The beauty spot

The beauty spot

The beauty spot

Q: I am in my mid-20s and I have deep-set dark circles. I have tried many remedies such as placing cucumbers on my eyes, but none of them have worked. What should I do to reduce these? Can it be done using natural ingredients?  - Priya Krishnan

Dark circles are a hereditary condition and also a lot depends on one's lifestyle. Mix white flour with few drops of lemon juice and make a paste using few drops of water and apply on alternate days. Wash it off after 10 minutes.

Q: I am in my 40s and I have extremely dry skin. What kind of facial should I go in for and how often do I need to get it done? - Karen Costa

Vibrant, glowing, hydrated skin is one of the first indicators of good health and youth. Dry skin tends to appear dark and dull. You should pamper your skin with hydrating facials. The facial that you choose should include creams and serums that are rich in hydrating agents such as shea butter, urea, lactic acid, collagen etc, to not only nourish your skin, but also to lock in and retain the moisture for a long time. Treatments like jet-peels, electroporation or age-old galvanic facials can help fight your dry skin condition.

I am a teenager and I have been facing this problem of hair in-growth on my legs. Waxing hasn't helped me one bit. I love wearing shorts and dresses and now I feel extremely conscious of how my legs look. Is there a way in which I can get rid of in-grown hair?  - Misha Menon

When the hair curls up and grows back 'in' the skin instead of coming 'out' of it, it causes ingrown hair. This could happen for many reasons: for example, if the hair is thicker than the diameter of the opening (follicle) or when two or more strands emerge from one follicle, or even when hair is waxed or tweezed incorrectly and has not been pulled out properly. Hair can also grow inwards when dead skin and sebum clog the follicles. Laser hair reduction is a relatively painless procedure with minimal side effects. It works best for hair that is thick and dark, like those on your legs. Multiple sessions at monthly intervals can get you good results. The darker and thicker the hair, better are the results. Till then, using a razor to shave the hair will free the ingrowths.

I am in my late teens and I have dark circles under my eyes. Could you please suggest a few home remedies to remove them? - Mahima S

A 'sleep deprived' skin, which is the case with most teenagers, appears sallow with puffy eyes and eventually leads to lacklustre skin, fine lines and dark circles under the eyes.

You could try natural eye refreshers like a chilled slice of cucumber kept for around 10 to 15 minutes, or a raw potato slice cooled in a refrigerator for 10 to 15 minutes. It will help if followed on a regular basis. Dip a ball of cotton in rose water and place it on your eyes for 10-15 minutes everyday.

You can also make a paste of 1 tablespoon of yogurt with honey and turmeric and apply on the dark circles for 10 to 15 minutes. Drink plenty of water to flush out all the toxins. Eat a lot of fresh fruits rich in vitamin C, which act as natural lightening agents. Avoid staying awake for long hours at night, quit smoking if you do smoke - this will not only improve your dark circles but also makes you fit.