Quick Beauty Queries: Vol. II, No. Five
Sep 26, 2016
I have hyper pigmentation on my face. Do you have a good product for that? Preferably something that works fast, I have a wedding (not my own) in five weeks.
The only product that I recommend for this is Murad’s Rapid Age Spot & Pigment Lightning Serum. If you already know you love this product, I recommend buying the two-pack at QVC, which lowers the price from $60 a bottle to $48.
This serum is the only thing that took the dark acne scars off my cheeks. And I.tried.everything. Everything, I tell you.
If you need a cheaper option, you’re searching for a product with hydroquinone in it. The only other one that I would even consider would be this $27 Paula’s Choice Resist. Her products are generally good, and it has the same active ingredients.
I just turned 40 and my hair is thinning and losing shine. You mentioned some time ago that a friend of yours had experience with this same problem. Any solutions, helpful tips? I’d prefer not to be bald by 50.
Moulting Like a Parrot
Sadly, I too am losing my hair. One of the wonderful joys of aging. I’ve had good luck adopting one of Kate Middleton’s hair tricks, always brush your hair with your head flipped over. Brushing it from the underside helps take the strain of the front of your hair, which is usually brushed, dried, curled, and handled more often than the rest.
The friend you mentioned swears by Strivectin’s Restoring Haircare line, which promises to strengthen the hair and scalp to reduce breakage. She loves their Densifying Foam. I liked the product line a lot when I tried it, but I’m acne prone and it caused a breakout on my shoulders.
She also recommends Pantene’s Minoxidil treatment to help stimulate new growth. She swears that this treatment plus scalp massage (because it stimulates blood flow) is what is bringing some of her hair back.
Another tip, is to make sure you’re eating right. If your diet is good, you might want to ask your doctor if it’s safe to take a hair vitamin like Nature Made Skin and Hair. It contains biotin, vitamin-C, and other ingredients that increase collagen production.
It’s cold and flu season and campaign season. Shaking hands sucks right now. This might be a weird question, but do you have a favorite hand sanitizer?
The CDC still recommends thorough hand-washing with soap and water as the best way to prevent the spread of germs. But you’re on the trail, and the rope line is a different matter entirely. There’s no way hand-washing could keep up.
The most effective hand sanitizers are alcohol based and have 60% alcohol in them. You also need to use at least a teaspoon of sanitizer, making sure to get the tips of your fingers and the webbing, for good coverage.
When I travel, I only carry Honest Co. Hand Sanitizer sprays. They’re 62% alcohol with no triclosan or formaldehyde, and they don’t dry out my skin. Also, the spray ensures good coverage.
I also recommend carrying a travel size pack of Clorox Wipes or a travel size Lysol spray. I spray toilets, desktops, chairs, etc.. I wipe down communal coffee pot handles, phones, steering wheels in campaign cars, etc.. Why you ask? Because I’ve had the swine flu and I am forever changed by the experience.