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.