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Beautician Shahnaz Hussain offers tips and answers queries. You can send your queries to shahnaz_press@yahoo.co.inMy legs and feet look dry. If I apply moisturiser, they look fine, but they go back to the same state after some time. I also have cracked feet. In the rainy season, there is no problem. SajiniThis problem is due to extreme lack of moisture. Use a mild glycerine soap. Before your bath, apply til oil and massage it into the skin of your legs and feet. Apply moisturiser immediately after your bath, while the skin is still damp. This helps seal the moisture. For your feet, follow a 10-day intensive care programme. Soak your feet in hot water at night, after adding some salt to it. Scrub the heels with a loofah. Avoid metal scrubbers. Wipe the feet and apply a cream generously on the feet and the heels. Tie a piece of clean cloth or gauze around the feet like a bandage. Wear cotton socks and go to sleep. My friend has dark skin on the back of the neck. What should she do to get rid of it? Also, suggest a home remedy for long hair. RubiYour friend can apply til oil on the back of the neck and massage it into the skin. She can also mix besan with curd and a little haldi and apply it daily, washing it off after 20 to 30 minutes. The back of the neck can be protected from sun-exposure with a scarf or chunni. For long hair, the diet is very important. It should contain the required quantity of protein. Have a small bowl of sprouts daily. Mix one tablespoon of pure coconut oil with one teaspoon of castor oil. Heat it and apply it on the hair once a week at night, leaving it on overnight. Wash your hair the next morning, rinsing it well with water. Please tell me how to make a home pack and lighten skin colour. SaranLemon juice, curd, buttermilk, tomato juice or cucumber juice help lighten skin colour, when used regularly over a period of time. Such ingredients can be included in a facemask. Mix honey with curd or lemon juice and apply it daily, washing it off after 20 minutes. Or, mix tomato pulp with a little honey and apply it on the face. This is particularly useful for oily skin. Twice a week, use a facemask. Mix two teaspoons of choker (wheat bran) with one teaspoon of ground almonds, one teaspoon of dried lemon peel or lemon juice, one teaspoon each of honey and egg white. You can use curd instead of egg if you wish. Apply it and wash it off after 20 to 30 minutes.My daughter, aged five, has thin hair. What should I do to make her hair grow thick and long? I apply a mixture of coconut and almond oil and wash her hair with baby shampoo. Also she has dry skin in winter. AyeshaYou are doing the right thing. At her age, she does not need hair care other than oil application and regular washing. For her dry skin, use a mild glycerine soap and a baby cream. Cool milk can be applied on the skin using cotton wool to relieve dryness. Add a few drops of honey to it. Diet is also important for the hair. Her diet should contain the required amount of protein and vitamins for good hair growth. Also include fresh fruits and fresh fruit juices (diluted with water) in her daily diet. Eating yellow vegetables during winter helps dry skin. Fish, in the diet, would also help avoid dry skin during winter.

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