Q&A Monday

For all your beauty advice…

Good morning, and Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. I got some great questions this week! Read on about over-exfoliating, choosing the right hair brush, and early use of anti-aging skin care.

Dear Brooke, I love the way my skin feels when I exfoliate, it’s so soft and smooth. Is it bad for my skin to scrub away on a daily basis? Olivia G.

Dear Olivia, I understand how good it feels to get that top layer of skin off and reveal the new, soft layer below the surface, but doing it every day is not a good idea. Over doing it with exfoliating strips your skin of its natural oils and can cause unneccessary dryness. Even if you’re applying a heavy moisturizer on a daily basis, it’s still not the best idea for your skin. I would suggest cutting down to one really good exfoliating session once a week. If you can’t wait that long, start tapering off to every other day, then down to two, no more than three, days a week.

Dear Brooke, I am looking for an everyday hair brush, but it seems like there are too many choices out there. Do I want a vent brush, whatever that is, or do I want a paddle brush, or do I want a round brush? What’s the difference? Please help me choose! Diana K.

Dear Diana, Too many choices can cause for a lot of stress and it’s just a darn hair brush, so I know what you mean! A paddle brush, one that is a large oval or square with a cushion-y feel, is your best bet for every day use. A vent brush can be used for just brushing hair, but it’s called a vent brush because of the openings in the back of the brush…”vents”. Those vents are to help air move through the hair when you’re blow drying, so it’s more of a styling tool than a basic hair brush. Round brushes are for styling only. If you try to use a round brush as a daily hair brush, you’ll be hating life! So, grab a paddle brush and detangle your tresses. And no, you don’t need to go a-la-Marcia Brady and do 100 strokes. Just until you get the tangles out is enough for your hair.

Dear Brooke, is it too early to start using anti-aging skin care in your 20’s? I am 24 and I like to think I am ahead of the game by using anti-aging products on my skin. Thoughts? Carrie D.

Dear Carrie, I don’t think it’s too early to take preventative measures for your skin as it matures, so I think you’re on the right track. I would make sure you are using what’s best for your skin type when it comes to cleansers and moisturizers, but masks and serums can be used on young skin for age prevention. I’ve always been a skin care fanatic, so I have been seeking out all kinds of anti-aging skin care since I can remember. Educate yourself on ingredients and how certain products work, so you’ll know what you’re putting on your skin. I think you’ll be ahead of the game as your skin matures, but don’t over do it! Using too many products could have them all counteracting and not helping at all.

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

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