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Answer Angel: Toe socks? Problem solved!

Ellen Warren, Tribune News Service on

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Dear Answer Angel Ellen: Your recent reader question about wearing socks with sandals reminded me of a sock question I’ve been wanting to ask you. What do you know about toe socks — socks that are constructed like gloves so each toe has its own individual compartment? What are they good for? I saw some in a store for the first time recently and I don’t get it. Why would anybody want them? P.S. They weren’t cheap!

— Philip B.

Dear Philip: Actually, these funny-looking socks are a godsend for some people — especially people who hike, run or walk a lot. They prevent blisters and “hot spots” between the toes, which afflict more people than you might imagine, including me. I used to have to put Band-Aids on each individual toe before going out for a run until a friend told me about toe socks, which solved the problem right away. They come in a variety of weights, fibers and styles (hidden, no-show, ankle, crew) starting at around $14 a pair for good quality. I tend to stick with injinji brand ( because the $7 ones I bought at a discount store were flimsy and pretty useless. Yes, they’re a bit of a pain to put on. But they take much less time and effort than Band-Aids.

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: I have light-colored “peach fuzz” on my face. I have tried depilatories but they burn and smell horrible. The hair is really fine, hardly like hair at all. It isn’t that noticeable except in bright sun but I am super self-conscious about it. Can you recommend a product that would help me deal with this problem?

— Eva A.

Dear Eva: You’ve got a few good options and I’ve tested them all. But if you have any doubt or misgivings about any, check with a professional (a dermatologist or a trained facialist). There’s waxing, or sugaring with heated “paste.” Also, threading (an expert uses two twisted cotton threads to remove the fuzz) or dry shaving with either a battery-operated or rechargeable gizmo (around $20 on or specially designed, gentle facial razors (aka dermaplaning tool; $7 for 5, Of these, I prefer the least expensive, the hand-held shaving tool: painless and efficient but definitely not for readers with very sensitive skin. Always do a small test area beforehand.

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