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Beautician Shahnaz Hussain offers tips and answers queries. You can send your queries to Once I rubbed lemon on my face and my face became very dry. You suggest one teaspoon lemon juice with honey and egg white. Should I use lemon juice or avoid it? Should I wash the face with soap or only water? - SumairaLemon juice should not be applied on the face by itself since it is harsh for facial skin. It should be diluted. That is why I suggest mixing it with honey. Honey is a natural moisturiser and also softens the skin. It is suited to all skin types. You can mix one teaspoon each of honey and lemon juice. If your skin is oily or combination, mix egg white. If your skin is dry, mix egg yolk. You should wash the face with plain water. I have both oily and normal skin. The part from forehead to nose is oily. I have lots of small pimples on my forehead, even when there is no dandruff. Please tell me a natural remedy. I tried besan and multani mitti, but I developed pimplesvery near the nose. - ArunaYou have what is called a combination skin. In combination skins, usually the T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) is oily, while the rest of the face is dry. Pimples on the forehead can occur due to oiliness of the skin. You should wash the face only twice a day with a medicated soap. After washing, wipe the oily areas with rose water mixed with an astringent lotion in equal quantities. Use this two or three times a day. Avoid applying besan or multani mitti as they can sometimes clog the pores and cause pimples, blackheads or whiteheads, especially in pimple-prone skin. Add a little turmeric to curd and apply daily on the face, washing it off well with water after 20 minutes. Add a few drops of rose water to sandalwood paste and apply on the forehead and areas with spots. Keep it on for at least one hour.I have dry skin, which gets flaky when washed with soap or even face wash. Can I use a moisturising cleanser twice and not use soap at all? Is it really a substitute for soap and does it actually clean the skin when used alone without soap? I also have expression lines on my forehead, which is very dry. - NaazYes, you should avoid soap and use only a moisturised cleanser morning and night. Cleansers dissolve impurities and facilitate their removal. If you wish to use soap, you can try a mild glycerine soap and see if it suits your skin. You should keep your skin well moisturised during the day, or if you are going out in the sun, apply a sunscreen. At night, use a nourishing cream, massaging it on the skin for two to three minutes. Massage the forehead too, starting from the bridge of the nose and using both hands. Go upwards and then in an arc on either side, go towards the temples. Wipe off with moist cotton wool. Once daily, mix one teaspoon honey with egg white and apply on the skin, washing off with plain water after 20 minutes. I have normal skin, but my problem is blackheads on my nose. My face appears to be dull. Please give me some tips to make it look fresh naturally. I always have to travel in the sun, so what kind of make-up should I use to make me look presentable throughout the day? - JayaFor all your problems, the daily use of a facial scrub will help. You can either buy a facial scrub, or you can mix rice powder with curd or rose water and use as a facial scrub. Apply on the face and rub gently on the skin using small circular movements. Concentrate on the blackhead prone areas. Leave on for five minutes and then wash off with water. Once daily, mix honey and lemon juice in equal quantities with egg white and apply on the face, washing it off after 20 minutes. Scrubs help the skin to look clearer and brighter and also help to remove tan. You should apply a sunscreen lotion. After 15 minutes, apply a powder compact. A powder compact is easy to carry and helps in touching up the make-up.My hair has become very thin and lacks lustre. The hair near the forehead is falling and my forehead appears very big. What should I do reduce the hair fall and increase thickness of the hair? - DivyaTying the hair back tightly and habitually over a period of time can lead to hair fall at the hairline. You should also check if you have dandruff, or if your scalp is excessively oily. Avoid head massage and use a wide toothed comb. Use a mild herbal shampoo, using less shampoo and rinsing well with water. Henna treatments would help to add body and lustre to the hair. Add four teaspoons each of lemon juice and coffee, two raw eggs and enough curd to the henna powder, mixing it into a thick paste. Apply on the hair and wash off after an hour. If you do not wish to use egg, add more curd. Have a small bowl of sprouts and do some deep breathing exercises daily.Suggest some home remedies for dealing with head lice. - NasreenVinegar is said to be quite effective in dealing with head lice. Take two tablespoons of any vegetable oil (til oil, or olive oil, or sunflower oil) and two tablespoons vinegar. Mix well and apply liberally on the scalp. Wear a plastic shower cap and leave it on for 4 to 5 hours. If you are using it on a child, take care with the plastic shower cap. Then comb the hair with a fine lice comb thoroughly. Wash the hair. Apply vinegar again liberally on the scalp. Leave on for a few minutes and rinse the hair again with water. Comb again. The vinegar helps to loosen the nits (eggs). Mayonnaise is also said to help. It should be applied liberally on the scalp. Leave on for 4 hours and then wash the hair. My problem is I have dark and rough elbows. I tried rice powder but could not get rid of it. Please suggest a remedy. - Sushma RaoRubbing lemon on the elbows is said to help dark elbows. Take two lemon halves and rub on the elbows daily. Then apply til oil and massage it into the skin. While bathing, scrub the area with a loofah. After bath, apply a cream on the elbows while the skin is still damp. This helps to seal in moisture.




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