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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. How can I avoid excessive sweating? -- Sharmila

The use of talcum powder and deodorants helps to prevent effects of sweating for some time. Most deodorants are also anti-perspirants. For excessive sweating, you can consult a doctor. You can also try some Ayurvedic treatment. suggestions for controlling excessive sweating. Sip nimbu paani. Also, ginger tea before and after your meals is good. Chop fresh ginger root finely and mix with a pinch of salt. Chew a little of this before your meal. Sipping warm water with your meal may also help. Light diet and less spices are advised. Eat smaller meals.

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.

I have combination skin. What should I do for glowing skin? Can I apply mixture of gram flour and turmeric? -- Akansha

You can mix gram flour with curd and pinch of turmeric. Apply on the face three times a week. Tone the skin daily with rose water, using cotton wool pads. Keep rose water in a bowl in the fridge with cotton wool pads soaking in them. First wipe the skin and then pat it briskly with the pads. Use a facial scrub twice a week. Mix ground almonds with yogurt. Apply the mixture on the face and leave on for a few minutes. Then rub gently using small circular movements, and then wash. A facial scrub can also be made with walnut powder, honey and lemon juice. Fruit packs are great for adding glow to the skin. Mix grated apples with ripe papaya pulp, mashed banana and curd. Apply on the face and leave on for half an hour. Wash off with plain water. It also removes tan and softens the skin.

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