Casper's not sure what you're looking at. Don't all dogs have a personal massage therapist on call at bath time? You can stay and watch, but please don't make too much noise. You might disrupt his inner meditation.
A quick dip in the tub for a rub a dub dub! Some parents have their children take a bath on a nightly basis and others let the grime build until washing it off is the only option. So come clean, how often do your kiddos soak?
Every week we love reading your funny, inspiring, and informative commentary. There were many things to chat about this week, but the downsides of Botox, limited-edition makeup, and natural beauty were at the top of the topics:
- "I have a friend who is beautiful but decided to get Botox injections in/around her eyes. Unfortunately, when your eyes look like you're 18 again and the rest of your face looks like you're 30 — well, all the 30's bits start to look more noticeable." — sweetvanity
- "I associate the plastic Botox look with older women. So when I see younger women, like Kim Kardashian, with the same look, they appear older." — Faylinn
- "Scary! My mom is being pushed toward Botox as a potential fix for her chronic migraines, but this is just one more reason for her to resist." — Morokea
To find out what else had you talking this week, keep reading.
One of my Twitter pals recently tweeted that 25 percent of cat owners blow-dry cats' hair after a bath! I've no idea where that stat comes from but it got me thinking. While many pet-friendly options offer especially silent settings, like this Andis QuietAire Ionic/Ceramic Pet Dryer, if a pet doesn't get spooked by sound that could be unnecessary spoiling. Whether with special choices or using human dryers — but always mindful of the heat settings! — are you one of them?
You might know that Gwyneth Paltrow's GOOP newsletters, while sometimes mocked by bloggers, actually do contain lots of great content straight from industry insiders. And whether you're a fan or not, you have to give the longtime actress credit for her efforts in trying to bring insider tidbits to the masses. Today's edition is one after my own heart, offering up some pretty cool hairstyle tips and tricks from her pals in the hair biz. See five of my favorites when you read more.
Survey says most of you are not frequently bathing felines, but what happens if you suddenly
want need to? While you can grab this foam for a quick scrub, I stumbled upon three items for a more thorough cleansing.
As the post title implies, each one serves a certain cat with certain ingredients:
- The Scratchy Cat Shampoo ($13) is purr-fect for dry, irritated skin to relieve flaking and dander with Tea Tree Oil, Flax Seed Oil, Oat Protein, and Aloe Vera.
- The Shaggy Cat Shampoo ($13) is paw-some for longhaired pets — it reduces shedding and matting with a two-in-one shampoo and conditioner by detangling with Vitamin E, Jojoba Oil and Aloe Vera Gel.
- The Smelly Cat Shampoo ($13) gets out cat-astrophic stinks by neutralizing odors. The deodorizing product features natural fragrances of Oatmeal, Lavender and Rosemary to help smells begone, not just covered up.
Itchy head? Yes, it could be dandruff, eczema, or even head lice. (Let's hope it's not that last one.) Chances are, the solution to your scalp woes could be simple. All you have to do is just turn down your water temperature — or you'll end up like itchy old me. A few weeks ago, a repairman tinkered with our water heater to make it a little more effective. He succeeded, and I was pretty pumped about being able to take scalding hot showers. However, my scalp paid the price. You see, hot water takes moisture out of the skin, stripping the hair and skin of natural oils. Couple this with frequent shampooing, possibly harsh ingredients, and dry air, and you'd be scratching your noggin, too. Here are some tips to prevent an itchy scalp:
- Cut back: Obviously, the easiest solution is to turn down the heat, whether it's the temperature of your water or the setting of your blow-dryer. If you absolutely have to have warm temps while you bathe, consider either wearing a shower cap or turning the cold nob up while you wash your hair.
- Add moisture: In lieu of a daily shampoo, try using a clarifying shampoo weekly instead. I'm not saying to only wash your hair once a week, but by using a clarifier, you might actually feel as if you need to shampoo less. Speaking of washing, look for mild, scalp-friendly formulations with naturally soothing ingredients like burdock root or tea tree oil.
While there are some who are actually grossed out by baths or just simply prefer showers, I've got to say, I'm a "team bath" kind of gal — even going so far as to boil extra water to make the water the perfect temperature. Of course, there are scary bathtub scenes (ahem, Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction) but here are a few other memorable bathtub scenes. So, sit back, relax, grab the Mr. Bubble, and tell us some of your own favorite bathtub moments.
Um, whoa. That looks like a helpless puppy trapped in a washing machine. But, while that's technically what it is, he's meant to be in there. Check out this interesting creation to come out of France — the Dog-o-Matic, an automatic dog-washing vending machine. Owners choose the required wash cycle and load the (unsuspecting) pooch into the proper machine size costing about $18 for small, $31 for medium, and $44 for the largest pets. Most of you loved the dog/car wash so what's your take on this washing machine?