Beautician Shahnaz Husain offers tips and answers queries. Send your queries to askshahnaz@gmail.com

What’s the benefit of applying curd on the face? - Priya

Curd is beneficial for the skin and the hair. It helps restore the acid-alkaline balance of the skin and keep it healthy. It benefits acne prone skin.

Applying curd on the arms and other exposed areas of the body helps remove tan and softens the skin. It can be included in body and face packs and scrubs.

Applied on the hair half an hour before shampoo helps soften the hair and adds body. It is used in henna packs for conditioning the hair.

How to get rid of flabby arms? - Ajitha

For the arms, stand with feet slightly apart. Stretch the arms out to the sides, with palms facing upwards. Rotate the arms in small circles, clockwise and then anti-clockwise. Repeat 10 times on each side and increase gradually.

My lips are dark. Suggest a remedy. - Malathy

The skin of the lips is thin and delicate. After washing the faceyou can rub them gently with a soft towel. This helps remove dead skin.

Then apply milk cream and leave on for an hour. Add a few drops of lemon juice to the cream before application. Apply pure almond oil daily on the lips at night and leave overnight.

You can also look for a lip balm with sunscreen. Change your brand of lipstick, because the perfume in certain lipsticks can cause darkness as a reaction to sun-exposure.

My hair is frizzy and dry. Can I apply jojoba and wheat germ oil? - Ranjani

Yes, they have emollient and nourishing properties. You can also mix castor oil and coconut oil in equal quantities. Heat and apply on the hair once or twice a week. Then do the hot towel wrap. It helps the hair to absorb the oil better.

Or, you can apply pure almond oil. After shampoo, apply a creamy conditioner, taking less quantity and massaging it lightly into the hair. You can also apply a “leave-on” type of conditioner or hair serum.

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