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Wednesday, 21 June 2017


5 ways you’re ruining your bedsheets


They say we sleep for up to a third of our lives, which means we spend quite a lot of time in bed. (Even though most of us feel as though we could spend even more time snoozing!) So it makes complete sense to take good care of your bedsheets.

We’ve rounded up a few common mistakes people make when washing and drying their sheets. Avoid these common errors to make your bed linen last longer. 

1. You’re letting it get twisted in the tumble dryer

When you hear loud thumps while your bed linen is in the tumble dryer, you just know you’re going to find one big, tangled mess when you open the door later. Ugh! Prevent sheets from balling up by popping a tennis ball in the tumble dryer before switching it on. The ball will bounce around during the cycle and keep your linen from twisting and tangling. 

2. You’re overfilling your washing machine and tumble dryer

Don’t you just hate it when (we sounded just like Suzelle DIY, right?!) you take your sheets out of the tumble dryer only to find that they’re still damp in the middle? Or when you find clumps of laundry detergent after taking them out of the washing machine? It’s probably because you’re overloading your washing machine or tumble dryer. Take care not to cram them too full. 

3. You launder your sheets and towels together

Sure, they may be neighbours in your linen cupboard, but unfortunately these two don’t play so nicely together when it comes to laundering. Towels create friction during the washing and drying cycle, which can shorten the life of your sheets. Towels can also create a lot of lint, which can be difficult to remove from bedding. 

4. You use harsh detergents

Your bedding generally doesn’t get as dirty as your clothes, so it probably needs a lot less laundry detergent than you’re currently using. Plus harsh chemicals can damage your sheets. Use a gentler detergent (such as one for sensitive skins or for babies) to make your bedding last longer.

5. You don’t use a mattress cover

This extra layer of cushioning not only contributes to a comfier sleep but also prevents the friction under sheets that can cause pilling. We’re big fans of Protect-A-Bed‘s mattress and pillow protectors. 

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Dyeing your hair at home: What you need to know


We all want to have gorgeous hair colour but going to the salon can be an expensive exercise. And while there are plenty of dyes available on the shelves in our shops, using them incorrectly can result in a hair-colour catastrophe.

Here’s what you need to know about achieving the perfect colour from the comfort of your home:

Picking your dye

When you are selecting a hair dye, check the list of ingredients and make sure that the dye is free from nasty chemicals such as ammonia, coal tar and acetate, which are not only bad for your hair but also for your general health. Opt for a hair dye that is as natural and gentle as possible.

A colour that says it is multidimensional is the best choice for those with thin hair. Because the colour deposits slightly different tones throughout the hair, it gives the illusion of more movement and body.

Going darker is not only much easier but also a lot safer than attempting to lighten your hair at home. Bleaching hair at home is no easy feat and should be left to the professionals to avoid major hair damage or loss.

Related: Can visiting a hair salon be dangerous?

Dyeing your hair

Leave your hair dirty before you dye your hair. While it might seem as though colour would take better on squeaky-clean locks, once all the natural oils are removed the strands actually become too slippery for the pigment to attach to.

Before you get going, apply either a thick moisturiser or petroleum jelly to your face, particularly around your hairline. This is to prevent any dye from staining your face, as it might take a few days of scrubbing to remove!

Related: Got thin hair? Here’s what you should avoid doing

Maintaining your colour

Roots can be touched up easily at home, especially if you have a conventional hair colour. There are touch-up kits and pens available in stores and these are better to use than dyeing all your hair again, as this will minimise damage.

Colour-protecting shampoo and conditioner aren’t the only things you need to keep your colour looking vibrant – it’s important to invest in a UV-protectant spray as well. This ensures that your colour lasts longer and doesn’t fade as a result of sun exposure.

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At-home sperm test

At-home sperm test

A low sperm count is one of the main reasons couples battle to conceive, and there are many benefits to determining early on whether sperm count is a problem for your partner. Read on to find out more about tests that are available in South Africa, how they work and how they can be used to overcome fertility issues. 

The fewer sperm a man produces, the lower the likelihood that one of them will be able to successfully fertilise an egg. At-home sperm tests are fast gaining popularity among couples who are trying to have a baby. This can relieve the stress and financial burden that come with having to wait for a doctor’s appointment.

SpermCheck Fertility Home Test for Men is a simple-to-use at-home kit that gives results within 30 minutes of administering. The pack comes with detailed instructions on how to take a sample for testing. Laboratory tests back the kits’ accuracy in determining sperm count.

YO Home Sperm Test is one of the latest kits available in South Africa. YO is the first smartphone-based home sperm test that allows you to test motile sperm concentration (the number of moving sperm) on your phone, view and store a live video of your sperm and receive an automatic test result in under three minutes.

One of the main benefits of testing sperm-count levels is being able to pinpoint the problem (if there is one) early on. There are also treatment options available, including fertility supplements, prescribed drugs and varicocele surgery. 

Watch this how-to video to see how it works:


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5 tips for Eid


As Ramadan draws to a close, preparations for the celebration of Eid are in full swing.

1. Plan ahead: Split responsibilities between family members and tackle one room at a time

2. Be sure you’ve planned your Eid lunch menu beforehand to ensure a less stressful time in the kitchen

3. Make a point of seeing family members you don’t see often enough

4. Share food with your neighbours

5. Visit a homeless shelter or food bank and donate your extra Eid food

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WIN an LG fridge and washer-dryer worth R35 998!

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Technological innovators LG are constantly pushing the boundaries when it comes to making hi-tech home appliances, and their new Titan Washer Dryer and P-Veyron refrigerator are no exception.

With SmartThinQ® technology, the 2017 Titan washing-machine range allows you to connect instantly to your washing machine via Wi-Fi from anywhere, using the LG smartphone app, and select and initiate a wash or dry cycle. The new range also comes with a host of resource- saving features, including the Direct Drive inverter and True StreamTM technology for optimal washing. It also features value-enhancing technologies like the Near Field Communication function, which enables you to download new washing programs
– such as Wool and Baby Care – straight from your smartphone!

If you’re looking for a fridge upgrade, the LG P-Veyron refrigerator is the latest in world-class cooling. From its Door-in-DoorTM design, which allows for quick access to to your favourite snacks and drinks, to the Hygiene Fresh+TM exclusive fan, which keeps food items fresher for longer, the P-Veyron refrigerator is the ultimate choice for smart food storage.

To find out more, visit or or follow LG on Facebook, Twitter or Youtube. 

QUESTION: What feature allows you to connect to the LG Titan Washer Dryer using Wi-Fi?

CLOSING DATE: 31 July 2017



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Tuesday, 20 June 2017


8 health facts you need to share with your doctor

health facts

Many of us tend to have a ‘keep calm and carry on’ attitude when it comes to our health, treating a trip to the doctor as the last resort. In fact, some of us would far rather soldier on than actually make an appointment and bother a medical professional about our symptoms. Especially if it’s something we don’t feel that comfortable talking about.

But the more open and honest you are with your doctor, the easier it is for them to effectively treat you, letting you get on with your life. So we spoke to three GPs – Dr Hilary Jones, Dr Roger Henderson and Dr Ellie Cannon – to find out what they wish their patients would talk to them about and why.

1. If your bowel habits change

‘There is no absolute “correct” number of times your bowels should open – normal can be anything from three times a day to twice a week – so what is normal for you is fine,’ says Dr Henderson.

‘But if this changes and remains altered (such as becoming constipated or having diarrhoea) then tell your doctor. This is especially important too if you have any bleeding from the back passage, pain in the abdomen, or you are losing weight, as these can be signs of problems in the bowel such as inflammation or malignancy.​’

Dr Cannon also stresses the importance of letting your doctor know if you notice a persistent change in bowel habits i.e. the symptoms have lasted for more than three or four weeks.

‘It’s usually a temporary thing relating to digestion or a change in food, or even a change in climate or hydration levels. But because it can be the sign of something very important then doctors always do want to hear about it,’ she says. 

Dr Jones adds: ‘Discussing your toilet habits can feel awkward, but changes to your bowel movements can indicate a number of health problems that may need to be investigated further. So, if you’re constipated, experiencing diarrhoea, or both, please do bring it up with your GP. We won’t bat an eyelid, there’s nothing we haven’t discussed before.’​ 

2. If you’re losing weight unexpectedly 

‘​Unexplained weight loss, especially over 50, is always really important to speak to the doctor about,’​ says Dr Cannon. ‘Most people find at that age that their metabolism is slowing down and they’re actually putting weight on and getting middle age spread, particularly women after the menopause. But if you’re losing weight and you can’t explain it, that could be a sign of something more serious.’

Related: Digestive issues that affect your weight

3. If you experience bladder leaks 

‘Many patients feel uncomfortable talking to their GP about intimate health concerns like bladder weakness,’​ says Dr Jones. ‘​What many don’t know is just how common some of these health issues are. Talking to a doctor about your experience of bladder weakness will ensure you get the correct diagnosis, the right advice and the right product for your needs.’

4. If you’re having problems sleeping

‘Whether it’s a disturbed night’s sleep after a stressful day at work or difficulties dropping off, many patients will disregard sleep issues as something ‘that will pass’ or a factor of ageing,’​ explains Dr Jones.

‘​​But sleep is vital for general health and wellbeing, so any problems you are having shouldn’t be overlooked. Try keeping a sleep diary for the week preceding your GP appointment. This will ensure you don’t forget anything and will give your doctor a good base for providing advice.’

Related: Eat these 4 foods for better sleep

5. If you feel anxious, stressed or depressed

‘Feeling down in the dumps from time to time is normal, and often it can be difficult to distinguish between a low mood and something more serious,’ adds Dr Jones.

‘Worrying about wasting their doctor’s time is one of the main reasons why patients do not discuss their mental health. Admitting that something is not quite right is the first step to getting the help you need, so if your blues are starting to disrupt your day-to-day life, it’s time to schedule an appointment. Your GP will be able to discuss all of the options available to help and support you.’

6. If you’re having problems with your sex life 

There are three things your doctor’s interested in when it comes to your sex life: loss of libido, erectile dysfunction and if you’re experiencing any discomfort during or after sex. There’s no such thing as a ‘normal’ sex drive, but if you are experiencing a sustained loss of libido, speak to your doctor as there could be an underlying health problem.

‘A loss of libido can be a sign of thyroid disease which is more common in women, but it can also be a cardinal symptom of depression,’​ says Dr Cannon. She continues:

‘​From the physical side of relationships, erectile dysfunction is a really important thing to talk to a doctor about because it could be a sign of diabetes and of course it’s something that is related to mood and self-esteem, so it’s really important to have a conversation about it. For women, discomfort having sex – either because of vaginal dryness or bleeding after sex – are all really important symptoms to speak to your doctor about.’

Related: 8 ways to talk about sex with your kids

7. If you’re always tired

While feeling more tired can be a natural result of the ageing process, if you’re feeling tired all the time, it’s worth speaking to your doctor about it. ‘​This is one of the common reasons people go to their doctor and there are many causes for this including diabetes, anaemia, thyroid problems, low mood, sleep problems and liver or kidney problems,’ says Dr Henderson.

‘​Your doctor can arrange some simple tests to see what the cause is as well as advise about lifestyle tips such as stopping smoking, coping better with stress, drinking less, losing weight and eating healthily.’

8. If you have an unhealthy lifestyle

‘Many patients still feel the need to hide unhealthy habits from their GP. Sometimes this can be down to embarrassment, but it can also be a reluctance to make lifestyle changes. Remember, whilst your doctor may give you advice about making small changes, we are not there to judge or lecture. It’s completely up to you whether you take this on board or not,’​ says Dr Jones. 

When talking about lifestyle – your diet, how much you exercise, how much alcohol you drink, whether you smoke – Dr Cannon agrees: ‘​It’s important to be honest, otherwise we can’t make proper risk assessments. If you’ve actually taken the time and the courage to get yourself over to the doctors surgery, you might as well get the proper assessment done. It’s always worth being honest – there’s no judgement.’​

She adds: ‘Anyway, doctors are very well aware of their patients’ habits and it’s normally quite obvious if someone is exercising and what they’re eating, so it’s best to have that open dialogue because that’s what’s therapeutic at the end of the day.’

From: Good Housekeeping UK

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Dry brushing: What it is and why you should be doing it

dry brushing

We are all aware of the benefits of using a body scrub and for many this is part of our weekly, if not daily, skincare routine. Dry brushing is the updated version of using a body scrub and it has plenty of lasting benefits, so it has earned a well-deserved spot in our beauty regimen.

To dry brush, you need a clean shower brush, made with natural bristles rather than synthetic ones, which you stroke in upward motions, starting with your feet and working your way up. A brush with a long handle is best, as it allows you to get to those hard-to-reach places.

Listen to your body and apply the amount of pressure that feels comfortable. Make sure that you are well hydrated and drink plenty of water afterwards to help with the detoxification process. After brushing your entire body, hop in the shower to rinse off.

So why should you be dry brushing?

It exfoliates your skin

One third of the toxins in our bodies are excreted through the skin, so dry brushing not only gets rid of them but also removes any buildup of dead skin cells, eliminates clogged pores and ingrown hairs, and allows your lotion to penetrate deeper into your skin. After a few sessions you’ll notice that your skin appears softer, smoother and more supple.

Related: Your guide to exfoliation

It wakes up your lymphatic system

Dry brushing helps to accelerate the transport of oxygen to the rest of the body, which helps the lymph nodes to detoxify your blood. This natural way of increasing the lymph flow has been shown to reduce the formation of varicose veins, cellulite and any skin discolouration, keeping your legs healthy and looking good.

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It increases your energy levels

Looking for a way to feel more invigorated in the morning that doesn’t involve caffeine? Dry brushing might be the answer. It stimulates circulation and blood flow, which is not only good for your skin but also for your mind and body. It might be just the energy boost you need to conquer the day ahead.



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Happy 50th birthday, Nicole Kidman! Here are our GH June cover star’s 50 best looks

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Our warm, vulnerable and witty June cover star, Nicole Kidman, seems virtually ageless as she reaches the 50-year milestone. Nicole recently left viewers wanting more when she starred in and produced the hit HBO miniseries Big Little Lies.

But that’s not the only place this talented actress shines – she always look flawless on the red carpet. Here are her 50 best looks to celebrate her amazing style over the years:

50. 2004 at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party  

49. 2004 at the Golden Globe Awards

48. 2005 at the MTV Movie Awards

47. 2005 at the 4th annual Tribeca Film Festival

46. 2005 at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala

45. 2006 at the 1st annual Rome Film Festival

44. 2006 at the 78th annual Academy Awards

43. 2006 at the 20th annual American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Achievement Awards

42. 2007 at the world film premiere of The Golden Compass

41. 2007 at the 45th New York Film Festival

40. 2007 at New Line Cinema’s 40th Anniversary Gala

39. 2007 at the 79th annual Academy Awards

38. 2007 at the Los Angeles premiere of God Grew Tired Of Us

37. 2008 at the UK premiere of Australia

36. 2008 at the Australia New York premiere

35. 2008 at the 80th annual Academy Awards

34. 2008 at the 43rd annual Academy of Country Music Awards

33. 2008 at the CMT Music Awards

32. 2009 at the New York premiere of Nine sponsored by Chopard

31. 2009 at the Los Angeles screening of Nine

30. At the 2009 American Music Awards

29. 2009 at the 43rd annual CMA Awards

28. 2009 at the 57th annual BMI Country Awards

27. 2009 at the Academy of Country Music Awards’ Artist of the Decade

26. 2009 at the 44th annual Academy of Country Music Awards

25. 2009 at the 51st annual Grammy Awards

24. 2009 at the G’Day USA Black Tie Gala

23. 2010 at the New York premiere of Rabbit Hole 

22. 2010 at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Installation Luncheon

21. At the 2010 CMT Music Awards

20. 2010 at the 45th Academy of Country Music Awards

19. 2010 at the 12th annual Costume Designers Guild Awards

18. 2010 at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards

17. 2010 at the 16th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

16. 2011 at the 45th annual CMA Awards

15. 2011 at the 59th annual BMI Country Awards

14. 2011 at a screening of Snow Flower And The Secret Fan at the Tribeca Grand Hotel

13. 2011 at the Bafta Brits to Watch event

12. 2012 at the 50th annual New York Film Festival

11. 2013 at the 55th annual Grammy Awards

10. 2013 at the 66th annual Cannes Film Festival

9. 2013 at the 66th annual Cannes Film Festival

8. 2014 at the 67th annual Cannes Film Festival

7. 2014 at the 48th annual CMA Awards

6. 2015 at the 87th annual Academy Awards

5. 2016 at the 6th Biennial Unicef Ball

4. 2016 at the 50th annual CMA Awards

3. 2017 at the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival

2. 2017 at the 23rd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

1. 2017 at the 89th annual Academy Awards

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The right way to wash your bras


Learning how to wash your lingerie isn’t very sexy, we know, but it’s essential if you want to keep it looking good for longer. Follow these tips:


Hand-washing your bras is gentle on your lingerie and is therefore the best way to wash your special pieces. To hand-wash, fill the basin with enough water so that your bras can be fully submerged. Make sure you use warm and not hot water, as hot water can stretch a bra. Now add just a teaspoon of detergent, swirl the bras around and let them soak for 10 to 15 minutes.

Now drain the water and fill the basin with clean warm water. Work through the bras to remove detergent, but be careful not to squeeze or twist too hard. Once all the detergent has been removed, let your bras air-dry. 

Hint: If you live in a particularly humid environment, consider pointing a fan at your bras so that they dry quickly and don’t pick up a bad smell.

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It’s not wise to throw your loose bras in with all your other laundry, as they need extra-special care. The first thing you need is a lingerie wash bag or a mesh washing bag that zips up. This will protect your bras from stretching and from hooking onto other items. 

Once you’ve placed your lingerie bag with bras in the washing machine, be sure to use the ‘delicates’ or cold-water-cycle setting on your machine. When the cycle is done, do not tumble-dry your bras. Rather air-dry them, as this is much gentler and will keep them looking their best for longer. 

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20 fashion finds that will make you look slimmer this winter

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Winter is here, and the bundles of layers you need to wear to keep out the cold may be less than flattering. These 20 slimming winter fashion finds will keep you warm and looking chic. 

1. Charcoal midi-dress

Charcoal midi-dress R359 to R399, Miladys (

The linear fall of this dress flatters and elongates the body. Pair it with navy or black stockings and knee-high boots.

2. Drawstring parka jacket

Drawstring parka jacket R899, Queenspark (

The drawstring cinches the waist, which is instantly slimming. 

3. Red twill parka jacket

Twill parka jacket R659 to R699, Miladys (

This little jacket with its shaped waistline is a gem when it comes to looking slimmer. 

4. Peplum blazer

Peplum blazer R180, MRP (

A structured blazer with seams in the right places is extremely flattering. 

5. Biker jacket

Biker jacket R370, MRP (

A well-cut biker jacket with gorgeous rib detailing will always be slimming. 

6. Crepe dress

Crepe dress R429, H&M (

Navy is known to be a slimming colour, plus the belt helps to cinch in the waist. 

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7. Black mock-fur coverup

Long faux-fur coverup R399 to R439, Miladys (

This long chic coverup elongates and slims the body. 

8. Striped shirtdress

Striped shirtdress R429, H&M (

This knee-length dress with long cuffed sleeves has a vertical striped pattern and a drawstring at the waist. The pattern and cinched waistline create a slimming effect. 

9. Long-sleeved blouse

Long-sleeved blouse R379, H&M (

Vertical stripes are your best friend when it comes to looking slimmer. Combine them with a rounded hem and slits on the sides and you have a wardrobe winner. 

10. V-neck top

V-neck top R49,99, MRP (

A simple black top is a fabulous layering piece. The colour is slimming and the V-neck cut elongates the neck. 

11. Collarless jacket 

Pink checked jacket R559 to R599, Miladys (

The thick black seam will help make your waist look narrower. Pair this jacket with a black polo neck for an urban-glam outfit. 

12. Knitted coat

Knitted textured coat R799, Queenspark (

This stylish black layering piece is the perfect colour and length for ticking all the slimming boxes. 

13. Black velour maxi skirt

Black maxi skirt R359 to R399, Miladys (

A long sleek item will always elongate the body. 

14. Lace-inset jumpsuit

Lace-inset jumpsuit R220, MRP (

This subtle combination of fitted and loose is the perfect way to complement your figure. Cover up with a woolen, knee-length coat and you’re ready to take on the cold. 

15. Shift dress

Spotted shift dress From R599, Woolworths (

This tailored dress will give your body a great shape. 

16. Hooded puffer jacket

Hooded puffer jacket R775, Truworths (

Believe it or not, a fuller top or jacket can be flattering for your legs. Just be sure to pair it with fitted leggings or jeans. 

17. Trench coat

Trench coat R370, MRP (

This trench coat is both structured and tailored, and will slim down your silhouette. 

18. Pinstripe pants

Pinstripe pants R180, MRP (

Pinstripes are your best friend if you’re looking for a slimming pattern. Wear these pants with a crisp white shirt and dark blazer for a chic office look. 

19. Wrap bodycon dress

Wrap dress From R399, Woolworths

The gathered waist will give your middle a flattering shape. 

20. Urban pants

Urban pants R999, Woolworths (

The structure and belted waist of these pants will shrink your waist and slim your legs. 

Embrace the cold while looking your best and feeling confident with these fabulous fashion finds! #GHFashion

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