5 Tips for Men to Prevent Dandruff

Words by Peter Minkoff

Did you know that dandruff is an overgrowth of yeast fungus? That’s right, and it often happens as a result of increased sebum production. If you’ve been dealing with dandruff for quite some time now, you know how challenging and frustrating it can be. However, getting rid of it isn’t an impossible mission! Here are five useful tips for men to prevent dandruff, so keep on reading and check them out!

First of all, change up your diet

In case you didn’t know, poor nutrition can cause dandruff, which is exactly why you should change up your diet in the first place. This is particularly true if you eat a lot of high-carb foods, since these can result in the buildup of glycogen – an element yeast feeds on to survive. The same goes for eating too much sugar and dairy, as these stimulate the sebaceous glands which produce more oil on the skin. So, if you want to get rid of dandruff once for good, make sure to stay away from carbs, sugar, and dairy. Instead, introduce fresh fruits and vegetables and foods rich in protein and you’ll see a huge difference!

Stop washing your hair every day

Even though everyone thinks that washing their hair every day is an absolute must when they have dandruff, the truth is that this isn’t actually the best idea. Your scalp and hair have a natural balance which is disturbed every time you decide to wash your hair. This happens because many shampoos tend to strip your hair of its natural oils. When those oils are gone due to excessive shampooing, your body will start to create even more sebum to restore the natural balance, which will result in an extremely oily scalp. In order to prevent that, be sure to wash your hair at least every other day and use an organic anti dandruff shampoo that won’t be too harsh on your scalp. That’s the key to success if you ask us!

Exfoliate your scalp

Apart from an anti-dandruff shampoo, which is a true must when you want to get rid of dandruff, you should also rely on a gentle scalp exfoliator. Yes, we know that it may sound silly, but the truth is that exfoliating your scalp can remove the layer of dead skin that accumulates on it and leads to flaking. This step can be very helpful in your battle against dandruff, so don’t skip it and you’ll see what we were talking about. Just make sure to use an exfoliating product that contains salicylic acid or tiny granules that dissolve. These will break down the dead skin cells and successfully cleanse your scalp, which is exactly what you need, right?

Try a hot-oil mask

Even though this may seem a bit contradictory, the fact is that hot-oil masks can reduce excessive oil production of your scalp. We can freely say that this is a classic law of attraction where similar substances attract each other and work in unison. This means that applying oil to the scalp will actually help it get rid of excess oils that can further exacerbate your problem with dandruff. So, heat up coconut oil in a microwave (be careful not to overheat it!) and apply it gently to your hair and scalp. Let it sit for an hour and then wash your hair as you normally would. Repeat this step once a week and you’ll be thrilled to see your hair recovering from dandruff issues!

Give apple cider vinegar a fair shot

We know that it probably sounds too gross, but you know what? Apple cider vinegar is one of the most effective home remedies for dandruff, so why wouldn’t you give it a fair shot? This is simply because this ingredient has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties, which is why it can calm inflammation and reduce levels of yeast on the skin. If you want to try it out, combine 1 cup of apple cider vinegar with 3 cups of cool water. Shampoo and rinse your hair as you normally would and then pour the mixture through your hair, making sure to spread it over your scalp as well. You shouldn’t rinse it off, so let your hair air dry and the vinegar smell will gradually evaporate!

Preventing dandruff has been extremely challenging for many men, but it doesn’t have to be like that any longer. There are many useful tips on how to get rid of dandruff or at least reduce it significantly, so stick to our tips if you want to make it happen. Just follow our guidelines and you’ll accomplish amazing results, without a shadow of a doubt!

The indispensable Father’s Day Gift Guide

Is it just me that can’t believe not only is it June already but Father’s Day is almost upon us ?!?! Sunday 21st June is Father’s Day, a little later than it has been in recent years, but don’t you dare forget that date. 2020 has been a year like no other where, hopefully, we have learnt to appreciate the important things in life, the little things, the things that truly matter. One being our parents, for some out there you may not have seen your loved ones for a considerable length of time, as much as I hate to say this, you may have lost a loved one to this cursored virus.

Although this Father’s Day might not be as we had planned or liked it to be, it is a time to celebrate and remember what we have, in particular Dads. Get him something that says thank you for being there for me, all year round. Remember, even the most alpha of males need a little pampering occasionally. As we ever strive to do, we have gathered and sourced a collection of the BEST gift ideas possible to take the stress out of your lives.

For the fitness loving father

The MagicWatch 2  series is HONOR’s high-end smartwatch to help track blood oxygen levels (SPO2) and monitor heart rate during grueling workouts, making it the perfect gift for dads that have turned to new exercise routines and at home fitness habits, from living room HIIT sessions, to socially distanced runs.

 With sleep patterns also suffering, in line with changed routines and rising anxieties, the MagicWatch 2 is ideal for dads looking to enhance their snooze quality. The product tracks sleep patterns and has been proven to boost the zzzzzzzzs, helping them to wake up fresh and take on the day ahead.

For the Tech Savvy Dad

Mark Tech Portfolio is designed for the corporate Professionals and Business personnel. As a lot of things have gotten smarter, premium laptops continue to get lighter and slimmer which means, using your messenger bag or backpack for devices like the new 13” MacBook Pro or similar will be overkill since these laptops weigh only about two to three pounds. Although you need something smaller, the capacity to contain all other accessories and other work essentials cannot be neglected. This is where the Mark Tech Portfolio comes into its own.

For the Great Outdoors Dad

Smaller families or luxury-loving couples will find the Air 4 a quick-fire home away from home. Easily built and deflated, using inflatable poles and quick release valves, the Air 4 offers both a spacious sleeping area and family living space. Mesh doors throughout keep bugs at bay and adjustable curtains allow you to balance light levels night and day. Fully breathable, resolutely waterproof and built for true camping convenient, the Air 4 is the choice to make for luxury outdoors.

The Sweet Smelling Dad

Discover a line-up of timeless classics and unexpected signatures to upgrade his grooming ritual. From the zesty citrus scent of Lime Basil & Mandarin, to the masculine, spicy notes of Amber & Lavender. Or Wood Sage & Sea Salt, a spirited woody scent capturing the exhilarating spirit of the windswept shore. Jo Malone London’s dark and distinctive Cologne Intensefragrances are bound to leave a bold impression, from noble Myrrh & Tonka to mysterious Oud & Bergamot


The Sweet Tooth Dad

Fatherson Bakery is launching a limited-edition Father’s Day Sharing Treat Box, jam-packed with homemade goodies to satisfy even the sweetest toothed fathers.   The Father’s Day Treat Box consists of five products including a succulent Large Chocolate Indulgence Loaf, a tasty Apple & Blackberry Pie, two mouth-watering chocolate cupcakes, a delicious Rocky Road Tray Bake and Chocolate Cream Biscuits.

Award-winning and known for creating delicious food that is the honestly made, the Fatherson range of cakes are available in-store with across the UK.

The foodie Dad

Packed full of ales, savoury treats, and craft beer chocolates, this rustic wooden crate is the perfect summer gift for any beer lover. The hamper includes Suffolk single variety, American hop mosaic pale ale, Southwold triple English hop pale ale, Multiseed wholegrain flatbreads, Ploughman’s chutney, Roasted and salted mixed nuts, Peppered beef jerky, Craft beer chocolates, Sea salt and balsamic vinegar crisps.

The like a little drink Dad

Crystal Head Vodka’s bottles are the stuff of legend. A piece of art in itself, the Pride edition is cut from iridescent rainbow glass, reflecting every colour of the spectrum in celebration of equality and diversity. Taking inspiration from the crystal skulls in Aztec era, they were once said to have held mystical powers, but now they hold a higher spirit; vodka, made with pride, by creative people, for creative people. If you can bring yourself to give it as a gift, we’d recommend mixing it into a martini.

Clean Shaven Dads

Gillette’s new and highly anticipated grooming brand, King C. Gillette, a range that has been created to be the first one stop shop for all men with facial hair. No matter what facial hair length or style, the King C. Gillette range contains beard care products and trim/shaping tools to help men master their at home grooming ritual. This is the first time Gillette have delved into beard hair care products and it is the first brand/range to bear the name of their founder, King Camp Gillette. For Father’s Day, Gillette are offering 33% off all King C. Gillette Grooming Kits and Gift Sets.

Coffee loving Dads

Quick and easy to use, the Tassimo Suny Coffee Machine by Bosch just needs you to add water, pop in a pod and press a button to produce a tasty hot beverage

The SmartStart feature makes the brewing process even quicker, just press the front face with a mug while placing it in position and the machine will start

After each brewing process, the Suny automatically switches to standby mode. This helps you to reduce power consumption of your TASSSIMO without any additional effort.

 

The Clean Living Dads

As we all know Cleanliness in next to Godliness and no one want stale breath, particularly Dads. So ensure he is always on his A-game with the Phillips Black Protective Clean Electric Toothbrush (HX6870/47) available through Klarna. Guaranteeing his pearly whites are always just that.

For all Dads

Whether he’s a Tech Savvy, Coffee Loving, Great Outdoors, Smelling great Kinda dad. Whatever our Dad, you can’t go wrong with socks! As sure as we are born to pay taxes The Sock Shop have a pair or set of socks to suit your Pa.

 

TOO STRESSED TO SLEEP? NEW RESEARCH REVEALS DETREMENTAL IMPACT OF STRESS ON NIGHTLY REJUVENATION

New research reveals that as a nation, many of us are too stressed to sleep, which is having a detrimental impact on our overall health.

Shuteye, slumber, rest – a healthy amount of sleep is vital to aid rejuvenation, encourage muscle growth, tissue repair and hormone re-balance.

But according to new research commissioned for Dragonfly Biosciences, makers of  cannabidiol (CBD) supplement – DragonflyCBD 40% of people have trouble sleeping when they’re feeling stressed.

And the NHS says the knock-effect this has on our health and our immune system is a real health worry.

While a bad night sleep here and there won’t have a lasting impact on your health, a combination of sleepless lights can have a very serious impact on your mind and body.

GP, Dr Gill Jenkins says: “A lack of sleep can have real impact on our health and wellness, including our immune system and general mood. Poor sleep can lead to irritability and exhaustion – long term, the effects can be bad news and exacerbate health conditions”.

 

According to NHS England: “Your brain will fog, making it difficult to concentrate and make decisions. You’ll start to feel down, and may fall asleep during the day. Your risk of injury and accidents at home, work and on the road also increases.

The average person experiences disrupted sleep more than twice a week, achieving just six hours each day (the lower end of the NHS recommendation of 6-9 hours for optimal night-time recovery).

Too stressed to sleep? Follow this advice

To help the nation hit the pillow restfully, DragonflyCBD has teamed up with pharmacist, Sultan Dajani to provide you with 5 top tips for a decent night’s sleep.

 

Tip 1: Switch off

Stay clear of mobile devices 30 minutes before sleep. Turn off your mobile phone, avoid the iPad and don’t watch any late night tv. The mind interprets the blue light of screens as daylight, which triggers your brain to stay functioning. So, put the phone away and instead why not read a book right before bed?

 

Tip 2: Stay in time

Attempt to go to bed and sleep at the same time every night. Set a bed time of say 10pm and stick to it – let your body and mind get into the rhythm that this is switch off time and eventually it should play off. Oh, and avoid napping throughout the day wherever you can.

 

Tip 3: Cut down on caffeine

Caffeine in coffee and energy drinks can overstimulate your mind and interfere with your body’s ability to fall asleep. So, avoid such drinks in the late afternoon and early evening; instead switch your late-night coffee for a warm, milky drink or a calming herbal tea.

 

Tip 4: Calm your bedroom

Create a calming sleeping environment to sleep in. That means no TV, no smartphones, no loud music in the bedroom… at all. Control the temperature and lighting to induce a sense of calm; perhaps try essential oils, light a candle or dim the lights. Comfy cushions and plush pillows are also a must to get the best out of your bed.

Tip 5: Don’t stress – that’ll make it worse

We know stress can cause sleep problems, so don’t lay in bed stressing that you can’t sleep. If you are laying wide awake, get up, have a little walk of the house, do a crossword, read a book, use the bathroom and go back to reset the sleep session.

More and more people are turning to natural therapies to seek comfort when sleeping. In fact, the DragonflyCBD® research shows that almost three in five people (58%) say they’d try a CBD oil.

CBD is becoming increasingly popular following the media attention given to the recent change in Drugs Regulation that made medical cannabis available on prescription for the first time since 1971 for certain conditions such as intractable epilepsy.

CBD has shown benefit for sleep in a clinical trial involving 103 adult patients. The retrospective study in a psychiatric clinic involving clinical application of CBD for anxiety and sleep complaints as an adjunct to usual treatment, found that sleep scores improved within the first month for two thirds of patients (67%).

CBD is a food supplement and is available over the counter (OTC). It is made with quality graded ingredients according to good manufacturing practice. CBD is commonly taken for sleep problems, stress, anxiety, chronic pain, arthritis, joint pain, and tension headaches.

DragonflyCBD is a cannnabidiol-based product derived from Cannabis Sativa L plants. It is different from cannabis as it is free from THC, which causes a ‘high’ as a result of binding with the CB1 receptors. Whilst both THC and CBD bind with the CB2 receptors, CBD, unlike THC does not bind with the CB1 receptors and so does not produce a high.

DragonflyCBD is available over the counter as a food supplement.   It was the first cannabis-derived product to be sold in a number of respected retailers.

CBD is being researched for a range of health challenges, from anxiety and depression, to sleep issues and pain.  Evidence from pre-clinical and clinical trials has demonstrated an antianxiety effect for CBD, and some preliminary research shows that CBD can influence sleep.  CBD may also reduce the physiological response to stress and there is evidence that CBD reduces inflammation and pain.

A Watch can make a Man – Time 4 Diamonds

A Watch can really make the man and says so much about him, so it really isn’t something to scrimp on.

Time 4 Diamonds is one of the UK’s leading watch, jewellery, and customisation specialists, founded in 2004 and so with over a decade of  experience across a variety of luxury product sectors. With hundreds of exclusive and rare watches available from leading luxury brands. Time 4 Diamonds are sure to have what you’re looking for, and if not, they’ll find it or make it for you.

Time 4 Diamonds specialises in sourcing and trading timepieces from a select range of Swiss heritage brands like Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet and Rolex, as well as newer luxury brands such as Richard Mille and Franck Muller

Their in-house watch servicing department comprises some of London’s finest and skilled Hatton Garden veterans, contributing lifetimes of knowledge and experience to every watch inspection, service and customisation.

Whether you’d like a custom-designed dial on your Submariner, a diamond-set bezel on your Royal Oak Offshore or to PVD your Daytona, they can do it for you.

With hundreds of luxury products in stock, it’s pretty sure to have what you’re looking for, and if they don’t, they promise to find it or make it for you.

Embrace your Lockdown facial hair !

Like women across the land embracing their natural hair during lockdown, many men are spending more time at home and have seen this as the perfect opportunity to test out some facial hair and grow that beard, in the privacy of their own home. So what’s the verdict on Dad’s new look? Whether you love the groomed look or prefer him clean shaven, here’s him to solve his quarantine beard quandary and expert tips to get him looking his best.

Once he’s taken the leap from clean shaven to facial hair he will need to take care of it if he wants to keep it. Award winning salon and beard owner Dan Mewies from Mewies & Co says: “Growing a beard is just the first step – it’s all about how it’s cared for. Brushing it once a day will condition and maintain the style. I’d recommend a natural bristle beard brush. It stimulates blood circulation to promote a healthy, fuller beard and gets rid of any dead skin cells.”

With this expert advice in mind consider purchasing something like this wooden beard brush, handmade in the UK by Kent Brushes. An iconic British brand, Kent Brushes is recognised globally for it’s extensive haircare expertise built upon nearly 250 years of rich British heritage, an accomplishment which has been recognised by the granting of the Royal Warrant for nine reigns. A combination of skilled craftsmanship and an unbroken record of excellence in the standard of production has ensured Kent Brushes is synonymous with British craftsmanship.

This great example of a beard brush has specially cut and shaped boar bristles to improve brushing performance so it can handle the coarsest of facial foliage, whilst still being gentle on the skin. Each brush comes with a beautiful hand-stitched cotton bag printed on both sides.  Not only a handy bag to store your brush in but for those who use beard oil it will protect your clothes from any excess oil held in the brush head from leaching into unwanted places.

Additionally Dan informs us ;
“Wash the beard regularly to enhance moisture and shine. I use a beard wash to help maintain natural oils for a healthier looking beard.” Dan adds: “Regular trims are a must to avoid split ends. Go for clean edges and follow that jaw line to make the beard appear stronger and thicker.” Dan also recommends applying a beard balm or oil frequently to stop it from looking and feeling dry and to give it some hold if it becomes unruly. A great example is the 3-IN-1 SHAVE & BEARD OIL by Lab Series. This Triple-blend grooming oil delivers an all-in-one solution for shave and beard care. Sea Buckthorn Oil, Jojoba Oil, and Sweet Almond Oil blend with vitamins and hydrators to tackle each grooming need.