Heading to the beach? Grooming Guru Lee Kynaston has a few tips on how to look your best in your budgie smugglers.
01. Skip aftershave.
Having a quick spritz of your favourite smelly might seem like a good idea before you head to the beach but it’s bad news for skin, because some fragrances contain ingredients that trigger skin sensitivity when exposed to intense sunlight – and a blotchy bod is never a good beach look. Besides, when people head for the coast they want to smell sea, not your Spicebomb.
Instead, save the scent for when the sun goes down and opt for a fragrance like for 75ml from The Perfume Shop) which contains an ingredient called calone that replicates the smell of fresh sea spray.
02. Protect your thatch. It isn’t just your skin that needs protecting when you’re soaking up the sun – your hair does too. The same UV rays that damage your skin play havoc with your hair’s cellular structure as well, depleting it of protective oils and making it brittle, porous and straw-like. So keep your thatch covered cap is perfect as it shades the face too) or invest in product like Ultrasun’s from House of Fraser), which provides your barnet with an invisible sun shield.
Bear in mind, too, that sea water and chlorine are also bad news for hair, leaving it looking dull, while driedout salt and grains of sand can rip the hair’s cuticles, making it feel rough and reducing shine. To ensure all traces of your day on the beach – or by the pool – are removed, cleanse thoroughly with Aveda’s co.uk) which is especially formulated for holiday hair.
03. Don’t be a sore loser.
Ever wondered why pesky cold sores rear their ugly heads the minute you settle down on a sun lounger? the sun can temporarily suppress the immune system giving the virus that causes the cold sores a perfect opportunity to strike.
To minimise your risk, build up sun exposure gradually and bolster the immune system with plenty of fresh fruit and veg – and go easy on the allnight parties! Avoiding food known to trigger cold sores can help too. Things to watch out for include crusty bread lips which the virus loves), acidic foods like tomatoes and strawberries and ones like chocolate, nuts and whole wheat which contain an amino acid called arginine, which helps the virus reproduce.
04. Tidy up your trunk line. Thinking of slipping into Speedos or tempted by one of those schlong-thong thingies you do, make sure you’re neat and tidy downstairs with the help of a little pre-Marbs manscaping.
Regardless of whether you wax, shave or use a hair removal cream, though, there’s always the risk of ingrown hairs and little spots forming after hair removal. And who’s going to believe that rash is a by-product of a little pubic topiary? Luckily, you can minimise the risk of problems by applying a little from amazon.co.uk) which is designed to prevent ingrown hairs and post-shave razor bumps.
05. Factor up. Baking cakes might be fashionable and baking make-up might be essential for pageant queens, but no man gets bonus points for baking himself. Not only does sunburn ruin your beach cred, it may ruin your life too, with each dose of redness drastically increasing your risk of developing skin cancer.
Regardless of your skin colour or how easily you burn, aim high with sun protection Roche-Posay Anthelios XL always apply liberally as studies show men don’t apply nearly enough product to achieve the level of protection stated on the packaging.
It’s worth going for ones UVA rays too, as these are just as dangerous as the UVB ones that burn you. After all, once the inevitable holiday romance is over, you’ll want to be remembered as a hot boy, not Hellboy, right?
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