A Woman's Summertime Guide to Healthy Living From Head-to-Toe

Tuesday, May 13, 2008 General News J E 4
OAKLAND, Calif., May 12 While the pleasures of summerabound, warm weather also brings health and beauty issues that many womenaren't prepared for.

Feel your best with these healthy living tips from Nature's Cure foravoiding some elusive summertime pitfalls.

From The Top -- The sun can be as damaging to hair as to skin! After justone hour of exposure, hair begins shedding its outer layer, resulting indullness and drying.

The Nether Region -- Though rarely discussed, 75 percent of women get ayeast infection at some point. Wet swimwear, sweat and tight clothes in warmweather provide the perfect environment for candida yeast to proliferate,triggering a yeast infection.

On Your Toes -- Shoes that show off your tootsies are fun, unless you havea nail fungus making your feet look funky. Infected toenails are characterizedby discoloration, thickening and brittle, crumbling edges -- not pretty! Likeathlete's foot, nail fungus is contagious, often spread through communalshowers or locker rooms. It thrives in warm, moist, dark environments (likeyour shoes).

Keep these strategies in mind and enjoy your fun in the sun withoutunwanted side effects.* 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.

SOURCE Nature's Cure


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