Q&A Monday

For all your beauty advice…

Good morning and Happy Monday… and Happy Spring! I got some great questions this week from my readers. Thanks! Read on about the best makeup for mature skin, reducing appearance of old stretch marks, and more advice on splitting fingernails.

What is the best makeup for older, more mature skin, liquid or mineral foundation? Jeanne L.

Jeanne, this is a good question that I get a lot. The opinions on the answer to this question are many. I think what it all comes down to is personal preference, but I recommend mineral makeup. I know some people shy away from the mineral foundation because they think the powder will settle into fine lines and wrinkles and actually highlight the problems that are trying to be camouflaged. That’s not true. Make sure you are using a good facial moisturizer to ensure an even application of your foundation. It’s amazing how our skin care routine affects our makeup routine. Mineral makeup is not heavy or greasy. It glides on nicely and it won’t settle into pores or wrinkles. Make sure you use a good primer if you use mineral foundation (See The Purpose of Primer for more info). Primed and Poreless by Too Faced is great for mineral makeup.

I want to know how to minimize OLD stretch marks. I have large yucky silver marks, some actually hurt. What do I do? Is there a cure? Lisabeth S.
Lisabeth, I hear you on old stretch marks! Whether they’re a reminder of our little ones who aren’t so little anymore, or they’re there for any other reason, stretch marks are no fun! While the new ones are easier to treat, there is still hope for the old ones. I’ve come across a few products that have excellent testimonials. TriLastin seems to be the most popular over-the-counter product to reduce the appearance of old stretch marks. I came across a website, stretchmarks.com, that gives really good information on how this product works. Another site I came across that was very informative and a little more affordable than TriLastin is, nomorestretchmark.com.  I can’t give a personal opinion on these products because I haven’t used them, but it makes sense and even though they’re expensive, it’s probably a lot cheaper than going the surgical/laser route. Good luck, and let me know the results if you try one of them!
How do you fix splitting nails? Alex A.
Alex, this seems to be a very popular question this time of year. I am asked this question so much, I dedicated an entire column to it not so long ago. (See Nail Care 101) Cold and dry winter weather is not friendly to our hair skin and nails! Add to that the fact that a lot of us have jobs that require constant washing of our hands, resulting in dry hands and brittle nails. The best thing for your cuticles and your nails is moisture, moisture, moisture!! After washing your hands, while your skin is still damp, rub oil into your nails and cuticles to seal in that moisture. Dry your hands off and apply a good hand cream that will seal in moisture and promote healing of the skin. I highly recommend products by Glysolid. They’re products are affordable and functional; not sweet-smelling and “girlie” like some lotions. I’ve been cutting hair for 16 years and this is the only stuff that saved my hands when I was cutting full-time and had my hands wet 8-plus hours a day. Hydrated cuticles will result in healthy nails and stop the splitting and peeling.
 
Once again, I thank you for your questions. I have some great ones I am working on to be featured soon. As always, I look forward to your questions…keep them coming.
 
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