*The information contained here reflects my personal experience with the products mentioned. Your experience may be different. This advice should be considered from one friend to another - I am not a medical/skincare/haircare professional.
- For straight up frizz hair (not curly) I like John Frieda's Frizz Ease line. You can find it at Target, Ulta, Walgreens, etc. If you prefer salon products, I like Moroccan Oil.
- If you have curly hair that gets frizzy, try DevaCurl, which is the gold standard in curly haircare. Their entire line is great - I especially like their Low-Poo shampoo, the One Condition and Mist-er Right refreshing spray. SoCozy is new to Target and is marketed as being for kids...but I like their Boing curl-enhancing line and am definitely not a kid. Their curl gel-cream is one of my favorite smoothing/shaping products. I actually used it today on my hair for the TV segment!
- In the TV segment, I mentioned a few hair regrowth products that I like: RapidLash and Epitome Skincare's Lash and Brow Serum. Epitome Skincare's serum is my go-to and, although it is more expensive than RapidLash, I think it's worth the cost. I'll be honest and say that I don't necessarily know how regrowth products correlate with thyroid issues. (If anyone else does have experience with this, please chime in down in the comments section)
- Dry shampoo is definitely your friend, Heather! (See below for my favorite). Also, have a hair style plan in mind for a few days: Day 1 - blow it out and wear it down Day 2 - Use a little dry shampoo and pull it back in a half-up/half down style Day 3 - More dry shampoo and a ponytail Day 4 - MORE dry shampoo and a messy bun + a headband
- The best product you can invest in is a great flat iron. I think it makes sense to spend a little extra money on a tool that could potentially burn/damage your hair - my favorites are made by Paul Mitchell (at salons) and Hot Tools (at Ulta, Target). Look for a flat iron with ceramic plates that feel smooth and heat evenly. As for a styling product, you should definitely use a heat protectant spray before flat ironing. I like BioSilk Silk Therapy Thermal Shield and John Frieda Heat Defeat.
- Gray hair has definitely been a trend over the past 18 months - a lot of women are actually dying their hair gray (a lavender/gray shade has been especially popular). As for natural gray, I think we are seeing more women embrace it - which is great! Diversity in the way women look is becoming more celebrated, and (hopefully) more mainstream.
- I use Batiste brand dry shampoo because they work well without adding a ton of tackiness to your hair. I also like that they offer a spray specifically for darker hair colors - so there's no ashy residue left behind. Batiste is available at most drug stores/Target. I've also recently started using Verb dry shampoo and like it a lot, too. It's not a spray , which makes the application more precise. You can find it at Sephora.
- There are so many! Here are just a few I like: Paul Mitchell Ultimate Color Repair, L'Oreal Color Vibrancy Nourishing Shampoo, and Redken Color Extend
- Thinning hair can be caused by several different issues (genetics, stress, medication, your diet) so I think it's a good idea to chat with your doctor to see if there's anything you can change about your lifestyle that might help. Product-wise you have a few options: Rogaine 5% is a mousse that you apply daily and can-regrow hair; I've read good things about the effectiveness of this (but you have to use it every single day). Nioxin is another line of products which I've heard is more effective at stopping hair loss/thinning than it is at regrowing hair. You could also play around with your hair cut and style: volume is your friend, so applying mousse then using a round brush to blow it dry, and using a dry shampoo (even if your hair isn't dirty!) will both add more volume and texture to your hair.
- Gwen, I think it would be a good idea to talk to your doctor about your hair loss. The weight loss could be a contributing factor, or there could be something else going on.
- Roberta, I have two suggestions: your hair might respond well to a little heat styling, so try running a flat iron over the ends. Then run a hair serum or oil over the ends, like Living Proof Satin Hair Serum or Hask Keratin Protein Smoothing Shine Oil.
- I really like Pacifica's Sea Foam Face Wash. It removes all my makeup without drying me out.
- I've had good luck with SkinMedica's Lytera Skin Brightening Complex. Over the course of about three months, with daily use, it has visibly faded the sun spots on my face.
- Bad news, Chris - I've yet to find a drug-store brightening/spot reducing product that actually works. The Lytera product I mentioned above costs about $75 on Amazon, but it's worked for me and is highly rated by other reviewers. One bottle has also lasted me several months.
- It's been about 10 years since I've used a Mary Kay cleanser - the last time I did, though, my very sensitive skin did not react well.
- Some face masks really work, and some are worth the splurge, especially since they last a long time. I trust masks that promise immediate results (brightening, soothing, exfoliating) more than those that promise long-term, medical-grade results. My favorite mask for combination/acne prone skin is Mario Badescu Healing and Soothing Mask.
- Lisa, I haven't tried the Laneige products yet - but I'll put them on the list! You're right...there are so many new skincare brands, that it can be hard to know what to buy. My best advice is this: find a cleanser, a moisturizer and an eye cream that are affordable and make your skin feel good. Then don't be afraid to stick with them!
- Christy, you're not going to like this answer. No cream is going to deliver the kind of results that dermal fillers, or lasers will - so be sure to have realistic expectations. And I can't think of a single cream or serum at the drugstore that will do the trick, so I suggest chatting with a dermatologist to see what products or services might produce the results you're looking for. In general, retinols and antioxidants will be in the ingredient list for any worthwhile product.
- Great question, Lori. If you haven't seen a big difference, then I'd say the answer for you is no! I think it's all about the ingredients...and like any product line, some Med Spa brands are more about packaging or brand name than the product. In general, I'm willing to spend more money on serums and moisturizers than cleansers or toners. But the bottom line should always be: if you don't see results on your face, it's not worth your time or money.
- Andrew, I suggest using a makeup brand called Dermablend...and you can use the same technique in this video to cover scars: https://youtu.be/Jwngbzv0gbY
Lorna SH Just turned 50. Starting to see changes in skin. Around eyes. What is best?
Laurie S I have tried everything to conceal my dark undereye. I even tried the current youtube video about using red lipstick under the eyes. Nothing works. Its my thin skin. HELP!!!! best product to use for undereye concealer.
Jacquie JB What's the best under eye make-up for covering dark circles (that doesn't settle into the lines & make you look older)?
- There were several questions about under eye circles - so I made sure to talk about that in today's TV segment. I like the Bobbi Brown method for concealing: hydrate the under-eye area, put down a salmon/peach toned creamy corrector, then layer a yellow-toned concealer on top. Bobbi's products are great! Also, if your under-eyes get dry throughout the day or your concealer starts to look cakey, tap just a little bit of moisturizer on top to freshen it up
- My oily-complexioned friends tell me that two products are terrific: E.L.F. Studio Translucent Mattifying Powder and Estee Lauder Double Matte Oil Control Powder
- Tarte Lights Camera Lashes and Cover Girl Clump Crusher are two options that have worked well for me. To make it easier to remove mascara, I like to put a tiny bit of my face wash on a Q-tip and run it gently over my lashes. Then I rinse my whole face with water.
- I have, though I've never used them.
- Jami, I'm in the same boat that you are. If you can, try to figure out which ingredients give you the most problems: I struggle with bisumth oxychloride, talc and dimethicone. A few product lines to check out include: ZuZu Luxe, Mineral Fusion, Silk Naturals and Pacifica.
- That's so frustrating! I'm assuming your're using an eyelash curler - that's a must. I've had good luck with Clinique's High Impact Curling Mascara. Also, waterproof mascaras are usually drier formulas, so won't weigh your lashes down as much as wetter formulas.
- Cleaning brushes can feel like such a chore- that's why I don't wait to do them all at once. Instead, I wash a brush when it is visibly dirty or after every 2 or 3 uses (whichever comes first). My preferred method of cleaning is super simple: pump a drop of hand soap or shampoo into my palm, then rub the brush over my soapy palm under running water. Once the water runs clear, it's clean. I set it on my bathroom counter to dry for a few hours.
- I like Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick - it's really hydrating on my lips. Whatever brand you choose, avoid matte and choose cream formulas. Crazy dry lips can be an indicator of a petroleum allergy - a common ingredient in lipsticks. Look for a formula without petroleum to see if it makes any difference. My favorite petroleum-free brand is StormSister.
- For mature skin, I like cream blushes - Bobbi Brown's Pot Rouge and Stila's Convertible Color are both really nice and they don't contain sparkle. If you love a powder blush, Revlon has relaunched their blush line and several of the shades do not have any sparkle.
- A lot of eyeliners make my eyes itch and water, too, Angie. I've had great luck with two brands you can find online: Alima Pure's Natural Definition Eye Pencil and Root Pretty's Pretty All Day Gel Eyeliner are my go-tos.
- Both BB and CC Cream include more skincare-type ingredients than a typical foundation, and they also usually contain an SPF. The difference is in the coverage: BB Cream has a lighter coverage, and CC Cream offers more coverage. For BB Cream, I like Maybelline's Dream Fresh BB Cream. IT Cosmetics's Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50 is nice, too.