Ask Shahnaz

Beautician Shahnaz Hussain will offer beauty tips and answer beauty queries. You can send your queries to I am 21 and have a dull complexion, particularly the skin near the upper lips and chin appear quite dark. Please tell my how can I improve my complexion. I have used many branded fairness creams, but in vain. Now my skin has also become sensitive. Even if I use a cold cream or a moisturiser, I get rashes/pimples. Tell me how can I get the glow back on my face. - JyotiInstead of using a cold cream or moisturiser, you can use honey on the face. Mix one teaspoon honey with curd, add a pinch of turmeric (haldi) and apply daily on the face. Wash off after 15 to 20 minutes. You can also use a facial scrub according to your skin type, but since your skin is sensitive and prone to rashes, I am reluctant to suggest it. Scrubs and masks help to remove dead skin cells and brighten the skin. I am 31. I have a smooth but dry skin. I am dark complexioned and my skin becomes tanned when exposed even for a short while to the sun. Could you suggest an effective brand of sunscreen to avoid tanning, a moisturiser that will not darken my skin and a method of combined application of moisturiser and sunscreen? Please suggest a home remedy or pack to lighten my skin (milk cream does not help me in any combination). - MahalaxmiYou can use mild glycerine soap, or a cleansing cream or gel to cleanse your face twice a day. Normally, a sunscreen lotion or cream has built-in moisturisers, so applying the sunscreen would also help to moisturise the skin. After cleansing, apply one teaspoon honey mixed with one teaspoon lemon juice on the face and wash off after 20 minutes. This would soften the skin and improve its texture. It would also help to lighten the skin colour over a period of time. It is not possible to mention brand names, but you can choose a sunscreen of a reputed company, making sure that it is of a high SPF of 20 and above. This should be mentioned on the label. If you stay out in the sun for more than 20 minutes at a stretch, re-apply the sunscreen. However, a sunscreen may not prevent tanning. It only provides protection from UV rays. Physical protection is necessary to avoid tanning, carry a parasol. Twice a week, you can mix 3 teaspoons wheat bran (choker) with one teaspoon each of curd, honey and rose water. Apply on the face and wash off after 20 minutes. I am 27 years old, with a problem of dull complexion and dry skin (face and body). Though I am fair there is no glow on my face. Can you please help me with good home remedies? - Sumedha The skin is a reflection of your health. If you have a nutritious diet, adequate sleep and exercise regularly, it will reflect on the face. You can mix honey with ground almonds and apply on the face once or twice a week. Rub gently on the skin with circular movements and wash off with water. Or, you can buy a facial scrub for dry skin. At night, after cleansing, apply a good nourishing cream and massage it on the skin with a few drops of water for 2 to 3 minutes. Wipe off with moist cotton wool. Twice a week, use a facial mask. You can mix 2 teaspoons choker, with one teaspoon each of ground almonds, honey, curd and rose water (or egg white), apply on the face and wash off after 20 minutes. For the body, massage til oil before bath. Use mild glycerine soap. Immediately after your bath, apply a body lotion, while the skin is still damp. This helps to seal in moisture. You can also add one-quarter cup honey to a bucket of water, mix well and use it to bathe the body. I am 20 years old and have an oily skin. My face does not stay fresh even for an hour after washing. My cheeks are dry, but turn oily after washing. I have tried using multani mitti, but it makes my skin dry and scaly. I had acne problem four years ago, which has now subsided. My skin is sensitive and tans when I go out in the sun. I also have dark circles around my eyes. Is scrub a cosmetic? Can I use it? Does it make the skin dry? Can you please suggest some home remedies to overcome the oiliness of my skin and make it smooth. - RamaMix one teaspoon lemon juice with two teaspoon cucumber juice. Apply this on the face after washing. Wash off with plain water after 20 minutes. This will help reduce oiliness. When you go out carry a powder compact (pressed powder). This can be used to touch up the face and reduce the oily look. Wet tissues and skin tonics are also available for use during the day. They help to refresh the skin. With multani mitti, you should mix honey, curd and rose water. Then it will not cause dryness. Mix half a teaspoon tomato juice with one teaspoon cucumber juice and apply around the eyes daily and wash off after 15 minutes. Scrubs are skin-care cosmetics, containing grainy substances, which help to remove dead skin cells and make the skin appear clear. They are suitable for an oily skin. You can use a scrub twice a week. No, it will not make the skin dry. It would help to reduce oiliness. If there is dryness, apply honey and wash off after 20 minutes. I am 23 and suffering from severe dandruff problem for the past five years. I am also losing hair. When I wash my hair in the morning, it remains nice and shining for the whole day, but the next day it starts becoming oily and smelly. This makes my face also oily. Please advice. - AnuFrom your description, this seems to be a severe form of dandruff, which needs medicated lotions and ointments. Perhaps, you should consult a skin specialist or a skin and hair care clinic. You should heat til oil and apply on the scalp with cotton wool. Rub gently, to dislodge the flakes. Leave it on overnight. Next morning, apply the juice of a lemon or one tablespoon vinegar on the scalp and wash your hair after half an hour. Do this at least once a week. You should wash your hair daily with a mild herbal shampoo. Use less shampoo (unless you have applied oil) and rinse well with water. Rinsing is very important. Washing the hair daily does not harm the hair, provided you use a mild herbal shampoo and use less shampoo. After your shampoo, add the juice of a lemon to half a mug of water and use it as a last rinse. Once a week apply henna. To the henna powder, add 4 each of teaspoons lemon juice and coffee, 2 teaspoons methi seed powder and enough curd to mix into a paste. Leave on for an hour and wash off with water. Anti-dandruff hair tonics and ointments are also available. You should wash your comb, towel and pillow cover daily in warm soapy water, adding one teaspoon antiseptic solution such as Savlon.

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