The Secrets of Buying Face Makeup

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The Secrets of Buying Face Makeup

It happened again: After spending hours looking for the right face makeup, you bought a foundation that doesn’t match your skin tone. Here’s a minor comfort: Getting the right foundation shade is one of the most difficult beauty products purchases a woman can make. But Helga Surratt, president of About Faces Day Spa & Salon in Towson, Md., says your quest will be easier if you do some homework first.

Treating Eczema

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Treating Eczema

Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a chronic condition of the skin characterized by irritation, itchiness, and dry skin. It is thought to develop when your immune system, your body's natural defense system, becomes inappropriately revved up in response to allergens in the environment, such as perfumes and dyes. By some estimates, more than 15 million people in the United States suffer from some degree of eczema, with annual medical costs close to $1 billion.

Eczema is the reason for about one in five visits to the dermatologist's office. Both men and women can have eczema, and the first signs tend to show up in childhood. Nearly 95 percent of people with eczema experience their first bout with the condition before age 5. Eczema can occur anywhere on the body, but the face, elbows, hands, feet, and the back of the knee are some of the more common locations.

What's My Skin Type?

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What's My Skin Type?

Skin is generally classified into one of four categories: normal, oily, dry, and combination, says Susan Van Dyke, MD, a dermatologist with Van Dyke Laser and Skin Care in Paradise Valley, Ariz. However, your skin type can change as you age, and other factors like genetics and even illness can play a part. “It’s multi-factorial,” Dr. Van Dyke says.

Normal skin, which has a good balance of moisture, small pores and an even tone, is the goal of most skin care regimens. Most people have normal skin, Van Dyke says, but to maintain its good condition, it’s important to minimize its exposure to the sun. A facial sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 is ideal for preventing wrinkles and other sun damage.

Put it by your toothpaste and use it,” Van Dyke says. “It doesn’t matter if it is snowing or raining — get in that habit so you always have it on. Incidental sun exposure is what gets you.”