Should one have two types of creams – a day moisturizer and a night cream, or is one sufficient?

Most cosmetic companies suggest a daytime moisturizer which helps hold moisture in the skin, protects it from pollution, makeup, helps increase the ability of the skin to retain water (not oil). Additional agents such as urea, lactic acid, etc. increase the skin’s ability to retain its natural moisture.

The nighttime creams may contain some active ingredients, such as vitamins, collagen/elastin, royal jelly, placenta to nourish and feed the skin, oxygenate and stimulate the skin’s natural functions. There are treatment creams on the market that may be used day and night, but they are designed to stimulate the skin’s functions or strengthen the tissues. But, I do suggest even then, that it’s good to have another cream just to give the skin a variety of stimulants, or diet if you wish, so that the skin is constantly stimulated by new ingredients.

Are there cosmetics on the market that are “natural” and are they better to use?

There are many cosmetics or foods that are natural but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they are good. For example, potato plant leaves are poisonous but the root or potato is a good food source, sunlight is natural and stimulates vitamin D in the skin, but too much can cause skin cancer. So, in choosing cosmetics, listen to advice that skin specialists and estheticians give, read the ingredients listed on the product, know your skin type, be aware of the differences in a product.

I had my hair permed about a month ago and the curl seems to be almost gone. The hair has only a slight wave to it now. I use a good shampoo and conditioner every other day. What could the problem be?

Conditioner build-up could be the problem. Conditioning needs of the hair can change with the perm. You may not need to condition with every shampoo, and you may need a conditioner only on specific areas of the hair or a different type of conditioner designed for permed hair. Also, mixing a conditioning shampoo with a conditioner afterwards makes the hair heavy with conditioner build-up. Before the perm, your hair may already have had conditioner build-up which may have prevented hair coloring or perming chemicals from reaching and bonding correctly to the hair itself. Before having a perm or haircoloring, you should try to do a strand test on the hair and/or use a shampoo or treatment that is designed to strip away the excess products. Discuss this with your hairdresser. Other causes may be medication, fever, sickness, treating your hair harshly when it is wet (it is already very fragile after the perm) with hot rollers/curling iron, diet, etc.