Beneath the tide, a different sort of harvest
Low tide in Zanzibar is theatrical in nature. The change is so gradual that if you keep staring you won’t even notice it. But if you look away, even for a few minutes, it takes you by surprise. As the water withdraws, the blindingly white sand reveals itself to the scorching mid-afternoon sun. Small puddles of water create beautiful marks across the seabed and curious patterns of sticks begin to be seen. This is the time for tourists to take shelter under the beamed roofs of the hundreds of beach bars dotted along the coast. But for the local women of coastal Zanzibar, this is the time to work. They are growing seaweed and low tide is the only time when access to the farms is possible.
The work is tough: heavy bundles of sticks and seaweed have to be lifted, causing back pain, and the women’s skin is toughened by the elements. Their bare feet are peppered with scars from machete-like shells and sea urchins.
Seaweed grows like coral, so the women tie many small bits of seaweed to a piece of string, attach the string to two sticks and dig the sticks into the soft sand. After a week it will have grown substantially and can be harvested.
Skincare sins to avoid
EN Beauty - From sleeping in your make-up to not drinking enough water – we’re all guilty of committing the odd beauty crime.
But which bad habits can have the biggest effect on your skin? Here are some of the most detrimental skincare sins to avoid at all costs.
Lack of sleep
Not getting enough sleep can wreak havoc on your skin. When you sleep, your body repairs the damage that is caused during the day, so this skin rejuvenation is critical. Not getting enough sleep can cause baggy, dark circles under your eyes, dull skin and inflammation.
While squeaky-clean pores may initially feel good, harsh cleansing or too much exfoliating can actually exacerbate oil production and worsen breakouts by spreading bacteria.
Squeezing a spot just pushes bacteria deeper into the pores, causing inflammation, infection and scarring. Though it might be tempting, it’s best avoided.