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SAFETY TIPS WHILE IN A VEHICLE

The South African Police Service (SAPS) recently released some crucial safety tips, designed to prevent danger to you or your passengers while in your car. We all tend to think that these types of things only happen to other people, but the truth is it could happen to anyone. At any moment.

Read the following tips and always remember to put your safety first!

  • Vary Your travel to work and back, if this is possible.

This tip refers to the fact that criminals will scout a victim and learn their route to and from work. They will know when you leave and when you arrive, as well as where on your route you are most vulnerable.

To avoid this, try switch routes occasionally and if possible, even times.

  • If approached by a stranger while in your car, drive off if possible or press your hooter to attract attention.

If a stranger approaches your car unexpectedly or you feel like you’re in danger then take action. There is a difference between a window washer at the robots and a hijacker. But keep your guard up and always trust your gut!3

  • If strangers loiter near or at your driveway, rather drive past. If they loiter for a long time, report it to your nearest police station.

This tip is one of the most important ones on the list! A common technique for a hijacker is to wait outside your driveway and then hijack you at your most vulnerable. It’s better to follow this advice and get home safely than to take a chance on your life.

  • Hijackers might stage a minor accident so they can approach your car.

If your car is bumped from behind and you don’t feel comfortable with the individual(s) involved in the situation, drive to the nearest police station for help.

Don’t risk your life or your vehicle if you feel something is strange about the situation. Sure, regular fender-benders do happen regularly but trust your judgement.

 

Take some time to familiarise yourself with these tips. The SAPS use years of data to inform their advice and reading this article may save your life at some point in the near future. Stay safe!

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South African Fuel Tax Increase; How Does it Affect your Fuel Cost

The 2018 Fuel Levy and Road Accident Fund:

For most road users, the most alarming changes in the recent National Budget, announced 21 February 2018, included the increase in the General Fuel levy and Road Accident Fund levy, of which South African Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba announced an increase of more than 50 cents per litre from 04 April 2018, which amounts to a total increase of 11% on the current levies, from R4, 78 to R5, 30.

The minister announced the General Fuel Levy will increase by 22 cents from R3.15 to R3.37 (7% increase), and the Road Accident Fund levy will increase by 30 cents from R1.63 to R1.93 (18% increase).

As it stands a litre of unleaded 93 octane fuel inland costs R13.90. This will increase to R14.42. A litre of unleaded 93 octane at the coast costs R13.49 which will increase to R14.01.

“The main tax proposals for the 2018 Budget are 52 cents per litre increase in the levies on fuel, made up of 22 cents per litre for the general fuel levy and 30 cents per litre increase in the Road Accident Fund Levy,” said Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba.

South Africans have become more than accustomed to increases in fuel prices and levies, but the recent shifts in sentiment indicate that these most recent changes in governmental taxation will have a dramatic impact on the working classes monthly budget and expenses; increasing the cost of living and travel.

The Automotive Association (AA) spoke out about the recent 2018 Budget, mentioning that the increases are based on the February fuel prices which may increase or decrease before the implementation of the levy price increase in April.

“This 52 cents a litre hike in the fuel levies more than wipes out the 30 cents gain realised in the fuel price in January, and the AA’s predicted decrease of 28 cents going into March; these decreases were gained mainly through the strengthening of the rand as a result of the change in leadership of the ruling party.” The AA said.

We hope that this brief update will assist you in planning your budget for the new month and give you some time adjust and save fuel before the launch of the new prices this April.

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Bad Driving Habits Costing You Money

Yes, we’re all back in the saddle! Using up litre upon litre of petrol in our daily traffic jam to our workplaces! January is over and the time to get back into the rhythm of your work-day is now!

But, nothing would make February worse than unforeseen car problems, just as you’ve managed to scrape through the longest month of the year (We see you January), having to pay to fix damage on your car can set you back another month. We thought, why not help you and make you aware of a few driving habits you’re probably doing every day that can be damaging your car and cost you money!

Here are some tips for saving you money on the road:

  1. Resting your hand on your gearlever: Ok so sure, we all have to endure traffic jams from time to time but resting your hand on your gearlever is probably going to begin causing you more problems long term. Unless you’re actually changing gears, there is no reason to have your hand on it, leaving your hand on the gearlever causes unnecessary pressure on your transmission bushings which increases internal wear. Do you know how much a new gearbox costs! It is not the time to blow your budget chum.
  2. Weight makes things worse: This isn’t a new tip; it’s a known fact that having too much weight in your car will hamper its performance and petrol consumption, but it will also have a long-term impact on your vehicle’s suspension, brakes and drivetrain parts. It’s time to clean up your mess, keeping only the essentials in your vehicle can help you maintain an efficient driving experience and increase the life of your suspension and brakes.
  3. Having Low Fuel Levels: This is not often talked about and sometimes disregarded as a myth, but having low levels of fuel in your car and maintaining those levels for longer periods of time isn’t helping your car perform well and is actually damaging it. Yes, unfortunately we don’t always have the luxury of filling our tanks, but not doing so can damage the entire fuel tank itself; modern fuel pumps are cooled by being submerged in fuel, so driving with only a small amount of fuel causes it to heat up and wear out more quickly.
  4. We Hate Traffic! It’s not surprising that traffic isn’t good for anyone, it’s bad for our health our car’s health, everyone hates traffic! The process of stopping and starting your car in traffic is always going to cause wear, but the harshness in which you do so will have an immediate impact on your brakes, tyres and sanity. Whenever possible, brake smoothly and give yourself some additional room between vehicles to slow down gradually.
  5. Texting and Driving: Yes, we’re coming back to this one. Texting and driving is just an all-around bad idea and one of the leading causes of traffic collisions and deaths in South Africa. We understand the need to be entertained and stay connected, but we have yet to find a commute that takes that long that the text couldn’t wait until the destination was reached. Be safe rather than sorry, you don’t have the money now to repair an entire car and you can’t replace a life.
  6. BONUS: Check your Blind Spots! It happens all the time, we’re comfortable with our mirrors and sometimes we develop the habit of simply not checking our blind spot before we change lanes. Again, this is one of those tips that seem obvious, but when it comes to saving money on vehicle damage, we just wanted to make sure we had you covered.

We hope our few tips help remind you on some safer driving methods and we hope save you some money during the tougher times.

Maponya 911 RESCUE will partner with your organisation to provide a complete set of medical care services, from emergency medical services and transportation to occupational health care consulting and first-aid training.

 

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5 Tips to Saving Money on Fuel During January

Saving Money in January:

January is said to be the longest month of the year, with a fair amount of people over spending during their holiday season or getting their salaries earlier and not budgeting for January. However, it happened, we all agree that January is where we all feel the bite of a lower than usual bank balance, so we thought we’d try help you out and give you a few tips on how to save money on fuel during January.

5 Tips to Saving Money on Fuel during January: 

  1. Drive Less!
    • Or at the very least, make fewer trips. Your engine burns more fuel when it starts up and heats up from being cold. Bulking all your travel or errands under one day could save you a lot in the long run and maybe help reduce that new year stress too.
  1. Don’t Drive in Rush Hour:
    • Ok, so it’s January and you’re all about that: “New Year, New You” vibe, you’re out the door and gone. The only problem, you’ve just hit the January rush hour! Getting stuck in traffic is not only a waste of time but a waste of fuel too. Every time that you stop and start in traffic, your car needs first gear and a huge amount of fuel to get moving again. You can also save some fuel by trying to understand what the traffic is doing in front of you, and travelling steadily at a slow speed, rather than accelerating and braking.

A good idea to save from rush hour, is leaving earlier or later if your employer can accommodate it.

  1. Close the Windows and Use the AC:
    • Since the dawn of the technology, there has always been the debate: which uses less fuel; having your windows down and having drag; making your drive less efficient, or using the AC which keeps your windows closed, reducing drag but using fuel to use the AC?

Now, the open windows policy may work much better for town driving where you’re moving slow and have a lot of stops to get through.

When it comes to open motorways like the N1, it’s time to economise; use that AC.

Car designers call it aerodynamics and make lots of effort to reduce the ‘drag’ and make the car as sleek as possible. You can’t do much about the design of your car, but you can consider the drag when it comes to long distance travel. Using your air vents or AC when it’s hot is a more efficient way to drive than with your windows or sunroof open.

  1. Accelerate Smoothly:
  • Acceleration burns the most fuel, it is about getting the vehicle moving to a cruising speed where less fuel is then used. When you’re in traffic or from a stop, accelerating can save you that needed fuel.

It’s unrealistic to avoid overtaking, but there’s little point accelerating past a car to simply be in front of it at the next set of lights – any instant gratification will appear on your fuel bill the next time you fill up.

  1. Keep your Car and Tyres in Shape:
    • When it comes to the most effective means of saving fuel on the road, there’s a simple tip: the lower the tyre pressure, the more fuel the car needs to move it down the road.

We recommend that you take five minutes every other week to check your tyres. If you’re not sure what the pressure should be, you can normally find the figures near the lock inside the driver’s door.

When it comes to the health of your overall car, be sure to get your vehicle serviced or at least checked at your local mechanic at a minimum of once a year. Sludge and general wear can affect your fuel efficiency and overall performance.

While January is always going to be a tough month for a lot of us, we hope that we could provide you with some helpful fuel saving tips!

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Road Site CPR

Road Emergency Assist CPR:

For most South Africans, the December holiday period can be one of the most joyous yet one of the most dangerous times on our roads.

With over 800 deaths recording during December 2016 alone, a 17% increase since 2015, a better awareness on our roads and preparing for worst-case scenarios should be considered and trained toward to be safer on our roads during the festive and holiday season.

Should you find yourself in a situation where you are the first responder, assisting crash or injured victims can mean their survival?

We wanted to give you some basic tips on road site assist CPR, which could mean the difference. Please note though, we advise each reader to acquire official CPR training regardless of the following tips provided.

What is CPR?

CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) is a life-saving emergency response technique. Performing CPR pumps oxygen-rich blood into the heart and brain. It can prevent brain damage and may save a life.

What are the Basic Steps of CPR?

The Basic Steps are easy to remember – When you get to a scene, and you find an emergency situation, follow these 3 basic steps:  Check, Call, Care:

Step 1: Check

Firstly, access the scene of the incident, ensure that both you and the victim are safe or secure from further harm before performing any CPR. Do not put your own life in danger and become a victim yourself!

When you are assessing the scene, also make a note of the following:

  • Possible safety risks
  • How many victims are in your vicinity?

Check the victim, attempt to talk to them to see if they are indeed conscious or not, or as a last resort, tap them on a shoulder lightly, but do not move them as they may have other unforeseen injuries.

Step 2: Call

If they are unconscious or under any other life-threatening conditions, you should automatically call an emergency response number: 0861 960 960 24

Step 3: Care

It is most important to remember the ABC of Care

A is for airway

B is for breathing

C is for circulation.

Step 4: A for Airway

To open the airway, tilt the head back, lift the chin and look, listen, and feel for up to ten seconds. This way you can tell if a person is breathing.

Step 5: B for Breathing

If there is no breathing, go to the “B” step, which involves administering two rescue breaths into the person’s mouth. Tilt the head back, pinch the nose, lift the chin and give two breaths ensuring that a tight seal in made around their mouth with yours. Those breaths are about 1 second long.

If the breaths go in, look towards the victim’s chest while administering the rescue breaths, you will notice the chest rise that tells you that there is no blockage. Look at the victim’s body and see if there’s any bleeding, and if so you need to put pressure on the site so as to stop the bleed. If there is a second rescuer or bystander, get them to hold a sturdy amount of pressure on the wound. Then, begin CPR.

If the breaths did not go in try again, you may not have maintained a good seal the first time, if the breaths still do not go in, the victim’s airway is obstructed. Follow the steps for Unconscious Choking.

Step 6: Check Pulse

Pulse check is no longer done for adults. However, one should check the pulse of children and infants. For children, check the pulse on the side of the neck. For infants, check the pulse on the middle of the inside of the arm, between the elbow and the shoulder.

Step 7: C for Circulation

Check the pulse and breathing, and act accordingly. If there are a pulse and breathing, place them on their side in the recovery position.

Step 8: Rescue Breathing

If there is a pulse but no breathing, breathe for the victim. They do not require compressions – only breaths. So do what is called “rescue breathing”.

Give one breath every 5 seconds, and give 24 breaths in about 2 minutes. At the end of two minutes, stop to re-check the pulse and breathing again, and decide how to proceed.

Step 9: CPR

If the victim had no pulse / no breathing, perform CPR.

CPR is a combination of compressions and breaths and it serves to let oxygenated blood throughout the entire body. It keeps the brain and other vital organs alive until advanced emergency personnel can take over.

When we do CPR, we’re going to do 30 compressions and 2 breaths and we’re going to do them five times every 2 minutes.

For CPR for a child, you can use two hands, but if you’re dealing with a very small child, you probably want to do a one-handed technique. The one-handed technique involves putting one hand in the centre of the chest and the other on the forehead. Keep that airway open and put your shoulders directly on the victim’s chest and keeping your arms straight. Compress down one to one and a half inches as you do your compressions. Count out loud while doing the compressions: one and two and three and four, ensuring that you compress the victim’s chest at least 2/3 of the width of the chest.

Remember to keep your hands placed on the victim’s chest on the breastbone at the level of the nipples.

Step 10: Stopping CPR

Once you begin CPR, do not stop to recheck. Continue without stopping, until you see signs of life, another trained person takes over, a defibrillator is ready to be used, the scene becomes unsafe, or you are too exhausted to continue.

Step 11: Recovery

If the victim shows signs of life, recheck their airway and breathing, and if they are breathing, place them in the recovery position with the stomach to the ground and the head to the side, resting on their arm.

The key with any roadside emergency is still to remain calm and ensure that the emergency authorities have been contacted,

Make sure you call Maponya911: 0861 960 960 24 Hours a day!

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Malaria: A South African Outbreak and Travelling these Holidays

The holiday season is fast approaching and a lot of us will be hitting the road to some far off place for some much need rest and relaxation, and while we always trust our readers and customers to travel safely and consciously, there are also new concerns around for this season.

Specifically the rise of a malaria outbreak in Mpumalanga and Limpopo, both are South African provinces that increase in tourism over the holiday season and now, both have had reports of new malaria infections in the region.

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) says residents of malaria transmission areas in Limpopo and Mpumalanga need to have an urgent blood test if they have fever or flu like symptoms.

The NICD alerted recently that the areas affected included: Vhemba and Mopani districts of Limpopo as well some farms along the Lephalala River in Waterburg and in Bushbuckridge in Mpumalanga.

It has been a busy 2017 malaria season in the southern African region‚ which peaked in April and May and extended into June.

High rainfall‚ humidity and ambient temperatures had provided ideal conditions for malaria mosquito breeding.

South Africa’s health department is ensuring that affected areas are sprayed with long-acting residual insecticides and affected communities are made aware of the risks of contracting the disease.

While the infected locations are small compared to other countries, being aware of the locations of the outbreaks and what precautions to take are essential to not only have an enjoyable holiday, but maintain your sustained health while traveling.

Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected mosquitoes‚ which generally bite at night. It is preventable‚ treatable and curable.

Symptoms‚ which appear 10 to 5 days after being bitten‚ include fever‚ headache‚ chills and vomiting.

If you are traveling to these locations this holiday session, it would be a good precaution to consult your local general practitioner on malaria prophylaxis and other precautions before traveling, while also ensuring you adjust your travel activities accordingly.

If you are traveling and happen to be heading toward to Limpopo or Mpumalanga, note that symptoms of malaria can develop within seven days after infection, but can take up to eighteen days before symptoms appear.

If you are in a location where you are unable to reach a medical facility, contact our support hotline available 24 hours a day: 086 1960 960

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Helping Victims of Road Accidents

When it comes to travelling on our South African roads, each of us has either experienced or witnessed a car accident. As more and more cars go onto the roads each year, this is an aspect of life that is becoming more a part of daily lives than we ever wanted.

What should you do if you witness an accident? What are the most important things to do? Should you get involved?  These might seem like a simple enough questions; however, we delve a little deeper.

How to stay calm and collected

While you may not be trained like a paramedic, there are certain things that can be done if you happen to be first on the scene while waiting for emergency professionals to arrive:

  1. Pull your vehicle over:
  2. Make sure to park in a safe and secure area off the road, so you don’t obstruct traffic for place yourself or others in harm’s way.
  3. Be sure to put your hazard lights on, indicating an emergency and alerting emergency personnel to your visual location.
  4. If you have warning triangles, be sure to utilise them.
  5. Contact Emergency services:
  6. Ensure that emergency services are indeed on their way, contact your preferred emergency service such as Maponya911: 0861 960 960
  7. Call takers should also be able to provide you with more detailed advice as to what action to take based on the situation at hand; location, state of the injured, your own location.
  8. Assisting the injured:
  9. If you have a first aid kit, be sure to use the rubber gloves.
  10. Remain calm and reassure the affected that you have contacted emergency services and that help is on the way. (This may be the only thing you can do in some incidents).
  11. When helping an accident victim, you need to remember that safety is the most important part of helping, do not be a hero and jeopardise your own safety, your safety must come first.
  12. Do not move the accident victims unless there is an immediate risk to their lives. There may be an unseen injury that could be worsened if aggravated by movement.
  13. Check if the accident victim is conscious and breathing.
  14. If the accident victim is breathing, monitor them until emergency services arrive. Also, try keep them as calm as possible by asking them questions. Like, what is their name, where do they work, who must you call to let them know they are okay?
  15. If the accident victim is not breathing and you have been trained in CPR appropriately, you may begin CPR and rescue breathing as necessary.
  16. If the accident victim is bleeding, use available material: towel or gauze from the medical kit, blanket or shirt, and place it over the wound and apply pressure. Maintain the pressure until emergency services arrive. Do not stop applying pressure to further inspect the wound, as this may worsen the condition.
  17. If you have a cell phone on you, take as many photos of the accident scene as possible. This will help all parties involved by having enough information for insurance purposes. Also, remember if you witness the accident you will be required to go to the nearest police station and give them your statement.

One of the most important roles you may have, being first at the scene, is simply to monitor the condition of those injured or otherwise affected by an accident, your assistance and presence can mean all the difference to a victim and the ability for emergency personnel to assist them.

Consider your fellow drivers

When it comes to a road accident, where you are not directly involved, we as drivers are quick to dismiss the inconvenience or the irritation of the traffic that is more than likely building up because of the accident. Again remain calm, and be patient!

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Texting and Driving: How to Stop

When it comes to running our day-to-day lives, nothing is more synonymous with efficiency and connectivity than our cell phones.

It’s as much a part of our lives as is our clothing, our jobs or our cars. Smartphones keep us connected, they run our businesses and our lives more efficiently, they keep us communicating and organised.

In a mobile first or mobile only country like South Africa, eight in ten people have smartphones and over 90% of country’s population has access to a cellular device.

But, with these impressive stats in technological advancement, comes a companion, the use of cell phones has a negative side effect too.

According to the International Road Traffic and Accident Database, in 2016; an average of 26 deaths per 100 000 inhabitants annually occur on South African roads, roughly 25% of all road deaths are connected to cell phone use while driving, which equates to roughly 3250 deaths annually because of the use of our cell phones on the road.

It’s a challenge; fatigue and boredom all have their part to play in why we use our phones on the road, everything from checking something for work, something funny or communicating. Our daily commutes are just, not interesting enough to maintain our attention.

How do we lower this number, how do we make ourselves safer?

Here are some of our ideas on a few things you could do to prevent the use of your cell phone while driving, they’re simple but they could help in getting the digital monkey off our backs on the road.

  1. Put your phone on silent
    • It seems like the simplest thing in the world, but putting your phone on silent is an easy way to not distract you while driving. Whatever the need or notification, it can wait until you have arrived at your destination.
    • This can cause something that we’ve all experienced before, where users think they’re hearing their phone ringing or vibrating, the good thing is, it isn’t and you’ll teach yourself not to keep looking at your phone every five minutes.
  1. Switch off notifications for your busy apps
    • Switching off your notifications in your setting menu for your busy apps like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram until you can connect to Wi-Fi, will stop you from getting distracted by spammy social media posts but can also save you on data costs while traveling.
  1. Put your phone in your pocket or in your bag
    • Again, a simple solution, though one we may not all be initially comfortable with. Putting our phones away and completely out of reach can add the anxiety factor to our commute; not having something to keep our minds busy or hands on, but, as is become popular to say, whatever it is, it can wait, even in a two-hour traffic wait.
  1. Use Lock Apps
    • There are several driver lock applications that make it more difficult to open or access your device, such as: Drivemode: Driving Interface or LifeSaver: Distracted Driving.
    • These can all be downloaded from your preferred app store, but it’s up to you to activate it, rather be safe than sorry!
    • Using these simple steps and recommendations can mean the difference between a tragic accident and getting to your place of work, or back home safely.
    • But if there ever is an emergency, the Maponya911 team is ready to come to the aid of those in need on our roads. Maponya911 RESCUE is a proudly South African emergency medical services provider.
    • Our services include Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Occupational Health Consultancy, Medical Stand-by for Events, Project Management, Training Development, and Policy Development.
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How to deal with someone having an anxiety or panic attack

There is an estimated 400 million people worldwide who suffer from mental or neurological disorders, yet when spoken about, there still seems to be a certain stigma attached to those who live with such mental conditions. We have often discussed what to do when someone is faced with a physical problem that needs to be addressed, however, what about those who suffer in silence every day, whilst no one knows it’s happening? This blog post sets out to address what anxiety is and the dos and don’ts of dealing with someone who is experiencing an anxiety/ panic attack.

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is characteristically an irrational fear over something or someone (not to be confused with general nervousness). Panic attacks are short bursts of heightened anxiety that can often come out of nowhere. They can last as long as 25 minutes or as little as 5 minutes, or they can come and go in a continuous loop until whatever is causing the anxiety is resolved.

What are the symptoms of a panic attack?

Symptoms can include: cold sweats, heavy breathing or the inability to breathe all together, heavy pressure in chest area, fast-beating heart, inability to relax, sleep disturbances, difficulty concentrating, nausea, the seemingly uncontrollable feeling of being trapped or suffocated.

 

What to do when someone is having an anxiety attack:

  • Make it known that they are not trapped, that they have the option to leave if they need to
  • Assure them that there is nothing to be afraid of
  • Let them know it is only temporary and that this feeling will pass
  • Encourage them to breathe
  • Attempt to have an engaging conversation with them to help lure them away from the feeling of panic
  • Stay with the person, even if they tell you to go, it is just the anxiety talking
  • Let them know you are always there to listen
  • If they haven’t gone to seek help, let them know that you will be there every step of the way

What not to do when someone is having an anxiety attack:

  • Don’t tell them to calm down of relax, this makes the anxiety worse
  • Don’t ask them why they’re panicking – the chances are they don’t know themselves
  • Don’t brush it off
  • Don’t seem irritated or judgemental
  • Don’t avoid the person
  • Don’t assume that the problem will just go away, comfort them until it does

Your health and safety is our main priority, if you or anyone you know experiences a panic attack and needs assistance, please don’t hesitate to call Maponya 911 Rescue on 0861 960 960

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5 ways to hydrate your skin this winter

Winter is slowly approaching and the air tends to be dry, but your skin doesn’t have to go through the same ordeal. The chilly atmosphere is not the only thing that dries your skin, the heaters you use indoors also contribute to the dehydration of your skin. There are certain precautions you need to follow if want to keep your skin moisturised and healthy looking at all times. Below are 5 tips to combat dryness in the winter season.

 

  1. Shower with lukewarm water

 

We all fancy showering in scorching hot water in winter, it feels good right? Well extremely hot water strips away the oils in your skin. Try to use lukewarm water instead, especially when washing your face and hands. Also try limit the amount of time you spend in the shower or bathtub to 5 minutes.

 

  1. Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise

 

Right after you get out the shower or bathtub, ensure that you moisturise your skin immediately. Applying your moisturiser to damp skin helps with sealing in the moisture into your skin which prevents the dryness. Also, you can keep your skin hydrated throughout the day by moisturising the problem areas or keep an oil-based hand lotion handy that is packed with essential oils such as coconut and tea tree oil, it helps retain the moisture in the cold season.

 

  1. Stay hydrated

 

As the days get frosty, we tend to forget to keep hydrated at all times. Hot beverages such as coffee and hot chocolate seem to be our main priority and we neglect drinking water. If you’re dreading drinking cold water, you can opt for warm water with a slice of lemon. Not only is this refreshing, it’s hydrating at the same time.

 

  1. Sunscreen

 

Yes, you read correctly…sunscreen. As much as we need to apply sunscreen in the summertime, we also need it in the winter time too. The sun in winter, if not more, is as dangerous as the sun in summer. Make sure that you use a generous amount of sunscreen on your face and hands to avoid any damage to your skin and to also combat dry skin. Reapply the sunscreen when necessary.

 

  1. Take care of your lips too

 

Lastly, let’s not forget the lips, they are just as important as other parts of your skin and they are the most fragile as that skin is thinner than the rest of your body. Do not lick your lips…PLEASE! After you have licked your lips, the saliva dries out and makes your lips even drier. Rather invest in an ointment-based lip balm with ingredients such as sunscreen, glycerin and essential oils to keep your lips moisturised.