Beautician Shahnaz Hussain offers tips and answers queries. You can send your queries to firstname.lastname@example.orgI have small pores on my face near my nose and on my cheeks. After applying lemon juice my face becomes dry. — Jyothi
Lemon juice should not be applied directly on the skin. It should be mixed with honey and then applied. Honey moisturises, so the skin will not become dry. Open pores are like tiny holes in the skin. It is not clear what you mean by “pores on my face.” Do you have small pimples or a rash? Mix multani mitti with rose water and lemon juice into a paste. Apply it on the face and wash it off when it is dry. This helps reduce oiliness. I have white hair. What home remedies can I follow to prevent greying.— Daniya
Hair that has already turned white will not become dark, except by colouring/dyeing. Amla is said to check greying. So, drink the juice of one raw amla daily, after mixing it in a glass of water. You can also add amla to henna powder. However, henna turns white hair reddish brown. It will not colour dark hair. Soak a handful of dry amla in about 2 to 3 cups water overnight. Next morning, strain the water, but do not throw it away. Grind the amla. To the henna powder, add the ground amla, 4 tsp each of lemon juice and coffee, 2 raw eggs, 2 tsp of oil and enough amla water, so that the henna mixes into a thick paste. Allow the paste to stand for two to three hours and then apply it on the hair,. Keep it on for at least two hours and wash it off with plain water.I get small boils on my forehead and on cheeks, but don’t know whether they are pimples or acne. — Harshini
Pimples can lead to acne. Acne is a condition, rather than a solitary eruption and is caused by bacteria. There may be different kinds of eruptions — blackheads, whiteheads, larger pimples and cysts. When a pore is fully blocked with oil, the oil gland gets inflamed, resulting in a pimple. If the inflammation becomes an infection, it attacks the inner layers of the skin and results in acne. That is why if the skin is prone to pimples, one has to treat it promptly, so that acne is prevented.What should I use to tone my skin at home? — Prabha
You can use rose water. Keep it in the refrigerator, so that it gets chilled. Soak cotton wool pads in it and wipe the skin with it after cleansing. Then pat the skin briskly. Next, stroke the skin gently with it, using outward and upward movement on the cheeks, ending each movement at the temples. Apply gentle pressure at the temples. On the forehead, start from the centre and go outwards on each side, again ending at the temples. For the chin, use circular movements.