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Some of us may need a little extra assistance in the skin and hair department, but may not be as open or enthusiastic about doing beauty research. I mean when was the last time you and your girlfriend indulged in a couple’s facial at her favorite salon?
To take care of ourselves, just talk to leading skin- and hair-care experts. Apparently, the key to finding less-expensive, easy-to-use products is mainly about reading the key ingredients. In some cases, improving skin and hair is about diet and lifestyle choices.
Dr. Debra Jaliman, dermatologist and author of Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from a Top New York Dermatologist, has recommendations for the following common skin problems:
The sonic cleansing systems are great to really clean the skin. They take off dead skin and bacteria better than washing with fingers or a cloth. Salicylic acid in a concentration from 1 to 2% is good in pads or an astringent to unclog pores. You can also look for benzoyl peroxide to kill bacteria.
Oily skin can be treated with glycolic acid pads and/or wash and blotting papers.
Bags under the eyes
Under-eye bags can be treated with products containing topical caffeine and ice gel packs. Sleep on two pillows. When you sleep flat, all the fluid goes into the under eye area. When you are elevated, it doesn't.
Dandruff on the scalp, face, back and chest
Yes, dandruff really happens in all of these places, and it might explain the greasy redness on the skin and some of the acne, too, in some cases. Dandruff can be treated with a zinc pyrithione dandruff shampoo. Using a scalp scrubber on the scalp will help lift the scales. An exfoliating shower cloth or sponge on a handle for scrubbing the back will exfoliate the skin to help it look better right away.
This can be treated by changing the shower steps to include warm instead of steamy hot water, soaping only the body odor or oily areas like armpits, groin, buttocks and feet and chest/back/face/ears/neck.