Beauty & Skin

Ask Shahnaz Husain

 Frequently asked questions answered by Shahnaz Husain

 My hair is falling badly. Is it due to the hard water in our home?

For hard water, put alum (phitkiri) in the bath water. After washing the hair, add the juice of a lemon to half a mug of water and use it as a last rinse. This restores the normal acid-alkaline balance. The other reasons for hair loss can be dandruff, oily scalp, stress, thyroid imbalance, nutritional deficiencies and hair damage caused by repeated dyeing, colouring, straightening, etc. Apply herbal hair tonic daily on the scalp and leave on. Apply coconut or olive oil once a week the night before shampoo. Avoid vigorous head massage. Diet is most important. Have a small bowl of sprouts daily and include fresh fruits, salads, leafy green vegetables, soyabean and curd in your diet.

Tell me how to avoid wrinkles and lines near eyes. Can I apply night cream? I have oily skin.

For the wrinkles and lines near eyes, you can daily apply pure almond oil sparingly around eyes and massage it lightly on the skin, using only the ring finger, for one minute under each eye. Massage in one direction only. Leave on for 15 minutes and wipe off gently with moist cotton wool. You can also apply potato juice or egg white on the area near eyes. Wash off gently with water after 20 minutes.  Night cream should not be applied on oily skin. It will make the skin more oily and will also clog the pores and lead to pimples.  

 What make-up products should I use for an oily skin?

For an oily skin, apply astringent lotion after cleansing the skin. Wait for a few minutes and then use a water-based foundation. Add a drop of water to it for a lighter coverage. Or, avoid foundation and apply only compact powder, which is available in various shades. Select a beige shade of foundation and compact powder, which suits Indian skin tones better. Use powder blush-on and powder eye shadow.

 How can I prevent kajal from smudging? How to remove make-up?

Apply less kajal and then apply a thin line of dark eye shadow over it, to avoid smudging. The proper way of removing make-up is to use a cleansing gel, or cleansing milk or lotion. Apply it on the face and then wipe the face with moist cotton wool. Wipe gently around eyes.

About Shahnaz Husain

 Shahnaz Husain, pioneer of the Ayurvedic beauty movement, heads the Shahnaz Husain Group, with a global network of franchise ventures and 375 Ayurvedic formulations. A Case Study at Harvard for Brand Creation, she is now a Harvard Subject for “Emerging Markets” She was honoured with the Padma Shri Award and is the first woman in 105 years to receive the World’s Greatest Woman Entrepreneur Award from Success, the U.S. business magazine. Indeed, Shahnaz Husain is a leading international beauty icon.

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