Q&A Monday

For all your beauty advice…

Good Morning, and Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend, and I hope everyone is ready for the holiday! I got some great questions this week, most of them about the effects of winter weather on hair, skin and nails. So, read on about how to tame those fly aways, smooth rough cuticles, and keeping oily skin moisturized.

Dear Brooke, I never have a problem with static, and flyaway hair until this time of year. It’s driving me crazy! Am I sentenced to wearing a pony tail for my hairstyle all winter? Tina G.

Dear Tina, No, you are not sentenced to a pony tail until spring! I know how you feel, but have no fear, I have some tips that can help with your problem. Try using a heavier conditioner at least once a week to make sure your hair is getting the hydration it needs. Fly-away hair just needs a little weight on it to tame it down. Lightly spray hairspray on a brush and gently brush over the top layer of your hair. The hairspray will help keep the static down. I like to use Full Thickening Cream by Living Proof. Even though my hair is on the thick side, this cream really helps keep static away and I never have one fly-away strand with this product. The solid perfume by Pacifica is a great product for static. You wouldn’t think a perfume would help, but if you put just a little on the ends of your hair, it will help nourish your ends, and keep static down. If you find yourself without any of these resources on hand, put some hand cream on your hands, rub it in, and before it absorbs, lightly run your hands over your hair. The lotion will help weigh it down. Hope that helps!

Dear Brooke, I have oily skin but I know it needs moisturizer. The thing is, I’ve been using heavier cream because I know my skin needs it, but by the end of the day, I feel so greasy and my skin looks so dull. You always write about your oily skin, what do you use? Kristine K.

Dear Kristine, I know how you feel! I have embrace my oily skin because it will help me age slowly, but it does get annoying. Your skin never feels clean when you have oily skin. I use lots of different products, but I have been using ProX by Olay recently, and I love the results I am getting. It’s great for all skin types and it doesn’t make my oily skin feel greasy. Another favorite of mine is Timewise by Mary Kay. It’s a great light-weight moisturizer that is good for oily skin. Make sure you are using the heavier cream at night only. Also, treat it from inside and drink up! If you’re hydrated inside, that will cut down on the oil outside. Don’t forget to mask or exfoliate at least 2 times a week to get the dead skin cells off the surface. If there is build-up of old skin cells, your skin looks dull and to have it oily on top of dull is not fun…believe me, I know. Treat yourself to an at-home facial and steam, mask and moisturize. Hope that helps!

Dear Brooke, I have cracked cuticles and my nails are peeling. On top of that, my hands are so dry!! My profession has my hands in water a lot, but to moisturize seems in vain when I just wash it off within minutes of putting it on. Help!!! Lindsey D.

Dear Lindsey, This question takes me back to my days of cutting hair full-time. My hands used to get so dry, they would crack and bleed from being in water all day long. I have, and always will, used Glysolid products for this problem. They’re affordable, and they really work…what more could you ask for? Glysolid does a great job with moisturizing your skin, and staying on your skin through multiple hand washes. Check it out, and let me know what you think!

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

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