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When you see another post on grooming, you come to expect $100 hair creams and $300 fragrances. But that’s hardly what grooming stands for.
Today, we’ll talk about the most basic grooming best practices that are organic, natural, and truly essential for everyone. Most of all, these tips are unisex. Whether you’re a man or a woman, you need to pay attention to these aspects of your personal care.
If you’ve got this list sorted, you’ll never have a bad hair day; or a bad skin, teeth or nails day for that matter.
1. Skin Is In, But Only If It’s Healthy
If only you sat down for a minute and paid attention to all that your skin goes through on a regular day, you’d have a little more respect for the largest organ in your body that is practically your shield against the cruel, cruel world of UV rays, toxic chemicals, air pollution and who knows what.
Doesn’t matter whether you’re a man or a woman, keep your skin clean, healthy and beautiful. Don’t ever forget to cleanse and moisturize it. And when we say cleanse and moisturize, it doesn’t mean coaxing a layer of expensive products on it.
Wash your face with a mild face wash, pat dry and use a dab of coconut oil or your favorite moisturizer. That’s all it takes really, to make sure you look clean and classy all through the day. After a sweaty and blotchy commute, a stroll through the city traffic or a day in drab boardrooms, don’t forget to splash some water or use a cleansing wipe to clean and refresh the skin and moisturize it again. Clean skin is the first win in grooming basics.
2. Stock Up or Organic All-Purpose Oils
Nature is the best beauty hack. There are some oils that in their organic form, serve multiple grooming purposes. Oils like coconut, olive and almond oil are immensely useful at just about any grooming need. Moisturize your hands, soften your feet, whiten your teeth, nourish your hair, do a whole lot of things with these organic oils. Having them handy at all times ensures that you’re never frazzled about grooming yourself.
3. Know Your Substitutes
Grooming and beauty aisles are getting bigger and more confusing by the day. Knowing which products you need is quite a task on its own and any more education will make you want to become a hermit. However, it helps to know a few handy substitutes for when you run out of product at just the worst of times.
Did you know that hair conditioner is better than soap if you run out of shaving cream? And shaving cream is better than soap if you run out of facewash. Baking soda works as a great option when the toothpaste won’t squeeze out anymore despite a hundred gut-wrenching twists.
Coconut oil can replace at least a dozen products including foot cream, hand lotion, lip scrub, and even hair conditioner. Baking soda and vinegar will work if you’ve already watered down the shampoo bottle enough. Substituting hair products like gel, wax, and pomade is tough, but if it’s a real emergency, some hand lotion or a smidge of warm petroleum jelly will have to do. Just don’t touch your hair too much that day.
Knowing these and more substitutes will help you keep you from blowing up with stress on a particularly important day when there’s enough to worry about and grooming shouldn’t make it worse.
4. Don’t Forget Your Lips
And we don’t just mean lipstick. Lips are the most delicate skin on your body and need to be cared for tenderly. Scrub your lips once a week to get rid of the dry, dead skin. Use a simple organic scrub like coconut oil and sugar, or almond paste. Don’t forget to moisturize your lips with a lip balm regularly. It’s best to do this before bed every night, so you don’t have to worry about them through the day. Dry lips aren’t just bad on a date. They can seriously make talking difficult, especially when you’re seated up close. So care for your lips just as well as you do your face.
5. Mind Your Hair
The hair on your head and the rest of your body, all need to be taken care of regularly, to keep your grooming on point. Man or woman, always invest in a good haircut by a professional. Shampoo and condition your hair regularly.
Too much and you risk drying them out, too seldom and the sweat-dirt buildup could cause problems. Shampoo your hair about twice or thrice a week to keep them healthy, strong and bouncy.
Hair everywhere else need to be duly cared for too. Invest in quality trimmers and razors. Tweeze them, pluck them, and keep them tidy.
6. Stock Up On Wipes
When it comes to grooming, most people – men and women – tend to be short of time. Mornings are gruesome enough, to wake up early, shower and dress, prep for the day, gather your paraphernalia, turn off the coffee maker, the list goes on and grooming faces the layoff. Managed to moisturize but forgot your sunscreen? Got a sweaty forehead and beady upper lip during your commute? Just pull out a wipe and you’re good to go.
Yes, there are wipes for applying sunscreen! Life’s good, ain’t it? There’s a wipe for everything. Wipes for applying sunscreen wipes to remove makeup, quick shower refresh wipes, wipes for that icky groin sweat…yeah, asswipes are a real thing and face it, everyone needs them sometimes. Wipes are quickly becoming everyone’s most favored grooming accessory. So grab a pack of the ones you need and don’t ever forget to carry them along.
7. Nail It
Once again, man or woman, dirty, scabby, unruly nails are absolutely barbaric. Men – just keep them neatly trimmed at all times. Use nail scissors after a shower to keep the fingertips nice and sleek and debonair.
Women, you could simply do the same thing if long nails are too much work. If you like them long and shiny though, be sure to file them, paint them and keep them clean. But just never walk into a meeting with chipping nail paint.
8. Accessories on Point
We all use some accessories every day. Bags, shoes and at least some jewelry is pretty much a staple. Be sure to extend enough care to your accessories or just one leather bag with the wrong kind of patina, or a tarnished bracelet could completely break the look. Keeping your jewelry polished and clean is easy, so don’t skimp.
Bags and shoes too should be kept clean and tidy at all times. Change the belt if it’s beginning to feel the pressure, dry clean the ties and scarves, don’t let the bandanas or hair bands smell of sweat. In short, everything that goes on your person deserves personal attention if you wish to remain groomed and stylish.
9. Don’t Forget the Teeth
Even if you diligently brush and floss your teeth, sometimes, they might demand a little more care. There are many factors that cause teeth to become yellowish over time. It could be alcohol, smoking and certain kinds of medication. Often, change is hard to notice. Take a good look at your smile and see if it’s losing its whiteness. Talk to your dentist about teeth whitening if there’s the need for it.
If you have a slight overbite, underbite, gap, crooked teeth or anything that tends to make you self-conscious, why live with it? A great set of teeth make a world of difference not only to your groomed appearance but also your confidence. And they are so easy to have. Just see your dentist.
10. Finally, Dress Up Smartly
And when we say smartly, we mean a gentle balance of comfort and style. It’s okay to disregard a few tabloid trends and choose what you are comfortable in. just make sure that you wear well, whatever you choose. Keep your clothes perfectly cleaned and ironed. Pair them up with the right accessories. Wear according to the occasion. Is it a formal gathering or a cocktail party? Will there be dancing, or strictly handshakes and wine? Pay attention to appropriate attire for the day and occasion.
If you made it this far, you probably noticed that these grooming tips are by their very nature, organic and human. You don’t need expensive products and accessories to look well groomed. You only need a penchant for hygiene and sense of your personal style. The above practices are easy to adopt as a lifestyle, and then you’ll never have a bad hair day, and look perfectly groomed no matter where you are.
Riya Rathod is a freelance content writer and strategist. When not writing, Riya gives her time to do Hatha Yoga and conduct workshops related to entrepreneurship.