Grooming for Valentine’s Day

Grooming for Valentine’s Day? 5 Tips to Pleasantly Surprise Your Loved One

Good grooming should be a year-round goal, not just on special occasions. However, there are certain days when it’s especially important to have an impeccable routine in place. With Valentine’s Day, just around the corner, there’s no better time to put some extra effort into your grooming routine!

You don’t need to spend tons of money on lots of expensive man-products; instead, choose a few quality ones that actually do the job. Here are five investments in your grooming routine that will bring you and your partner more pleasure on Valentine’s Day

1. Invest in Your Smile


If you don’t have an electric toothbrush by now, you’re losing out on what could be one of technology’s best advancements. The powered rotating bristles are healthy and safe. In fact, they are better for reducing plaque, which in turn keeps you safe from gum infection. And, of course, you’re going to need your bright, clean and gorgeous smile for that special date. For extra care, use a good mouthwash and have some dental floss handy.

2. Nail that Flawless Shaving Routine


A good razor is the secret to the perfect shave. You can prep your skin before shaving with either a simple moisturiser or special shave oil. Then, when you start to shave, there will be less chance of irritation, redness and that uncomfortable feeling afterwards. If keeping track of how new or dull your blade is a chore, you can find a selection of great razors that come in monthly subscription boxes.

3.  Take Care of your Feet


Don’t you want your loved one to enjoy snuggling up to every part of you? Many men neglect caring for their feet, leaving them dry or unkempt. No one wants to see ugly feet! So, the week before Valentine’s, why not treat yourself to a pedicure? If you lack time, a simple warm soak followed by scrubbing with a pumice stone will rid your heels and soles of dry, flaky skin.

4. No Unibrows, Please!


Take a tip from George Clooney or Zac Efron: although they manage to impress with their dark and bushy eyebrows, they both have distinctly plucked and shaped brows, no unibrows in sight! So, if you are at the barber, don’t be afraid to ask him to “clean up” the area between your eyebrows. It’s a request people often have, so there’s no shame in mentioning it.

5. Taking time to Feel and Smell Fresh

Finally, when you are preparing for your date, we hope you’ve showered and sprayed on a touch of cologne to smell your best.

The best investment you can make in your self-care is learning to be confident. Having a fun personality when around your loved one comes in at a close second to being well groomed.

Happy Valentine’s Day!


A Sharp Turn: Why and When Women First Started Shaving

These days, sleek skin for women is the norm. It’s increasingly shocking to see women with unshaven armpits or legs –letting body hair grow is almost a sign of rebellion since it pretty much goes without saying that ladies will have smooth-shaven legs, underarms and even bikini areas. But it must not have always been that way… when did things change, and why? Was it, as some women assert, male oppression, or simply a shift in fashion trends? Read on to discover more about this fascinating beauty trend and how it became the ideal for women.

The Beginnings

As it turns out, hair removal for women was a common practice in
ancient civilizations. Egyptian women were known to shave or wax all their body hair, including their heads. Ancient Rome, Greece and Middle Eastern civilizations had similar beauty standards (though they typically kept the hair on their heads). Women who had clean-shaven bodies were seen as of a higher class, so many methods of removal existed, from scraping hair with stones (ouch!), to using beeswax, tweezers or primitive razors.

Hair Removal Through the Ages

The Middle Ages didn’t see much in the way of hair removal for women because, let’s face it, they had way bigger fish to fry. However, the Elizabethan era saw a trend that required women to remove their eyebrows to give the appearance of a longer brow. Though this died out toward the end of the 1600s, in the following centuries ladies still felt the need to remove any unsavory hair from their faces (i.e., on the chin or neck), which led to extreme measures like depilatory creams or vinegar substances to kill the hair. The high-coverage fashions of the day didn’t require women to do much about body hair, however.

Modern Evolution

The first photographic representation of a woman with a hairless armpit was in a Harper’s Bazaar issue from 1915. Styles were becoming much more revealing, and thus necessitated the need for clean-shaven underarms. The sleeveless dresses were just the tip of the hair-removal iceberg, however – a couple decades later, the hemlines shortened to unprecedented heights and the need for sheared legs became a reality. This led to the development of razors specifically for women – and thank goodness, because rocks and beeswax just don’t seem at all appealing.

The Pubic-Trimming Trend

So it seems fashion trends have much to do with body hair removal practices… but what about pubic hair? The practice may have actually developed in the Middle East, where new brides would remove all their body hair, nether-regions included, to prepare for their wedding night. The trend in the modern era may have been spurred on by the popularity of the bikini, which became the beachwear of choice starting in the 1970’s. As bathing suits and panties have gotten smaller, so has the body hair lessened in response. It’s now unusual for women not to have trimmed or fully removed pubic hair!

The fashion and beauty standards of each historical era have all included hair removal of some form or another. Thankfully, as people and practices developed, so did hair removal technology. Today, no matter where you want to shave, you can do it quickly and safely. And aren’t you glad you no longer have to resort to scraping off hair with rocks?