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Dear Ms. Moyeen,
My palms and feet sweat a lot and cause a foul odour. I wash my hands regularly, but it is not possible to do the same with my feet. Although I am meticulous about using washed socks all the time, it does not stop the foul smell. What can I do?
- Russel

Dear Russel,
Please wear 100% cotton socks at all times. Dry your feet properly after a shower and sprinkle talcum powder between the toes before wearing socks.

Dear Ms. Moyeen,
I have heard neem is good for skin. I find it difficult to apply neem packs on my face. Is it equally good if I take tablets available in the market?
- Mehreen

Dear Mehreen,
The benefits of neem are multifold. It is a natural antiseptic with anti-fungal as well as anti-anthelmintic (parasitic infections) properties. Taken internally, it purifies blood and externally it helps in maintaining a clear complexion, not to mention that it also aids in maintaining a healthy scalp.

Dear Sadia Apa,
I have recently been advised by a skin specialist to use Neutrogena oil-free face wash. However, upon using it my skin broke into pimples that oozed pus. What should I do?
- Amberine

Dear Amberine,
Obviously this product has not suited you, please discontinue use immediately. Sometimes the best of products may disagree with you. Use Aloe Vera gel to calm the skin and ask your dermatologist to put you on antibiotics treatment for acne.

Dear Sadia,
I recently went to Cox's Bazar and returned with, let's just say a little more tan than I anticipated. I want to get my fair skin back. Please help.
- Shimtana Bosak

Dear Shimtana,
Fair polish is ideal to get rid of a tan.

Dear Sadia,
I need to shampoo everyday or else the hair turns too oily. Can you suggest a remedy? I would also appreciate it if you could kindly suggest how I can make a face pack for everyday use.
- Sumaiya

Dear Sumaiya,
Rub lemon rind on the scalp and shampoo off using one that has been formulated for oily scalp. Avoid conditioner or apply only on length of hair completely avoiding scalp.

I'm presuming you have normal skin. Mix Uptan (1 tsp) milk powder (1 tsp) haldi (pinch). Apply for 5 min, massage gently, and wash off. Use daily.

Dear Sadia,
Allow me to thank you first for your column. I wish your suggestions appeared more frequently as they help a lot of people.
I would like to ask you about the correlation between our diet and good skin and hair. While we read a lot about 'less oily food' and 'natural face packs' we are mostly unaware of a good diet that helps skin and hair. Please advice.
- Shuporna Chakma

Dear Suporna,
A good diet, as well as exercise is paramount to good skin and hair. Our dependence on processed food is so great that we hardly eat fresh produce. Preservative in food products must play havoc with our insides. Make naturally existing food a part of your diet. Fresh fruits and vegetables are a must for a balanced diet. Carbohydrates, proteins,fat, etc., are all required in reasonable quantities for a healthy body. Too much or too less of anything is unacceptable.
If you are having issues with skin and hair, rest assured the root problem lies within.
A balanced diet, with a moderate amount of exercise, lots of water and a restful sleep is the key to a good lifestyle.
Thank you for appreciating our column. Happy reading!

Dear Sadia,
There are a lot of health drinks available in the market which prophases improved health. I am not too sure if this falls under your field of expertise, but is it possible to suggest ways of making a health drink that will help maintain good skin?
- Bonolota Rozario

Dear Bonolata,
Here goes two!
1/2 aanar (pomegranate)
1 carrot
1 orange
Dash of lime
NO sugar
Jasmine tea- 1cup
Dash of lime
This is great for digestion, and is also an antioxidant.

Model: Nabila
Photo: Zahedul I Khan
Makeup & hair: Sadia Moyeen

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