Beautician Shahnaz Hussain will offer beauty tips and answer beauty queries. You can send your queries to shahnaz_press@yahoo.co.in I am 25 years old and the areas around my mouth and lips appear dark. When I wear lipstick it looks quite bad. The problem worsens in winter. Please advise. - PreethaMix half a teaspoon honey with one teaspoon lemon juice and apply daily around the mouth. Wash it off after 15 to 20 minutes. How can I get rid of the tiny hairs on the upper lip? Please suggest home remedies. Also tell me how can I straighten my hair without going to a parlour? Please suggest home remedies to arrest hair fall and improve my complexion. - ShobanaYou cannot get rid of the facial hair with home remedies. You have to get threading done at a beauty parlour. You can straighten your hair by using a hand-held dryer at home. After shampoo, when the hair is partially dry, divide it in sections. Taking each section, hold it at the ends with a brush. A round brush would help to hold the hair. Hold the section straight and slightly downwards and dry it with a hand-held dryer. Repeat the procedure with the other sections. The diet is very important for the hair. You can have a small bowl of sprouts daily and also ask your doctor to prescribe vitamin and mineral supplements. Heat pure coconut oil and apply once a week, the night before your shampoo. Weekly henna treatments will also help. To lighten skin colour, you can apply curd daily on the face, washing off after 20 minutes. Or, you can mix one teaspoon honey with one teaspoon lemon juice and apply on the face daily, washing it off after 20 minutes. You can also use a facial scrub two or three times a week, according to your skin type. I am 19 and my hair is very oily. I have been applying henna once in 10 days for the past 7 months. I apply oil 2 hours before I wash my hair. Suggest home remedies to remove excess oil on the hair. - JyothiYou can wash your hair daily, provided you use a mild herbal shampoo. Use less shampoo and rinse well. After shampooing, add the juice of a lemon to half a mug of water and use it as a last rinse. In other words, do not wash the hair with water after the lemon rinse. I am taking treatment for dandruff problem. Please suggest home remedies. I also have an oily face, with lots of pimples and they leave red marks on the skin. Sometimes there is pus formation in the pimples. Do you think I should go for glycolic treatment? I am getting married in April. Also my lips are dark. Suggest home remedies. - KadambariGlycolic treatments basically help in removing dead cells and are more useful in minimising scars and pigmentation (dark patches). Going by your description, you seem to have an acne condition, which has to be treated. You can find out if the treatment will help to control acne. You should visit a skin care clinic and take treatment for acne. If you would like home remedies, you can wash your face morning and night with a medicated soap. Mix one teaspoon honey with curd and apply on the entire face daily. Wash it off after 20 minutes. Mix one teaspoon cinnamon powder with half a teaspoon methi powder and a few drops of honey. Apply this directly on the pimples daily. Leave on overnight. Apply cream of milk or almond oil daily on the lips. You should treat your dandruff problem too, because dandruff can lead to acne. Heat pure coconut oil and apply on the scalp once or twice a week, applying at night and leaving on overnight. Next morning, apply the juice of a lemon on the scalp half an hour before washing the hair. Use a mild herbal shampoo. You can also apply an anti-dandruff herbal hair tonic on the scalp. Perhaps, a chemist or cosmetic store may be able to suggest one. Weekly henna treatments will also help in getting rid of dandruff. Add 4 teaspoons each of lemon juice and coffee, 2 raw eggs and enough curd to the henna powder, mixing it into a thick paste. Apply on the hair and wash off after an hour. If you do not wish to use egg, add more curd. Include fresh fruits, salads, sprouts and curd in your daily diet and drink 6 to 8 glasses of water daily. Avoid fried foods, aerated drinks and too many sweets. I am a 25-year-old girl working in an IT company. I weigh only 34 kg. Give me tips to improve my weight. Also give me some tips to improve my complexion and texture of the skin using natural products. - VijaylakshmiFirst of all, you should have a medical check-up. Sometimes, a thyroid imbalance can prevent weight gain. Ensure that you do feel tired. If there is no medical problem, you can join a gym and go in for weight training exercises. These help muscular development and give a better shape to the figure. But should be done under guidance. You do not have to eat more to gain weight. Like others, you should have a nutritious and balanced diet. Eat slowly and enjoy your food. Take adequate sleep and learn to relax. Perhaps, your doctor can also suggest the appropriate diet. Protection of the skin from excessive sun-exposure is important. You can mix honey and lemon juice in equal quantities and apply on the face daily. Wash off after 20 minutes. I have normal hair, neither too dry nor oily. It was quite thick two years back. I lost a lot of hair because of using unsuitable hair oil. I have stopped using the oil. Please suggest remedies for increasing the volume. Some of the reasons for hair loss are dandruff, stress, thyroid imbalance, illness, nutritional deficiencies, hair damage caused by repeated dyeing, colouring, perming and straightening. A nutritious diet and proper hair care may help to control hair loss. Along with these, you should avoid tying the hair tightly and use a wide toothed comb. Avoid head massage. Apply pure coconut oil once a week, the night before your shampoo. You can also apply til oil or olive oil, but ensure that they are pure. Have henna treatments once a week. Add 4 teaspoons each of lemon juice and coffee, 2 raw eggs and enough curd to the henna powder, mixing it into a thick paste. Apply on the hair and wash off after an hour. If you do not wish to use egg, add more curd. Include fresh fruits, salads, sprouts, soyabean and curd in your daily diet and ask your doctor to prescribe vitamin and mineral supplements. Also check with your doctor about a thyroid imbalance, which can be determined by a simple blood test and can be treated. I have wrinkles under my eyes. Is it safe to use an under eye cream? Is there a home remedy? - Indu KalaYes, if a product has been specially formulated for the area around the eyes, it should be safe. However, creams should not be left on for too long around the eyes. Apply daily and remove with moist cotton wool after 15 minutes. You can apply almond oil daily around the eyes too. Wipe off gently with wet cotton wool.

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