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

Suggest tips to get rid of a double chin. — Ashwathi

Do the following exercises. First, open your mouth as wide as you can. Hold that position for 10 seconds, then relax your mouth, and repeat the exercise a few more times. For faster results, place a ball under your chin while doing the exercise. Sleeping without a pillow is said to reduce a double chin. Massage the area daily using til oil. Starting from the chin, go downwards, using both the hands, one hand following the other. Pressure should be applied while moving downwards and not while bringing the hands back to the chin. Massage for 2 to 3 minutes. Wipe off oil with moist cotton wool.

I am getting married in two months time. What facials should I go in for? — Geetha

Go for a salon facial once a week. You can have a pearl or diamond facial. Follow this routine — cleansing, exfoliation, nourishing (light massage), mask and toning, ending with a cold compress. If prone to blackheads, facial massage with cream should be avoided. For daily care, cleanse your face twice a day with a face wash or cleansing gel. Then wipe it with rose water, using cotton wool. Apply a day cream or a sunscreen before going out in the sun. At night, apply a nourishing cream and massage it on the face with a few drops of water. Wipe it off and apply a mask. Wash it off after 30 minutes. Tone the skin with chilled rose water, using cotton wool pads.

How can I get rid of upper lip hair? — Divya

Home remedies do not remove facial hair. But, they are said to lessen the growth if used regularly over a period of time. Try the following remedies that would 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. Apply a paste of turmeric powder and milk and rub this on the skin with a circular motion. It is said to discourage facial hair, but it may leave a slight yellowish colour on the skin.

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