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Top grooming tips – One for the guys!

Keeping yourself looking trim and tidy has plenty of benefits, from making you feel better psychologically, to the obvious benefit of being taken seriously or physically attracted to by others. Many of us live very hectic lifestyles often not finding any “me” time, but it can’t be stressed enough how important it is to spend time on yourself. It’ll do wonders for your being both long term and short term! Who knows, if you’re single and looking you may find it increases your chances almost ten fold.

Good grooming requires a good shaving kit!

Good grooming requires a good shaving kit!

Here are the Healthy Hideout’s top grooming tips:

Vegatables are your friend – It may seem an obvious card to pull, but in addition to all the vitamins and minerals, vegetables such as spinich, swiss chard and kale are packed with chlorophyll – a natural deodorant for the body. Munching on raw organic carrots can also help to keep your teeth looking clean and healthy.

After the shower is best – When you jump out of the shower or bath, your skin will be moist and more susceptible to absortion. Apply deodorants or antiperspirants at this time to ensure that the active ingredients have the best affect. Be sure to stick to alcohol free options to ensure that you don’t dry out your skin.

Look after your razors – If you find yourself constantly buying new razors for the morning shave, it may be worth introducing a small containers of mineral oil to your medical cabinet. The oil helps to stop the oxidation process that dull the edges, eventually rendering them useless. Be sure to clean the blade properly before use!

Go for the natural soothe – It may odd at first, but if your skin is easily irritated during or after a shave, try rubbing a small amount of olive oil into the affected area. If you do this before shaving, you’ll find that it helps the blade run smoothly across the skin.

Time running out? – If you need to make that meeting, or you’re late for a friend with no time to jump in the shower, here’s one that’s worked for everyone at the Healthy Hideout. Take a sink full of clean warm water and add four to five tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda, mixing throughly. Soak a clean flannel and rub yourself down before drying. It may seem desperate, but when time is of the essence it can be a lifesaver.

Keep Hydrated – It’s been mentioned plenty of times on the Healthy Hideout, but keeping your water intake regular can have a positive effect on how your skin looks. For more information, head over to our previous post “How much water should I drink a day?”

Lethal fats in your weekly shopping

When you get home from your weekly shop at a major supermarket you may be surprised to find many of your items filled with a scary little fat that is known to contribute towards coronary heart disease. The ingredient to look for on your shopping labels is ‘hydrogenated vegetable oil’ or ‘partially hydrogenated vegetable oil’, as these foods can often contain trans fats.  Hydrogenation is the process of adding hydrogen to liquid oils to transform them into a solid or semi-solid state. The problem with trans fats is that they are high in LDL cholesterol, which is the bad type that you should try to reduce.

The benefits to the food industry don’t seem to come from extra flavour or nutritional benefits but due to cost and to make the food last longer on the supermarket shelves. It seems that the problem stems from the body’s inability to easily metabolise trans fats. The human enzyme lipase is ineffective against the hydrogenated vegetable oil trans fat. Alex Renton from the Daily Mail likens it to eating candle wax where the fats stay in your blood for longer and are more likely to form deposits on your artery walls. Nutrition experts even say they are more dangerous than the butter they replaced.

Cooking French Fries

Be careful what oils are used when cooking french fries

After many campaigns to eradicate trans fats from foods the food industry started to listen but it seems that trans fats still remain in a host of products. Foods that are more likely to contain trans fats include commercially baked goods such as crackers and cookies as well as fried foods like doughnuts and fries. Other foods to be careful about include: muffins, pizza, pastries, meats, cheeses, cakes and pies.

The problem with trans fats is that we are often unaware of the health risks. Unlike the risks with consuming alcohol or cigarettes that have been well documented, trans fats are often a hidden danger that leaves the consumer in the dark. Be careful what you put into your body and try to minimise your intake of both saturated and trans fat foods.