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I was fair-complexioned, but my skin now looks dark. It is oily and acne-prone. — Priya

Mix one tsp each of rose water and lemon juice and apply it daily on your face at any time. Wash it off after 20 minutes. Or, add lemon juice to cucumber pulp and apply it daily like a mask. Three times a week, mix multani mitti with rose water and lemon juice into a paste and apply it on your face. Wash it off when it dries. It reduces oiliness too. Mix cinnamon powder with a little lemon juice and a few drops of honey into a paste. Apply it only on the pimples daily, leaving it on for at least an hour.

I have dark circles. Suggest a home remedy to get rid of it. — Saranya

Dark circles can be due to hereditary factors, nutritional deficiencies, stress, inadequate sleep, sun-sensitivity etc. So, along with external care, check these aspects. As a home remedy, apply pure almond oil sparingly around your eyes daily and massage it lightly on your skin, using only your ring finger for one minute under each eye. Leave it on for 15 minutes; then wipe it off gently with moist cotton wool. You can also mix cucumber juice and potato juice in equal quantities. Apply it under your eyes daily for 20 minutes. Wash it off with water.

I have a dark complexion, though I use sunscreen lotion. — Monisha

Avoid the sun during the afternoon. Sunscreen lotions actually protect the skin from damage caused by UV rays. Mix one tsp each of honey and lemon juice and apply it daily on your face, at any time. Wash it off after 20 minutes. Twice a week, mix together one tsp of curd, one tsp of honey, four tsp of oatmeal and egg white. Apply it on your face, avoiding the lips and area around the eyes and wash it off after 20 to 30 minutes. Mix the liquid ingredients gradually to get the right consistency. It should be a thick paste, which does not drip.

Suggest a use-at-home natural astringent. — Divya

Oily skin needs an astringent toner. It should be used after cleansing your skin. Among home remedies, cucumber has an astringent effect. Apply grated cucumber or cucumber juice on your face. Other natural astringents are tomato juice, green tea, grated apple and mashed banana.

My query is to how to make eyebrows thick and dark naturally.


Castor oil is said to thicken and darken eyelashes. However, it may take time.