I am now a real estate agent and spend a great deal of time in the car and outdoors. What seemed to work on my skin when I worked strictly in an office doesn’t seem to be enough now that I am outdoors. What should I do to adapt?

It may be that, now you are spending more time in the sunlight and you are exposed to more dust and wind, the hydration of your skin may be affected. It may feel dry and tight.

Along with routine cleansing, toning, and moisturizing care, you may now need more protection. A masque used once a week will help preserve more moisture in the skin. Choose a moisturizer that has a sun screen in it, as well as a foundation with a built-in screen.

The wind and sun can also be more drying to the lips, too, so look for a more moisturizing lipstick or a lip gloss. The other extra help that your skin may require is a mild exfoliant to remove the outer layer of dead skin cells.

Check with an esthetician or skin specialist who can examine your skin and evaluate it properly.

I am 60 years old and would like to wear mascara because my lashes are very light in color, but they are also quite short. The mascaras I have tried all seem to make the lashes stick together. Is there one on the market that does not clump?

Mascara application can be difficult with some of the fat brush applicators on your short lashes. However, they are well suited to long lashes.

You may look for one that has a comb applicator or just a grooved wand. They will probably give you some color and a little less mascara with each application.

You can build up the mascara on the lashes with several coats. Make sure you let each application dry before applying another.

Can you tell me what the pre-tanning products actually do for the skin? Do they make a tan last longer?

The pre-tanning products help to stimulate melanin production before the skin is exposed to the sun. It has to be applied daily for at least three or four days before exposure. Remember, it is not a substitute for sunscreen.

I would caution those who have pigmentation problems (age spots, scars, etc.) not to use the product, because it will or can prepare the skin to darken it more.

In the summer I usually have a heat rash on my legs, on the inside of the elbows, and around my waist. Is there there a product that will soothe or eliminate the rash? I shower daily with hot water and deodorant soap, and always put on a body cream after the shower.

Heat rash or prickly heat occurs more often during the summer because of the combination of high temperatures, increased perspiration and more frequent showering.

Heat rash often results from perspiration trapped in the sweat ducts, which gives rise to inflamed or raised skin surfaces. Showering with water that is too hot or using a strong soap will also leave the skin with little natural protection, making it more sensitive to the salts of perspiration.

Shower with tepid water and a mild moisturizing soap. Apply your cream to the dryer areas, but also apply a powder to the more moist areas.

Try an unscented or scented talcum powder, or you could try corn starch – it has great absorbing properties, no perfume and is not irritating. Put in a shaker container so that the application is easier than the box.

In treating the heat rash, apply cool compresses of water or witch hazel to the affected area, pat dry with a clean towel and then sprinkle the powder on it to keep the area really dry.

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