Dear Heloise: My daughter has a safe way to make purchases without carrying a lot of cash or using charge cards, whose information can be copied.
If she knows she will be shopping at a particular store or online, she will purchase a gift card for that business. That way, she does not give away her charge card numbers. -- D.M., via fax
Dear Heloise: The marketplace seems to be flooded with products labeled ''shower gel" and ''body wash." Are these actually soap, or is this a clever advertising gimmick? Do you use bar soap with them? How do you choose? -- L.T., Omaha, Neb.
L.T., great question, and there is a difference! Both shower gel and body wash are liquid soaps, and bar soap is a solid, but all are used to clean your skin.
Women, especially, tend to prefer liquid soap over bar soap, primarily because liquids lather more, there is a WIDE choice of fragrances available, and liquid body cleansers typically have more moisturizers than bar soap, so they are less drying to the skin.
The liquids also might have a shimmery ingredient added to make your skin ''sparkle."
Here are two differences between the liquids: Shower gel typically is thicker in consistency than body wash, and it is more densely fragranced, so the scent of shower gel may last longer on your skin.
Manufacturers of shower gels and body washes recommend using a sponge or lather-builder to maximize suds. Rinse and dry the sponge thoroughly between uses. Have two to rotate.
Bar soap can be a breeding ground for bacteria, although this is not a major concern -- the bacteria washes away when you rinse. Ultimately, the decision is yours -- there are lots of choices out there. -- Heloise
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