Beautician Shahnaz Husain offers suggestions and answers queries. Send your queries to

My daughter is 13 years old and her face looks very dull. Please suggest remedies.— Varsha

Beauty of the skin depends on internal good health. Also, she is entering her teens, when there is hormonal development, which can lead to oiliness of the skin. She should wash her face with soap or a face wash for oily skin. Apply chilled rose water with cotton wool after washing the face. Twice a week, she can use a facial scrub. It should be rubbed gently on the skin, and then washed with water. This will help to brighten the skin. Her diet should include fresh fruits, raw salads, yogurt, and fruit juices. Add the juice of a lemon and one teaspoon honey to a glass of water, and let her have it first thing in the morning.

I am 52 years old. Is there a way to tighten the sagging skin on my face without surgery? — Lakshmi

Use a mild glycerine soap, or avoid soap and use a cleansing gel or cream. At night, after cleansing, apply nourishing cream and massage it on the face with outward and slightly upward movements. Use a face mask once or twice a week. Mix two teaspoons of wheat bran with one teaspoon each of ground almonds, honey, curd and egg white, or rose water. Apply it on the face, avoiding the lips and the area around the eyes. Wash it off after half-an-hour. Have weekly salon facials.

Please tell me ways to reduce a double chin. — Geeta

A facial exercise may help. Open your mouth as wide as you can. Hold that position for approximately 10 seconds, then relax your mouth; repeat this a few more times. For faster results, place a ball under your chin while opening your mouth. Massage the area daily with nourishing cream or olive oil. Starting from the chin go downwards, using both hands and one hand following another. There should be slight pressure going down, but no pressure when bringing the hands again to the chin. Sleeping without a pillow is also said to help a double chin.

My feet are very dry and have black marks. Please suggest home remedies. — Shimna

Take lemon halves and rub them daily on the dark marks on your feet. Wash it off, and apply sesame seed (til) oil or olive oil daily on the feet. Use a mild glycerine soap for bathing. Immediately after having a bath, apply cream or body lotion, while the skin is still damp. Twice a week, mix besan with curd, lemon juice and a little turmeric, make it into a paste, and apply it on the feet. Wash it off with plain water after 30 minutes. You can also apply a lemon-turmeric cream daily.

I am fat and my face looks round. My hair is straight near the root, but curly otherwise. Please suggest a hairstyle. — Krithika

Long curly hair is best for round faces. However, for shorter hair, you can select a style that keeps the end of the hair near the jaw line, giving an impression of a longer face. The hair should go upwards, on top of the head, rather than too much at the sides. If you have long hair, use a conditioner or hair serum to make the hair look softer and smoother. Have a middle parting and avoid fringes. A few curls or wisps on the forehead may look nice. The hair should not add too much width at the sides.

I have split ends and rough hair. Please suggest some home remedies. — Fatima

Trimming the split ends is the only remedy. Then give your hair proper and regular care. Avoid tying the hair tightly with rubber bands. Avoid using hair dryers and brushes. Use a wide-toothed comb. Twice a week, heat pure coconut oil and apply it on the hair. Then immerse a towel in hot water, squeeze out the water, and wrap the hot 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 scalp retain the oil better. Use a mild herbal shampoo. Use less shampoo and rinse well with water. After shampoo, apply a creamy conditioner, taking less quantity, and massaging it lightly into the hair. Leave it on for two minutes and rinse it off with plain water. You can also apply a “leave-on” type of conditioner or hair serum. Apply it the same way, but do not rinse off.



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