Q&A Monday

For all your beauty advice…

Good morning, and Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend. Thanks for the questions this week, read on about finding a good, light-weight sunscreen, a recipe for salt spray for your hair, and lightening up on your fragrance.

Dear Brooke, I know how important it is to protect your skin, but I hate sunscreen…absolutely hate it! It’s either sticky, or greasy, and it always makes my skin break out. Is there any product that exists that will give me sun protection without feeling like I have a gross layer of goo on my skin? Cami M.

Dear Cami, I feel your pain, I truly do! It took me years to find a daily SPF that didn’t feel just downright gross on my skin. You definitely need protection on a daily basis, but you can keep your daily moisturizer/SPF light…at least SPF 15. When you’re in the sun for any length of time, you do need to kick up the protection factor. I am in love with Bliss Best Of Skintentions daily moisturizer. It has an SPF 15, and it is not greasy, sticky, or in any way icky. I have oily skin, and I wanted to jump for joy when I found this product. When you’re playing in the sun, I like Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection in SPF 60. It’s definitely a thicker consistency than the Bliss daily moisturizer, but it’s great for long periods of time in the sun, and it doesn’t feel too heavy on your skin. You can also find many foundations that offer an SPF, so the sky is the limit, you just need to open your mind and know you’ll have a short adjustment period to a new texture. Once you get used to it, you won’t be so bothered by it.

Dear Brooke, I love that you are a fan of whipping up skin and hair care recipes from what you have in your kitchen. Any secret recipes on creating something to give my hair that “second day” texture to create some fun beach waves? Lana E.

Dear Lana, As a matter of fact, I do have a fun little recipe to give your hair the look and texture of spending a day at the beach. You’ll want a small spray bottle, so make sure you have that before you mix this up. In a small sauce pan, mix 2 cups of water with 1/4 a cup of conditioner, and about 3 tablespoons of salt. Warm this mixture up to blend all the ingredients together, but make sure it doesn’t boil! Your main purpose here is to dissolve the salt so it doesn’t clog your spray bottle. Once it’s dissolved, pour it in the spray bottle, and use it to style your hair. I find it’s best used on almost dry, to all the way dry hair. Just a note: You may have to play around with the measurements on the ingredients until you find what’s best for your hair. Also, feel free to add a small amount of sunscreen to this mixture if you’re going to be playing in the sun. This will protect your hair, and your scalp.

Dear Brooke, I have a signature fragrance that I would bathe in if I could! The only problem is, it’s kind of a heavy scent, and sometimes I can tell people think it’s overbearing. I love the way it smells on my skin, and I don’t want to have to sacrifice that indulgence. I know you’re supposed to lighten up your fragrance this time of year when it gets warmer, but I just don’t want to give it up! Any suggestion on diluting my signature scent for the summer? Christine L.

Dear Christine, You won’t have to give up your favorite fragrance entirely for the summer. Try this: Most fragrances also offer a shower gel and a body lotion as part of their product line. When it’s hotter weather, just use the shower gel and lotion, and skip the spritz. You will still be wearing your favorite perfume, you’ll just be using a less concentrated amount. If your favorite scent doesn’t come in a gel or a lotion, stick to just spritzing it behind your knees, or a little on your stomach. You will still be wearing it, but it won’t be as obvious. Always remember this: If you can smell your perfume on yourself, it’s too strong.

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

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