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

I always apply rose water after washing my face. Will it help prevent pimples? Suggest a natural treatment for pimples. Sowmiya

Rose water helps tone the skin, but does not get rid of acne. Buy an astringent lotion and mix it with rose water in equal quantities. Store it in an airtight bottle in the refrigerator. Apply it on your face with cotton wool, after cleansing it. You can also apply sandalwood paste on pimples. Mix cinnamon (dalchini) powder with a little lemon juice and a few drops of honey to make a sticky paste. Apply it only on the pimples daily and leave it on for one or two hours. Mix multani mitti with rose water and lemon juice; make it into a paste and apply it on your face two or three times a week, avoiding the lips and the area around the eyes. Wash it off with water after it dries.

Does laser treatment remove hair permanently? Are there any side effects? Rajeshwari

Yes, it is said to be a permanent method of facial hair removal. A laser produces an intense beam of light, which is absorbed by the hair follicles. It disables the follicle’s ability to produce hair. Cooling devices are used to prevent damage to the rest of the skin. However, re-growth occurs in some cases for some time. There can be temporary side effects such as redness and swelling. It is important to find a reputed laser clinic to avoid the risk of side effects. It is an expensive procedure, so find out the cost and how many sessions will be needed.

What are the uses of lemon juice and honey? Does it reduce pimples and marks? Shriya

A mixture of lemon juice and honey can moisturise the skin without making it too oily. Honey is a natural moisturiser, while lemon juice reduces oiliness. Since pimples occur on oily skin, it can help pimple-prone skin. Lemon juice also helps get rid of dark pimple marks. Lemon juice and honey can be used along with some other treatments to minimize acne / pimple marks. It also helps to remove tan.

My skin is oily. Can I use aloe vera? — Poonam

Aloe vera is a natural moisturiser. It is also an antioxidant, which helps delay visible signs of ageing on the skin. You can use it on oily skin, as it will moisturise the skin without making it oily. You can also mix it with multani mitti and rose water, make it into a paste and apply it. The aloe gel or juice may be applied directly on the skin. The gel obtained from the plant itself is the leaf pulp and is found in the inner portion of the leaves. Aloe juice is found just beneath the outer skin of the leaves. However, while using it directly on the skin at home, one should wash the plant well for proper hygiene. Apply the gel or juice on your face daily and wash it off with water after 15 to 20 minutes.

Is there a home remedy for whiteheads? Kishore

Facial scrubs help discourage whiteheads. If the skin is dry, use the scrub only once a week, and only on the areas with whiteheads. For oily skin, scrubs can be used more often. Some home remedies are said to help the problem. Make a paste of fenugreek (methi) leaves and apply it on the face daily, washing it off after an hour. Drink six to eight glasses of water daily. Add the juice of a lemon to a glass of water and drink it first thing in the morning. Drinking barley water is also said to help reduce whiteheads.

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