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Is it Time for Males To Get Back to the Grooming Zone?

 

 

Sometimes barbers and hair salons are open and sometimes they are not, depending on where you live and what the restrictions are. 

The same rules and regulations can apply to gyms. 

Even the working from home trend has meant less need to get dressed up for meetings and for work.

Perhaps now is the time to re-think your self-care rituals and perhaps start using these again to add structure to your day?

We share these top ten tips with you...

 

Does your hair look less than its best? 

Once barbers are freely open, think about becoming a regular.  If you've noticed your hair needs a trim, then others have too!  While some guys can settle for monthly appointments, your locks may still enjoy a growth spurt, thus requiring increased attention. Don't be surprised if it takes three weekly or even fortnightly visits.

Look into using a natural product when shampooing and conditioning your hair rather than one that is full of chemicals.  And then if it is need of a treatment, think about Simply Hair Oil.

Is acne a problem for you?

Your skin deserves the best whether you have pimples, whiteheads or blackheads.  You can use H-Acne Formula to treat those acne symptoms without any harsh chemicals and whatever your skin type - oily, dry, combination or even sensitive skin - helping to soothe the skin without any itching, burning or scarring.  Just apply topically, directly to your acne. Washing the area thoroughly with a mild non soap cleanser before application is recommended.

 

 

 How to keep that face clean

Firstly with the help of a natural cleanser such as Simply Cleansing Oil to use at night to give a deep clean.  You can also choose a weekly facial scrub, opting for natural ingredients such as oats or apricot kernels (instead of those microbeads which are doing so much damage).

 


Have you changed to an electric toothbrush yet? 

According to a study by Sheffield University in the UK, rotating brushes reduce eleven percent more plaque than manual toothbrushes - and can also significantly reduce gum problems.  And a further tip is to have a session of oil pulling first thing.  Coconut oil is ideal for this. 


Have you used these times to start growing a beard?

In recent years, beards have become more popular than ever but maintenance is essential.  Use a beard trimmer to keep unsightly neck hairs at bay and care for your beard with these suggestions.  You will find lots more tips and suggestions in our post here.

Or is the clean shaven appearance the one for you?

If you prefer the clean shaven look, then prepare your skin before shaving with the help of a shave oil so that your razor glides easily.  If you soak the razor blades in warm water, this will help your pores to expand, reducing redness and irritation. 

Taking good care of your feet will pay out dividends

They might not be on show except when you are at the beach or the pool but ensuring a good foot care routine is still important. Take care of them after a bath or shower (when the skin is softest) using a pumice stone on any dead skin, before lathering on a generous amount of moisturizer.  Remember that it is easy to pick up infections in your feet if you go barefoot in public places, possibly ending up with athlete's foot or plantar warts. 

Do you suffer from dark circles under the eyes? 

Perhaps you are not getting enough sleep, even burning the candle at both ends?  Dark circles are caused by three main factors: environment, stress and genetics.  Foods high in sodium tend to cause overall puffiness, especially around the eyes so replace with water-based fruits and vegetables that will boost hydration.  Another tip is to sleep with your head elevated to encourage fluids to leave the under eye cavity.

Are your eyebrows starting to meet in the middle?

While big eyebrows are not a problem, you might prefer not to have them meeting in the middle.  You can eliminate a monobrow by focusing on the stragglers that stand apart from the main body of your eyebrows.  Either do it regularly at home or ask your barber to tidy your brows up at your next appointment.

And finally, 

Have you developed a hand- and nail-care routine?

Cutting your nails once a week – preferably after a bath or shower, to soften them and make them easier to trim – is basic. But that rough, flaky skin around the nail bed?   This should be treated with a small amount of moisturizer every couple of days for a smoother look and feel.

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Goluch-Koniuszy ZS. (2016). Nutrition of women with hair loss problem during the period of menopause. DOI:
10.5114/pm.2016.58776

McIntosh TL, et al. (2017). Microbes and masculinity: Does exposure to pathogenic cues alter women's preferences for male facial masculinity and beardedness? DOI:
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