5 Grooming Tips You Should Pick Up

Scrubbing to sanitising, follow Esquire's grooming checklist.

BY Sanjeeva Suresh | Jan 29, 2019 | Grooming

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1 | Consider switching your spray

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A lot can be said about a first impression by how you smell. In fact, it’s one of the first things people notice about you apart from how you physically look. If you’re curious why your scent doesn’t last past midday, it might be because it’s an EDT, Eau de Toilette. The concentration of fragrance oils is lesser in an EDT than it is in an EDP, Eau de Parfum. EDT’s generally have about 5-15% concentration of fragrance while an EDP has about a 15-30%. A switch to EDP should quickly solve your problem, so read the fine print on the back of that cologne bottle before you buy it. This is often why some fragrances are significantly cheaper than others, because they use way less fragrance.

2 | Don’t skimp on that shaving blade

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Modern razors are designed to last for 5-10 shaves. The question is: after a long break, will your razor still cut it? In theory, yes, but as with most things in life, it’s down to personal preference and how thick your beard is. Gillette suggests that you should change your blade after 5-7 shaves. A big part of the problem is the amount of debris left in the razor head: hair, soap, dead skin. If you’re tempted to remove it with a towel, don’t. Instead, rinse the head during and after the shave with hot water. Remember that each time you shave, the delicate cutting edge of your razor will become slightly duller, reducing its capability to provide you with a close shave. As the blades dull, they will start to pull at the hairs, rather than slicing straight through them, which can result in a painful shave and an irritated face.

3 | Don’t just touch the surface, scrub it

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Facial scrubs are important in keeping pores clean and avoid skin problems. Although face washes are great in removing superficial build up, there are not as effective at digging out the grime that’s deeper in your skin. Exfoliating blemished skin is recommended because it strips the skin of the bacteria that causes spots and can help draw out the impurities that clog pores. Removing the top layer of skin can help with reducing acne scars, dark spots and fine lines. If you have dry skin, a good exfoliation process will help to smooth out any dry patches and flakiness you may suffer from. Face scrubs designed for men can also help prepare your skin for shaving. In turn, you will get a closer shave without the annoying side effects that can often plague men. Ingrown hair and razor burns will become things of the past once you start using a face scrub regularly.

4 | Touch me NOT

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How many times a day do you touch your face? What about rest your chin or cheeks on the palm of your hands? Probably a lot. But between turning washroom door knobs, typing feverishly on your phone and tying shoelaces, our hands come in contact with a lot of germs. A helpful tip would be keeping a hand sanitiser on your desk and use it before you feel the need to scratch that itch. Secondly, keep your phone clean. Wipe it down if you feel it’s getting oily and just remember what the last thing was you touched before you touched your phone. Do you want that on your face?

5 | Girls don’t like em’ chappy!

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Lip balms lock in moisture and prevent excessive drying throughout the day. Avoid using ones that are petroleum based. They may feel good, but they're not going to the hard work of restoring your lip’s natural moisture. A tip is to look for ingredients that sound like food; pomegranate and papaya extracts for example. If all else fails, stick to shea butter, beeswax, natural oils. These ingredients will help restore your natural oils. Also, stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids, especially water, to reduce the risk of having dry and cracked lips. Beware of direct sunlight although yes, it’s hard to do in this part of the world.