By Chiedza Dafi
If you didn’t know, the Girl Boss (GB) Body Care Range has the delicious Mango and Marula Body Spritzer. The fragrance is natural, light and fruity. The scent has the ability to lift your mood and make you feel good. However, why did we go the spritzer route instead of Aerosol (deodorant)? The answer is simple… because it’s healthier and safer for you and the environment.
According to Aerosol Technology, “an aerosol is a suspension of fine solid particles or liquid droplets in air or another gas. Aerosols can be natural or anthropogenic. The term anthropogenic designates an effect or object resulting from human activity.” So basically an aerosol spray is when a product is filled within a can. This spray can be anything from deodorant to air freshner; just to put things into perspective.
So GB decided to optfor spritzers rather than deodorant because of the impact deodorant can have on one’s life. Deodorant is used by a lot of people, male and females. The target market for such products are for people between the ages of 13-18. Therefore, the youth is more prone to experiencing these health problems. I read an article a while ago about a young boy aged (12) who was going through puberty and, therefore, experienced changes to his body. The sweating and bad odour was overwhelming for him, so he decided to purchase deodorant and had 6 different flavours. His personal hygiene was soimportant to himthat he would spray himself all over his body, includinghis head. One day he collapsed and was taken to hospital. Unfortunately, the boy passed away from a Cardiac Arrhythmiaand it was said that itwas due to the usage of deodorant over some time. However, he had a pre-existing heart Arrhythmia. The solvents he used over time triggered the fatal incident. It is said that the cause of deathis known as Hypoxia, this is when suffocation takes place and there is not enough oxygen traveling to the heart and, therefore, the heart stops beating.
So, if you are reading this article, I would advise you to be cautious of deodorant. If you are going to keep using it, at least use it in an open space and spray 10cm away from your body. Also avoid spraying your hair (keep away from face). However, the safer and healthier option is using roll on and body mist/spritzer.
Body mist is seen as a lighter version of Eau De Toilettes. The Mist is a mixture of water and alcohol. The fragrance isn’t as overwhelmingly potent compared to deodorant. Here are some of the benefits of body mist:
- It aids in soothing and moisturizing the skin with a gentle fragrance.
- It increases blood circulation and repairs damaged skin cells.
- Some Body mists contains Glycerin, which is a natural humectant and moisturizer, helpful to prevents moisture loss.
- Different body mists contains Pure Grain Alcohol whichis a natural derivative that containstoning properties. It may also have alcohol denat which is used in cosmetic and care products. Therefore is the appropriate alcohol for body products.
Because body mist is a light fragrance and has a low concentration of perfume oils. It can be used in other applications such as:
- You can spray body mist on even the most delicate of fabrics.
- After washing your sheets, you can give the bed a good misting.
- You can also give your clothes a gentle spray either before you put them on or before you fold them and put them away. The scent won’t be particularly strong, but you will notice it.
- You can use body mist in the car, either to get rid of unwanted odours or to give the car a touch of your unique scent.
The Girl Boss Body Spritzer is simply REFRESHING and is an utterly eco-friendly product! it is available at selected Game Stores for R54.
On the 8thof January I was presented with the opportunity to travel to Ponta Do Ouro, Mozambique. I have travelled quite extensively across Europe and in some Arab nations but not so much within the African borders. I won’t count Swaziland simply because that is considered my second home, and is where my parents grew up, so whenever I’m there it’s never really considered a holiday. So travelling to Mozambique was the first and has always been a dream of mine. Already, I’m crazy about the Portuguese language but I’m a sucker for beach vibes and adventures. This was a young girl’s trip, which was necessary for the start of the year. We were actually celebrating my mother’s birthday and it just turned to be one of my best excursions by far. The trip commenced from the 8thof January, which was a Wednesday, to the 13th, a Monday. These were just the perfect amount of days to get into the feel of things and to explore and learn about the culture and the people of Ponta.
These are the 5 things I recommend to any traveller to Ponta, but this is dependent on the type of traveller one might be. For example, I consider myself a comfort and adventure traveller, where as you find people who are specifically interested in leisure or in history etc. So:
- Accommodation: There are various forms of accommodation to select from when travelling to Ponta; there are Airbnbs, Resorts, Guest Houses/Lodges, Self-catering Cabins and Camping Sites. It would obviously depend on the type of traveller you are, but as a self-acclaimed comfort traveller, a self-catering resort in a cabin was perfect fit. I long for comfortable beds, air conditioner (because it is extremely hot) mosquito nets and clean toilets. However, the best part of it was that it was a 2minutes walk from the beach, which is honestly my main attraction. However, you need to opt for the accommodation-type that will suite your needs the most.
- Explore: Okay, so it’s mostly gravel roads; or sandy beachy road. The roads can be quite dense, especially if it hasn’t rained for a while. But that should not stop you from exploring the Ponta markets and villages. Using a 4×4 would be the most convenient, however you could still travel by foot (things are not that far apart) but it’s extremely hot, you probably would not make it very far. Unless if you’re a leisure traveller, I seriously recommend making your way out to interact with local or other travellers. The most popular places to visit for a great time out are the following:
- Charlie’s Bar
- Melting Pot
- Coco Rico
However, there are random almost at every corner. A favorite of ours was called Sky’s Bar, this place was only found by the market though and is not a common place to find other visitors. But it was awesome meeting and interacting with locals in their own environment and setting, it got to show us the true nature of the people of that place.
- The Market: The best way, if you are a curious traveller, to go about getting into the core and deep-rooted culture of people is to find them under their most comfortable setting and vibe. So, I would truly recommend exploring THE MARKET, here you would probably have the best local dishes that they enjoy, and dance to the music that they produce and enjoy themselves. This is any enriching experiencing that is worth participating it.
- Adventures: adventures are so fulfilling and Ponta is one of the best places to take on as many adventures as possible simply because it’s affordable. They offer a range of activities such a snorkelling or techobanine snorkelling, scuba diving, dolphin swimming, ocean safaris and quad biking. The one that stood out the most was the booze cruise quad biking, which is worth more than the value, that experience is just out of this world and it is a cheap price to pay for exploring almost all of Ponta and its bars and restaurants. You could honestly create the most awesomest of memories from these adventures.
- Support Local: try and purchase local things, from local beer and food (the sea food is mouth-watering), to clothing and sarongs, to artefacts to painting all at very affordable prices. Perhaps the food is the priciest necessity, but there was no item purchased that cost over R500. Everything seems almost to be at a bargain. Ponta is the place to be for the cost savvy traveller. Also, if you’re South African travelling to Ponta you’d be happy to know that the locals can speak to you in Zulu, when English decides to retire.
You’ll honestly love Ponta and this list is just some of the top things to be done when in Ponta Do Oura. All I can recommend is that you get out there and live your best life, because Ponta is genuinely a mini paradise that has to be experienced.
By Chiedza Dafi
Summer Summer Summer Time! Summer has been here for a hot minute now and fun times are being had. We’ve been and will continue to be out and about in the blazing sun (thanks to global warming, it just seems to be getting hotter every year). But, should we be worried about our hair? What impact does the sun’s heat have on our hair? What safety precautions do you need? Who would’ve thought summer and enjoying the sun would affect hair?… it does though.
According to ‘Live Science’ Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is “electromagnetic radiation or lighting having a wavelength greater than 100nm but less than 400nm. UV radiation is present in sunlight and contributes to about 10% of the total electromagnetic radiation output from the sun”. Wow, sounds intense and it can be intense on your hair especially if you live in the scorching hot areas such as the Mpumalanga or Limpopo provinces. The same way you have to protect your skin from the sun, you also need to do so for your hair.
Too much sun can damage your hair in different ways. The sun has the ability to destruct pigmentation of the hair, this is due to UV induced oxidation of melanin in the cortex. In order words, the sun will change the color of your hair as if the sun was hitting a metal substance. Therefore, basically cause a rust effect. How about the bold queens who dye their hair? Unfortunately, the ingredients in hair dye are more prone to breaking down, therefore, your hair color will definitely change. To make matters worse, UV radiation can lead to dry and brittle hair and we all know dry and brittle hair leads to breakage, split ends and damages your cuticle (which can, therefore, also change your hair porosity). The reason why the damage takes place is because radiation splits/separates the molecular bonds and, therefore, damages the cortex and cuticle. At the end of the day, hair is hair whether it is relaxed or natural, short or long, you have to take all these factors into consideration and protect it.
The best way to protect your hair from sun damage is to use products which contain sunscreen. Sounds unusual right? I’m also learning something new by doing all this research. So, I guess sunscreen isn’t just for your skin. It is said that, some sunscreen filled products also have UV absorbers. This means your hair colour whether dyed or not won’t be affected.
UV absorbers are:
Therefore, look out for products with the ingredients listed above because some sun protection hair sprays are expensive, therefore, your approach to this has to be smart. Besides that, you don’t want to wear a hat or cap the whole of summer! Now imagine that?
Here are some products to be on the lookout for:
This product goes for R36.48 and is available at Clicks. It protects hair from breakage, it softens and nourishes it. Aloe Vera oil and marula filled with Vitamin E and Keratin.
You can use the BALMAIN Sun Protection Spray, it will shield and repair your hair as it is enriched with UVA and UVB filters. This is R545 at:
“Use as a delicious deep treatment to soothe your scalp and stimulate follicles, naturally encouraging healthy hair and revitalising the scalps condition. Superb for head massage and protecting against sun, salt water and chlorine.” This is R85.
by Chiedza Dafi
It’s the start of the year and fatigue has already acquainted itself with you. You are literally counting down the days till you close for your next holidays, or thinking of when would be the most suitable time to take on your leave days. However, you are sitting there wondering how you will make it to the end of the year? How will you keep motivated and disciplined? How can I be tired already, am I not supposed to be my most energetic?
What is Fatigue?
Fatigue is a constant feeling of exhaustion. Imagine waking up every day and feeling drained, feeling extreme tiredness. You feel physically and mentally weak. There are two types of fatigue, there is Chronic and Acute Fatigue. Chronic fatigue is usually long term which means it must last for more than six months. Acute fatigue is short term and one will feel the effect for a couple of weeks.
Fatigue can be caused by a number of things including lack of exercise or depression. However, the main cause is physical illness and exhaustion. It is said that many adults are experiencing chronic fatigue from working extensive hours and putting strain on their body and mind. Factors such as poor eating habits and lack of sleep can contribute to a large extent. There are several symptoms to help detect if one is suffering from chronic fatigue which include: loss of memory, sore throat, headaches, joint pain, lack of concentration and enlarged lymph nodes in your armpit or neck. It is expressed that women are more likely to be diagnosed with chronic fatigue due to genetic predisposition stress and environmental factors.
Here are three things a person dealing with fatigue complain about:
- Inability to start an activity therefore not being motivated.
- You’ll feel exhausted or tried once you have started the activity.
- Concentrating during the task is very difficult, you’ll find yourself easily distracted (mental fatigue is what you’ll experience, “it sends your brain into overdrive, leaving you exhausted, hampering your productivity and overall cognitive function”)
With that being said, how do you deal with fatigue:
- Exercise! Working out will make a significant difference. Make time to jog or go for a walk, a little exercise eachday will have an impressive progress on your health. It will boost your energy levels.
- Drink some water and mind your own! Drinking at least 2-3 litres of water will keep you hydrated. Check the colour of your urine in the morning, if it is yellow then you need to drink more water. If it’s pale yellow or clear then you are having enough water.
- Get to bed earlyandinvest in chamomile tea or lavender tea. This will promote calmness and destress you.
- Lose a few pounds. Losing some weight will be highly beneficial as it’s a powerful energy boost. Therefore, it’s pivotal to watch what you eat, healthier eating and smaller portions will help balance your sugar levels.
- Yoga, acupuncture or full body massages have the ability to relieve pain and stress.
- Unfortunately, there isn’t any medicationwhich can treat all the symptoms, however, a small dose of antidepressants is effective only if the chronic fatigue is triggered by depression.
We still have 51 weeks to go to 2021, and because of this you have to learn how to manage your fatigue now. We all have to start strong to finish! Your time is now, it’s time to BossUp!
by Chiedza Dafi
As a 25-year-old woman who has experienced some sort of harassment, when I think of 16 days of activism, I always ask myself if that is enough, 16 days? Just 16 days! There is much violence taking place towards women and children in South Africa, on a daily basis, with a staggering increase of human trafficking (mostly women) and just 16 days is all ‘who’ could come up with? According to The World Health Organisation (WHO), 12 in every 100 000 women are victims of femicide in South Africa. This figure is said to be five times worse than the global average. It was further said that; sexual offences have increased by 4.6% compared to 2018 according to South African Police Service.
16 days of activism is a campaign which aims to spark a conversation around women and child violence. Government and organisations across the globe establish dialogues where community members and leaders discuss the impact of abuse and how to prevent it from taking place. The South African government has been in the works with many leaders in Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Northern Cape to find out what causes gender-based violence. It is an initiative that has been taking place since 2016.
The objective of the campaign is to create awareness in South Africa and to get more active participants in the fight to eradicate gender-based violence. They aim to combine arts, social media, technology, journalism and religion to draw attention to the impact gender-based violence has on children and women from all different walks of life. It has been established that gender-based violence is not biased, however, it is more prevalent is low-income communities and the government seeks to inform people that accountability is beyond the Justice System. Additionally, the government aims to mobilize the community to promote shared responsibility to eradicate violence against women and children. They also aim to educate people that this kind of violence is a societal problem and that the solution lies within all of us. In all honesty, it does, men are just as important to include in these conversations as women are.
This all sounds amazing but are these strategies really making a difference? Platforms such as Twitter have become a trigger space because everyday there is a new face with a caption “MISSING”, then a few weeks later you see the same face and the caption is “We found her body, thank you for all the retweets and support.” THAT’S HEARTBREAKING! As women in SA we constantly worry and feel uncomfortable being around strangers and now we also have to be mindful of our partners because a large proportion of femicides are of women in violent relationships by former or even current partners. So instead of 16 days of activism, why not have 365 days of activism (Yes, 365 days). This will have a greater impact and will undoubtedly transcend into a continuous conversation that are active and not reactionary because the conversation will take place every single day, a large amount of men will realize the depth of this epidemic and perhaps lead to the questioning of their own behavior including how their circle of friends and family treat the women in their lives. Some might think “at least 16 days create some sort of awareness, other issues don’t even have a campaign”, which is true, but, when women and children are being killed or are going missing every 3 hours that’s a clear indication we are in DIRE STRAITS and that the current solution is not in the least impactful or helpful!
Furthermore, these dialogues should also start taking place in remote areas. Why do I say that? Because when you look at the engagement on Facebook and Twitter, it’s mostly young people, which to a large extent can be good (opportunity to tackle the issue when they are still young), however, how about the older generation, more traditional men who believe in patriarchy? It’s important for dialogue to take place because these are the people who educate the young.
What more can we do? Even though it’s only 16 days, let’s make the most of it. One can support the campaign by wearing a red or white ribbon during the duration. The white ribbon symbolizes peace and is basically a pledge to protect women and children. Citizens should promote dialogue within their social spaces, this can lead to sharing a different perspective and enlighten men on their toxic behavior. Furthermore, more people should speak out and defend victims, encourage victims to report abuse to the police and assist them with professional counselling. It’s pivotal to educate children on this epidemic and spark a general and pragmatic knowing that violence against any human being is unacceptable. Social media platforms may be utilized to spread the word and message. Introspection is an essential key, understanding your attitude and actions might help you realize that some of your thoughts are toxic and sexist (seek professional help as soon as you have these thoughts). Lastly, a never ending fight towards justice for all women and children affected, or who are/were victims of gender-based violence is a responsibility for all, and that is why we, as women, will never and should never stop fighting!