Since your hair is now dry, use shampoos and conditioners for that hair type. You will likely need to shampoo only once per week. Use lukewarm water, not hot, and massage the scalp with the fingertips to stimulate the circulation to the hair roots. Avoid using heat appliances such as blow driers and curling irons and keep your head covered when in the sun. If you swim in chlorinated or salt water, wash your hair immediately afterward.

Many people lose their appetite as they age and this can lead to poor nutrition and a variety of problems. Make certain you are getting adequate amounts of protein, vegetables, fruits and grains to provide nourishment to the hair roots.

Do you think I need to wear a sunscreen in the winter when I cross-country ski?

Quite often you will need a slightly highter protection in your sunsreen as the snow can act as a reflector causing more intense radiation. In the case of downhill skiing, the higher the altitude, the thinner the air and therefore the more protection is needed. After any winter sport you should nourish and protect the skin with a moisturizing/treatment cream.

I always seem to break out before getting my period. Is there anything I can do to prevent this?

From the first day of the menstrual cycle, the estrogen levels in a woman’s body steadily climb until approximately mid-cycle. At this point, the production of estrogen starts to dwindle and the levels of progesterone begin to climb. The blemishes generally flare up when there is a lack of estrogen and high amounts of progesterone (about 10 days prior to the onset of menstruation). There is no product to actually control this, but you can use blemish-controlling products on the affected areas, such as a clay mask, witch hazel, anti-bacterial creams. Avoid squeezing the blemishes as this could cause further infection and there is the possibility of scarring. If you take proper care of your skin – twice- daily cleansing, with the use of toning and moisturizing or treatment creams as well as any recommended facial mask – you may have fewer breakouts.

We have found that good health habits can help to keep this problem to a minimum. These include a healthy diet (fresh foods, avoiding sweets and fatty fried foods, etc.) and regular fresh air and exercise.

I am a male with oily and sensitive skin. I have tried using soaps but have found them to be too harsh. Can you advise me regarding skin products for my type of skin?

There are now many different lines of skin-care products for men consisting of cleansers, toners, creams, gels, masks, conditioning and shaving products. We strongly advise against soaps as a cleansing agent, especially on a sensitive skin. Most product lines carry cleansing “milks” for various skin types. Some products for an oily skin may be too harsh for the sensitive skin. You can try combinations such as a cleanser and toner for a sensitive skin along with a moisturizing gel for an oily skin or vice versa.

Some of the shaving creams or foams have specific ingredients for easy razor glide such as silicones and glycerine. They also contain skin conditioners to soothe the irritation that so often accompanies shaving. After shaving, use a cooling and soothing gel or cream to calm the skin. Try using tepid water when washing, as hot water can aggravate the skin and stimulate oil glands to produce more oil.