Avoiding Hair Hassles, Nail Fungus and the Dreaded Summer Yeast Infection
OAKLAND, Calif., May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- While the pleasures of summer abound, warm weather also brings health and beauty issues that many women aren't prepared for.
Feel your best with these healthy living tips from Nature's Cure for avoiding some elusive summertime pitfalls.
From The Top -- The sun can be as damaging to hair as to skin! After
just one hour of exposure, hair begins shedding its outer layer, resulting
in dullness and drying.
* Prevent: Keep locks lustrous by investing in a fun, lightweight hat for
beach, hikes and gardening. Natural fibers are best for ventilation, and
a wide brim can double as protection for your face and neck. When a hat
just won't do, use hair products formulated to shield UV rays, like
Frederic Fekkai or Phyto Plage's summer line. In a pinch, pull hair back
and smooth on a bit of regular sunscreen (SPF 15 +).
* Fight back: If your mane is fried, restore moisture by combing
conditioner through wet hair -- we like Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep
Recovery Hair Mask for its antioxidant oils -- and covering with a
shower cap and towel for 15-20 minutes. Trapped body heat will help the
moisturizers penetrate. Regain shine with a vinegar and water rinse to
seal cuticles, and try gloss-enhancing pomades or silicone sprays.
The Nether Region -- Though rarely discussed, 75 percent of women get a
yeast infection at some point. Wet swimwear, sweat and tight clothes in
warm weather provide the perfect environment for candida yeast to
proliferate, triggering a yeast infection.
* Prevent: Avoid damp clothes or tight garments made from non-ventilating
synthetic materials, like leggings, skinny jeans, or thong underwear. If
you're a water-baby or slave to fashion, you may need to be more
proactive. L. acidophilus probiotics, found in yogurt or supplements,
can help keep a yeast infection at bay. Nature's Cure Yeast Control
Capsules include L. acidophilus and use homeopathic principles to
stimulate your body's natural defenses to maintain a healthy balance
* Fight back: Most yeast infections can be treated with over-the-counter
medicines. Nature's Cure makes unique 1-Day and 3-Day Yeast Infection
Packs that include a vaginal treatment to relieve symptoms and
homeopathic tablets to treat the infection at its source per historical
homeopathic evidence (http://www.ncyeast.com/products.asp). See a doctor
if an over-the-counter treatment doesn't work -- you may have a
bacterial infection or some other ailment.
On Your Toes -- Shoes that show off your tootsies are fun, unless you
have a nail fungus making your feet look funky. Infected toenails are
characterized by discoloration, thickening and brittle, crumbling edges --
not pretty! Like athlete's foot, nail fungus is contagious, often spread
through communal showers or locker rooms. It thrives in warm, moist, dark
environments (like your shoes).
* Prevent: In addition to not going barefoot in public facilities, dry
feet thoroughly after showering and use foot powder, like ZeaSorb, to
absorb moisture. Keep toenails trimmed and bring your own pedicure tools
when visiting a salon.
* Fight back: Some successfully treat nail fungus with daily water and
vinegar foot baths or twice daily applications of tea tree oil or Vicks
VapoRub. There are also prescriptions available that can be applied
topically for more superficial infections, or taken orally for deeper
infections. Though it may be tempting to hide discolored nails with
polish, acrylic can both trap moisture and prevent a treatment from
reaching the infection.
Keep these strategies in mind and enjoy your fun in the sun without unwanted side effects.
|SOURCE Nature's Cure|
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