Grooming is about taking good care of yourself and keeping up with your hygiene. Grooming is the number ONE key to looking polish. You can have all of the trendy, expensive, stylish clothes but still not look polish and may not feel polish or confident. You have to examine all aspects of your grooming. Does your hair look good? do you smell good? how’s your oral hygiene? Many, many things, and these do not have to cost a lot of money. You don’t have to pay anyone for any of these things.
This list is is useful for all women. The majority of my product recommendations are obtained from peer-reviewed journals or textbooks. It is essential to not just focus on looking good but using products that are safe and suited your body and your lifestyle. The list is not inconclusive and will be periodically be updated.
Here I won’t necessarily touch upon makeup because that is very personal, but the basics are cleansers, moisturizers and toners depending on your skin type and what works for you. Recommended skincare basics are to wash your face twice a day, once in the morning and once at night before you go to bed. After you wash your skin, use a toner and moisturizer that is suitable for your skin type, such as dry, normal, or oily. Another critical tip is sunscreen, no matter how much melanin you have in your skin, you should be wearing sunscreen. The majority of people have acne-prone skin or are susceptible to getting a few pimples here and there. Still, I highly recommend seeing a dermatologist if you have severe problems with your skin and are unable to find any products that work for you.
Accordint to the the American Dental Association (ADA), floss, and anything that cleans between your teeth should be a crucial n part of your oral hygiene. Taking the time to clean between your teeth will eradicate plaque. Plaques in between our teeth have so many bacteria that can lead to cavities or gum disease, and toothbrushes alone can’t clean them, so we have to floss. In addition to flossing, the ADA recommends that you brush brushing for at least two minutes twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. You should also see your Dentist regularly.
We all want white teeth. Fortunately, there are many options available to us. Whitening toothpaste does not have bleach, so they only remove surface stains; they can lighten your tooth by one shade. Over-the-counter and professional whitening products that are not prescribed by a dentist have carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide and penetrates the tooth beyond the surface.If you obtain a prescription whitening product from your Dentist, it can make your teeth three to eight shades lighter. Whitening your teeth at the Dentist is the most expensive method, but your teeth will whiten in about 30-60 minutes
There are a few other teeth lightening products you can choose from? Lighting gels are clear and have peroxide in them. Whitening strips are super thin, are whitening gel, which also has peroxide. You can see results from rand they last about four months. I wouldn’t waste much money on whitening rinses because once, it takes about twelve weeks to see effects and other whitening products work better.
We’ve all heard that all shampoos and conditioners aren’t formulated equal, right? And what about those 2 in one deal?. All shampoos have two things in them a cleanser and a conditioner with quantities dependent on the type of hair it is formulated for specifically. There are shampoos for thick hair, fragile hair, permed hair, coarse hair, and more. For example, you don’t want to put too much conditioner on your hair if it is thin because it will look thinner, or you may need more conditioner if your hair is thicker. Always, always read the concentration of conditioner in your shampoo to make sure you aren’t putting too much conditioner in your hair. You can ask a stylist or dermatologist if you aren’t sure what products you need for your hair. Shampoo and Conditioner
We are very neglectful to our bodies; most of us take better care of our face than our bodies. We take our time to choose the right products for our face, but we use anything in our collection. Let’s change that. First, avoid antibacterial soap on your body because we won’t want to kill our good bacteria’s. We should only be using gentle cleansers, mild soaps with some oils added to it, shower gels with moisturizers in the formula.
Harsh soaps will dry your skin. If you have eczema or sensitive skin, opt for fragrance-free soaps because parfum in the most soaps will irritate your skin. Use fragrance-free soaps instead. It is best to put on your moisturizer right after you bathe or directly after you dry your skin so it can penetrate the skin properly.
Deodorants mask the smell of bacteria on your skin. To keep you from sweating, many companies add antiperspirants that contain aluminum chloride, a chemical that helps keep you from sweating. If you have sensitive skin or have had problems with your deodorant, look into the following ingredients alcohol, perfume and paraben. Most of the time the antiperspirant ingredients are dissolved in alcohol so that it can feel fresh and dry quickly when you apply it to your skin. Perfumes are added to deodorants because they mask body odor and make you smell good, but they are most commonly associated with skin rashes. Parabens are popular preservatives in most cosmetics, and several deodorants also have them. These are allergens as well. Lastly, certain foods will cause you to sweat more and bare certain odors such as coffee, liquor, spicy food with sweating and onions, and garlic can give you a bad smell.
Your nails are one of the most important part of your grooming process. Most of us love getting our nails professionally done but in the past couple of years, numerous cases have been found that proves that there are several risks associated with going to the salong. One of the recommendation across the board is to leave your cuticles alone. Your cuticle acts as a natural barrier to fungus and bacteria, and when you keep removing your cuticles, you lose all protections to those bacterias and fungus.
Avoid using nail hardeners; In several studies, researchers found that supplements of biotin, which is part of the vitamin B family, can make your nail thicker and prevented splitting and breaking. Cuticle oil and other moisturizer aren’t scientifically supported, but keeping any part of your body moisturizes wise, and that includes your nails.
Studies are continually showing that women who get professional manicures usually suffer from chronic infections of the nail bed. Researchers recommend taking your at-home nail kits to the salon if you must have your nails professionally done.
Another warning with salons is acrylic nails. Acrylic has a compound known as MMA (methyl methacrylate), and these compounds have been banned in many states and have been the subject of an FDA hazard warning as a result of allergies and severe nail damage. Because it is cheap, most salons are still using it. You can do your nails at home. There are several youtube videos showing you how to do your nails, and I will link some below.
When determining or changing your hair removal methods, you have to evaluate your options base on your skin type and budget. Shaving is the cheapest, and laser hair removal is the costliest. There are many options; I will discuss a few.
- Shaving: Perhaps the easiest and most widely used method. Many people have issues with ingrown hair due to not shaving correctly. If you use disposable razors or blades, make sure you wet your skin, then apply soap or you can use shaving cream. Shave in the direction the hair grows. It would be best if you replaced your razor often to avoid infections, rash, or cuts.
- Waxing: Can be used anywhere in the body, including the bikini area. Let your hair grown a few weeks before waxing because it has to be at least 1/4-inch-long for a successful waxing session.
- Laser or Pulsed Light: Several studies have shown that Laser hair removal is the most effective way to decrease your hair growth chronically. This method is best for women with lighter skin and darker hair. It may take about 6-12 treatments to see results, and you’ll likely have to go back 1-2 times a year for a touchup.
- Tweezing: Best for small areas of the face. It lasts about six weeks, but it is also another method that causes ingrown hair.
What, if anything, would you add to this list? What advice would you give a woman about personal grooming?