You've asked about everything from cellulite to dandruff. Get ready to kiss your beauty problems goodbye, because we've got the answers to your top 10 beauty questions of all time!
10. “ Is there anything I can do to diminish my muffin top?”
Answer: Yes. The biggest cause of muffin tops is the stress hormone cortisol, which stores fat. One study found that vitamin C can help to decrease cortisol levels. To reduce cortisol levels in your body, try eating foods rich in vitamin C, like red peppers and kiwi.
9. “I heard using hemorrhoid cream can reduce bags under my eyes. Is that true?”
Answer: Yes. Bags are caused by loss of elasticity in the skin. Luckily, hemorrhoid creams help tighten skin temporarily by constricting the blood vessels in the skin and reducing the swelling that causes bags under the eyes.
8. “Whenever I try to pop a pimple, it ends up enflamed. Is there a safe way to pop a zit?”
Answer: Yes. Pimples are formed because they body is trying to push out infections. However, squeezing pimples actually causes more harm than good by destroying the tissue and causing inflammation. Don’t squeeze! Instead, clean a needle with heat or alcohol. Lance the pimple with the sterilized needle; while staying parallel to the skin pierce the raised white part of the blemish and pull up. You can then gently squeeze out the pus without causing more damage to your skin.
7. “I have unwanted hairs above my lip. Will they grow back thicker if I pluck them?”
Answer: No. This is an old wives’ tale! Hair tapers as it grows in and only seems thicker at the root. For a less painful way to pluck hair, numb the area with an ice cube for three minutes, and pluck in the direction the hair grows.
6. “I have a turkey wattle neck. Is there something I can do to tone it?”
Answer: Yes. As you age, the platysma muscle in your neck that keeps the skin up can lose tone. When this happens, the skin begins to sag, which is what causes the turkey-like neck wattle. There’s an exercise you can do to help strengthen that area. Tilt your head back, and stretch your lower lip over your upper lip. Hold it for 10 seconds, then release. Aim to do three reps of 10 daily, but the more exercise you do, the more you’ll tone that muscle.
5. “Is there anything I can do to reduce the appearance of cellulite?”
Answer: Yes. Though there’s no permanent solution for cellulite, you can reduce the appearance of it. Look for creams that contain 2% aminophylline, which drains water from fat cells, temporarily reducing the appearance of ripples in the skin, and creating a smoother looking surface.
4. “I drink lots of coffee. Do whitening toothpastes really work?”
Answer: Yes. You can reduce coffee stains by using toothpastes that contain carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide. This is the same chemical that dentists use for teeth whitening. Also, rinse your mouth with water after drinking coffee. It helps to lessen the staining.
3. “I’m concerned about wrinkles on my face. I don’t want to get Botox or go with fillers. Is there a natural alternative?”
Answer: Yes. There are lots of natural ways to help with reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Try peptide creams. They get through the surface of the skin and plump up collagen, the protein-rich connective tissue that gives shape and support to many tissues, including the skin, to give your face a more youthful look.
2. “I’ve been getting dandruff lately. Is there anything I can do to get rid of it?”
Answer: Yes. Dandruff is caused by all sorts of things, like dry skin, oily skin, eczema, psoriasis or fungus overgrowth. Shampoos with zinc, an anti-bacterial agent, or ketoconazole, an anti-fungal, will give your scalp relief and diminish dandruff.
1. “I’m starting to notice age spots on my hand. Am I stuck with them forever?”
Answer: No. Age spots – or sun spots – are pockets of melanin caused by sun damage. There are many ways to treat sun spots, but one great at-home remedy is to dab some plain Greek yogurt directly on to the spots and let it dry for about 15-20 minutes. The lactic acid in the yogurt helps lighten the spots. Repeat this every three days until the spots have noticeably faded.