Ask Shahnaz Husain

Frequently asked questions answered by the Beauty Icon

Q1. My hands are becoming dark and my skin has white patches due to dryness.

If the white patches have tiny flakes, they can be due to dryness. However, it is also advisable to consult a dermatologist. Apply til oil daily and massage it on the skin before bath. Use mild glycerin soap for bathing. Immediately after bath, apply a body lotion while the skin is still damp. This helps to seal in moisture. Mix curd and a little haldi (turmeric) and apply at least three times a week on the arms. Wash it off after half an hour. Then apply til oil and massage it into the skin, as recommended. You can also apply a lemon-turmeric cream daily.

Q2. My face is too oily and I also get blackheads. I wash my face 3 to 4 times, but it is still oily.

After washing the face in the morning, wipe the face and blackhead prone areas with an astringent lotion, using cotton wool. In the morning after washing the face, make a paste of baking soda (and water. Apply the paste on the areas with blackheads daily and wash it off after 5 minutes. Use a facial scrub three times a week on the blackhead prone areas. Mix rice powder with rose water and use as a facial scrub. Apply on the areas with blackheads and rub gently on the skin using small circular movements. Leave on for 5 minutes and then wash off with water. Twice a week, apply face mask. Mix 3 teaspoons oatmeal with curd, so that it is a thick paste which does not drip. Apply on the entire face, avoiding the lips and area around eyes. Wash it off after half an hour.

Q3. How to remove hair from the arms and legs? Can I use an epilator? Will it be painful?

Waxing is a good option for hair removal from arms and legs. You can have it done at a beauty salon. Waxing removes hair by the roots and it may not grow back for four to six weeks. There will be some pain during the hair removal process, which will decrease with each waxing. Epilator is a small gadget for hair removal. Epilators also pull out hair by the roots and also cause some pain. But, like waxing, one gets used to it with time. Very short hairs may be removed with an epilator, but its best to follow the instructions given with the epilating gadget that you buy.

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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