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I have developed fine lines under my eyes. Suggest a remedy.Lavanya

The skin around the eyes is delicate and develops lines and wrinkles easily. Remove make-up and creams very gently so that the skin does not get pulled or stretched. As a home remedy, you can massage a little pure almond oil daily, using only the ring finger, for one minute under each eye. Massage in one direction only. Leave it on for 15 minutes before wiping it off gently with moist cotton wool. Apply potato juice around your eyes daily. Wash it off after 20 minutes with water.

I have a round face and my forehead is small. Suggest a suitable hairstyle.Arthy

If you have long hair, you can put it up in many ways with fancy hair clips or colourful ribbons. A middle parting would suit a round face. Or, cut your hair to shoulder level or slightly below shoulder level. Have layers, curls or waves towards the lower end. The layers should begin at chin level and not higher, otherwise your face will look wider. Blow-dry the top half to make it look straighter, till where the layers begin.

I have very oily skin which makes me look dark. I also have a dark, prickly layer around my nose and chin. I use a scrub daily but to no avail.T. Abinaya

You seem to have blackheads. After washing your face, wipe it with an astringent lotion, using cotton wool. This helps reduce oiliness. Add a little rose water to sandalwood paste and apply it on your nose and chin. Wash it off after 15 minutes. Mix multani mitti with rose water and lemon juice into a paste and apply it on your face. Wash it off when it dries. This will reduce oiliness and lighten the colour of your skin. Sweat makes the skin look darker. Carry wet tissues and wipe your face with it. Or, use a day cream or matte moisturiser. Include fresh fruits, raw salads, sprouts and yoghurt in your diet. Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water daily. Add the juice of a lemon to a glass of water and drink it first thing in the morning.

I am dark and my lips are also dark. What should I do to have lighter skin?Shantha

The skin on the lips is delicate. After washing your face and your lips are wet, rub them gently with a soft towel. This helps remove dead skin. Add a few drops of lemon juice to cream of milk and apply it on your lips. Leave it on for an hour. At night, apply pure almond oil daily on your lips, leaving it on overnight. Apply foundation on your lips. Wait for a few minutes and then apply lipstick. If the skin is dark, it is better to avoid pale shades.

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