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Updated: April 14, 2014 02:16 IST

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

My skin is oily. Can I use Vitamin E-enriched creams?

Poonam

Oily creams should not be applied on oily skin, especially at night. You can apply an oil-free day cream. Vitamin E oil suits dry and mature skin, as it helps to delay visible signs of ageing. For oily skin, after cleansing, apply astringent lotion. Use a facial scrub twice a week. You can also mix multani mitti with rose water and make it into a paste. Apply it on the face, avoiding the lips and the area around the eyes. Wash it off when it dries. Drink plenty of water. Add the juice of a lemon to a glass of water and have it first thing in the morning. Include fresh fruits, raw salads, sprouts and yogurt in your diet.

I have been having a dandruff problem for many years. Is there any natural home remedy?

Supriya

If your hair is prone to dandruff, you need to give your hair regular anti-dandruff care at home. Wash your hair with a mild herbal shampoo three times a week, using less shampoo and rinsing very well with water. Half an hour before shampoo, apply two tablespoons vinegar on the scalp, massaging it lightly into the scalp. Try to get apple cider vinegar, if not, any vinegar used for cooking purposes will do. Once a week, heat some olive oil or til oil, and apply it on the scalp at night. Leave it on overnight. Next morning, apply the juice of a lemon 15 minutes before shampoo. Include fresh fruits, raw salads, sprouts and yogurt in your diet. Drink six to eight glasses of water daily. Add the juice of a lemon to a glass of water and have it first thing in the morning. Rinse your pillow cover daily in warm soapy water, after adding one teaspoon of antiseptic lotion.

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