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Beautician Shahnaz Husain offers tips and answers queries You can send your queries to shahnaz_press@yahoo.co.in

Suggest a home remedy to get rid of dark patches on the face, which I developed during my pregnancy. Anita

For pigmentation (dark patches), you should apply a sunscreen before going out in the sun.

Use a facial scrub thrice a week on the dark patches. Mix rice powder with curd and use as a scrub. Apply it on the patches and rub gently using small circular movements. Leave it on for five minutes and then wash it off with water.

Scrubs should not be applied on pimples, acne or rash. Mix cucumber juice and lemon juice in equal quantities and apply on the dark patches daily. Wash it off after15 minutes.

How do I check my skin type?– Priyanka

The look and feel of the skin will tell you the skin type. Oily skins are prone to open pores, blackheads, pimples, acne or rashes. Dry skins feel taut after washing and is fine textured.

Your skin may be a combination of both, where the T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) may be oily and the rest dry. Or, it may be a normal and balanced skin, without problems. You can wipe the skin with a tissue first thing in the morning, before washing your face.

If there are no marks on the tissue, it is normal to dry. If there is a translucent mark, your skin may be oily or combination.

What is an astringent lotion? What does it do and where can I get it? – Sunitha

An astringent helps close the pores and reduce oiliness of the skin. You can get it at a cosmetic store or chemist shop. Some astringent lotions are a little harsh and can cause a slight stinging sensation. Dilute it with a little rose water and use it. Among natural ingredients, cucumber juice has an astringent effect.

The skin on my ankle is dry and black. What is the remedy? – Mita

Take lemon pieces and rub them daily on the ankles. Wash it off and apply a cream, massaging it into the skin. During your bath, scrub the ankles with a loofah. You can also mix besan with curd and lemon juice and apply daily on the area. Wash it after 30 minutes and apply cream or til oil.

Which is the best way of removing hair on the upper lip ? – AsmaUsually, threading is done to remove the hair above lips. I get red pimples on my forehead as soon as I shape my eyebrows. Suggest a home remedy.Jayalaxmi

After shaping the eyebrows, put an ice cube in a clean cloth and apply it on the area for a few seconds at a time.

Then wipe the area with an astringent lotion, using cotton wool. You can also add a little rose water to sandalwood paste and apply it on the pimples daily, washing it off after 15 to 20 minutes.

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