I shave my legs and underarms every day. I have tried waxing but it only lasts about 10 days to two weeks. I use a man’s brushless shaving cream which I find to be the mildest. Someone told me that if you shave in the morning or after a bath, the skin is so puffed up that you can get cut more easily. Is this true? Do you have any other better method?

Shaving is probably the fastest hair-removal method and it is true that waxing can become very expensive, if you have do it so often. It does leave the skin nice and smooth though, and the hair grows in softer. For people with sensitive skin, brushless shaving cream or a skin conditioner or silicone included in the shaving cream is a plus. To get a good shave you must allow the hair to become soft and “fat” with water, then it will shave much better. It doesn’t mean that you should soak in the bathtub for an hour, a 10-minute shower should do the trick. If you soak in the tub for a long period of time, your skin will swell and you will not be able to get as close a shave and you can nick yourself much more easily. After shaving, apply a skin tonic or freshener and a good body moisturizer to soothe the skin.

Why is it necessary to drink eight to 10 glasses of water a day? Are soft drinks just as good?

Eight to 10 glasses is only a guide and the amount can be adapted to each indivdual. For instance, if a person drinks five glasses of water and has a regular diet of salad and fruits every day, he or she may not need the eight glasses that may be necessary for person who eats very salty food, drinks coffee and soft drinks and does not eat a variety of foods. Having enough water in the system aids in regulating body temperature and is also responsible for other life-sustaining functions such as transporting wastes and nutrients, aiding in digestion, keeping the skin soft and moisturized. Without adequate amounts of water, the body can become tired because it has to work harder to get rid of the wastes in the system. The fitter the body, the more water the tissues can hold.

Most nutritionists recommend plain water rather than coffee, tea, cocoa, soft drinks and most juices. Coffee and tea as well as soft drinks have been found to be somewhat dehydrating. The minute amounts of caffeine do reduce muscle fatigue, but caffeine makes the heart work harder and acts as a diuretic. Soft drinks and juices can contain too much sugar and can increase your need for water. Also they are retained in the stomach, rather than passing quickly into the intestines to be absorbed. Milk (skim milk preferably) can be used as an alternative to plain water.