Ask Shahnaz Husain

Frequently asked questions answered by the Beauty Icon

Q1. Can I apply olive oil on the face for dry skin?

 If the skin is dry, olive oil may be used on the face and body. There will not be side-effects on dry skin. You can add half teaspoon honey to one teaspoon olive oil and apply it daily on the face. Wash off after 20 minutes or wipe off with moist cotton wool. For dry skin, moisturisers should also be applied. Honey is a natural moisturiser. Aloe vera can also be applied on the face and then washed off with plain water after 20 minutes.

Q2. Please tell me the correct method of oiling the hair. How long should oil be kept before washing?

 Oil may be applied on the hair and the tips (ends). Avoid rubbing. Gently massage the scalp, using only finger tips, and actually move the scalp in small circular movements. This helps to stimulate blood circulation to the follicles. Oil may be applied at night and left on overnight. Wash hair the next day. If the hair is oily, avoid oil applications.

Q3. Please suggest hair conditioners for frizzy hair to make it shiny and smooth.

After shampoo, apply creamy conditioner, leave on for 2 minutes and rinse with plain water. When the hair is dry, take 2 drops of a light vegetable oil, like sunflower oil. Put it on your palms and rub the palms lightly together, so that the oil spreads over both palms. Smooth the palms over the hair. Or, take the ends of the hair in your palms and scrunch them. Leave the oil on. Or, mix some water with creamy hair conditioner and put it in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture on the hair. Then comb the hair, so that it spreads through the hair.

Q4. I have mixed skin on my face. Winter causes more dryness in cheeks, while other parts of the face look oily. What face wash or moisturizer should I use?

In winter, you can use mild glycerine soap, or cleansing milk. Apply cleansing milk on your face and wipe off with moist cotton wool. Mix one teaspoon of pure glycerine with 100 ml of rose water. Keep it in an airtight bottle. Apply a little of this lotion to relieve dryness. Aloe vera gel may also be applied on the face. Wash off with plain water after 15 to 20 minutes. Use a face wash containing ingredients like tulsi and neem.

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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