Beautician Shahnaz Husain offers tips and answers queries.

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I am getting married soon and I have tanned skin. Can you help me? — Pushpa

Use a facial scrub twice a week. You can either buy a facial scrub, or you can mix rice powder with curd and use as a facial scrub. Apply on the face and rub gently on the skin using small circular movements. Leave it on for five minutes and then wash it off with water.

Mix one teaspoon each of honey and lemon juice and apply daily on the face, at any time. Wash it off after 20 minutes. Twice a week, apply a face mask. Mix three teaspoons of oats with one teaspoon each of honey, curd and lemon juice, or egg white. Apply on the entire face, avoiding the lips and the area around the eyes. Wash it off after half an hour.

I have dark circles under my eyes. Please suggest some remedies. — Jayasree

Some of the reasons for the formation of dark circles around the eyes are hereditary factors, nutritional deficiencies, stress, inadequate sleep, sun-sensitivity, etc.

So, along with external care, you should check these aspects. As a home remedy, you can daily apply pure almond oil sparingly (very little quantity) around the eyes and massage it lightly on the skin, using only the ring finger, for one minute under each eye. Massage in one direction only.

Leave it on for 15 minutes and wipe off gently with moist cotton wool. Before going out in the sun, apply a sunscreen lotion sparingly under the eyes.

I am losing hair near my forehead due to sweat and oily scalp. I have dandruff too. Help me. — Anu

Avoid tying the hair tightly as a matter of habit, as it can lead to hair loss, especially at the hairline in front. Some of the reasons for hair loss are dandruff, oily scalp, stress, thyroid imbalance, illness, nutritional deficiencies, hair damage, etc.

Apply a non-oily, herbal hair tonic on the scalp daily, using cotton wool and leave it on. Avoid massaging. Wash your hair with a mild herbal shampoo three or four times a week, using less shampoo and rinsing very well with water. Half-an-hour before shampoo, apply two tablespoons of vinegar on the scalp, massaging it lightly into the scalp.  Once a week, heat olive oil or til oil, and apply it on the scalp at night. Leave it on overnight. The next morning, apply the vinegar as advised, half-an-hour before shampoo. Include fresh fruits, raw salads, sprouts and yogurt in your daily diet.

Drink six to eight glasses of water daily. Add the juice of a lemon to a glass of water and have it first thing in the morning. Ask your doctor to prescribe vitamin and mineral supplements.

From Puja

During pregnancy, I got stretch marks on my stomach. Suggest some home remedies. — Puja

Stretch marks usually fade with time, but are never disappear removed totally, because they form due to destruction of skin elasticity. Daily Apply olive oil daily on these areas and massage it into the skin. Mix besan with curd and a little turmeric, make it into a paste, and apply on these areas three times a week. Wash it off after half-an-hour.

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