Six Yoga Poses for a Healthy Back

Your back supports you throughout the day, helping with posture, lifting and more. However, it also takes quite a beating! According to the U.K. Statistics Authority, back pain cost the economy over one billion pounds in 2014 due to 4.2 million employees being unable to go to work. In order to keep your back healthy and strong, start your day right with some of these helpful yoga poses.

1. The Cobra Pose

 

In order to stretch and strengthen your lower back, try the cobra pose. Lying on your stomach with your legs outstretched, place your palms near your chest and gently push up so that your chest lifts away from the floor. Push your shoulders back and your ribs forward while maintaining your bent arms, and breathe.

2. The Upward Facing Dog Pose

 

This pose begins like the cobra, but takes it one step further. Instead of keeping your arms bent at the elbow, straighten them until your chest is tall and your pelvis lifts slightly away from the floor. Look straight ahead or upward slightly for an extra stretch.

3. The Cat and Cow Pose

 

To keep your back happy, try the cat and cow routine. On all fours, push your stomach down toward the floor and lift your head to look up (cow). Then, round your spine, pull your stomach up, and drop your head (cat). Repeat.

4. The Half Lord of Fishes Pose

 

A nice, gentle twist can work wonders on a tired back. To do the half lord of the fishes pose, sit with your knees bent up and feet flat on the floor. Drop your left knee down and slide the foot under your right leg to the right buttocks, then place your right foot over your left knee. Twist to the right with your left elbow on your right knee and breathe.

5. The Knees-to-Chest Pose

 

What this pose lacks in a fancy name, it makes up for in comfort. Lie on your back and hug your knees to your chest, arms on top of your legs. Gently rock right and left for a nice massage.

6. The Bridge Pose

 

Slightly more challenging, the bridge pose is great for your back. Lie on the floor with your knees bent and hip-width apart. Rest your arms flat at your sides and push your pelvis up, clasping your hands together underneath. Press your chin to your chest and hold.

8 New Year’s Resolutions for a Happier, Healthier You

Another New Year is once again just around the corner, and your thoughts may already be turning to the changes you want to make in your life. If you’re like most people, some of these thoughts will involve living a healthier lifestyle.

Whether you want to trim down that burgeoning waistline, look after your appearance a little more closely or get more exercise, this is a great time of year to make lasting changes to the way you live your life.

But beware, according to the University of Scranton, only 8% of people actually follow through on their New Year commitments, so the odds are already stacked against you. Around 45% of us will make at least one resolution this year, so millions of people around the world will already be headed for failure when the clock strikes 12.

To give you a head start, here are eight New Year’s resolutions for a happier, healthier you.

1. I will look after my skin more

 

Your skin is a living, breathing organ, and it needs looking after. If your skin is clean, exfoliated and fresh, the chances are you will look healthy. Invest in a facial wash, some moisturiser  and a few exfoliant products. If you’re a regular shaver, make sure you have a razor blade of the highest quality at all times. A daily wet shave is a great way to keep yourself looking clean and presentable, but it can take a heavy toll on your skin if you’re not prepared. As well as a decent blade, invest in a moisturising shaving cream, a good brush and a post-shave moisturising agent.

2. I will eat more often

 

Yes, you read that right! Research has shown that skipping meals and ‘saving’ calories for later can be counter-productive. Starving yourself tells the body that food could be scarce, so it goes into fat storing mode. Moreover, if you’re extra hungry at a meal time, you’re more likely to overeat and gorge on calorific foods. Keep your metabolism burning at all times by eating healthily every two or three hours — without exceeding your recommended daily calorie intake, of course.

3. I will get more sleep

 

According to an article in the Guardian, the National Sleep Foundation in America has concluded that the average adult needs a minimum of seven hours sleep every night. It is estimated that more than a third of adults don’t get the sleep their body needs. If you are one of those people, there are a few things you can do to improve the quality and amount of sleep you’re getting:

  • Exercise more
  • Set a regular bedtime
  • Get up at the same time every morning
  • Don’t lie in
  • Turn off all electrical appliances in your bedroom.
  • Hang blackout curtains to minimise the amount of light in your bedroom
  • Don’t eat within three hours of your bedtime
  • Don’t consume alcohol or caffeine within three hours of your bedtime
  • Use an electronic sleeping monitor to find out when during the night you’re waking up

4. I will get the exercise my body needs

 

According to the NHS, the average adult needs a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise a week. This is only two and a half hours, so it should be achievable for even the busiest of people. You don’t need to run yourself into the ground to get what you need; brisk walks, energetic bike rides and rigorous swims will all suffice. Make sure you give your legs, arms, back, abdomen, hips, chest and shoulders a good workout at least once a week to keep your body strong and conditioned.

5. I will cook from scratch more

 

The levels of fat and sugar in many of our favourite processed foods are often very alarming. The NHS recommends that the average adult consumes no more than 30g of sugar per day. However, a humble tin of tomato soup can contain as much as 8g of processed sugar in a single serving — almost a third of an adult’s daily allowance.

But by making your own tomato soup from scratch, you can limit the sugar content to only the natural sugars found in the tomatoes you use. Try to eat your own home-cooked food for dinner at least three times a week, and you should notice a big difference in your weight and general well-being.

6. I will drink enough water

 

You may have read that we should all be drinking around eight cups of water per day. However, the truth is that things are far more complex than that. How much water you need depends on your activity levels, your diet and a range of other issues.

Drink water slowly throughout the day; this will keep you hydrated, which will enhance your energy levels and digestion.

7. I will monitor my health regularly

 

It’s always a good idea to keep track of your own health regularly. While you don’t need to visit a doctor once a month for a general check-up, there are things you should be doing at home. While there are checks you can perform yourself, you should always seek advice from medical professionals first. People aged between 40 and 74 are entitled to a free NHS health check. This ‘health MOT’ looks for the early warning signs of heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease and dementia.

But you can perform a few basic health checks yourself at home. Check your skin and face at least once a week for changes. Look for new spots, moles and freckles every day, and seek advice from a doctor if you notice anything changing. If you can, ask a partner or close family member to check for you.

You can also monitor your weight, heart rate, cholesterol, fitness levels and blood pressure with various mobile apps and gadgets. And if you’re in search of some great ideas to help you achieve your health-related New Year’s resolutions, there are plenty to choose from.

Finis Neptune – This ingenious music system conducts sound waves through the cheek bones and into the middle ear, so you can wear them whilst swimming. The user is given updates on performance levels throughout.

Sportiiiis – This clever gadget fits snugly to almost any pair of glasses. It projects the user’s workout data, so it can be read directly from the lens.

Lab on a Chip – Users can take their own cholesterol levels with a test strip reader that feeds accurate data directly to an accompanying mobile app.

Fitbit Aria Smart Scale – This digital scale connects to Wi-Fi and is capable of communicating with a range of different fitness apps. The Fitbit Aria not only records weight data, it also measures and records body fat and Body Mass Index (BMI).

Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor – This highly accurate home blood pressure monitor sends data directly to a mobile app via Bluetooth. The user is then given advice and comparative data on healthy blood pressure levels from the World Health Organisation.

8. I will deal with stress more effectively

 

While everyone has to deal with stress at some point, how you react to it can dictate the damage it does. Look for your own, personal stress-buster. For you, it might be something simple like a walk or a workout at the gym. Yoga and Pilates are also known to help people cope with stress. Find what works for you, and schedule it into your life. If your stress persists, ask a doctor for advice.

By making these lifestyle changes from the moment the clock strikes 12 on New Year’s Eve, you should be able to look forward to a happier, healthier you.

NEW YEAR, NEW OUTLOOK!

Make big savings this month with BOGOF on all Dorco razor products until 31st Jan –
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A New Year provides a chance to shake things up and make 2017 your best yet! Whether it’s starting a new well-being regime or saving up for something big – let this be the year you focus on making more ‘me’ time. From taking time to soak in the tub, giving your legs some TLC post work-out or getting your hair glam ahead of a new job interview – Dorco has some tips to help you get off to the right start.

  • 1. Make a 12 month plan so you can set out all your goals. Set aside time every week to enjoy some ‘me’ time. Why not treat yourself to a pedi post leg shave so they are a picture of perfection?
  • 2. Embrace a new look. Try a different hair style or nail colour – see in the New Year with a fresh look and attitude!
  • 3. Invest in things that save you time and money so you can focus on getting that new job or zipping into shape. Give the Eve 6 a try with its Vitamin E moisturisation band, ensuring super smooth pins for days. With the current BOGOF Jan offer from Dorco – make sure you stock up!
  • 4. Keep a good sleep routine. Sleep is essential to looking and feeling good. Start your bedtime an hour or two before you want to sleep, so you begin to unwind. Try having a warm bath and a cup of camomile to feel uber relaxed.

 

The Dorco Eve 6 razor for women, from £5.45*, promises some of the best razor technology around.  With an incredible 6 blades split into a unique double 3-blade format to contour to your body shape, say goodbye to annoying cuts or nicks on those hard-to-shave places like kneecaps.

Not only do Dorco offer exceptional value including free delivery and a free handle with every subscription plan, the shaving pros also bring over 60 years of expertise – so you can focus on achieving all your New Year milestones.

Order from Dorco UK’s online shop at www.razorsbydorco.co.uk as a one-off purchase, or be your most organised self in 2017 by arranging delivery to your new door via the flexible online subscription service.

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About Dorco EVE 6

  • A double 3-blade format with bendable cartridge follows body contours for the perfect shave
  • Innovative brush finger for body massage and raising hair for a closer shave
  • Moisturising band with Aloe, Vitamin E and Lavender calms and protects even the most sensitive skin
  • Multi-flex pivoting head for every contour of your body
  • Non-slip ergonomic rubber handle to provide excellent control
  • Moisturising band containing:

 

Vitamin E: Anti-aging and anti-oxidant benefits Moisturizes for more vibrant skin

Aloe Vera: Moisturises and soothes sensitive skin, calms allergies and skin irritation

Lavender Extract: Rejuvenates collagen to reveal younger looking skin, relieves any possible skin irritation

 

About DORCO

DORCO is an expert in razor innovation, providing millions of customers in over 130 countries worldwide with premium shaving products.

Razors by DORCO is proud to introduce its shaving innovation to the UK market, including an ultra-sharp six-blade shaving system, as well as DORCO’s innovative and patented common docking system.

With over 60 years of expertise in offering advanced blade technology, DORCO offers a flexible subscription service on their superior quality razors and replacement blades.

For more information please contact:
Rupert Esdaile – REsdaile@golin.com/020 7067 0288
Sara Hailan – shailan@golin.com/ 020 7067 0784
Laura Sharkey – lsharkey@golin.com

NEW YEAR, NEW OUTLOOK!

Make big savings this month with BOGOF on all Dorco razor products until 31st Jan –

Great value straight to your doorstep

A New Year provides a chance to shake things up and make 2017 your best yet! Whether it’s starting a new well-being regime or saving up for something big, let this be the year you focus on making more ‘me’ time. From taking time to catch up with mates, giving your muscles some TLC post work-out or getting that beard trimmed ahead of a new job interview – Dorco has some tips to help you get off to the right start.

  • 1. Make a 12 month plan so you can set out all your goals. Set aside time every week to enjoy some ‘me’ time. Why not treat yourself to a pedi post leg shave so they are a picture of perfection?
  • 2. Embrace a new look. Try a different hair style or nail colour – see in the New Year with a fresh look and attitude!
  • 3. Invest in things that save you time and money so you can focus on getting that new job or zipping into shape. Give the Eve 6 a try with its Vitamin E moisturisation band, ensuring super smooth pins for days. With the current BOGOF Jan offer from Dorco – make sure you stock up!
  • 4. Keep a good sleep routine. Sleep is essential to looking and feeling good. Start your bedtime an hour or two before you want to sleep, so you begin to unwind. Try having a warm bath and a cup of camomile to feel uber relaxed.

 

With six ultra-sharp diamond, hard-coated blades, the Dorco Pace 6 Plus, from £5.95*, offers a world-class shaving experience with enhanced durability. For those of you who want a hassle-free shave, the Pace 6 Plus also has an ergonomically designed for secure grip and a vitamin infused moisturising strip to leave your face feeling smooth and great to touch.

What’s more, with the Dorco Pace 6 Plus trimmer blade, you can quickly neaten up your sideburns and beard if you want to remain shabby chic. Or for a deeper shave, the wide guard bar will perfectly prep hairs.

Order from Dorco UK’s online shop at www.razorsbydorco.co.uk as a one-off purchase, or be your most organised self in 2017 by arranging delivery to your new door via the flexible online subscription service.

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*Current offer price on razorsbydorco.co.uk

About Dorco EVE 6

  • Six-blade system razor
  • Wide guard bar to prep hair
  • Trimmer blade
  • Pivoting head for flexibility
  • Dermatologically tested moisturising strip with Vitamin E
  • Non-slip rubber handle
  • Seamless construction with angled blades
  • Open blade architecture for ultimate “rinse-ability”
  • Includes two 6-blade replacement cartridges
  • Sleek grey and lime green design

 

About DORCO

DORCO is an expert in razor innovation, providing millions of customers in over 130 countries worldwide with premium shaving products.

Razors by DORCO is proud to introduce its shaving innovation to the UK market, including an ultra-sharp six-blade shaving system, as well as DORCO’s innovative and patented common docking system.

With over 60 years of expertise in offering advanced blade technology, DORCO offers a flexible subscription service on their superior quality razors and replacement blades.

For more information please contact:
Rupert Esdaile – REsdaile@golin.com/020 7067 0288
Sara Hailan – shailan@golin.com/ 020 7067 0784
Laura Sharkey – lsharkey@golin.com

How to Deal with Patchy Facial Hair

According to an article from the Oxford University Press, beards were once a sign of dominance and power amongst the earliest male humans. Darwin theorised that beards evolved amongst our human ancestors as a way of impressing women; a sign of masculinity and virility. Additionally, there is evidence that people judge bearded men to be older and of a higher social status.

The longer and bushier the beard, the more virile and impressive the male — or at least that’s how it used to be. Now, however, beards are largely cosmetic features, and they come in many different shapes and sizes.

. Unfortunately, not every man can achieve thick, consistent beard growth.  There’s no need to worry if your patchy beard is hampering your efforts at grooming, as here we provide some tackle the problem.

1. Create a flattering jawline with careful grooming

 

You can take the emphasis away from the patchiness in your beard by giving real definition to your jawline. Taper your beard from short at the top of your neck to long at the chin. However, it’s important to make sure the edge of your beard sits just below your actual jawbone. Also, shave a curve around your Adam’s apple, which should help to narrow your face.

2. Create a contrast with your head hair

 

If you suffer from patchiness in your beard, the worst thing you can do is try to blend it with your hair. If you have a full head of hair, this will simply draw more attention to the gaps in your beard. Instead, create a hairstyle that is in complete contrast to your beard. A thick and voluminous head of hair along with a short, well maintained beard should provide balance — and detract from patchiness of your facial hair.

3. Create highly defined lines

 

Invest in a pair of clippers, and trim your beard at the sideburns and around the neck first, as these areas usually have the longest growth. Once you’re happy that your beard is as consistent as it can be, use a quality razor to create a defined shape with clean lines. Keeping your beard perfectly groomed with stark lines will distract the eye from any patchiness you have.

4. Keep everything short

 

Going for an unkempt look means you don’t have to worry too much about patchiness — so long as you keep all of your beard short. Something just a little longer than stubble should be perfect. If you’re looking for inspiration, check out some recent photos of Keanu Reeves.

5. Keep it long and well groomed

 

The longer your beard is, the more scope there is to cover up gaps in growth. However, in order to pull this off, you will need to keep your beard well groomed. Why not fluff your beard up…  this could be several times a day, depending on how bushy you want it to look!

6. Look after the health of your beard

 

Brittle and wiry hair will only exacerbate any patchiness you have, so keeping your beard hair in great condition is essential. To improve and maintain the health of your facial hair, apply an alcohol-free beard oil to keep it moisturised. There are some excellent beard balms on the market that can make longer beards more manageable.

We’d also suggest regularly washing your beard to keep it as clean and fresh as possible!

7. Just go with it

 

You might need to face the fact that you will never be able to grow the beard you want. And that’s fine! After all, there’s nothing wrong with being clean shaven. But before you shave the lot off, have some fun with goatees, stubble and various shorter styles of beard — you might be surprised at what you can achieve with a quality razor.

Find the look that works for you, and maintain it every day with a good razor, clippers and the hair products that work for you.

You Are What You Eat? : How people are perceived by what they eat

When you meet someone for the first time, you know you need to make a good impression. After all, you’re expecting to be judged. Did you know that people make a new set of judgements based on your diet? What you eat and how you eat can and often does lead people to form opinions about your personality.

 

Stereotypes for the Modern Foodie

Consider the “hipster” stereotype and natural food products. Does every person that likes to buy local produce wear glasses and bike to work? Of course not, but the stereotypes persist. If you bring in homemade granola for a snack, be prepared for some silently raised eyebrows.

 

Science Says Food Really Does Predict Personality

Food studies have shown that some of the judgements people rush to make about food choices might even have a basis in science. A love of spicy foods might indicate that you are a bit of a risk taker, according to a recent study published in Food Quality and Preference.

Do/Don’t Eat That!

Consider the obesity epidemic and you can make an obvious correlation to food shaming. With 25 percent of the adult population hitting the obesity mark, perceived diets get more than their fair share of attention. Ever ordered the salad on a menu only to hear, “Well, you’re no fun”?

The reverse is also true. You were the only one ordering dessert, only to have everyone else exclaim about how oversized it was. In either case, the people you’re eating with tend to make judgements about you, based on what you eat.

 

Packing Lunch and Funding Your Holiday

If you bring in your lunch, you must be frugal. Brown bagging for lunch could leave you with considerable savings at the end of the year. Enough to go on holiday in a lot of cases. As an added benefit, when you pack a lunch, you typically eat healthier.

Not Just What, But How

People also judge based on how you eat. If you eat slow, it might indicate confidence. If you eat quickly, it might mean you’re ambitious. If you eat each item on the plate separately, you could be detail-oriented. How you eat can lead to just as many assumptions as what you eat.

 

Eat, Drink and Be Merry

With all of the judgements about food out there, it is impossible to find something that will satisfy everyone. So, why not just satisfy yourself? Eat at your own pace and prepare or buy meals you find satisfying. Yes, keep your health in mind, but don’t let other people push food insecurities your way.

Fashion and Technology: An Innovative Blend

For years people considered technology to be the stuff of the workplace. However, as we’ve entered into the digital age, we’ve seen how technology has expanded far beyond simple devices that help us communicate and get our work done. Instead, technology has become an integral part of nearly every aspect of our lives.

One important realm that technology has begun to revolutionise is fashion. Today, fashion designers are incorporating wearable technology into their creations to make fashion simultaneously aesthetically-pleasing and utilitarian. The following four wearable items include technological devices that make them both fashionable -– and convenient – to wear.

Lyle & Scott Contactless Jacket

Lyle & Scott and Barclaycard recently partnered to create a contactless payment jacket. In the arm of the jacket is a contactless payment chip, which is similar to those chips found in many credit or debit cards. The jacket allows wearers to simply swipe their arms over payment machines to pay for goods, and the chip can pay for any amount up to £30. The Lyle & Scott jacket makes the checkout process faster and easier – saving wearers both time and energy for more important daily responsibilities.

 

Wisewear Bracelets

Jewelry designer Wisewear invented a line of fashionable bracelets that are intended to help wearers in emergency situations. These bracelets also have smart technology built-in: The bracelets have a built-in panic button, which people can push in the event of an emergency. The button notifies programmed emergency contacts, and it drops a pin to your GPS location. The bracelet can also notify wearers if they receive a message or call on their smartphone, and it can serve as an activity tracker. Wisewear bracelets can measure things like step count, distance moved, calories burned and more.

 

Aero Sports Bra

Fashion company Chromat recently created the Aeros sports bra: a bra that happens to be built with the Curie microchip by Intel. The Aeros bra can detect factors such as body temperature, respiration changes and sweat levels, and then it adjusts airflow via vents in the bra to ensure that the wearer is as comfortable as possible. The Aeros bra ensures comfortable movement, and it is made of lycra, mesh and neoprene.

Welt Belt

The Welt is a smart belt that can inform wearers if they are gaining weight. Designed for health tracking, the Welt sends an exact waist measurement to a smartphone app – and it uses algorithms to detect if an expansion in waist size is due to fat gain, bloating or simple overeating. Fashionable and sleek, the Welt can be worn with nearly any outfit. It is also a more accurate way to track activity that a wrist-worn smart device, since it won’t add on activity or steps when you’re simply moving your hands vigorously (which could happen you’re cooking, typing and more.)

Sensoria T-Shirt

The Sensoria T-shirt is a smart shirt designed to help wearers optimise their work outs. The shirt has a built-in Bluetooth heart monitor, which connects to a mobile app and gives you useful information, like how high your rate was during a workout, and how many calories you’ve burned. The shirt is compatible with other fitness tracking devices and apps, and it is made out of antimicrobial and moisture-wicking material for optimal comfort.

Shaving Tips When You Travel For Work

Travelling for work can be a chore. Frequent airportdelays, cramped flights and overcrowded hotels are just a few of the challenges that stand between you and a successful trip. With all those troubles, many men could be forgiven for not looking their best, but not you. Here are a few tips to make sure you look clean, crisp and professional when you land.

1. Never Use Low Quality Razors

A good travel kit should contain all the things you need to look your best. You don’t need to pack your entire medicine cabinet, but you will need shaving cream, a good razor, aftershave and maybe a trimmer (if you don’t plan to be completely clean shaven). Resist the urge to purchase a flimsy travel razor; most are only two blades and will give you an uneven shave. Instead, try a six-blade Dorco disposable razor. You’ll get the same smooth skin you get back home, and if you lose it, there are two more in the pack!

2. Shave the Night Before (Play It Safe)

 

You want to look your best at that big meeting you flew halfway around the world to attend. Common sense would dictate shaving in the morning, right? Think again. You’re groggy, sleep deprived and not paying attention, and that can mean razor burn or even cuts if you’re not careful. Play it safe and shave right before you go to bed; if you need to shave again in the morning, your skin will still be smoother and less prone to irritation.

3. Be Resourceful

 

Everyone wakes up in a hotel room after a long flight and realises they forgot to pack something. More often than not, it’s shaving cream (or if you didn’t read the travel restrictions, it was taken from you at the airport). Fortunately, shaving cream is pretty easy to make in your bathroom. Take a bar of soap and lather it in the sink until it’s good and frothy, then cake it across your face. If you can’t get the right consistency, add a bit of shampoo for thickness. Voila! A nice clean shave, and clean skin to go with it.

These are just a few tips to make sure you start and end a business trip with buttery smooth skin. We’re not saying that a little stubble will mean the difference between success and disaster, but it can’t hurt to sport a perfect shave either. Pack smart, play it safe and be resourceful on the go, and pretty soon you might see a fancier title on your business card.

6 Christmas Gift Ideas for Men Passionate About Grooming

Thinking of original Christmas gift ideas for the men in your life can become increasingly difficult as the years go by. But for men who take great pride in their appearance, there are countless grooming products on the market that will put a smile on their face this festive season.

Staying well groomed and looking healthy involves a continual process of treatments and maintenance, which requires a constant supply of men’s grooming products. And it doesn’t matter how many of those products a man has in stock right now, he will always need more, sooner or later.

There is an enormous selection of creams, treatments and grooming tools on the market right now. Here are 10 of the best.

 

1. Body Wash 

Show you care this Christmas by giving the gift of cleanliness. A fragranced body wash can invigorate, moisturise and energise. Look for a body wash with the active ingredients needed for ‘energising’ the skin.
2. A Hand-Care Set

A quality hand-care set gives a guy everything he needs to keep his hands clean, hydrated and soft. This could be invaluable during the winter months. There are some excellent organic creams on the market, as well as men’s hand-care products made with honey.

 

3. A Skincare Set

A men’s skincare set should include all of the basic creams and lotions needed to keep a man’s face moisturised, soft and blemish-free. Look for sets that contain a face wash, a separate moisturiser and a face scrub.

For everyday cleaning, a nutrient-rich face cleanser with moisturising properties is perfect. Look for products that are rich in calcium, magnesium and potassium, as well as soothing botanical extracts.

A good face scrub can unclog pores by removing dead skin cells. A lot of men will use a face scrub before shaving to achieve the closest shave possible. And the menthol, caffeine and citrus extracts used in many scrubs can reinvigorate the man in your life after a night of Christmas celebrations.

 

4. The Smooth Shaver Combo Pack from Dorco

Give the gift of the smoothest possible shave this Christmas with Dorco’s Smooth Shaver Combo Pack. The set includes  ultra-sharp Pace 6 Plus razor, eight replacement blades and three Pace 6 disposable razors. These quality products are made to last, so expect the lucky recipient to be close shaven throughout the year. Dorco Pace 6 razors are designed to effortlessly glide across the skin, delivering the closest possible shave without causing irritation.

 

5. A Rechargeable Toothbrush

Using a standard toothbrush leaves the hard work of cleaning every surface of every tooth to the user. This inevitably leads to areas of plaque and food being missed. But with a rechargeable toothbrush featuring multi-directional brushes, nothing is left to chance. Capable of reaching every area of the tooth with ease, the latest ‘flossing’ toothbrushes create healthier gums and a fresher mouthfeel.  And if all that’s not mind-blowing enough, there is a brush that has an internal memory tracking brushing statistics. The user can access their stats via a mobile app.

6. Anti-Fatigue Eye Gel

The over-indulgences many of us enjoy at Christmas can leave our eyes looking tired, grey and sunken. If the man in your life is concerned about dark circles around his eyes, give him the gift of rejuvenation with an anti-fatigue eye gel. Applied with a rollerball, a specially formulated serum works to refresh skin and reduce darkness around the eyes.

Any man who is passionate about grooming will be overjoyed to get one of these 10 gifts in his Christmas stocking this year.

7. Facial Cleaning Brush

An exfoliating facial cleansing brush for men cleans and removes impurities for the skin. Used daily along with a face wash, this product gently exfoliates and keeps the face looking fresh. Using the brush daily is also an effective way to combat ingrown hairs.

8. Pore-Refining Self-Heating Products

These ingenious products heat up automatically when they come into contact with the skin. Their pore-cleansing abilities smooth the texture of the skin and draw out debris that can clog pores and cause breakouts. They work by creating a chemical reaction, created when the chemicals used come into contact with water — causing an exothermic reaction.

These easy-to-apply products perform a function similar to the use of steam treatments, and they are available as masks and scrubs.

Grooming Tips

Grooming Tips : 7 Products Every Man Needs in His Bathroom

Looking your very best takes work — usually performed in the bathroom at the very start of the day. To ensure that your beard, skin, teeth, hair and overall appearance are always as presentable as they possibly can be, make sure your bathroom is stocked with these seven important items.

1. A nasal hair trimmer

Nasal hairs can make your nostrils look like two overgrown forests. However, before you start plucking, it’s important to remember exactly why these hairs are there. Nasal hairs trap foreign objects in your nose before they find their way into your lungs. It is therefore essential that you always trim, and never pluck.

Nasal hair trimmers shorten the hairs in your nose effortlessly and, more importantly, painlessly. There are rechargeable and battery-operated models on the market that are exceptionally easy to use — making nasal hair trimming a one-minute job, once a week.

 

2. A dark spot corrector

No amount of skincare product or soap will remove dark pigments from your skin. But you can mask the problem very effectively with a dark spot corrector. Formulated specifically for men’s skin, these products brighten dark patches and break up melanin clusters.

And a special mention should be reserved for gels designed to remove dark circles from around the eyes. These products are often applied with a rollerball in seconds, and they work by rejuvenating the skin around eyes and changing the way light is reflected.

 

3. A wet shaving kit

Every man passionate about grooming needs a clean and effective wet shaving kit in their bathroom. Although electric shavers do a great job, nothing matches the closeness of a wet shave.

A great way to show you care is to make your own shaving set from scratch. Of course, the most important item will be a quality blade, so choose something from a respected manufacturer with a proven track record of creating quality products. Check out customer reviews, and do a little research into what constitutes a high quality razor blade. Look for products with multiple steel blades, anti-corrosion qualities, a lubricating strip and a pivot head.

 

4. Cologne

Wearing the right cologne can be the difference between getting noticed and blending into the crowd. Just a quick splash of a great cologne in the morning will keep you smelling fresh and approachable for the rest of the day. But don’t go overboard. Dab a little on each cheek, on the base of your throat and on each wrist for maximum effect.

 

5. An electric toothbrush

Take the guesswork out of brushing your teeth by letting an electric toothbrush do the hard work for you. The latest models move quickly and oscillate for maximum coverage — which is perfect for cleaning between individual teeth and the base of the gums. And while you’re thinking about your teeth, make sure you have a plentiful supply of mouthwash, toothpaste and dental floss.

 

6. A hair thickening product

There is still no cure for baldness, but you can give your thinning hair a helping hand by using a hair thickening shampoo. Although this won’t regrow hairs, it will increase volume by coating each hair with invisible polymers. This increased volume could be enough to hide bald patches and create a ‘fuller’ head of hair.

 

7. Moisturiser

One of the inevitable results of the ageing process is older-looking skin that takes much longer to repair itself. But you can give Mother Nature a helping hand by applying a moisturising agent daily. This will top up natural moisture levels, making your skin softer and more pliable.

As well as moisturising every morning, do it with a night cream just before bed too. This will hydrate and replenish your skin while you sleep.

By making sure these seven items are always available in your bathroom cabinet, you should be able to look your very best at all times.