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Diya Mirza. Photo: Rajeev Bhatt
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Beautician Shahnaz Husain offers tips and answers queries. Send your queries to

My skin is rough and very oily sometimes. Usha

After washing your face with soap or a face wash for oily skin, apply astringent lotion, which will be available at a cosmetic store. Mix multani mitti with rose water into a paste and apply it on your face daily, avoiding the lips and the area around the eyes. Wash it off after it dries. If there are no pimples, use a facial scrub two or three times a week. Apply it on your face, rubbing the skin gently with small circular movements and then wash it off.

Suggest home remedies to get rid of dark lips and to have thick eyebrows. Abenaya

The skin of the lips is thin and delicate. However, after washing your face, when the lips are wet, rub them gently with a soft towel. This helps remove dead skin. Then apply cream of milk and leave it on for an hour. Add a few drops of lemon juice to the cream of milk before application. Apply almond oil daily on the lips at night, leaving it on overnight. You can also look for a lip balm with sunscreen. Apply castor oil daily on your eyebrows, using a cotton bud.

Suggest remedies for corns on the feet. Lakshmi

Corns are caused by ill-fitting shoes that rub against the skin, or squeeze the feet. Soaking the feet in hot water and rubbing the hard skin with a pumice stone can help get rid of small corns. You can add Epsom salt to the water. It is said to soften corns. However, if a corn is large or painful, it is better to seek medical attention. Sometimes a round ring-shaped plaster is used on the corn to ease the pain and pressure. You should not try to get rid of the corn yourself. It is best to consult a doctor. Shoes should not be too tight.

I want to know the basic routine for eye care. Should I apply cream and moisturiser under my eyes every day? Rayeesa

Eye make-up should be removed gently, using a cleansing gel and cotton wool. Care should be taken to see that the skin is not stretched or pulled, as it is very thin and delicate. Use products that are specially formulated for the area around the eyes. An under-eye lotion may be applied during the day and wiped off with moist cotton wool after 10 minutes. At night, apply under-eye cream after cleansing, and wipe off gently with moist cotton wool after 15 minutes. Serums and under-eye gels are also available. Read the directions on the label. Some can be left on, while others should be removed. Avoid applying cream under the eyes at night and going to sleep, as it can lead to puffy eyes.

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