Dear Readers: Winter is still here in many parts of the country and your skin is probably dry. Typically, there is less humidity in the air now, and this can dry out skin. Here are some Heloise Hints for Winter Skin Care:

Simmering a large pot of water (add some spices — e.g., clove or cinnamon) can add moisture to the air.

Many houseplants can hydrate the air. Keep them misted, too.

Don't crank up the heat, if possible — hot air equals dry skin.

After showering or bathing, pat skin dry, then use moisturizer. Coconut oil and baby oil are good choices.

Don't forget sunscreen, depending on where you live.


Dear Readers: Cats can be a little particular and somewhat peculiar, but lovable at the same time... well, feline time. Here are a few "refresher" hints for some owners, and good advice for new cat owners:

Scoop out the box daily. Keep it in an easily accessible, yet private, area. Don't hide the litter box in an out-of-the-way place or one that is not easy to get to.

The general rule is: One box per cat, plus one extra. Would you want to share a litter box? No.

Sprinkle a thin layer of baking soda in the box, after deep-cleaning the box and replacing the cat litter, to control odors.

How much litter to use? Each cat will tell you, but generally about 2 inches of litter is sufficient. If you change the brand of litter, or move the box someplace new, and the cats aren't happy, they will tell you — MEOW, MEOW LOUD!


Dear Heloise: Do you need a good gripper in the kitchen for opening those difficult lids? I use a sock with rubber patches on the sole (like the freebies you get at the hospital). I just slip my hand into the sock and twist.

I also find them handy to use with my cookie presses, especially when my hands get greasy from the dough. I hope this is a helpful hint.

Debbie L., Washington Court House, Ohio

Dear Heloise: When doing my makeup in the morning, I brush a tiny amount of either blush or bronzer on my earlobes. This way, my earlobes match my face. One thing to be careful of: Don't get any on your hairline.

Liz in Texas

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