincare routine?!

Your skincare personality quiz results are in!

Skincare Personality Type - Wanderlust

Researcher

If you answered mostly A’s, you’re a researcher! 

Skincare isn’t about the destination—it’s about the journey. You’ll search high and low, holding out for that holy grail—and it’s worth it. Once you find the right skincare product, you tend to be pretty loyal. But you’re not afraid to switch things up, either! You’re methodical in your shopping style, on a constant quest for the best new skincare products. That means you’ll only try a new trend if it’s based on proven research and tend to stick to dermatologist-designed staples (like Curology). It’s crucial for you to learn about products before you try them, and that 5-star rating matters to you. 

Skincare tip #1: When it comes to skincare, patience and consistency pay off. Be sure to give new products enough time to work before writing them off! 

Skincare tip #2: Want to try something new? Reach for once-in-a-while products like exfoliants or moisturizing treatments that won’t add extra steps to your daily routine.

Skincare tip #3: Is it an acne scar or is it post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation? Knowing the difference is key to finding the right treatment!

Recommended for Researcher personalities:

The Travel Minis Set lets you give four popular products a try before committing. Each set provides the products for your core 3-step skin routine with Curology’s Cleanser, Moisturizer, and Sunscreen, plus a 20-piece sheet of Emergency Spot Patch that’s easy to slip into any bag. And they come in handy TSA-approved sizes for the skincare enthusiast who’s always taking off on their next adventure.

Skincare Personality Type - Influencer

Influencer

If you answered mostly B’s, you’re an influencer!

You don’t follow skincare trends—you start them. When it comes to self-care, the most important thing is fun. You’ve got that certain je ne sais quoi, and so does your skincare routine. You love a good shelfie, plus, you actually know how to pronounce “niacinamide.” Cute packaging? Always worth the extra splurge. To you, skincare is a form of self-expression. You’re open-minded and make intuitive purchases. We have just one question… can we get that discount code? 👀

Skincare tip #1: Check your products’ ingredients (including makeup) to make sure they won’t make your skin fussy. 

Skincare tip #2: Though they sound delicious, certain natural skincare ingredients like coconut oil and cocoa butter might cause breakouts. Avoid!

Skincare tip #3: Did you know skincare and makeup products expire? Before you dust off that unicorn serum from 2018, check the label! 

Recommended for Influencer personalities:

You’re always looking toward the future and the next trends in makeup, music, or fashion. What’s not an up-and-coming look? Fine lines, wrinkles, or dull skin. Help prevent early signs of aging while also helping promote healthy, glowing skin with Curology’s Future-Proofᴿˣ, a prescription-strength formula customized for your concerns. Your formula will include up to three proven ingredients, like tretinoinazelaic acidniacinamide, or tranexamic acid to target your specific skin concerns.

Skincare Personality Type - Realist

Realist

If you answered mostly C’s, you’re a realist! 

Skin = health. Health = important. It’s a no-brainer! To you, skincare is just like brushing your teeth: It’s basic self-care. Taking care of your body is taking care of yourself. Cost-effective drugstore products and skincare formulas designed by dermatologists are your go-to’s, and you’re more wary of new skincare trends. That’s not to say your routine is just grandma’s Vaseline! You just prefer a no-nonsense approach. To you, skincare should be as easy as possible. 

Skincare tip #1: If you haven’t already, try a minimalist routine with multi-tasking products like facial moisturizers with SPF

Skincare tip #2: Watch out for iffy ingredients like sodium lauryl sulfate, isopropyl myristate, and laureth-4, which can lead to clogged pores and breakouts. 

Skincare tip #3: If over-the-counter products are failing you, it’s time to see a dermatology provider. Curology can help!

Recommended for Realist personalities:

You take clear skin seriously. If your drugstore acne solutions just aren’t cutting it anymore, it may be time for a customized treatment. Curology’s Custom Formulaᴿˣ is made with acne-busting ingredients chosen specifically for your skincare goals by a dermatology provider. Your formula may contain up to 3 active ingredients like tretinoinazelaic acid, or clindamycin in one easy-to-apply product.

Skincare Personality Type - Visionary

Visionary

If you answered mostly D’s, you’re a visionary. 

You have a clear point of view when it comes to skincare. All your friends go to you for skincare advice—that’s because you talk to skincare experts, check your facts, and defy the hype. You want to prevent both breakouts and signs of aging, so you research your product’s ingredients before you buy and care less about the drugstore/high-end binary. You prefer a highly curated routine with multi-tasking products. Skincare minimalism is your friend. To you, it’s all about getting the right results, and it pays off! 

Skincare tip #1: Reach for products with multi-tasking skincare ingredients (like tretinoin). Some can treat acne and help prevent signs of aging. 

Skincare tip #2: Sun protection is the top anti-aging skin hack, so make sure to always wear sunscreen and apply enough!

Skincare tip #3: Check out hybrid make-up/skincare products like tinted moisturizers, hydrating primers, and BB/CC creams

Recommended for Visionary personalities:

Keep your lips soft and protected effortlessly with Curology’s broad-spectrum SPF 30 Lip Balm. With a deeply moisturizing, truly vegan formula and a radically simple, one-handed applicator, this lip balm does it all. But there’s one thing it doesn’t do—worsen your acne. This lip balm has been tested to be non-comedogenic and non-acnegenic, so you can count on it to be acne-friendly.

The key takeaways

  • You are unique! No one has the exact same style, sense of humor, or skincare needs as you. 

  • The right skincare routine for you isn’t just the one with products that match your skin type. It’s also about finding what works best for your lifestyle and personality.

  • Curology’s licensed dermatology providers can prescribe customized skincare formulas, help you find the products that work best for you, and answer your skin questions.

Ready for more personal skincare help?

Now that you know your skincare personality, it's time to find the matching products and expert support to meet your skincare goals. Where to begin? We’ve got you!

Try Curology. Curology offers treatments and products designed by dermatologists. Our personalized formulas have a blend of active ingredients, prescribed for your skincare concerns by one of our in-house dermatology providers. 

Getting started is easy! Just answer some quick questions about your skin issues and medical history, then snap a few selfies. If Curology is right for you, you’ll be paired with one of our licensed dermatology providers for a personalized treatment plan that’s based on your skin’s unique needs—whether that’s acne, dark spots, rosacea, or early signs of aging.

Curology Custom Formula Cleanser Moisturizer and Lip Balm Acne Body Wash

Get your personalized skincare routine with Curology

You can consult with your Curology dermatology provider to get routine tips and to make adjustments to your formula (as needed). Customize your skincare box with our gentle, no-clog products like our Acne Body Wash, Emergency Spot Patch, and Lip Balm. You can cancel or pause your subscription at any time. 

Get your personalized skincare routine with Curology

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FAQs about Curology

What is the minimum number of skincare cycles in a Curology subscription?

There’s no minimum you need to purchase with Curology. You can cancel your subscription at any time. We do encourage you to check in with your dermatology provider first if you have an issue with your custom formula. If you’re sure you want to cancel, we make it hassle-free to cancel your subscription from within your Curology account. 

What is the best time of day to take the Curology quiz?

What are you doing right now? Just kidding. But seriously, you can take the Curology quiz at any time of day that’s convenient for you. You can get started right here

What skin type is Curology good for?

Curology’s skincare products are formulated for all skin types. Whether your skin type is dry, oily, sensitive, or acne-prone, we have dermatologist-tested products for you.

Is the Curology test free?

Yes, the Curology test is free. If appropriate, you’ll be paired with a licensed dermatology provider who can prescribe a personalized formula and recommend skincare products from our shop you can buy.

Can you retake the Curology quiz?

Sorry, but you can’t retake your initial skin quiz. However, you can reach out to your dermatology provider through your Curology account with any questions or concerns. You can submit a new consultation with updated information and photos at any time. 

What is the Curology skincare quiz?

Curology’s skincare quiz is your first step in getting personalized skincare. But don’t be nervous, you can’t fail this test. We’ll just ask about your skin concerns and medical history. Then you’ll be asked to upload some photos of your skin. This information will help your provider design a treatment plan to help you meet your skincare goals.

What is the Curology test?

When you first get started with Curology, you’ll take a quick quiz that goes over your goals, current skin issues, and medical history. If Curology is right for you, you’ll be paired with a licensed dermatology provider who will use the information from your questionnaire answers to create a personalized treatment plan to meet your skincare goals. 

What is the difference between Curology and other skincare products?

Curology delivers a personalized formula that's designed for your unique skin needs. Our prescription-strength skincare uses a combination of up to 3 clinically researched active ingredients to address specific skin concerns. It is designed to be more effective than non-prescription cleansers and moisturizers alone.

Camille Dixon is a certified Physician Assistant at Curology. She received her Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Midwestern University in Downers Grove, IL.

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