Ask Shahnaz Husain

Frequently asked questions answered by the Beauty Icon

How should I keep my skin soft? I have normal skin.

If your skin is normal to dry, use mild glycerin soap, or avoid soap and use a cleansing gel.
Mix honey with a little milk and apply daily on the face. Wash it off after 15 minutes with plain water. Apply a sunscreen lotion before going out in the sun. At night, after cleansing, apply a nourishing cream and massage it on the face with a little water. Wipe off excess cream with moist cotton wool before bedtime.

Please tell me how to prepare and apply henna.

To the henna powder add 4 teaspoons each of lemon juice and coffee, 2 raw eggs and enough curd to mix into a thick paste. Divide the hair in sections and apply the henna on both sides of the section, so that it is totally covered with henna. Wrap the section around the head. Now repeat this with each section, till the hair is totally covered with the henna paste. Keep it on for at least one hour and wash off with plain water. You can use shampoo after a day or two, if you wish. If your hair is dry, add 2 teaspoons of hair oil to the henna paste.

I had pimples 2 years back. Now my skin is very dry and there are marks and eruptions.

Mix one teaspoon pure glycerin with 100 ml rose water and keep in a bottle in the fridge. Apply a little of this lotion on the face after cleansing, or whenever the skin feels dry. Take 2 teaspoons curd, add a pinch of turmeric and apply daily on the entire face at any time. Wash it off after 15 minutes. 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..

My nails keep chipping and breaking. Please suggest home remedies.

Wear rubber gloves for your washing chores. Massage cream on the hands and nails daily, especially after using detergents and soaps. Put cream on each nail and massage the nail and the skin surrounding it, using circular strokes with your thumb. Include skimmed milk, yogurt, paneer, fish and sprouts in your diet. Dissolve one teaspoon of gelatin in a little boiling water. Cool the water and add it to fruit juice. Have this daily for ten days.

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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