Beauty and Personal Care
Taking care of your personal appearance is an important part of maintaining your overall health and self esteem. Many of the products that help in daily care of your hair, skin, and teeth can also have long-term benefits.
Using lotion or makeup that has sunscreen will keep your skin from aging prematurely, and can also reduce cancer risk. Regular bathing with soap and shampoo helps you smell good by preventing bacteria and fungi from making a home on your body. Brushing and flossing regularly are important for maintaining your smile, but can also reduce your risk of chronic gum disease and tooth decay. Regular use of these products is important at all stages of life.
When combined with healthy eating habits, exercise, and sleep, personal and beauty care routines keep you looking and feeling your best.
1 AnswerDavid Pollock, , answeredAs our eyes change and our prescription glasses need changing, so does the style of frames. Updating your current frames creates a more current, up-to-date look.
1 AnswerMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredWhen you're a busy woman, it's easy to get stuck in a style rut. You let your beauty routines lapse and reach for what's comfortable and easy instead of what makes you feel sexy or beautiful. Reclaim your confidence by throwing out your sweats and starting your mornings with a little me-time: Do your hair and makeup, and get dressed in clothes that make you feel good about yourself! Let your good mood be the motivation you need to work out and take care of yourself.
1 Answer“Turkey neck” -- as it’s charmingly called -- is what happens when the skin underneath your chin becomes loose and lax, resembling (you guessed it) a turkey’s wattle. It can happen as a result of aging, weight loss or, in some cases, it can simply be genetic.
“Some people seem to be genetically predisposed to having excess skin and fat around their neck,” says Victoria Karlinsky, M.D., a New York City-based cosmetic surgeon. “It’s usually something that’s been present in a very mild form since they were young. As they get older and the angle of their chin becomes more obtuse, the condition becomes more pronounced.”
If having a turkey neck runs in your family, it can appear as early as your late twenties, but the majority of women don’t see any signs of slackening neck skin until they reach their mid-40s or later.
The culprit is loss of elasticity in the skin, as well as the emergence of the “platysmal bands” -- thin bands of muscle in your neck, which become more prominent in appearance as you age.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
1 AnswerMulti-purpose oils can be effective moisturizers. Plant oils, which have a presence in many beauty products, are primarily composed of glycerol and fatty acids. Each oil has a different number of carbons in its fatty acid structure, and the number affects how the oil gets absorbed by and stays on the skin or hair. For example, olive and jojoba oils work well on the skin because they have long chain molecules that stay close to the skin’s surface. Perry Romanowski, a cosmetic chemist in Chicago, told us that longer chain molecules moisturize the skin better than shorter chain materials that get absorbed into the lower levels of the skin. For the hair, coconut oil offers the best of absorption and hydration. It’s primarily made up of 12-carbon fatty acids that penetrate the cuticle and give hair strength, too.
1 AnswerSimilar to salves or balms, you can use multi-purpose oils anywhere you need moisturization. Unlike products that are only for the face or hands or feet, these oils don’t have boundaries -- and they can even work on hair. Just make sure to follow the instructions and not use too much (a little goes a long way).
Multi-purpose oils are typically marketed for all types of skin or hair, but they may not be for everyone. If you have acne or eczema, consult your dermatologist before using them.
For those with sensitive skin, perform a test before you begin using a product, especially if the product contains essential oils, fragrances or questionable ingredients, particularly if it’s made for the hair.
1 AnswerLuckily, when it comes to beauty, there are a plethora of solutions lining store shelves to help counteract the effects of stress on your skin and hair, which include flare-ups of acne, dandruff and more.
To combat white flakes, look for hair cleansers that contain zinc pyrithione, which is naturally antifungal and antibacterial, and more effectively reduces the microorganisms that cause dandruff than any other over the counter ingredient. The longer you allow the zinc to penetrate the scalp, the more effective your results -- so don’t suds and rinse too quickly.
For acne breakouts that crop up during stressful times, adding salicylic acid into your daily routine by way of a serum or lotion will help clear skin by speeding up cell turnover, so that pores aren’t given less of a chance to clog. Salicylic acid also helps absorb increased oil production.
While you may find ingredients like caffeine in eye creams that claim to stimulate circulation and reduce under-eye darkness, dermatologist Neal Schultz, MD, told us, there is no truly effective topical treatment for circles except for camouflage by makeup. Light-reflective cream concealers are among the formulas that offer the most efficient coverage.
Yet when it comes to cures for the psychological aspect of worrying, effective therapy requires more involvement. And a few deep breaths and a good night's sleep don't hurt either.