Common Health and Beauty FAQs
Monday, September 13, 2010
Why aren't my teeth as white as they should be?

Many of the most popular beverages (red wine, coffee, tea, cola) are a big culprit in staining teeth. Smoking cigarettes is also a big contributor. The most basic step toward whiter teeth is brushing twice daily with a whitening toothpaste, and flossing regularly. You can also try whitening systems from your local pharmacy or professional bleaching.

How can I get rid of the calluses on my feet?

If the skin on your heels and balls of your feet is rough, tough, and callused, you can remove some of this dead skin by giving yourself an impromptu at-home pedicure. Soak your feet in hot water and then scrub them with a pumice stone.

Why do I have stretch marks?

Stretch marks occur when your skin gets stretched out by weight gain, pregnancy, or even serious weight loss, and they primarily exist on the stomach, breasts, thighs or back. While over the counter lotions seem to do little, chemical peels or even laser surgery can reduce the marks.

What is the cause my persistent bad breath?

First, make sure you are following basic oral hygiene- brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing daily. If you're doing these things and still experiencing unpleasant breath or a bad taste in your mouth, these could be signs of conditions like acid reflux, gingivitis, dry mouth, or a sinus infection. A more realistic cause, though, is what you're eating. Stay away from pungent foods like onions and garlic if you want fresh breath.

How do I get rid of razor burn and ingrown hairs?

After shaving, an uncomfortable rash of red bumps often occurs. This happens because the stubble gets trapped under the skin as it grows in and can cause some serious discomfort. You can seriously cut down on razor burn by waiting at least three days between shaves, taking a hot shower or bath before shaving, and using a sharp (not dull, old, or rusted) razor with thick shaving cream.

What can I do for that unflattering cellulite?

The dimpling of the skin on the butt and legs, often described as resembling cottage cheese, is called cellulite. Though it's difficult to get rid of, exercising to tone, tighten, and drop excess weight may help. Some cellulite creams with caffeine as an ingredient may provide some temporary improvement.