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I have pimples and marks. Please suggest remedies. How to use face mask and scrub? -- Suganthi

Scrubs should not be used on pimples. However, you can use a scrub twice a week on the areas with marks. Mix rice flour with curd and a pinch of turmeric. Apply on the face and rub gently using small circular movements, especially over the areas with marks. For a face pack, mix multani mitti with rose water and lemon juice into a paste and apply on the face two or three times a week. Apply sandalwood paste on the pimples. Once daily, at any time, take 2 teaspoons curd, add a pinch of turmeric and apply on face.

My hair turn brownish after a head bath. Any remedy? -- Stacy

Mix a tablespoon pure coconut oil with a teaspoon castor oil. Heat and apply the night before shampoo. Cover your head in the sun, as sun-exposure can also discolour the hair and make it brownish. Include adequate protein in your diet. After consulting your doctor, include sprouts, beans, dals, fish and egg in your diet.

I have oily skin, and have open pores on my face. Please suggest home remedies for that. -- Aashritha

Open pores occur on the oily areas of the skin. After washing the face, apply any astringent lotion. Cucumber juice may also be applied, as it is a natural astringent. Use a facial scrub twice a week to keep the pores free of clogged oil. Mix oats with egg white and apply on the areas twice a week. Wash off when dry. Mix multani mitti with rose water into a paste and apply twice a week, avoiding the lips and area around eyes.

I am thin but my stomach looks big. Suggest some exercises for my abdomen. -- Elizabeth

After consulting your doctor, do some spot reducing exercises for the abdomen. Lie on the floor on your back, with feet together and arms at the sides. Lift the legs about six inches above the ground and hold the position for a count of ten. Then lower the legs to the floor. Repeat this three to four times and increase gradually. For the second exercise, keep lying on the floor, the same way. Bend the knees and keep feet flat on the floor. Raise the body to a half-sitting position, holding the arms stretched out before you. Lower body to the floor and repeat 3 or 4 times.

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