5 Steps To Start Your Grooming Routine

5 Steps To Start Your Grooming Routine
Ah, the morning routine. The task of dragging yourself from the bed into the bathroom  and following a ritual of sorts at a set time every day. Walk in feeling haggard, looking like a caveman, find your way around the space, and within minutes emerge fresh and ready to face the world. That is what a morning grooming routine can do for you. Here is how you can get started, with five simple steps, and in under 15 minutes. 
The first thing you have to do before getting started is to have a tall glass of water. Do not reach for that cup of coffee yet, instead make a beeline to the tap. Not only will the water wake you up, it also does wonders for your skin and body.
  1. Brush, Floss and Rinse-
    Nobody likes bad breath, so start by brushing your teeth, cleaning out those gums and giving your mouth a good rinse. Use a good toothpaste and the right kind of brush, which will take care of staining, plaque, gum disease and help prevent cavities. You could also use a tongue scraper or a regular spoon to rid of any residue bacteria. This will also ensure you get through the day without reaching for the mouthwash.
  2. Time to Shower [Body & Hair] -
    Use a good body wash to scrub yourself down, cleaning those nooks and crannies as well. Check the product for any artificial fragrances and it is gentle on your skin. It would be gentle and cut through body odor. Wash your hair every alternate day, show your scalp some love. Washing your hair daily will strip it of all natural oils, leaving it dry and itchy. Similarly, use a good conditioner after you shampoo.  Rinse well, and let your hair dry as naturally as possible.
  3. Managing facial fuzz -
    Whether you sport a moustache or a beard, establish a routine that works for you. If you shave daily, do it in or right after a shower when the pores are open. This will prevent your skin going dry, or feeling like you ran a blade on it without any soap. Good to use a lather brush with shaving cream or gel. Remember to shave in the direction that your hair grows in, and don't do it in a hurry.  Apply a serum or a moisturizing after shave lotion to protect your skin.
  4. Caring for the face -
    Wait, doesn't it get covered under washing and shower? No, it does not. You need to use a face wash every morning to refresh your skin and get rid of oil and dirt. Would help if you were to use a face scrub twice a week, just to remove any dead skin. You will see a visible difference in your skin after a scrub. 
  5. Put your best foot forward -
    Even if this is the last thing you do, make sure to include it as part of your routine.Good foot care is as essential as skin care. During the bath/shower use a pumice stone to clean out any dead skin, before pampering your feet with a good soak. It is always good to moisturize your feet, helps them breathe. When at home or in a casual setting wear light footwear, allowing your feet to breathe free.  Last up, before stepping out the door, spritz some of your favorite perfume on and you are good to go conquer the world. 

Razor Bumps - how to keep them at bay
Have you run your hands down your cheeks, chin or neck and found bumps all over? Well, those are razor bumps. They are  ingrown hairs that make an appearance after a shave or other hair removal process - plucking or  waxing. This condition in medical terms is called ‘pseudofolliculitis barbae’- quite a mouthful right? 
Well, razor bumps are nothing to fret about, and are quite common. In rare cases, they cause pain, itching or some amount of swelling, resembling tiny boils. We are here to explain how these razor bumps come about, what you can do to prevent them from appearing, and how to get rid of them.  Another fact that not many are aware of is that razor bumps can develop on any part of the body, anywhere you shave/remove hair. This includes the face, neck, head, underarms, pubic region and legs.  
What causes razor bumps?
Typically when you shave your face and neck region, you remove the hair above the skin and some amount of the top layer of the skin as well. When the hair grows back, some of it curls up and grows inwards, which is what causes the bumps, the redness, itching and so on. While razor bumps are quite common among those with curly hair, they have been known to occur on others as well. Breath easy, you did not do anything wrong.

How to prevent these razor bumps?

  1. Good shaving routine -
    Having a good shaving technique will help reduce the risk of razor bumps. Always shave in or just after the shower, when your pores are open and the skin is moisturized, and the hairs are soft. It also helps to use a gentle exfoliating cleanser before the shave to prep the skin and remove any dead skin cells. 
  2. Shaving gels - Be generous with a shaving gel and always apply it along the hair growth direction. This will give you a close shave and fewer ingrown hair.
  3. Good quality razor - Always use a good quality razor, and make sure the blades are in good condition as well. If you feel resistance when shaving, change the blade or razor.
  4. Electric razors- Dermatologists recommend electric razors if razor bumps are a chronic problem. While you might not achieve a very close shave, it helps keep your skin in good health.
  5. Creams and lotions - Switch to gentle shaving creams and hair removing lotions if you have noticed razor bumps. These are ideal for certain areas of the body, and will give good results. Leave them on the region for a few minutes and wipe with a warm towel.
  6. After shave balm - if you have sensitive skin, time to do away with the shave balm you have been using and pick up the one meant for sensitive skin type. It will minimize risk of inflammation and curb ingrowth of hairs.
  7. On the spot treatment- salicylic acid gel when applied on skin helps exfoliate, and clean dead skin cells while helping the ingrown hair to make its way out thereby reducing chances of razor bumps.Quite a few lotions, toners and cleansers contain salicylic acid gel.
Now that you are armed with all this information, time to revisit your shaving routine. Also, if you do find a razor bump pop up, splash some cold water immediately to help shrink the poor and ease the pain.