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Beautician Shahnaz Husain offers tips and answers queries. Send your queries to

What are the benefits of sandalwood paste? How should it be used?Vaishnavi

Sandwood paste has a cooling effect and ia widely used to relieve prickly heat and skin conditions such as rashes, pimples, acne and boils. Sandalwood has powerful healing and protective properties and is one of the best known natural antiseptics. It can be mixed with a little rose water and applied on the face. The paste can be added to face packs. Mix multani mitti with rose water and sandalwood paste into a paste and apply it on the face. Wash it off after it dries. It helps oily and pimple prone skin.

Suggest how I can prevent acne on my face.Bubbly

Check whether you have dandruff or oily hair/scalp, as these can lead to pimples on the face. After a shampoo wash, add the juice of a lemon to a mug of water and use it as a last rinse. Mix a little rose water with sandalwood paste and apply it daily. Wash it off after 15 minutes. Mix multani mitti with rose water into a paste and apply it on the face two or three times a week. Wash it off after it dries.

I have dandruff, lice and nits, as a result of which I am losing a lot of hair.Manasa

Apply vinegar on your hair and scalp. After an hour, comb your hair with a fine-toothed lice comb and have the nits removed manually. Vinegar loosens the nits making them easier to remove. Then wash your hair with a mild herbal shampoo. Add two tablespoons of vinegar to a mug of water and use it as a last rinse. Then comb your hair again with the lice comb. Do this daily for a week. Have weekly henna treatments. Add 4 teaspoons each of lemon juice and coffee, 2 raw eggs, one teaspoon of methi seed powder and enough tea water to the henna powder, mixing it into a thick paste. Tea water can be made by boiling used tea leaves again in enough water, and cooling and straining the liquid. If your hair is dry, add two teaspoons of oil. Apply the henna on your hair and wash it off after an hour. These treatments will also help your dandruff problem.

My skin is always dry. Suggest a solution.Sidha

Avoid soap and use a cleansing gel or cream. Apply it on your face and wipe it off with moist cotton wool. Apply a sunscreen before going out in the sun, or a moisturiser if you are at home. Once daily, at any time, mix honey with a little egg yolk or pure almond oil and apply it on your face. Wash it off with water after 15 minutes. At night, after cleansing your face, massage your face with a nourishing cream to which a few drops of water have been added. Remove excess cream with moist cotton wool before bedtime.

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