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B eautician Shahnaz Hussain offers tips and answers queries. You can send your queries to shahnaz_ >press@yahoo.co.in I am 5'4" tall and weigh about 80 kg. Though I do not look very fat, my abdomen has become heavy. I do a lot of housework. How can I reduce the abdomen?
HemaYou can learn yoga and practise it daily. Or you can do some spot reducing exercises for the abdomen. Lie on the floor on your back, with feet together and arms at the sides. Lift the legs about six inches above the ground and hold the position for a count of ten. Then lower the legs to the floor. Repeat this three to four times and increase gradually. For the second exercise, keep lying on the floor. Bend the knees and keep the feet flat on the floor. Raise the body to a half-sitting position, holding the arms stretched out before you. Lower body to the floor and repeat 3 or 4 times. I have thin hair and split ends. I also suffer from hair loss.
BhavyaSplit ends indicate the hair is not in good condition. . Include fresh fruits, raw salads, sprouts, soyabean, lentils, leafy green vegetables, curd and paneer in your daily diet. Trimming the split ends is the only remedy. Avoid tying the hair tightly with rubber bands. Avoid using hair dryers and brushes. Twice a week, heat pure coconut oil and apply it on the scalp and hair. Then dip a towel in hot water, squeeze out the water and wrap the towel around the head, like a turban. Keep it on for five minutes. Repeat the hot towel wrap three or four times. This helps the hair and the scalp absorb the oil better. Weekly Henna treatments will also help. Add four teaspoons each of lemon juice and coffee, two raw eggs, two teaspoons oil and enough curd to the henna powder, mixing it into a thick paste. Apply it on the hair and wash it off after an hour. I have oily skin. Should I use a moisturiser daily?
RamyaOily skin may not need a moisturizer. Use an oil-free day cream or lotion. However, in the winter months, if the skin feels dry, mix four parts of rose water with one part of pure glycerine and store it in a bottle. Apply a little of this after washing the face. It can also be applied on the hands. For oily skin, wash the face twice a day with a medicated soap. Then mix lemon juice with rose water in equal quantities and apply it on the face, washing it off after 15 minutes.HEMA

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