Q&A Monday

For all your beauty advice…

Good Morning, and Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a fun, and safe, Halloween. As always, thanks so much for the great questions this week. Email me any time for any beauty question! Read on about chocolate in skin care, how to relieve tired eyes, and lip and cheek stains.

Dear Brooke, I just got surprised with a spa getaway to the Hershey Spa! As excited as I am, I am curious what you know about the benefits chocolate has on the skin? Thanks! Marie K.

Dear Marie, Did you say Hershey Spa? Amazing!!! What do I pack and when do we leave? First, let me say, I am so excited for you to experience the Hershey Spa, and I’m insanely jealous! Chocolate, long-thought to be the cause of acne, has many benefits for the skin. High in anti-oxidants, chocolate can help smooth out wrinkles and diminish fine lines. Chocolate will also soften the skin with its cocoa butter content, leaving it feeling nourished and hydrated. Added to that, the scent of chocolate is said to release euphoric feelings, so when you’re getting that facial or your body treatment, you will feel amazing because of the smell as well as the products! I am so excited for you! Please send me an email and let me know how much you loved it! Have fun!!

Dear Brooke, What can I do to give my tired eyes some relief? I have a sporadic schedule and my eyes feel so heavy by the end of the day, I am wondering if there’s something I can do before bed to end my day and make my eyes not feel so tired. Kelly M.

Dear Kelly, I can relate to the tired eyes! The best thing for your tired eyes is going to be sleep, but I can appreciate wanting to give your eyes some relief before you nod off. Cucumber slices are a great way to relieve puffiness, and relax your eyes. Also, try chilled tea bags. Brew a pot of tea and chill the tea bags in the refrigerator. Place them on your eyes for about 10 minutes and you will notice a reduction in dark circles and puffiness. The great thing about the tea bags is, they can be re-used many times; once you’re done, just put them back in the fridge and use them the next time your eyes feel tired. Another home remedy to try is, cotton balls soaked in milk. The milk will help diminish under-eye bags and help moisturize the sensitive area. Hope these ideas help. Let me know how they work!

Dear Brooke, I like to pinch my cheeks to give myself some color, but once the flush fades, I’m left looking pale again. Any suggestions on a product I can use to give me that flushed look all day? Stacy R.

Dear Stacy, Let me introduce you to a product called a cheek stain! Cheek stains can also be used on your lips and they do just what the bottle says…they stain your skin with a pretty flush that will last all day. The most popular stain on the market is Benetint by Benefit Cosmetics. It comes in a bottle that looks like a nail polish bottle and you brush it on your cheeks, or your lips, for a pop of color that will last a long time. Other brands to try are Stila, Sephora, and Tarte, just to name a few. Just make sure you work fast once you apply the product, or it will dry and you won’t get the flushed look you’re going for.

Thanks for the great questions this week, keep them coming! Email me your questions for Q&A Monday to brookeknowsbeauty@hotmail.com

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