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Updated: January 26, 2014 13:43 IST

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Beautician Shahnaz Husain offers suggestions and answers queries. Send your queries to askshahnaz@gmail.com

Tufts of hair grow on the tip of my nose and between my eyebrows. I have shaved them once or twice, but it doesn’t help. How can I stop hair growth in these areas? — Nikhil

Laser therapy is said to be a permanent method of hair removal. You will have to find a good laser clinic. It is an expensive procedure and you will have to find out how many sessions will be needed and the chances of re-growth. There may be re-growth for some time initially. Or, you can try waxing strips. Home remedies do not remove facial hair. But, they are said to lessen its growth if used regularly over a period of time. Try the following remedies that discourage facial hair growth. Make a thick paste of sugar, lemon juice and water and apply it in the direction of the growth. Wash it off after it dries. Apply it once or twice a week. Make a paste of turmeric powder and milk and rub this on the skin using a circular motion. It is said to discourage facial hair, but it may leave a slight yellowish colour on the skin.

My mother is 45 years old. She has a lot of blackheads on her face. — Meenakshi

Blackheads occur on oily skin or oily areas of the skin. She should wash her face in the morning, and wipe the blackhead-prone areas with an astringent lotion, using cotton wool. After washing her face, she can make a paste of baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) and water and apply it on the areas with blackheads daily, washing it off after 5 minutes. Using a facial scrub two or three times a week helps. Or, she can mix oats with egg white and apply it twice a week. It should be washed off after it dries. She can also go for regular clean-ups at a beauty salon.

My upper lip is dark and my lower lip is pink. What should I do to make my upper lip also pink? — Shruti

After washing the face, when the lips are wet, rub the upper lip gently with a soft towel. This helps remove dead skin. Then apply cream of milk on the upper lip, after adding a few drops of lemon juice. Leave it on for an hour. Apply pure almond oil daily on the lips at night and leave it on overnight. You can also look for a lip balm with sunscreen and apply it on the upper lip. Meanwhile, you can take the help of make-up by applying a brown matte (non-shiny) lipstick on the lower lip. Then apply the colour of your choice on both lips, so that both lips look the same colour.

What should I do to get an even skin tone and reduce the dark patches on my cheeks? — Naveena

You should apply a sunscreen with a high SPF before going out in the sun. Try to avoid too much sun exposure as far as possible. Mix rice powder with curd and use it as a facial scrub once or twice a week. Apply it only on the dark patches and rub gently on the skin with tiny circular movements. Leave it on for a few minutes and then wash it off with water. Mix honey and lemon juice in equal quantities, and apply daily only on the dark patches. Wash it off after 15 minutes with plain water. Twice a week, apply a face mask. Mix 3 teaspoons of oatmeal with one teaspoon each of honey, curd, and lemon juice, or egg white. Apply it on the entire face, avoiding the lips and the area around the eyes. Wash it off after half an hour.

My face is oily and I am allergic to make-up and creams. Suggest a natural remedy to improve the complexion? — Sneha

After washing your face, apply an astringent lotion using cotton wool, to reduce oiliness. You can mix cucumber juice with rose water and apply it daily, washing it off after 20 minutes. Use a facial scrub twice a week. Mix multani mitti with rose water and lemon juice into a paste, and apply it daily on the face, avoiding the lips and the area around the eyes. Wash it off after it dries.

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