Beauty Queries- Q&A

Please give me some tips on removing make-up the natural way. My skin is sensitive and I would like to avoid commercial beauty products.

It is very important to remove all make-up before going to bed as this helps the facial skin breathe, and prevents clogging of pores leading to blackheads,acne and other blemishes.

A very popular method of cleaning off make-up is honey and baking soda. Take honey in a bowl and sprinkle baking soda on it. Mix thoroughly and apply with a cotton on face and wipe off firmly and gently.This is an exfoliator and cleanser, suitable for all kinds of make-up.

Take a little coconut oil in your palm and wipe it all over face, without rubbing it in. Remove with a tissue or cotton ball. This cleans and moisturizes skin excellently.

If your make-up is light, simple milk is a good cleanser, and a good hydrator as well.

Steaming face removes stubborn make-up but you should ensure that you clean it off thoroughly or it could cause acne.


I am a 25-year-old woman who is only 5’2”tall. This makes me wear high- heeled footwear always! During my working day in the bank, I always wear stilettoes. Nowadays, I am suffering from a back ache and a stiffness in the ankles. Could this be due to the footwear I use? Please advise.

You seem to have hit the nail on the head! Podiatrists warn that high heels alters the angle of the body and causes imbalance feelings. Pain will be felt from the knees to the spine, and even lead to the formation of corns, bunions and blisters.

This does not mean that you will have to eschew high heels altogether. Use good walking shoes when going to work and slip on the heeled footwear when you are in the office. When working at your station, slip them off and wriggle your toes to loosen muscles and relax feet.

If the discomfort you feel is intense, it is advisable to change your footwear and choose lower heels. Two to four cms are safe. You arches should get good support as well. Wear very high heels only for infrequent outings.

In case you continue to feel pain and discomfort, it is best to consult a chiropodist to evaluate your condition


Now that summer is here, please give me some tips on how to have a clean, fresh look on the face. My skin tends to become greasy and dull due to the heat, humidity and dust. I am a 32-year-old living in Mumbai.

You are right in thinking that our beauty routine should be modified with the change in the seasons. In summer, with the heat and grime, it is important to clean your face at least three times a day. Use a soap-free cleanser.

A clay mask once a week is perfect for dealing with oiliness.

Another way of clearing skin is by exfoliation with a mild chemical peel or an appropriate scrub which will remove dead skin cells and leave your face with a glow’.

Avoid heavy make-up; use light, less products which do not contain oils and emoliants. These should contain antioxidants. But an SPF of at least 30 is important to avoid the effects of the sun’s ultra violet rays.

Take care to remove all make-up at bedtime and allow skin to breathe.

Please tell me how to deal with hair in my nostrils. I have a thickish growth and often wonder how most women have clean, hair-free nostrils.

The easiest and most convenient way is to use a tiny scissors which are often included in grooming kits. As these have rounded tips, you will not nick or poke skin.

Stand in front of mirror, in good light, blow nose to remove any mucous; raise your head. Then carefully trim hair as close to skin as possible. It is best to trim only the front visible hairs, and not go deep into your nostrils with the scissors.

Blow nose to remove bits of hair and wash in cool water.

An electric nose hair trimmer with rounded razors is another option. It can be bought in a good beauty product outlet or online too.

Avoid waxing or laser too as far as possible. Do not pluck hairs as this could lead to infection which can even reach the brain! Depilatories, hair removal creams,etc, are definitely not to be used.

I have heard a lot about chemical peel. What is this and is it safe?

In the procedure termed chemical peel, a chemical is applied to the skin to exfoliate it and gradually peel off. It is used to improve the condition of the face, hands, or neck, and makes the area look smoother and less wrinkled than the original skin.

The new skin is more sensitive and feels raw for a few days before it heals completely.

The treatment uses light, medium or deep chemicals according to the requirements. Usually, these are alpha hydroxy acid peels, which are glycolic or lactic acids, beta hydroxy acid peels, retinoic acid peels or phenol croton oil peel.

The results are almost always very gratifying and there are very few adverse side effects. Ensure though that you go to an experienced and qualified cosmetic surgeon.

This procedure is not advisable for teenagers, under 18 years of age.


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