Is Mom’s Beauty Advice Right?
“Don’t wash your hair too often.”
Hershberger: I’m a believer in that. It’s too drying. I would wait until it looks greasy to wash it.
Gibson: The ritual of shampooing makes most people feel better. But washing every day is too much, because it can strip the hair of natural oils that keep it healthy. Three times a week is plenty.
Garrison: It’s OK to wet and condition, but washing daily is overcleaning, unless your hair is oily.
“Cold cream is all you need.”
Newburger: That’s what Mom used because that’s all that was available. It’s basically an oily soap, so it will remove makeup. But you don’t want to leave it on your skin when you could be using better products.
Brandt: That’s a fallacy. We know that retinoids and peptides can stimulate collagen, that antioxidants prevent free-radical damage and the breakdown of collagen and elastin, and that sunscreens prevent damage from ultraviolet light. Cold cream doesn’t contain these types of ingredients.
Glaser: You have to apply a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 to your face and neck every day. You need a gentle cleanser. And you need a gentle moisturizer. These are musts for all women.