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Beauti Talk

Sadia Moyeen Beautician, La Belle

Q. Dear Sadia Moyeen,
I am a regular reader of your column and like it very much. I am 21 years old and my skin is oily. When I was 12 I started to have blackheads and pimples on my face. I had a very bad habit of squeezing them.

I don't have blackheads or pimples now but have a lot of open pores on my skin. These look very bad and my skin also looks old.

1.Can you please suggest any home remedy for the open pores on my cheeks and nose? Can ozone therapy work for this problem?

2.I am thinking about purchasing an electric hair remover machine to solve my unwanted hair problems on my legs and face. Will it be safe and effective?

3.I also have a lot of gray hair. Please suggest a home remedy without a dye for this problem. Please, please, please help me out. I am suffering a lot.

A. Dear Reader,
Apply a pack made with 'Multani Mitti', sandalwood powder and a few drops of rose water mix with ice water and keep it on until its dry. Before removing dampen it again with water and massage off gently with cold water. Do this every alternate day. On the days that you are not using the pack, rub an ice cube on your face before applying make up.

An electric hair remover is fine to use on your legs but I'd avoid the face if I were you. Skin on the face is finer and more delicate than the rest of the body and must be treated gently. How about hair removing cream? Or good old threading?

Grey hair at 21? How about using Henna. It'll give you a nice reddish tint to your hair and condition at the same time?

Q. Dear Sadia,
I am 27 year old lady. The problem is, there is a very small blotch on my face for the last few months. Now it is becoming more noticeable. How can I get rid of it? I have bags under my eyes, which do not look nice. Can I make them look normal? I am also loosing my hair on the front of my head. What about hair replacement, will it work in this case. How can I get rid of these things? Would you please give me some suggestions to solve these problems.
- Lucy

A. Dear Lucy,
Give me more information about the 'blotch' on your face - how big is it, what colour? Is it darker or lighter than your skin? It could be pigmentation in which case protect your skin from the sun and let a dermatologist check if out. Any sudden changes in skin pigmentation, moles or patches should always be looked into by a professional.

Eye bags at your age indicate that you are not getting enough sleep or that you work too hard without rest. Soak cotton wool pads into cucumber juice, cool in a refrigerator and apply daily.

Hair replacement at 27? Definitely not. Do you pull back your hair and tie if tightly? If yes, loosen up; do you have dandruff? There could be several reasons for hair fall, but it must be remembered that, hair grows back. This cycle of hair replacement carries on naturally all year round. If your hair is long get the weight off the trout by shortening the front. Apply a mixture of egg, yogurt oil twice a week, keep on for ½ an hour and shampoo off.

Q. Dear sadia,
This may not be the right column for guys, but I'm writing being helpless. As for a 20 year old guy this is the first time I've started keeping long hair. But the problem is my hair is getting really rough, and fuzzy along with losing too much hair. I don't want to cut my hair short or get bald as some of my well-wishers have advised. So what are my options?
What kind of hair-care product do I need to use, and where do I find them?
- Curt

A. If you keep long hair, you're going to have to invest some time in taking care of it as well. Use a conditioner after every shampoo to soften and untangle your hair. Brush out gently without tugging and pulling. Oil your hair once a week, massaging for a few minutes before washing off, and I'm sure you'll have locks which even the girls will envy.

Dental wise

Dr. Mahfujul Haq Khan, DDS(Dhaka), PhD(japan) Oral & Dental Surgeon BIRDEM Hospital

Q: I am a Diabetic patient for the last 20 years and I never had any dental problems (pain). Recently I found that some of my teeth have become loose. Will a Diabetic lose his or her teeth sooner than a non-Diabetic?

A: Many factors contribute to the loss of teeth in someone who has diabetes. A poor healing response combined with gum disease and the destruction of bone anchoring the teeth in place may result in teeth that become loose and eventually fall out. Although diabetics have no control over their response to infection, they can practice good oral hygiene habits (brushing and flossing). Removing plaque will reduce or eliminate infection. Ensuring the diabetes is controlled (taking insulin, altering diet) is also a way of decreasing the risk of tooth loss.
It should be noted that a diabetic might have excellent oral hygiene and still suffer from gum disease and bone loss. In that case, I strongly recommend consulting a Dental surgeon who is specialized in Diabetes field. We feel proud to inform you that the department of Dentistry of BIRDEM hospital has special facilities with skilled Dental surgeons to treat and manage Diabetic oral health

Q. Why should wisdom teeth be removed if they haven't caused any trouble? When is the best time to have wisdom teeth removed?

A. Impacted wisdom teeth are almost certain to cause problems if left in improper positions. This is particularly true of the lower wisdom teeth. Such problems may occur suddenly and often at the most inconvenient times.
It is now recommended by specialists that impacted wisdom teeth be removed between the ages of 14 and 22 years whether they are causing problems or not. Surgery is technically easier and patients recover much more quickly when they are younger. What is a relatively minor operation at 20 can become quiet difficult in-patients over 40. In addition, the risk of complications increases with age, and the healing process is slower.

Parlour wise


Bliss, located on Gulshan Avenue is a beauty parlour and saloon that has made quite a name in the whole Dhaka beauty parlour scene. With a very French-looking blue shade that shades their door from the glaring sun, this beauty parlour has quite a classy look and is suited to the needs of its customers. The Bliss staff diligently work with their customers till late in the evening as they wait their turns while the dryers keep buzzing.
The parlour's expertise lies in its hair colouring and hair cuts. The staff is polite, efficient and well-trained and any complaint is immediately looked into. The demand for their service is high and things get busier at the peak seasons such as Eid.
Customers give a satisfied seal of approval on the parlour but do cringe about the prices, which may be quite high for people with limited budgets for such things. Nevertheless quality comes with a price and on that account Bliss should not be singled out.
So go pamper yourself!

By Tahiat-E-Mahboob





I do realize that this might turn out to be an article filled with quite an appreciable amount of symbols like "!@#$%^&*~`" but the thing is, swearing seems to be a part of life. If you are not saying it, you are certainly thinking it. How about when somebody cuts into line in front of you, or takes that glass of coke from the counter that was meant for you, or wins over the girl/boy you had your heart set upon, or even when you are not excused from an exam despite the amount of time and effort you have spent on trying to make up an excuse instead of studying; I know the last example does not really seem fair, but then as one of my favorite saying goes "Life is a B!*#$ and then we die".
Most people raise their eyebrows when they hear swearwords being used, despite the fact that at times they use the same words themselves. I think that using swearwords vents some of your anger when you are really pi$$ed - hey, at least swearing at people in anger is better than hitting them, where would humanity be if one started dishing out blows whenever infuriated. Wait, give me a minute to think - got it - there are people who do just that. They get angry and hit the object of their anger.
One might say that cursing (not the magical spell type, rather the sacrilegious one) equals vulgarity and it only befits the mouth of rickshawalas, but you and I both know that this is far from the truth. We all use bad language at one time or the other. Most of the time we give vent to it by saying words which, if heard by our parents, would result in our mouths being washed out with soap.
We are not saints, ergo we sin-with blasphemy being one of the many that we commit. You know what, even though we all do it, maybe there should be something like profanity etiquette, where the number one rule would be "Never swear in front of elderly people and neka people"- otherwise they would all be like 'Oh my god, I cannot believe you said that, how could you' (imagine that being said in a very whiny voice, as befits the neka people). The second being, if you inadvertently say something you did not consciously intend to say (this usually happens when you are in front of those you do not know very well) then do apologize for it-nobody likes a double serving of rudeness, first the cuss words then the utter lack of decency to apologize for them. It is all right, I suppose, to say whatever you want when you are among friends, but using bad language here, there, and all around-now that is a definite no-no.
I am not really sure what made me write about profanity; but in the end all I hope for is that you are not muttering any swear words under your breath after this piece of writing of mine.

By Sumaya Siddiq Shashin.



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