If you’ve got issues with dry, brittle nails, chances are you’ve noticed your hair’s along for the ride too, so make biotin a regular part of your diet. The nutrient has been proven to strengthen both your nails and hair, and you can find it in almonds and eggs. If you’d like to pop it as a supplement, try GNC’s Women’s Ultra Nourish Hair, which features biotin and a ton of other proteins and vitamins which strengthen the cuticles of your hair and nails. To spot treat the problem, try a nail strengthener. I used Sally Hansen’s Nail Protex a few years ago when I had a similar problem and the stuff really does work, although you have to keep at it. If you want my advice, I’d suggest the supplements over the spot fix – the Ultra Nourish Hair contain so many vitamins and minerals that your body already needs, that it can’t hurt to help the rest of it along with your nails!
My feet are constantly dry and I don’t know what to do! I’ve tried everything, including moisturizing with body butter and sleeping with cotton socks, but nothing seems to work. What do I do?
I’m going to let you in on a little secret (and I mean that in the true sense of the word) that I once picked up from my editor back when I was at a fashion magazine and it is this; using skincare products on your feet.
Editors get sent way more products per square inch of skin on their faces than they know what to do with, so what’s the best way to try them out? Slather the stuff everywhere else! After all, your skin doesn’t end at your neck.
This nifty little trick is how I learnt that hyaluronic acid, when used on your feet, is the single most effective solution to dry, cracked heels. The ingredient is known for its ability to hold over 1,000 times its weight in water, making it a great anti-aging, wrinkle-busting element to have in skincare, and it’s precisely this that makes it such a great foot rescuer.
Here’s what you do. Take a hyaluronic acid mask - I’m a huge fan of Thalgo’s Hyaluronic Mask – and slather some all over the driest bits on your feet. Put them up for about 20 minutes, then wash off. Repeat every night for a week and you’ll notice a huge difference.
While you’re at it, if you’re above 30, dermatologist Kiran Lohia recommends using some on your face about once a week as well. It’ll replenish any lost moisture from the week gone by and make your skin glow.
I’m not a huge fan of makeup, never have been; but I do like to make an effort when I’m getting dressed up every once in a while. The only thing is, I absolutely hate foundation. Is it absolutely necessary? Can’t I do without? I’ve never found one that really worked for me.
Absolutely! Wearing makeup is supposed to be fun, so don’t do anything that makes you feel like you dread the whole process. Honestly, if you’re only looking to even things out a bit when you do wear makeup, concealer is probably a better bet than foundation anyway.
If you’d still like to add a little extra something without using foundation, try a tinted moisturizer or a BB Cream. They’re made for low maintenance folks like you – a tiny blob massaged into your face and you’ve got both moisturizer and coverage sorted.