medfr18685Are You Shampoo Savvy?

Did you know you can have your fashion and beauty questions answered each week on 10 Connects News at 5:00 p.m.? Simply email me at and watch my Better Beauty segments on Monday for the answers.

Here are some recent questions we received:

Q: Can you use dandruff shampoo as an acne treatment?

A: The answer is yes! Many dandruff shampoos, like T-Gel, T-Sal and Head & Shoulders contain active ingredients like salicylic acid, zinc, sulfur and tar, which can help clear up acne and other skin conditions such as rosacea and Seborrheic Dermatitis. But be careful. These products could irritate if left on the skin for long periods of time. Also, stay away from shampoos that contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or silicones as they are known comedogenics and can actually cause a breakout.

Q: Do two-in-one shampoo and conditioner products really work?

A: Yes, for the general population these products work just fine. However, if you have oily hair you may want a product that gives you a deeper cleansing and may not need the conditioner, and if your hair is extremely dry or chemically treated, you may need a deeper conditioner.

Q: Do you really need to switch shampoos every so often to avoid “build up” and to get the best results?

A: Most high-end shampoos claim they won’t cause build up, but I find my hair behaves better when I switch to a new product – or back to one I haven’t used in a while. You can make your own anti-build up solution at home. Just take 3 or 4 different shampoos, fill a pump bottle an inch at a time alternating between products until full. This way you will be using a different shampoo every week or so without having to think about it.

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eyeshadowSpring Clean Your Makeup Routine

Did you know that cleaning out your cosmetic bag can save you time and money? By knowing what you have, and making a list of what you need to replace, you won’t waste your money buying things you already have or products that won’t work for you. Follow these 7 simple steps to help you clean out your cosmetic case and keep your makeup routine cost and time effective:

Step 1: Inspect
Pull everything out of your bag and make a thorough inspection. Toss out anything you haven’t used in a year, looks or smells funny, or has changed consistency.

Step 2: Separate
Separate the basics you use every day from the special items you use only occasionally. Those items you use frequently earn a place back in your makeup bag. Those items you don’t use on a daily basis, like glitter eye shadow, should be put in a separate location. This will help you cut down on clutter and speed up your beauty routine.

Step 3: Start With The Basics
Be sure you have all the basics which should include: concealer, foundation or tinted moisturizer, powder, blush, eye shadow (at least two shades), eyeliner, mascara, lip liner, and lipstick or gloss. If you are missing any of these, put them on your shopping list.

Step 4: Check Formulas & Colors
Make sure your basics are all working for you as far as formulas and colors. In the summer months, many women switch to a foundation of lighter consistency due to the heat and humidity. And with increased sun exposure, most of us need to use a darker shade. Your “off season” colors, if less than 6 months old, should be stored in a separate location until you need them again. If they are more than 6 months old, toss them out and buy new next season.

Step 5: Clean
Give everything a good cleaning. Wipe the outside of containers as well as the inside of lids. This will help keep your makeup bag clean and let you easily see what you have inside. Wash and sanitize sponges and brushes and let them air dry. Toss out old sponges that are torn or permanently discolored and replace brushes when they start losing hairs.

Step 6: Organize
Separate your brushes and disposables. By placing brushes in a separate bag inside your makeup case you will help preserve their shape and prevent them from becoming unnecessarily soiled. Use zip lock bags to store disposables like q-tips and tissues. This way they will be readily accessible and stay clean and tidy until you need them.

Step 7: Shop
Take your shopping list with you to your favorite cosmetic counter and get an expert’s opinion on the products that are right for your coloring and skin type. They can tell you about important ingredients, advise you on the latest color trends, and tell you how a product will perform. You can purchase the products that they recommend and be confident you will achieve the best results, or you can take their advice and head to your local discount retailer to find similar colors and formulas.