Beautician Shahnaz Hussain offers tips and answers queries. Send your queries to shahnaz_press@yahoo.co.inI am 18 and have excess hair on my hands and legs. Shaving and waxing cause skin allergy. Suggest a home remedy. - NarayaniWaxing is the best method to remove hair from the arms and the legs. Hot wax is made with sugar and lemon, which are natural ingredients. Application of turmeric powder on the body over a period of time is said to inhibit hair growth. If one follows such remedies, one has to be patient to see results. You can try an epilator on the hands and the legs. It is a small gadget, which removes hair by its roots. The hair has to be of a certain length for epilation to be successful. I have combination skin. I tried to use a moisturiser at bedtime, but I got pimples. I have some open pores too. Is it necessary to use a moisturiser daily? Is daily nourishment necessary? My body complexion is not even. What should I use for tanned skin? I bleached my skin for two years. Now I have dark circles and the skin under the eyes under-eye skin is very thin. Is it due to bleaching? - PriyaUnless the skin is very dry, creams or moisturisers should not be left on overnight. Combination skins have oily areas, which are prone to pimples. Mix one teaspoon of honey with two teaspoons of curd and apply. Honey is a natural moisturiser. Wash it off with plain water after 20 minutes. It would suit a combination skin and also lighten the skin colour with daily use over a period of time. For the body, besan mixed with curd and a little bit of haldi (turmeric) makes a good body pack. Wash it off after 30 minutes. The under-eye area is very delicate. Bleach should not be applied. You can apply honey mixed with lemon juice under the eyes daily. Wash it off with plain water after 15 minutes. I am 21. My hair is getting weaker and drier everyday. I want to grow my hair longer and thicker. You've said vitamin and mineral supplements should be taken. Can you suggest a diet? I also have dark marks on my nose and dark patches on my forehead and neck. - J. JaveesTake regular oil treatment. Heat the oil before applying. You can mix one tablespoon of pure coconut oil with one teaspoon of castor oil. Rinse well with water. Use less shampoo, unless you have applied oil. Eat a small bowl of sprouts daily. They contain amino acids and strengthen the hair. Ensure that your diet contains adequate protein, which is available in dals, beans, curd, paneer, eggs, fish and chicken. Have fresh fruits and raw salads. Along with this, take vitamin supplements prescribed by a doctor for some time. For dark marks and dark areas, use the rice powder and curd facial scrub daily. Mix besan, curd and a little turmeric and apply the paste on the dark areas of your forehead and neck 20 minutes before a bath.

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