Dear readers: Dry winter air, low humidity and freezing temperatures can influence the skin. Do you adjust how you shower? You should. Frequent long hot showers can dry the skin, leaving it red, irritated and inflamed.
A five to seven minute shower with warm (not hot) water is the best, and many people think it is good to shower every other day. Moisturizing body wash is better than strong bar soap; Bar soap can remove the necessary oils from the skin.
Also, it is better to wash less frequently. Skipping one day is fine. If your hair is slightly oily, look for a dry shampoo. Shave during the winter? Make sure the skin gently exfoliates and bends with a rich shaving cream.
Finally, gently dry the skin with a soft towel; Do not rub the skin hard. Apply a creamy lotion that is absorbed into the skin.
Dear readers: Buying and wearing vintage cotton t-shirts and clothing is fun and fun, but sometimes the clothes can smell like damp, damp and damp. The solution is easy: wash with 2 cups of white vinegar and dry well. Store in a low humidity environment.
Vinegar is a workhorse in the home. Safe, cheap and easily available, I have searched it again and again. I have compiled my favorite suggestions, aids and vinegar recipes in a handy brochure. Would you like to receive one? It is easy! Visit Heloise.com to place an order or send an envelope with your address, stamped (70 cents), along with $ 5, to: Heloise / Vinegar, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. FYI: To remove an old crease from the hem of your clothes, moisten the crease line with a cloth soaked in white vinegar, then press with a moderately hot iron.
Dear Heloise: We use our blender a lot at this time of the year; Frozen fruits in the freezer section can be mixed 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, Ind.
Julie B .: Do not panic, it is not difficult. Put two or three drops of dishwashing liquid in the blender and fill it halfway with water. Turn on the blender for only a few seconds, then rinse. No more strawberry seeds!
Dear Heloise: How do I make those diaries for the fireplace that I remember seeing in your column? It’s been a while, and I’ve forgotten.
Hal in West Virginia
Hal in West Virginia: To make newspaper fire logs, you must roll several sections of newspapers (without color cartoons or glossy advertising inserts) and insert them into a can of food to which both ends have been removed. Soak the “logs” in water and let them dry completely. (This makes it more likely that the paper stays together when it burns.) Then use the log as a normal wooden log. Keep in mind: burning paper will produce more ashes than a log.
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