Q&A Monday

For all your beauty advice…

Good morning, and Happy Monday! Happy Memorial Day to everyone. I hope you are enjoying the holiday and keeping it safe.  As always, thanks for the questions! Today I’m answering sunscreen, skin care and perming your hair questions…a nice mix!

Dear Brooke, How soon before I go in the sun do I need to apply sunscreen? Can’t I just put it on outside? Sarah B.

Dear Sarah, Considering the skin is the largest organ of the body, it needs proper time to absorb the products we use and benefit from the protection sunscreen offers. Apply your sunscreen to the areas of your body that will be exposed to the sun at least 15 minutes before going outside. If you’re going to be out in the sun for a long time, remember to reapply every two hours for maximum protection. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to those small places that often get overlooked…hands, ears, neck. If you forget to apply it 15 minutes prior to sun exposure, don’t skip it! You will still get protection if you apply it when you’re already outside, but you’ll get the most protection by doing it before. Set aside time for it, your skin will thank you!

Dear Brooke, How bad is it really, if I don’t wash my face when I go to bed at night? I work crazy hours and sometimes I am just too tired to deal with it when it’s time to go to sleep? Cindy D.

Dear Cindy, I know what it’s like to be so tired, the last thing on earth you want to do is wash your makeup off your face! How bad is it? In my opinion, it’s very bad. One time isn’t going to kill you, but if you make a habit of skipping your cleansing routine at night, it will show in the long run. The effects of leaving makeup, and just daily dirt and grime, on your face overnight are clogged pores and frequent breakouts. Your skin repairs itself at night, so it needs the pores clear so it can breathe and regenerate. Really, it only takes a few minutes to wash your face at night…less than 5, so look at it that way. If you think of it as this huge chore, you’re not going to do it, but if you tell yourself it can be done in 5 minutes or less, it doesn’t seem so daunting. Keep some facial cleansing wipes on hand for the nights you just feel like you can’t do it. I don’t suggest them for every day use, but they’re great for travel and for at least getting that first layer of skin clean. Something is better than nothing!

Dear Brooke, I love perming my hair! I like the extra volume it gives me when I use rollers and I love that I can wash and go and still look put together. How bad is perming for you hair, and is it really outdated? Lilly C.

Dear Lilly, Good for you on knowing what you like! For awhile there, perms got a bad reputation. People think of extra tight curls and fried hair when they think of perms. But, perms are making their way back onto the scene and the ones I have seen are better than ever. Gentler solutions, and techniques, are being used now to create the pretty waves you see on the red carpet. So, my answer to that part of your question is no, they are not outdated. As far as the health of your hair when you perm? Any kind of chemical process is going to cause some amount of damage to your hair. If you’ve been perming for years, you know how important it is to take good care of your hair. Use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. Try to shampoo your hair every other day. (A great challenge for some of us!) And, use a deep conditioner, or hair mask, once a week. If you notice any breakage, start using a protein mask on your hair once a week to strengthen your hair. And I think you’ve got the right idea with “wash and go”!!

Once again, thanks for the great questions. Email me your Q&A Monday questions at brookeknowsbeauty@hotmail.com

You’ve Been Beautified!

One thought on “Q&A Monday

  1. i thought i was the only person on earth guilty of not washing my face at night….now i am going to put some effort into it since its probably why i am constantly breaking out!

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