Q&A Monday

For all your beauty advice…

Good morning and Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend. Thank you all so much for the great questions you always send me. Read on about taking care of your skin after the gym, getting rid of redness after waxing, and manscaping!

Dear Brooke, I just started working out on my lunch hour, and I feel great! The only problem is, I’ve noticed breakouts on my face and back, and my hair looks awful when I have to go back to work. What can I do to get the breakouts under control and bring my hair back to life? Mandy A.

Dear Mandy, Good for you on working out over lunch! It’s a great way to re-energize in the middle of the day, but I totally understand what you’re saying about the breakouts and the lifeless hair. Removing sweat and oil after doing any kind of cardio is crucial to keep breakouts from happening. Facial cleansing wipes are a really great product to throw in your gym bag and keep your skin clean when you’re done working out. A few brands I really like are Philosophy Purity Wipes, Neutrogena Cleansing Cloths, and Yes To Cucumbers. Lots of brands are hopping on the facial wipe bandwagon, so the choice is yours. Just use the cloths, and reapply a little foundation and your face is good to go. As far as your hair, a dry shampoo is perfect after the gym for a hair pick-me-up. I love Batiste and Jonathan Green Rootine dry shampoo. Both products will absorb sweat and oil, and freshen up your ‘do.

Dear Brooke, I like to think I’ve become a bit of an expert at waxing my own brows. My problem is, after I’m done, the area I’ve waxed is red and so swollen. The stuff that comes with the kit claims to take the swelling down, but I think it’s worthless. What can I do to get rid of the redness? Rita D.

Dear Rita, Good for you on mastering waxing your own brows. You’re saving yourself a ton of money! Redness and swelling on the area you’ve waxed is pretty much unavoidable, but you can do a couple of steps to keep the redness down and get rid of it a little bit faster. Take an anti-inflammatory, like Advil, about 20 minutes before you wax. This will help with the swelling, and the pain. Also, once you’re finished waxing, rub an ice-cube over the area that’s red and let it melt away. Yes, the ice will be cold, cold, cold, but the cold will take the swelling down, and it will help numb the area and keep that itching sensation away.

Dear Brooke, I’m the least metro-sexual guy in the world, but I’ve been thinking about “manscaping”. Thoughts, comments, suggestions? Todd. G.

Dear Todd, I love questions from male readers, thanks! “Manscaping” for those of you who don’t know, is going hairless, or keeping areas on the face and body that have hair, sleek and groomed. I see nothing wrong with trimming back the eyebrows, or even getting your eyebrows waxed to clean up the area. As far as chest, legs, arms, or any other areas, that’s a personal decision, and the only person it’s affecting is you…and your significant other. If you’re suffering from any kind of rash, or skin condition, removing the hair from that area may help the condition because the hair holds on to oil, sweat, etc. and can annoy the rash further. But, if you’re wanting to do it for a more groomed look, go for it. Most people appreciate a well-groomed man. Check out gillette.com, for some great how-to tips for guys.

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

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