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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?”

Shaving Pain Be Gone!

This is a follow up from the last post which I made on shaving. For the past few months I haven’t really shaved too much, but rather I would trim my facial hair short. Whenever I would think to myself, ‘You could shave today’, I would shy away at the idea as the last time I used my Mach 3 blade it felt incredibly blunt (and I didn’t have a replacement at hand). It’s one of those vibrating Mach 3 blades, and of course the battery has run out so it doesn’t vibrate at the moment. Yes, I know I should have bought some new ones…

I was even more concerned about shaving this morning as my facial hair was quite long, with each hair measuring about 8mm; not the ideal scenario even for a razor sharp blade brand new out the packet, let alone an 8 month old Mach 3 blade sorely in need of replacement.

As you may have gathered from my last shaving post; I loathe shaving. I woke up extra early as I knew it may take a while! There was no way on earth I was going to attempt this without the aid of steam so I started the steam running in the steam shower. I went into the kitchen, drank about one and a half pints of water, had breakfast and headed for the bathroom. At this point, maybe about 20 minutes, the steam was about 36c. I stepped in; the steam felt like a cloak of warm mist enveloping my body, warming and soothing my muscles; a brilliant feeling don’t get me wrong, but I was there on a different mission!

The razor and shaving cream used


I waited for about 15 minutes for the steam to open my pores and soften the hair on my face. I put my shaving gel on, it’s ‘Gillette Series: Moisturizing Hydration’. I’m not promoting this one by any means; this is just what I used! I started shaving. After 3 or 4 strokes on the same area the blade would be clogged up and unable to shave, so I would run it under the shower and continue. I looked into the mirror and couldn’t believe it; it didn’t even look like I had even shaved in that area, even though the razor was blocked with hair; it looked like I had just wiped all the shaving foam off! Have you ever had a shave where it took about 3 or 4 rinses of the blade just to cleanly shave one spot on your face? Frustrating isn’t it; that’s all I can say! I must have taken about 15 minutes to shave my face because I had to clean the blade so many times.

Let’s get onto how the shave felt: even with a blunt blade and long hair I didn’t feel any discomfort until the point where I was shaving the very short stubble. I should have reapplied some shaving cream, but the discomfort wasn’t to a level to warrant it. Even with my last post and my past experience with shaving in the steam shower, I was surprised at how comfortable it was.

For those like me who use a blade, try to at some point shave in a very steamy environment, steam showers work well; it’ll turn your mornings upside down!

Are there any of you who despise shaving? Has anybody shaved in a steam shower or a very steamy environment before? I want to hear your thoughts.

Reducing Shaving Rash

Shaving in the morning is not one of my most pleasurable experiences.  It’s not like when I was young, where my wispy thin facial hair would be chopped off as though it wasn’t even there.  My facial hair is rough, thick and it’s a real pain to shave it; in both senses of the word.

If you were like me when you were younger you couldn’t wait to shave.  I was 14; the kids at school kept saying, ‘you should shave’, so one day I approached my father and asked him to show me how to shave.  It was exciting; he sat me down on a chair in the kitchen, lathered up the shaving foams and rubbed it into my skin.  At this point I only needed to shave the hair above my upper lip.  In three swift swipes I was done!

I remember my older sister standing there saying, ‘Are you sure you want to start shaving now? Because once you start, you have to keep doing it; it’s a hassle’.  I disregarded her comments and proceeded with glee.  How right she was.  Now I find shaving painful, especially on my neck.  I get red rashes which can also have an odd spot.  Even with a brand new top of the market blade, it still irritates and hurts me when shaving.

I was in my steam shower a number of years ago.  I usually start the steam, let it warm up for 10 minutes, then relax in there with the steam for about 20 minutes before having a shower.  My 20 minutes had passed and I decided to have a shave.  I lathered the shaving gel into my my face and neck and then began to shave.  The shave felt the same as when I was 14 years old, where the razor glided effortlessly through my hair and caused pretty much no irritation.  I was over the moon and since that point I have only shaved in the steam shower.  So if you’re like me and you have sensitive skin, it will seem like steam showers have been designed just for you and your shaving comfort.  Lovely!

Do you remember your first shaving experience?