Frequently Asked Questions

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Your complexion affects the coloring of your acne scars, so the most effective acne scar treatment varies depending on your skin tone.

You probably have red acne scars if your complexion is fair. To reduce the appearance of redness, use a facial exfoliating scrub that has glycolic or salicylic acid.

For those of you with olive or dark complexions, your acne scars tend to appear as dark brown marks. To fade out those dark scars, try a product with 2 percent hydroquinone.

If your acne scars are deep, you’ll probably need a little something more than a skin care product. Laser treatment for acne scars are usually recommended for more serious cases, but I personally recommend radio-frequency treatment because the recovery rate is so much faster.

Radio-frequency treatments like the Ematrix can be costly, but they do work. Radio-frequency treatments rebuild damaged dermal tissue in a way that acne skin care products and laser treatment just can’t.

A lot of people seem to think that cellulite is the result of having excess fat. But did you know that people living in non-industrialized countries rarely get cellulite — even if they’re overweight! Scientists think that the toxins we’re routinely exposed to in the modern world play a part in the occurrence of cellulite.

With that in mind, it’s clear that it’s going to take more than a little cardio to get rid of those dimples — even though exercising is excellent for getting rid of cellulite. I highly recommend doing a detox diet, particularly one that forbids ingesting every day chemicals like chlorine and fluoride. Cutting out sugar and trans fats is helpful, too.

Also, check out my DIY cellulite scrub to help reduce the appearance of cellulite.

The unfortunate truth is, many of us will never be able to completely get rid of our stretch marks. That being said, there are ways to make stretch marks fade over time, though they may still be slightly visible.

Prevention is a much more effective method of combating stretch marks than getting rid of the ones already on your skin. Watching your weight and staying hydrated are probably the best ways to keep away stretch marks. Staying hydrated not only helps curb appetite (a lot of times you think you’re hungry when you’re just a bit dehydrated), but it also helps keep your skin hydrated and pliable, which will help prevent stretch marks when your skin does need to stretch.

If you find yourself in a position where stretch marks are likely — for instance, a pregnancy, a sudden growth spurt, a major increase in muscle mass or any other sudden change in the body — then it’s even more important to hydrate your skin. While drinking plenty of water will help from the inside, you want to apply a body moisturizer three to four times a day.

If you already have stretch marks, try this DIY stretch mark cream to help them fade.

If stretch marks are getting you down, just remember — many of us have them, too! And they’re not necessarily from weight gain. Plenty of people still have stretch marks from their bodies changing while going through puberty or gaining muscle.

Actually, it’s a myth that our pores can shrink or grow bigger.

When our pores are clogged with dirt, it gives the appearance of larger pores, but that’s not really the case. Pores shrink back to their normal size when the dirt and oil is removed.

If you use a facial exfoliating scrub on a daily basis, you’re likely to unclog pores over time, which will make your pores look smaller.

Everyone wants to know how to get rid of blackheads — those annoying black dots on your skin that happen when a pore is clogged with dirt.

Exfoliating daily is probably the best way to keep blackheads at bay. But if you’re already experiencing a blackhead breakout, you’re going to need to get rid of them before you can keep them away for good.

To get rid of blackheads at home, add a low-dose 5 percent benzoyl peroxide gel solution to your facial skin care regiment. The peroxide gel will help fight bacteria, clean out the dirt in your pores, and get rid of the dead skin cells.

Razor burns are not only unsightly, but they’re painful, too!

The best way to prevent razor burns before shaving is to use a moisturizing shaving product. Shaving creams and soaps that create foam or lather tend to dry out our skin and make it much more susceptible to razor burns.

As far as shaving techniques, use a razor with only one or two blades, and avoid shaving against the grain.

Some of us get dark circles under our eyes every now and then when we haven’t gotten enough sleep. But for many people, dark undereye circles are a chronic annoyance.

So, the bad news is that if dark undereye circles are a continuous problem for you, it’s not likely that you’ll get rid of them for good. But there’s good news — there are many easy and inexpensive ways of reducing the overall appearance of dark circles.

One of the easiest ways to get rid of dark circles under your eyes is to invest in an eye cream with vitamin C and/or K. These vitamins tend to plump the skin, reducing the appearance of dark circles over time.

But remember, even the best eye cream isn’t going to solve the root of the issue. Dark circles are commonly caused by lack of sleep, malnutrition, dehydration, stress, smoking, allergies (especially gluten), and drinking too much alcohol. Listening to your body and taking care of it can also help get rid of dark undereye circles — but for good.

Bronzer isn’t one-size-fits-all. If you want your skin to glow and look radiantly dewy, you have to pick the right color palette for your complexion.

If you have pale, fair skin, try to avoid golds and browns. Peachy bronzers do a much better job of adding warmth to your skin without looking fake. The rule of thumb for bronzers for fair skin is to always pick a shade closer to beige than brown.

Olive to dark skin is enhanced by warm, golden bronzers. To make dark skin pop even more, try an orange undertone.

Eyeliner tends to run when it comes into contact with anything wet or oily. That means regular eyeliner is at the mercy of our own sweat, tears, and natural oils in our skin.

Waterproof (not just water-resistant!) eyeliner is the key to keeping your eye makeup neat all day long. For extra staying power, apply a pressed setting powder around your eyelashes with an eyeshadow brush before you put on your eyeliner and mascara.

Foundation spots on your clothes are never a good look. Opt for light foundations, like powders as opposed to creams. Thicker foundation tends to rub off on clothes.

Before applying the foundation, use a face primer and blend it into your foundation as you put it on. This will help seal off the foundation and prevent it from getting smudged or rubbed off.

Many people don’t realize that the décolleté is one of the true telltale signs of aging. The skin is much different, but still needs exfoliating, moisturizing, and even Vitamin C to help firm up the skin, balance out skin tones, and reverse the damage caused over the years from sun exposure. (Tip: If you include your hands and décolleté area in your skin care regiment, no one will ever be able to figure out your true age.)

Use an exfoliating body scrub to prep the skin — don’t forget to moisturize! Make your décolleté pop by adding a shimmery moisturizer and a bit of highlighter over your cleavage, if you wish.

At Just Ask David, we love remedies that don’t include harsh chemicals.

Here’s a DIY recipe for protecting your nails from being stained by nail polish. You’ll need:

  • ½ cup of lemon juice
  • ½ cup of olive oil

Mix the lemon juice and the olive oil together and use it to soak your nails. The lemon juice works by stripping away stains from your nails, while the olive oil keeps your nails from drying out.

The next time you paint your nails, be sure to apply a base coat to protect your nails underneath the polish.

I always suggest starting from the root of the problem and correcting it there. Changing your diet, particularly by increasing your biotin consumption, does wonders for your nails. Biotin appears naturally in dark vegetables and eggs, but it also comes in a supplement form.
On the other hand, there are cuticle creams that can be applied topically to strengthen nails. Cuticle creams usually work by keeping the nails moisturized, which can help prevent weak, brittle nails.

A smooth, filed nail free of chips and jagged edges is the key to long-lasting manicures. Before you apply any nail polish, be sure to prepare the right way by filing your nails and removing any hangnails. Also, try an alcohol-based solution to cleanse the nails of any oil or dirt.

Once you’re ready to paint your nails, start by applying a base coat to protect your nails underneath. When it comes to both the nail color and the base coat, remember to paint all the way to the edge of the nail to prevent chipping. Finish it off with a top coat to make your manicure last as long as possible.

When it comes to keeping your hair healthy and clean, the general consensus is that washing your hair every other day may be best.

When you wash your hair every day, you’re stripping your hair of its essential oils and making it vulnerable to becoming weak and brittle, especially in the cold weather. Spacing it out to every other day at helps your hair to stay healthy and moisturized.

Of course, this may vary depending on your lifestyle. Washing your hair less frequently may not be an option if your scalp has a tendency to build up sweat and dirt.

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