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5 Myths About Chocolate You Shouldn't Believe – Telegraph

Highlights

  • Chocolate has mood-lifting properties.
  • Some people believe chocolate can give them acne.
  • Some chocolates are actually healthy for you.

Chocolate has always been one of our favourite snacks to munch on. It's that one thing which can uplift our mood in no time. Nowadays, chocolate is being used in various forms in different desserts. It is said to have vital properties that can play an important role in maintaining healthy lifestyle, if consumed in moderation. However, there are a lot of myths that are associated with the tasty delight. Here's a list of 5 common myths about chocolate that you shouldn't believe anymore. Read on to know more about them.

Myth 1. Chocolate Lacks Health Benefits
Chocolate is a rich source of antioxidants, magnesium and zinc. It also contains phosphate,

calcium and

protein which helps reduce insulin resistance. Bangalore-based Nutritionist Dr. Anju Sood agrees, "Dark chocolate has health benefits in terms of antioxidants." Consumption of

dark chocolate in moderation may help in maintaining the blood pressure and could also keep your heart healthy.

Consumption of dark chocolate in moderation may help in maintaining the blood pressure

Myth 2. Chocolate Causes Acne

acne due to the presence of

fat content in it but not always, as a lot depends upon your skin type." It is believed that high intake of oily food can cause acne on the skin.
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Chocolate may cause acne due to the presence of fat content

Myth 3. Chocolate Causes Weight Gain
Chocolate is not the only primary reason behind

weight gain. According to Dr. Anju, "Anything eaten in moderation won't affect your health and weight. It is absolutely fine to eat chocolates until eaten in moderation." Excess of any processed food would anyway lead to weight gain.

Excess of any processed food would anyway lead to weight gain

Myth 4: Chocolate Causes Headaches.
Chocolate is often seen as a culprit for

migraines and

headaches; however, various studies have found no link between the two. Dr. Anju agrees, "There's no connection between the both. If you're prone to migraine then it might trigger but apart from this, it doesn't.
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Chocolate is often seen as a culprit for migraines and headaches

Myth 5: White Chocolate Is Chocolate
White chocolate is not really a chocolate. It is known to be a confection made with the help of

cocoa

butter, milk solids and

vanilla.

White chocolate is not really a chocolate

11 Things You’re Doing Wrong When You Shower – Telegraph

You’ve probably been showering on your own since before puberty, so you’ve got the entire process down to a science—turn on the water, hop in, and scrub yourself clean. Simple, right? The reality is there are a lot of other things that happen in the 15 minutes you’re behind the curtain, from shaving your legs to exfoliating your body.

To make the entire process more efficient and better for your skin, there are a few healthy shower habits to live by. The tools you use, the water temperature, and even your choice of body wash can have an effect on your skin. So, I asked top dermatologists to share the most common faux-pas that occur under the shower head.

1. You’re taking extremely hot showers.

Hot showers feel so good, but they aren’t too hot for your skin. “Hot showers open the pores, strip the skin of natural oils, and wick much needed moisture away from the skin,” Joyce Imahiyerobo-Ip, M.D., director of cosmetic dermatology at South Shore Medical Center, tells SELF. Experts agree that a lukewarm shower—about the temperature of a heated swimming pool—is better than a steaming hot spray.

2. You’re showering too often.

Hopping into the shower two or more times a day can dry out the skin because you’re constantly rinsing away your body’s natural oils and moisture. Many derms even believe that once a day is too much. Unless you’re someone who likes to work out and get sweaty every single day, you really only need to shower a few times a week at most, according to Marina Peredo, M.D., cosmetic and medical board-certified dermatologist and associate clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital. If the thought of skipping a shower makes you want to cringe, start by shortening the time you spend in the shower by only soaping up where needed.

3. You’re using products with irritating ingredients.

You might love your tropical, pineapple-and-mango-infused body wash, but unless you’ve read the ingredients label, you probably have no idea what’s really inside that bottle. As Dendy Engelman, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon in NYC, explains to SELF, many cleansers are made with fragrances, preservatives, and sulfates that can increase the chances of irritation. This is especially true if your skin is cracked, dry, and sensitive .

If this sounds like your skin, look for an oil-based cleanser formulated for sensitive skin, since the oil will help your skin retain moisture. Engelman's favorite for the body is Avene XeraCalm A.D. Lipid-Replenishing Cleansing Oil ($31). For the face, try Biossance Squalane + Antioxidant Cleansing Oil ($30).

4. You’re not filtering your water.

This might sound like an unnecessary luxury, but, depending on where you live, hard water could be having a negative effect on your hair and skin. Unflitered water can contain minerals like calcium and magnesium. “These can leave residue on the skin and hair causing build-up, dryness, and irritation," says Engelman. These minerals can also make it hard for your body wash to properly clean the skin, which can lead to dull, dry, flaky skin and clogged pores. If you’re dealing with hard water, try T3’s Source Showerhead ($150), which eliminates chlorine from your shower water along with dirt and unpleasant odors.

5. You’re re-using yesterday’s washcloth.

No matter what fabric your washcloth is made of, you shouldn’t be reusing the same washcloth two days in a row without throwing it in the laundry. “Damp fabrics are a breeding ground for bacteria, fungus, and mold,” explains Joshua Zeichner, M.D., director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital. If you’re not keen on adding even more to your dirty laundry pile, try skipping a washcloth altogether and using your hands with a foaming body wash instead. Try Dove Foaming Body Wash ($6) or Nivea Silk Mousse Body Wash ($6).

6. You’re leaving your loofah in your shower.

It makes sense to store what you use in the shower in your actual shower, right? But experts warn against this, as the hot and steamy environment is a breeding ground for bacteria. “Using a bacteria-infested product for exfoliation would make you more prone to infections,” explains Engelman. “Unless your loofah is super dry in between use and bleached regularly, you are risking more damage than good.”

7. You’re overdoing it with the scrubbing.

Exfoliating is one of those self-pampering skin-care musts. It helps get rid of dead skin cells that sit on your skin’s surface, leaving your skin looking dull. And, while you should certainly stick to a regimen of exfoliating both your face and your body two to three times a week, any more than that is overkill. “Over-exfoliation will expose below-layers of your skin, weaken skin-barrier function and, in some cases, trigger inflammation,” warns Engelman. “If the barrier function is damaged, skin becomes vulnerable to infection from microorganisms, such as bacteria and fungus, and leads to sensitivity and irritation.”

8. You’re shaving in all directions.

You might not always have time for the perfect shave, but when putting razor blade to skin, derms recommend trying your best to stick to shaving in the direction of which your hair grows. “If you shave in many different directions, you increase the chances of razor bumps, irritation, and even ingrown hairs because of the angle the hair was shaved off,” explains Engelman. She explains that shaving against hair growth gives you a closer shave, but the blunt-tipped end of hairs can grow back into the skin rather than up and out. So, it’s best to stick to shaving in the same direction the hair grows.

9. You’re using last month’s razor.

Most of us become a bit too attached to our trusty razor, leaving the same blades on for months at a time, but experts say this quickly leads to infections like folliculitis . Folliculitis is inflammation of the hair follicles that can be accompanied by bacteria filled pustules. Not fun. Razors create teeny, tiny microscopic tears in the skin. So, if you’re using a dull or dirty one, you’re introducing all sorts of bacteria deep in there. For this reason, it’s best to replace your razor blade between every five to seven shaves, or once a month, depending on how frequently you shave.

10. You’re not moisturizing immediately after you shower.

Studies have shown that moisturizing immediately after bathing gives significantly better hydration compared to delayed moisturizing or not moisturizing at all. This is even more important when you’ve just shaved your legs in the shower. “Shaving is a process that involves the razor, your hair, and your skin,” explains Zeichner. “Not properly moisturizing afterwards can lead to skin irritation and inflammation known as razor burn.” For this reason, he recommends a petrolatum-based moisturizer to coat and protect the skin post-shower. The newest generation of products come in easy-to-spread lotion formulas that are as effective as traditional ointments, but much less greasy, like Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Lotion Unscented ($8). There are also new in-shower moisturizers you can keep at the tub so you don’t forget this crucial step. Try Curél Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer ($11) and Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer ($6).

11. You’re not wearing shower shoes at the gym.

Remember freshman year of college when you showered in a communal bathroom alongside dozens of other students? You probably (hopefully) wore flip flops to protect your feet. The same safety precautions should be used at the gym. Any time you’re rinsing off in a public shower, cover your feet. “Whenever a patient asks me how they acquired their foot fungus, I always respond, ‘There is fungus among us!’” Imahiyerobo-Ip says. Getting a foot fungus doesn’t mean you have bad hygiene; fungus is able to live on some people’s skin much more easily than others. This is why Imahiyerobo-Ip always recommends using shower shoes when using a public shower to prevent the transmission of unwanted fungus or viral infections like warts.

4 Benefits Of Using Peppermint Oil To Have Healthy Hair – Telegraph

Peppermint, or pudina, has been used as one of the main ingredients to cure various health issues for many years like digestive problems and headaches. The reason behind peppermint being so unique and special is its compound called menthol, which gives peppermint its distinctive taste, smell and cooling sensation. Perhaps this is one of the reasons that peppermint is also used as a flavouring agent in food and drinks. However, peppermint is known to have more benefits when it is used in the form of oil. Pale yellowish in colour, peppermint oil is rich in iron, magnesium, minerals, calcium, vitamin A and vitamin C. But, when it comes to using peppermint oil to enhance your beauty, it is the best essential oil you can find. Let's take a look at how efficient is peppermint oil for hair growth:

1. Accelerates Hair Growth

If the number of lose strands on your hairbrush giving you a stressful time, then you must try peppermint oil on your hair. With its stimulating properties, the oil easily penetrates deep in the scalp and stimulates your hair follicles. Further, the oil helps increase the blood circulation in your scalp, which results in better growth of hair.
2. Solves Dry Scalp Problems

If your dry scalp irritates you, especially at night while sleeping, peppermint oil is a perfect solution for the same. Since it has excellent moisturising properties, regular use of peppermint oil will help in hydrating your dry scalp. All you need to do is to mix peppermint oil with any carrier oil like almond oil or olive oil and apply the mixture on your hair. Cover your head with a shower cap for 30 minutes and wash off with normal water. This will not only nourish your hair and scalp, but also moisturise it nicely.

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If your dry scalp irritates you, especially at night while sleeping, peppermint oil is a perfect solution​
3. Strengthens The Roots

Peppermint oil is rich in pulegone and mentone, which strengthens your hair roots and helps in preventing hair loss. You just need to apply peppermint oil directly on your scalp. Since peppermint oil has a little thick consistency, you can mix it with coconut oil as well.

Peppermint oil is rich in pulegone and mentone, which strengthens your hair roots
4. Helps In Treating Lice

Peppermint oil is known for its refreshing and fantastic fragrance, all thanks to menthol, which helps revitalise your hair and gives them a fresh look. However, this strong fragrance of peppermint oil suffocates the lice in your head and kills them completely. To get rid of lice, just apply peppermint oil at night before sleeping and wash your hair the next day. This will eventually solve your lice problem.

Now that you know the benefits of using peppermint oil to have flawless hair, tell us about your experience in the comment section below.