12 Genius Grooming Hacks From The Pros
Don’t let yourself down with unsightly hair of unnecessary puffy eyes. We’ve compiled a list of easy grooming hacks, that will fit easily into your daily grooming routine.
Defunk Your Smelly Feet
Smelly feet can be caused by a bacterial infection, says Cape Town dermatologist Dagmar Whitaker. Excessive sweating could also be the culprit: try an antiperspirant on your feet, like Mitchum Advanced Anti-Perspirant Deodorant. Finally, a good foot cream goes a long way. Medipod Foot Repair Cream is a heel balm with tea tree oil and peppermint oil – it eliminates bacteria and odour. R188 medipod.co.za
Say Cheese For A Whiter Smile
Red wine can tint teeth. Here’s a quick trick from cosmetic dentist Pia Lieb: eat some hard cheese, such as white cheddar, before taking that first sip. The oils coat your choppers so you don’t get merlot mouth.
Clean Your Cuticles
Grimy-looking nails? Just grab a tube of whitening toothpaste, says dermatologist Mona Gohara. Gently apply a thin coating and let it sit a few minutes; then use an old toothbrush to scrub the stains away. Repeat a few times a week.
Strengthen Your Jaw
If your chin is on the round side, grow out your beard an extra inch and keep the sides short to elongate your face, advises Michael Gilman of The Grooming Lounge.
Hide Thinning Hair
Ask your barber to take a little off both sides and on top – the shorter the hair, the fuller and thicker it appears. Ask for a cropped-fringed do with a fade on the sides.
Even Out Your Beard
Define the outer edges before trimming for length, says barber Rudy Milan. “It’s like plotting a map.” Use a smaller guard to blend in the edges for a more natural look
Restore A Razor
Those disposable blades nick disposable income. Sharpen a blade’s edge in seconds: gently glide it along the leg of your jeans for 10 -20 strokes. Then switch direction.
Polish Your Silver
Many things can dull light-gray hair. Shampoos with purple pigments revive colour, says Sheenon Olson, creative director of ATMA Beauty.
Keep Teeth Pristine
Peroxide in whiteners can make teeth temporarily susceptible to stains. After using one, avoid foods with strong colouring, such as berries and coffee, says Dr Lieb.
Take A Post-Shave Plunge
Ice water constricts blood vessels and closes up hair follicles, leaving your face smoother, says dermatologist Gary Goldenberg. Face-plant in a sink filled with cold water for 15s.
Tackle Dark Circles
Dark circles and puffiness under your eyes can reveal a heavy weekend and make you look under-slept and older than you are. Taking an antihistamine can help shrink the blood vessels that have swollen underneath your eyes. Even if you don’t have allergies, it keeps swelling down and circulation moving. You can also use Almond oil as an anti-inflammantory, and double as a moisture to soften the skin.
Big brows aren’t a problem. Sort out any stray hairs meeting in the middle or errant hairs above or below, by asking your barber to tidy up your brows, the next time you’re in. Believe us, he’s heard it before.