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Good morning, and Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend. As always, I got some great beauty questions this week. Read on about winter-chapped lips, a dry, too tight perm and “bleeding” lipstick.
Dear Brooke, I have been on the ski slopes a lot already this season and my lips are already so dry! I’m protecting them religiously with lipgloss, but they are very dry and tight. Why is this happening when gloss helps me feel hydrated on a daily basis? Terry G.
Dear Terry, Lipgloss is usually good to give relief to dry, tight lips. But, wind, cold weather and direct sun on the slopes can zap moisture that gloss can’t replace. Try using a heavier balm when you’re skiing, instead of gloss. I’m all for looking fabulous all the time, but lipgloss is kind of pointless during a winter sport. A heavier balm is going to hydrate and protect the thin skin on your lips. Some of my favorite balms are by Pangea, Burt’s Bees, pure Shea Butter by L’Occitane, and Smith’s Rosebud Salve. Chap Stick is not a bad choice, but I think it feels too waxy on my lips. Good luck, happy skiing, and protect your pout with some balm!
Dear Brooke, I have been sick of straight hair styles and missing curly hair. So, I indulged in a perm last week, and I hate it! The curl is way too tight and it feels dry. What can I do? Am I stuck with looking like a poodle until it grows out, or is there some hope for me? Janet K.
Dear Janet, All is not lost. Any time I’ve ever gotten a perm, I’ve hated it the first few weeks when it’s very curly and dry, but after a while, I end up loving it. It’s a big process to commit to, but having a perm opens up so many different styling options. Once the curl relaxes a bit, you will probably love it. The rule of thumb, when you get a perm, is to not wash it for a few days so the curl will really set in your hair. I have the kind of hair that grabs on to curl, so I always wash it the next day. I don’t recommend that for someone whose hair takes weakly to a perm, but if it’s way too curly, you can wash it to relax it some. Since it’s been at least a week for you, use a moisturizing shampoo followed by a heavy conditioner. Comb the conditioner through your hair until your hair looks straight and leave it on for 5-10 minutes, continuously combing it straight. Let your hair air dry, and then use olive oil on your hair and either braid it, or use a shower cap and sleep with the oil on. This will really moisturize your hair and weigh the curl down some, relaxing the frizz. Do this once a week and soon enough, you will really love your perm. If you decide to get another one, ask your stylist to go up a size with the perm rod, so your curl is softer to begin with. Let me know how it turns out!
Dear Brooke, I like to use darker shades of lipstick this time of year, but I’ve noticed lately that the color is running into the fine lines around my lips. I’m sure there are many factors that attribute to the lines, but what can I do to stop my lipstick from running? Deidre R.
Dear Deidre, You are right…there are many factors that cause lipstick to “bleed” into fine lines around the mouth. Smoking, aging, lifestyle…are just a few things that can cause this problem. But, you can control the issue. First, try using a lip scrub to treat the problem. An exfoliating treatment will slough off dry skin, and help minimize the appearance of those fine lines. There are a lot of them out there, but I like Philosophy’s Kiss Me Exfoliating Lip Scrub, and Satin Lips, by Mary Kay. Before you apply your darker shade of lipstick, line your lips with a neutral colored lip liner. The lip liner will help keep the lipstick where it’s supposed to be. Also, look for a lip primer to help the color stay all day. Apply your lipstick with a brush, instead of directly from the tube…this gives you more control with the application and it allows you to use less product, and get the color you’re looking for, preventing the lipstick from bleeding into the lines.
Once again, thank you for the great questions this week. Keep them coming! Email me your questions for Q&A Monday to firstname.lastname@example.org
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