Hair Care Tips

There are many beauty myths out there when it comes to hair care. For example, some people think it's bad towash hair every day? (the answer is for some people, absolutely, for those with oily hair, it's not). Here are some other popular questions I get and answer.

A friend of mine swears that rinsing her hair in cold water locks in the shine and makes her hair healthy. I did the research to find out if you should rinse hair in cold water.

The directions on most shampoo bottles advise you to "rinse and repeat." But is this really true? Are shampoo companies trying to get you to use up, and therefore buy more, shampoo? Do you really need to "rinse and repeat"?

Ahhh, the dreaded split ends. I have wiled away many a day searching the ends of my hair for split ends. But the question I get a lot is can you repair split ends?

Why Do I Suffer From Dry Skin in the Winter?

In winter, low temperatures, low humidity and strong, harsh winds deplete skin of its natural lipid layer, which keeps the skin from drying out. The dry air from furnaces and other heating sources also suck the moisture out of skin. To keep skin soft and supple, your goal is not to add moisture to skin, but to keep moisture in. These 25 tips show you how to do this.

Dry Skin Tip: Keep Water Lukewarm, Not Hot

Hot water robs skin of moisture causing dry skin, so it's best to shower in lukewarm water. If you can't bear this rule -- I can't -- try to keep your showers short and try showering only once per day. This also means skipping hot tubs (another rule I simply cannot bear). The hot, hot temperature, combined with drying chemicals, is torture on dry skin.

The same rule applies to hand-washing: Wash hands in lukewarm, never hot, water (this is a rule I firmly abide by). If your skin turns red, the water is simply too hot.

Dry Skin Tip: Moisturize After Showers or Hand Washing

Moisturizer is the key to soft, supple skin. Apply product when skin is slightly damp. For best effect, pat skin dry instead of rubbing with your towel before application.

The skin on my legs can drive me crazy with itchiness all year round. I find I prefer oils to lotions on for the body. Renowned makeup artist Pati Lubroff got me hooked on organic extra virgin coconut oil, which you can buy in health food stores or online. Simply massage the coconut oil all over the body. Trust me, this will get rid of dry, itchy skin and the oil isn't sticky like lotion tends to be.

Love lotion? Consider 100 percent shea butter. Gambian model Fatma Dabo swears by shea butter from West Africa. She even puts it on her hair! Buy it online.

Antibacterial soap in public places can be harsh on hands, so I keep hand salve in my purse (my hands-down favorite is Kiehls). To keep cuticles soft, massage in olive oil.

Extra tip: I love keeping facial moisturizer and Evian spray on my desk at work. I spritz Evian Mineral Spray (buy it online), and then dab on moisturizer. The water locks in moisture and leaves my skin refreshed even in harsh office heat.

Dry, cracked feet are never sexy. While this tends to be a summer hazard, it can happen all year-round. If you can't afford a fish pedicure, get rid of dry heel syndrome with this five-step process I cobbled together and use myself from time-to-time.

Because this is a 3-step process (foot soak, foot scrub and then overnight mask), you can skip parts of this process if you choose. If you continue to wear the foot mask every night for a week, your problems should be solved.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 15 minutes

Here's How:

Soak feet for 5-10 minutes in a warm foot bath made with 1 cup milk and 5 cups warm water.

Create a homemade foot scrub by putting 4 tablespoons salt or sugar in 1/2 cup oil. Baby oil, sweet almond oil or coconut oil or even vegetable oil works well.

Massage the homemade foot scrub in a circular motion into bottoms of feet.

Scrub bottoms of feet with the pumice stone. Rinse and dry feet.

Before you go to bed that night, try this tip from beauty guru Paula Begoun: rub a Stridex pad over dry areas of feet. Stridex, a product found in the acne section of any drugstore, contains 2 percent salicylic acid so it's a great exfoliant for the feet.

Apply moisturizer thickly on feet (do not wash off Stridex). A super-rich moisturizer like cocoa butter, Eucerin (my favorite) or even Vaseline works best.

Pull on socks and keep them on throughout the night for at least 4 hours.

What You Need:

1 cup milk

Sugar or salt (either will work)

Baby oil, sweet almond oil or coconut oil

Pumice stone

Stridex, found in the acne section of any drugstore

Thick moisturizer


Can't Find Moisturizer? Slather on Olive Oil

Monday November 22, 2010

I'm at my dad's house in Texas and I usually travel carry-on to get here which means no carting any bottles of moisturizer. More than once I've found myself here with itchy, dry skin. I don't want to use the runny moisturizer dad has in the house, so I reach for...olive oil. You can use olive, sesame, coconut on your skin. It's actually quite good for you.

A few blog posts ago, I suggested it's best to make up your face first if you're going for a more natural look because you'll cover up your blotchy facial bits and perfect your skin only to realize your eyes really only need a couple swipes of mascara. I suggested you make up your eyes first if you are going all out on your eye makeup. You don't want to put on too much foundation, blush, etc. only to go heavy on the eyes, lest you end up looking like a clown.

I still stand by that advice, but Linter adds a new twist to HER beauty rule: If you do your eyes first you can easily clean up any eyeshadow spills on your skin, whereas if you've already done your face, you'll risk mussing up your makeup cleaning up the spillage.

If you do get shadow on your skin, you can clean it up easily by dipping a Q-tip into moisturizer and lightly dabbing the unwanted bits. You'll find they come right up.

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