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Summer Hassles -- Solved!
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- by Stephanie Galluzzo
Q. I wash my face two or three times a day, but it still feels oily -- what gives?
Skin produces extra sebum (the technical name for oil) when exposed to the sun, so washing your face more often won't prevent that greasy feeling. But you can fight it: Stash blotting sheets in your bag, or try a moisturizer designed to absorb excess oil. One we love: La Roche-Posay Effaclar Active Matt Hydrating Emulsion, $21. It's formulated with zinc to neutralize shine, and comes with a pump, so you know just how much to use.
- Q. The heels and bottoms of my feet are like sandpaper. What can I do to get my soft feet back?
Buff 'em, either in the shower with a pumice stone or with a foot file when they're dry. One we love: Microplane Foot File, $20. Yes, it looks like a cheese grater, but it fits in the palm of your hand, catches sloughed-off dead skin, and is easy to clean. To maintain smoothness, apply a thick layer of heavy cream (preferably with skin-softening shea butter) when you get out of the shower, then slip on socks for about an hour or so.
- Q. Some days it feels like my makeup is literally melting off my face. Help!
Anything that sits on top of the skin (creams, powders) will feel and look heavy now. All you really need is waterproof mascara -- plus a flush of color on lips and cheeks, via a stain. One we love: theBalm Stainiac in Beauty Queen, $14; sephora.com. A waterproof gel, it's spill- (and toddler-) proof, and it's infused with soothing aloe vera. For the most natural look on cheeks, dab on your finger first, then apply in a circular motion.
- Q. My deodorant hasn't been working as well. What's going on?
The body is programmed to maintain a core temperature, so when it's hot, we sweat to shed excess heat. To get the most from an antiperspirant, apply it when you're not sweating (or wet) already, or at night, when your body is naturally cooler. One we love: Secret Clinical Strength Hypoallergenic, $8. It has a prescription-strength level of aluminum zirconium trichlorohydrex GLY, making it the most effective available.
Unless otherwise noted, products are available at drugstores or department stores. Experts: Dermatologist Jeannette Graf, M.D.; celebrity pedicurist Gina Eppolito; makeup artist Cameron Vaught