BEAUTY BA­SICS

I’m a 19- year- old boy. The skin on my face is ex­tremely dry. What should I do?

WKND - - Contents - BY RIMA SONI • The one- stop home beauty so­lu­tions space

If you’re deal­ing with dry skin or hair loss, read on and find out which nat­u­ral reme­dies work for you

I am 31 years old and am ex­pe­ri­enc­ing ter­ri­ble hair loss. A lot of my hair has also turned white. What can I do to stop the hair fall and bring back the colour to my hair? My six- year- old daugh­ter has thin hair, too. Could you sug­gest a rem­edy?

— Name with­held Take one ta­ble­spoon of tea leaves ( that have a strong colour), a ta­ble­spoon of fenu­greek pow­der and two cups of co­conut oil. Boil this to­gether un­til the colour of the oil be­comes dark brown. Al­low to cool overnight. In the morn­ing, add a ta­ble­spoon of cas­tor oil to this, mix well and store in a dark- coloured bot­tle. Take a ta­ble­spoon of this oil, warm it slightly, and mas­sage into the scalp. Leave it in overnight or at least an hour be­fore sham­poo­ing your hair. Tea is both a toner and colourant, cas­tor oil thick­ens and nour­ishes the scalp, and fenu­greek is rich in pro­tein and re­pairs scalp dis­or­ders. You and your daugh­ter can both use this treat­ment to re­store hair health.

Is there a nat­u­ral rem­edy for in­grown toe­nails? Could you also tell me ap­prox­i­mately how long I’d have to wait to see some re­sults?

— Name with­held Thanks for your mail. I would per­son­ally pre­fer that you get this treat­ment done with a chi­ropodist to avoid any kind of in­fec­tion in your nails or toes.

Is shikakai good for the hair? Could you tell me how to use it? I’ve heard that it can get quite messy as its texture is sort of like soil. Is this true?

— Jeena Shikakai is an ex­cel­lent hair cleanser. It’s very sim­ple to use. Take a ta­ble­spoon of the pow­der and one cup of wa­ter. Mix this well and ap­ply as a sham­poo to your hair. Like a good sham­poo, it cleanses, nour­ishes and strength­ens hair.

I have too many wrin­kles around my eyes, but I’m only in my late 40s. I don’t want to use any of the col­la­gen creams avail­able in the mar­ket right now. Do you have an equally ef­fec­tive home rem­edy?

— Van­dana A mix of car­rot juice, honey and fresh or tinned cream makes for a rich skin smoothen­ing and nour­ish­ing mask. Ap­ply this as a face pack to get rid of wrin­kles and leave your skin feel­ing young again. Car­rot is rich in both vi­ta­min B and C, which help to im­prove cir­cu­la­tion as well as tone the skin. Honey and cream are very nour­ish­ing as well.

( Got a beauty- re­lated query? Write to Rima Soni at [email protected] khalee­j­times. com)

— Vishal Dry skin could be due to lack of wa­ter or nour­ish­ing foods. Drink 9- 10 glasses of wa­ter ev­ery­day. Mas­sage your skin with fresh co­conut milk or al­mond milk ev­ery­day. Rinse af­ter an hour. This will make your skin smooth, while drink­ing wa­ter hy­drates the skin, keep­ing it soft and sup­ple.

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