Beautician Shahnaz Hussain offers tips and answers queries. You can send your queries to shahnaz_press@yahoo.co.inI am 26. Due to my studies and hard work, I have lost weight and look dull. I am dark and I would like to improve my complexion.Sujatha Undergo a medical check-up just to ensure that there is no medical condition causing the weight loss. Nutritional deficiencies can lead to dull skin. Have a balanced diet. Include fresh fruits, raw salads, leafy green vegetables, milk and milk products, whole grains, sprouts, fresh fruit juices, dals and beans in your daily diet. Ask your doctor to prescribe vitamin and mineral supplements. After checking with your doctor, start doing exercises that help build up and strengthen your body. These will give a better shape to your figure. For skin care, use a facial scrub twice a week. You can also use a facemask once or twice a week. Mix three teaspoons of oatmeal and one teaspoon each of honey, curd and orange juice and apply it on the face and wash it off after 20 minutes. My nails are yellow. What can I do to make them white? HoneyHealthy nails are a light pink. The nails also reflect internal health. So, if the yellow colour is not due to the use of nail polish, you should check with your doctor. Some nail polishes leave a yellowish tint on the nails. If it is due to the use of nail polish, the only thing you can do is to scrape the surface of your nail with the help of a fine grain emery board. Use a clear topcoat for protection and shine over your nail polish. I used henna twice after an interval of 15 days with two eggs the first time and three eggs the second time along with curd. But, my hair is still very dry and coarse. I washed it the next day after applying oil, but the dryness persists. TannuHenna with eggs and curd should have relieved the dryness. You can also add two teaspoons of any oil to the henna paste. Wash it off with water. Make sure you buy good quality henna. Apply plain curd or egg yolk on the hair half an hour before washing and see if it helps. Use less shampoo when you wash your hair. Dilute it with a little water and then apply it. Use a creamy conditioner after shampooing.

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