Ask Shahnaz Husain

Frequently asked questions answered by the Beauty Icon

Q1. Kindly suggest some hair pack for dry hair and face pack for dry skin.

Mix together one egg (optional), two tablespoons coconut oil, the juice of a lemon and one teaspoon pure glycerin. Massage lightly into the hair. Wear a shower cap and keep on for half an hour and then wash the hair. For dry skin, mix together two teaspoons choker (wheat bran) with one teaspoon each ground almonds, almond oil, curd and honey. Apply on the face once or twice a week, avoiding the lips and area around eyes. Wash it off after 30 minutes.

Q2. I am 23 and have dark circles under my eyes. My mother has dark circles too. Can the problem be hereditary?

Along with hereditary factors, some other causes of dark under-eye circles are nutritional deficiencies, stress, inadequate sleep, sun-sensitivity, etc. As a home remedy, daily apply pure almond oil sparingly under 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 mix cucumber juice and potato juice in equal quantities. Apply under eyes daily for 20 minutes. Wash off with water. Ask your doctor to prescribe vitamin and mineral supplements.

Q3. I have oily skin and lots of acne on my face. Please suggest remedies.

I have tried many things, without any use.

After washing the face, apply an astringent lotion, using cotton wool. Boil neem leaves over a low fire. Cool and strain. Make a paste of the leaves and apply daily on the face. Wash it off with plain water after half an hour. Mix cinnamon (dalchini) powder and sandalwood paste with a little lemon juice and few drops of honey into a sticky paste. Apply only on the acne daily and leave on for at least one hour. Mix multani mitti with rose water and lemon juice into a paste and apply on the face two or three times a week. Wash it off when it dries. Avoid creams and moisturizers. Use only oil-free products.  Include fresh fruits, raw salads, sprouts and yogurt in your daily diet. Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water daily. Add the juice of a lemon to a glass of water and drink it first thing in the morning. 

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 honored 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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