Embarrassing Beauty Questions
Celebrity makeup artist and beauty expert editor Michele Probst has worked with the likes of Al Gore, Tim McGraw and Katie Couric. Now she lends her expertise to the problems that plague everyday folks: unwanted hair, razor bumps, sweat stains and more.
Questions from women:
What can you do to avoid razor bumps along the bikini line?
"What you want to do is exfoliate first," says Michele. "That is the most important thing! Get your skin very clean and very smooth. There are different waxes on the market ... my favorite is ZIP and you can get it at the drug store. Then, think about what you are doing: You're ripping and tearing the skin. So you want to do something cool...maybe aloe or any kind of ointment or gel that has all-natural or all-organic stuff in it."
How can you get rid of that hair a woman gets on the top of her lip?
"Let's just call it what it is: It's a mustache," she says. "You can do the wax thing or you could go get it done professionally and get electrolysis, but how embarrassing! If this is an issue for you, get a good pair of tweezers. Not the little tiny, pointy ones. Get the ones with the straight edge, so you can really get a grip on it. And same thing with the eyebrows."
What do you do about those bulges of fat on the sides -- your muffin top?
"I call them love handles. If that is the only area that you're having an issue with, its got to be something that you're eating or drinking. Typically sugar. But honey, exercise, drink lots of water, toning ... that's pretty much what it is."
Questions from men:
Is there something that can be done about nose, neck and ear hair?
"When men lose the hair on their head, it comes out in other places," says Michele. "As far as ears and nose, you can tweeze, but that's too obnoxious ... Invest in tools like the one I call the mini weed-eater. For ear and nose, definitely a utensil is the best way to go."
How can you avoid those ugly yellow sweat stains in the armpits of white t-shirts?
"If it's a yellow stain, its your deodorant," explains Michele. "It's the chemical in your deodorant ... It is important, if you have a lot of sweat issues, to drink a lot of water. What you put in internally comes out externally. Natural, organic products in the deodorant I think would help. But sweating is good, as long as it doesn't smell."
Can something be done about an ugly yellow toenail in time for sandal season?
Michele lays down a general rule on this subject: "I think we have to have a rule about summer and spring: If you do have non-pedicure toes, no open-toed shoes people, OK?"
"It's a fungus," she goes on to explain. "Like you said, you work out. And typically, you're going to get it from the gym, a public gym, or a day spa type of thing. Try olive oil, it can get down into the second layer of your skin. Since it is a fungus, go to the doctor to get more help but this is a starter."
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