Dear Readers: Some face cleansers may or may not remove all of your MAKEUP entirely. So, give your skin a good cleaning, especially if you wear a lot of makeup or have been exercising. Pay special attention to gently removing the makeup around your eyes. I use a nonoily, drugstore eye-makeup remover.
Wet your face with warm water, and work a small amount of cleanser onto your face. Start at your forehead, then down to the nose, cheeks, chin and neck. Rinse well and pat dry with a clean towel, but don’t rub!
Most people do not need to wash their face twice a day, but for oily skin, it is recommended to wash your face both morning and night. For combination skin, washing twice a day is up to you. However, overwashing and scrubbing can lead to dryness and irritation, even if you have oily skin.
For a deeper cleaning, try exfoliating one to two times weekly using my Heloise sugar-and-oil (baby or olive) scrub. Mix a small amount of both in your palms, and GENTLY scrub your face. Be careful not to get too close to the eyes. Rinse and pat dry. I have been testing using baby shampoo and a washcloth -- it’s super! -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: My wife and I have an ongoing disagreement about how clean the stovetop should be. Our stove is 10 years old, and the stovetop is “well-seasoned” with baked-on grease stains. These grease stains drive my wife crazy. However, I look at things a little differently. The grease stains on our stove remind me of the grease stains on my mother’s stove when I was growing up. These stains remind me of all the family meals that were cooked and shared. When I look at our stove, I don’t see grease stains, I see love. Thanks for listening. -- Rod in Canal Fulton, Ohio
Well, Rod, I just worry that all the “love” may be a fire hazard! Your wife is right on this one, and I agree with her. Take a photo and tape it up to the refrigerator if you want to have the visual memory. Then clean that stove and keep it clean! -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: I was having a BIG problem with desk clutter and realized that it was from all the stray event invitations and fliers. Now I immediately add events to my calendar and discard the paper in order to prevent clutter. If I need to keep one for the address, phone number, etc., I clip it to my calendar! -- Jessie in Illinois
Dear Heloise: When frost occurs, I want to protect my patio plants. I bring them in and place them near a window on an oil drip pan that I purchased in the auto-parts section of a local store. It looks like a giant cookie sheet and protects my floor when I water the plants. -- J.B. in Louisiana
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