Tips for com­bat­ing dry skin in win­ter

Antelope Valley Press - - VALLEY LIFE -

Dear Read­ers: Win­ter’s dry air, low hu­mid­ity and freez­ing tem­per­a­tures can do a num­ber on the skin. Do you ad­just how you shower? You should. Fre­quent long, hot show­ers can dry out the skin, leav­ing it red, ir­ri­tated and in­flamed.

A five-to-seven-minute shower with warm (not hot) wa­ter is best, and many peo­ple find they are good to go show­er­ing ev­ery other day. Mois­tur­iz­ing body wash is bet­ter than harsh bar soap; the bar soap can re­move nec­es­sary oils from the skin.

In ad­di­tion, it’s bet­ter to sham­poo less fre­quently. Skip­ping a day is OK. If your hair is slightly oily, reach for a dry sham­poo. Shav­ing through the win­ter? Make sure skin is gen­tly ex­fo­li­ated and plied with a rich shav­ing cream.

Fi­nally, gen­tly pat the skin dry with a soft towel; don’t scour the skin harshly. Ap­ply a creamy lo­tion that ab­sorbs into the skin.

— Heloise

Stinky vintage

Dear Read­ers: Shop­ping for and wear­ing vintage cot­ton T-shirts and clothes is cool and fun, but some­times the clothes can have a musty, dank and clammy smell. The fix is easy: Laun­der with 2 cups white vine­gar and dry thor­oughly. Store in a low-hu­mid­ity en­vi­ron­ment.

Vine­gar is a work­horse in the home. Safe, cheap and read­ily avail­able, I’ve reached for it time and time again. I’ve com­piled my fa­vorite vine­gar hints, helps and recipes into a handy pam­phlet. Would you like to re­ceive one? It’s easy. Visit to or­der, or send a long, stamped (70 cents), self-ad­dressed en­ve­lope, to­gether with $5, to: Heloise/Vine­gar, P.O. Box 795001, San An­to­nio, TX 78279-5001. FYI: To re­move an old hem­line crease from cloth­ing, dampen the crease line with a cloth soaked in white vine­gar, then press with a mod­er­ately hot iron.

— Heloise

Easy clean

Dear Heloise: We use our blender a lot this time of year; freezer-sec­tion frozen fruits can mix with yo­gurt and al­mond milk to make de­li­cious smooth­ies. How­ever, I have trou­ble keep­ing the blender clean — all those seeds. Help?

— Julie B., Fort Wayne,

In­di­ana Julie, don’t panic — it’s not hard. Put two to three drops of liq­uid dish­wash­ing de­ter­gent in the blender, and fill half­way with wa­ter. Turn the blender on for just a few sec­onds, then rinse. No more straw­berry seeds.

— Heloise

News­pa­per logs

Dear Heloise: How do I make those news­pa­per logs for the fire­place that I re­mem­ber see­ing in your col­umn? It’s been a while, and I’ve for­got­ten.

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