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

Suggest a suitable face pack that can be made at home to remove sun tan and brighten the skin?Anitha

Use a facial scrub twice a week. You can either buy one, or mix rice powder with curd and use it. Apply it on the face, rubbing the skin gently, using small circular movements. Leave it on for five minutes before washing it off. Mix one teaspoon each of honey and lemon juice and apply it daily on your face, at any time. Twice a week, apply a face mask. Mix three teaspoons of oats 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.

Mosquito bites have left numerous marks on my hands and legs. My knees are also quite dark.Sneha

If the bites have healed, massage your skin daily with til oil. Mix besan, curd, lemon juice and a little haldi (turmeric) and apply it at least three times a week on your hands and legs. Wash it off after half an hour. Then massage your skin with til oil, as recommended. Take lemon halves and rub them daily on your knees. Wash it off and then apply sesame seed (til) oil and gram flour paste, as mentioned above. You can also apply a cream containing lemon and turmeric daily.

I have long and oily hair that is thin. How can I add volume to my hair?Sania

Oily hair should be washed frequently. Wash your hair three or four times a week, using less shampoo and taking care to rinse it off well with water. After a shampoo wash, add the juice of a lemon to a mug of water and use it as a last rinse. Applying egg white 20 minutes before a shampoo wash helps add body to the hair. Henna treatments also add body. Add four teaspoons each of lemon juice and coffee, two raw eggs 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 then cooling and straining the liquid. Apply the henna on your hair and wash it off after an hour. If you do not wish to use egg, add more tea water.

I have dry skin on my legs due to which the skin itches. Dolly

Massage your skin daily with til oil or olive oil daily before a bath. Use a mild glycerine soap. Add vinegar to the bath water and use it as a last rinse on the legs. It helps reduce itching. Immediately after a bath, apply a body lotion while the skin is still damp. This helps seal in moisture.

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