Real Simple readers share their can’t-fail tips.

By Real Simple
Updated February 18, 2005
Silver spoon and mascara
Credit: Alison Gootee


Because Arizona, where I live, is very dry, I use leave-in conditioner overnight. When I shower in the morning, I rinse it out and my hair feels soft and replenished. I find it works better than the 20-minute heat treatments, which I think leave hair waxy. Plus, who has time for that?
Allyson Waak
Clarkdale, Arizona


In my palm, I mix a tiny bit of Jergen's Age Defying Multi-Vitamin Moisturizer with my Cetaphil 15 Facial Moisturizer and apply it to my damp face and lips. My skin gets moisturized and feels great. This also makes it easier to apply lip liner or lipstick, as I have very dry skin.
Nannette Martin
Jacksonville, Florida

I have discovered Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base, an oil-free moisturizer for all skin types. After I wash my face in the morning (with Cetaphil), I apply this all over, and my SPF 15 oil-free cover-up glides on like buttah. I no longer feel as if I'm spreading Spackle on my face, and my 50-year-old oily skin looks nearly flawless, younger, and great all day long.
Jackqueline Likvan
Arlington Heights, Illinois


I keep a couple of spoons in the freezer. After a sleepless night, I place the cold spoons on my puffy eyes to correct the problem before I apply makeup.
Hannah Cusack
Victoria, Texas


Nothing gives your face a more beautiful glow than a bright smile and healthy teeth. I floss and brush after every meal and never miss my regular dental checkups. I also bleach my teeth every few months to maintain a natural shade of white.
Shawna Gasak
DuPont, Washington


My fellow nurses are always painting Band-Aid Liquid Bandage on cracks in their hands caused by hours of countless washings. I don't have that problem because at least once a week I use the Body Shop's Hemp Hand Protector cream and Bath and Body Works True Blue Spa's Beauty Queen Wave Moisturizing Gel Gloves. The gloves are not cheap but are worth every cent. After a night shift, I apply the cream liberally and fall asleep with the gloves on. At some point in my nap, I end up taking them off and wiping my hands on a towel. It's as if my hands have been in a mini-spa. I wake up with soft skin and cuticles.
Vyktoria Taylor
St. Mary's, Georgia


I keep a tube of foot cream in my bed-stand drawer and use it each night before turning in. It feels lovely on tired feet and is a beauty routine that's quick and easy to remember at the end of the day.
Lynne Fiore
Rensselaer, New York


As soon as I've toweled off after a shower, I rub moisturizer all over my body, then spend 10 minutes in the warm, moist bathroom doing my hair and dressing routines. This keeps my pores open to slowly soak up the moisturizer.
Beth Murphy
Weymouth, Massachusetts

Once a month, I make a scrub of 2 tablespoons of wheat germ, 1 small mashed banana, and 1 teaspoon of honey. It can be used on the face, neck, hands, elbows, and feet to exfoliate and moisturize―and it smells delicious.
Suzanne Joy
Orlando, Florida