In the past two years, I have developed hair growth on my upper lip. I have tried bleaching it, which works, but I would like to try waxing. A friend of mine has waxing done but she always develops tiny blisters afterward. Is this normal? Will this also happen to me?

Hair removal with wax is performed with either cold or warm wax. It is similar to removing an adhesive bandage and can be a little uncomfortable, depending upon the area, but usually has lasting results. The advantages of waxing are that it seems to slow down or discourage hair growth and the skin’s surface becomes smooth and supple. It needs to be repeated approximately every three to seven weeks.

The wax is applied along the direction of the hair growth and it is pulled off in the opposite direction. The skin can be red and slightly elevated around the opening of the follicles depending upon sensitivity of the area or person. The area is then cleaned or soothed with witchhazel, hydrogen peroxide, a healing gel or cream, although rubbing alcohol can be used. Some skins will react with redness, tiny blisters, rash, numbness, etc., which may be due to the person’s sensitivity to medication, colds, or stress. It can also be caused by wax that is too hot, skin that is very dehydrated or very oily. Most skins are a little pink or red for about 10 minutes to a couple of hours and on others no reaction occurs.

There is so much emphasis these days on treating the eye area so that it doesn’t wrinkle, that I feel I should start. I am 28 and I would like to know which cream I should be using. How do these creams work?

Usually the first places to betray your age are the eyes and the mouth because the skin in these two areas has very little fat tissue. The area around the eye tends to stretch and wrinkle far more quickly than other areas.

You are not too young to use eye cream because we all begin to lose elastin and collagen fibres in our teens. This loss contributes to the appearance of fine lines, sagging skin and deep wrinkles.

Some eye creams have a gel consistency and may have toning, cooling and refreshing ingredients which make them light in texture and non-oily. These can reduce puffiness and regenerate the eye tissue. They are usually recommended for an oily skin or contact-lens wearers. Other eye creams may be slightly heavier in texture and will help minimize the fine lines, moisturize, revitalize and tone and are usually for a mature, dry or sun damaged skin.

Some creams are going to be more effective than others and only by asking questions, reading labels, and testing will you find which one suits you best. Choose an eye cream and not a face cream as the face cream is much too heavy for the eye area. Eye creams may be used in the morning or at night, depending upon the type of cream or the skin. After cleansing, and toning the skin, apply a tiny bit (approximately one-half a baby nail for both eyes) under the brow from the nose outward and under the lashes on the upper side of the cheek bone and then towards the nose. Use the fourth or ring finger to apply it gently as if you were touching fragile tissue paper. If the eyes or the skin area become puffy, you have probably used too much or it was applied to closely to the mucous membrane of the eye. More is not always better, in fact, more can actually assist in the wrinkling and stretching of the tissues because the cream can drag the tissues down or allow them to retain too much moisture.