Ever had a question that you needed an answer for? Well, hopefully, maybe now you'll have an answer to that particular question.
Q: My skin is both oily and sensitive. Sometimes the products I use make my skin red, puffy and itchy. What can I do?
A: If you have extra sensitive skin, you need to be very careful of the products you use even if you don't always have a negative reaction to them. Look for simple, unscented products of the hypoallergenic type. When cleansing your face, avoid harsh scrubbing.
Q: I have a habit of biting my lips until they bleed and crack. How can I stop?
A: Slick on a lip gloss frequently so that your teeth won't grasp bits of dried skin. The gloss will also be there to remind you not to bite and should help break this annoying habit.
Q: I know that I should drink eight glasses of water a day to keep my skin in good condition. But it is very hard to do. Any suggestions?
A: Don't give up the benefits of drinking lots of water. Sprinkle some drops of flavoring into every other glass such as lemon juice, orange peel, zest of lime, vanilla flavoring, or other favorite spices.
Q: I have unsightly facial hair on my upper lip. How can I remove it and will it grow back thicker and darker?
A: There are various ways to get rid of unwanted facial hair. If you have just a light growth, bleaching the hair maybe the answer. Otherwise waxing or electrolysis may be a remedy. There are several good do-it-yourself hair remover kits on the market that you can try. If you are not sure how to use wax, get the help of a professional. Contrary to popular opinion, hair does not grow in thicker or darker.
Q: I have extremely sensitive eyes. How can I tell which eye makeup is safe to use?
A: Try this skin test to avoid allergic reactions: Select a spot behind your ear, under your arm, or at the inner thigh. Wet the skin, then stroke on the eye product you want to test. Check the area in 24 hours. If any redness or swelling develops, the product is not for you.
Q: Even though I cleanse my skin thoroughly before I go to bed, it feels greasy when I wake up in the morning.
A: Your body repairs and cleanses your skin while you sleep. That's why getting enough sleep is so important for maintaining a healthy complexion. This nocturnal cleansing process leaves a residue of dead cells, salt, and oil on the surface of the skin. In the morning, wash your face with a gentle cleanser and moisturize with a non-oily product.
Q: My eyes get puffy in the morning. What can I do about this condition?
A: When you are laying down for a prolonged period of time, fluids have a habit of accumulating where the skin is thinnest. To discourage puffiness, soak washcloths in ice water, wring out, and apply to your closed lids for about ten minutes.
Q: When I have a cold, I not only feel awful, I look awful. My nose gets sore and swollen and my eyes get red. What can I do?
A: Here's how to counteract the effects you describe. Apply moisturizer under your foundation, concentrating on the area underneath your nose. Then use a darker shade of foundation on the sides of your nose to camouflage the swelling. If your eyes are bloodshot, avoid heavy makeup and choose subtle blue or gray shades - not reds or pinks.
Q: Is there any special treatment or care recommended for ebony skin?
A: Black skin has the same skin types and undertones as white skin, so the same care, cleansing, and makeup rules apply. However, black skin has a tendency to form keloids - or raised scars - that result from healing. Because of this, be careful not to pick at blemishes or scabs, and to get professional help for a severe case of acne.
Q: Is it all right to keep my makeup on while exercising?
A: Exercise will make you perspire and activate your oil glands. It's best not to wear foundation while exercising since it will clog your pores. Remove all foundation and oily moisturizers before exercising. After working out, apply toner if you like, and finish with moisturizer. If you wear eye makeup, be sure it is waterproof so that it won't run or smudge.