HYGIENE TIPS FOR THE STYLISH YOU
Small ways for making a big impact.
Garima entered the party hall in a stylish long kurta teamed with palazzo and stilettoes. Her silky-ironed hair falling on her shoulders, her bright lipstick making her face glow. All looked well till I happened to come closer. My goodness! She was stinking of body odour. And when she greeted me, I realised her front teeth were stained with her bright lipstick. Garima must have put in so much thinking and execution to her look for that occasion but some silly mistakes were making her appear foul. Just then Ridhima entered the hall. Though her dress was simple and make-up sober looking, she appeared to be a decently garbed elegant woman. Minutely observing Ridhima’s appearance left me thinking about some simple day-today tips that can help us come across as classy and stylish persons in the real sense.
Taking care of body odour
Body odour is a problem that engulfs most of us, especially around summer time. Though advertisements attract with varied products targeting the body odour, we don’t have to spend a fortune to smell fresh throughout the day. Before getting ready for the special occasion, hop in the shower! Grab a deodorant or antiperspirant for long-lasting freshness. Last but not the least, do not forget to have your dress washed or drycleaned each time you wear it. Although our special dresses are worn minimally, the smell of perfume or body remains in the dress. And when you happen to wear it next time, it will showcase the staleness.
Taking care of foul breath
It is as important to lay attention on how we smell as it is to focus on how we look. Bad breath or halitosis, is characterised by an unpleasant odour of the mouth. There could be many causes of bad breath including food such as garlic, onions, spicy foods, exotic spices (such as curry), fish etc, tobacco products, poor dental hygiene or health problems. There are some things a person can do to eliminate bad breath. Good oral hygiene: Brushing the teeth and tongue, and flossing, keeps the mouth healthy and can often get rid of bad breath. Chewing sugarless gum or sucking on sugar-free mints may temporarily mask bad breath odour. For more serious cases of bad breath, dentists can prescribe a special toothpaste and mouthwash that can improve the symptoms of bad breath.
Taking care of the dry rough skin
Being dressed up nicely in a crease-free dress but showing a creased skin spoils the whole show. Healthy skin is soft, supple and moisturised. We all know that unhealthy, dry and scaly skin can be replenished by frequent application of creams and lotions and drinking plenty of water.
Dr Christine Lopez, a dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, USA, suggests adding a few drops of a natural oil, like mineral, almond or avocado oil, to help heal dry, cracked skin. Next, gently pat the skin dry with a towel — don't rub or remove all of the water, and apply a few drops of a natural oil or a rich moisturising cream all over your body. This will help seal the moisture in.
Taking care of the dandruff and split ends
You are wearing your fav black dress. Now imagine your slender shoulders being flaked by dandruff. What is the point of putting in effort in having a good hair-style if the hair is obviously unhealthy? The fix for dandruff starts in the shower. “Look for shampoos and conditioners with the anti-dandruff ingredient pyrithione zinc. Make sure to use both the shampoo and conditioner together as a regimen — if you swap for a regular conditioner, you’ll remove the antidandruff ingredients you just deposited with the shampoo,” says James Corbett, owner of James Corbett Studio in New York City and the director of Clairol Color.
Quick Tip: If you don’t have the time to shower after you notice the flakes, Corbett recommends going with a zigzag part or pulling your hair back to make the flakes disappear into your part line.
Split ends is another common problem with most women.
BODY ODOUR IS A PROBLEM THAT ENGULFS MOST OF US, ESPECIALLY AROUND SUMMER TIME. THOUGH ADVERTISEMENTS ATTRACT WITH VARIED PRODUCTS TARGETING THE BODY ODOUR, WE DON’T HAVE TO SPEND A FORTUNE TO SMELL FRESH THROUGHOUT THE DAY.
Excessive washing, harsh combing and not taking proper care of your hair are among the primary causes of split ends. To combat this problem, consider having a regular hair trim (half to one inch off) every six to eight weeks to keep the ends of your hair healthy.
Quick Tip: Head massage can be a great home remedy for split ends. Massaging your scalp stimulates blood circulation and this gives shine and strength to your hair and prevents split ends as well. Use a mixture of coconut oil, almond oil and olive oil in equal quantities. To get better results heat this oil mixture a little bit before applying it to your scalp. Another natural beauty tip hair pack is a mixture of one egg, one table spoon of honey, and a half cup of milk. Leave it on the hair for 15-20 minutes then wash it off.
Taking care of chewed nails
Nail-biting often starts in childhood, and can be an extremely hard habit to break. “It is not only a gross habit, it is bad for health too because you're putting your unwashed hands in your mouth,” says Dr Rochelle Torgerson, a dermatologist at the Mayo Clinic.
Here are some suggestions on how to quit the habit:
It is said that the easiest way to stop biting your nails is to become more relaxed, as nailbiting is often associated with pressure, anxiety or nervousness. A physical reminder is to put sticky tape on each finger. Put bright coloured polish on your nails. If you spend time caring for your nails, you’re less likely to want to bite them off.
Taking care of your heels
Cracked heels can reduce the price of your stilettoes to zero! It is a very common problem and can range in severity from a cosmetic issue to a painful problem. Besides the itching, inflammation and peeling skin, cracked heels give a very poor impression of your personality. Taking proper precautions can prevent cracks. Here’s how: First soak your feet in soapy water and scrub your feet with a pumice stone. Wash your feet and then dry them thoroughly Apply any vegetable oil liberally on your heels and soles. Put on a pair of clean socks and leave them on overnight while you sleep. In the morning, your heels will be noticeably softer. Repeat this for a few days until the cracks in your heels are gone completely. Quick tip: You can make a homemade scrub by mixing a handful of ground rice with a few teaspoons of honey and apple cider vinegar. Stir it until it becomes a thick paste. If the cracking on your heels is extremely bad, add a tablespoon of olive oil or sweet almond oil. Soak your feet in warm water for 10 minutes and then gently scrub them with the rice flour paste. Repeat the process a few times a week until you are satisfied with the results.
And finally, mirror mirror on the wall
Take a good look at your dress, it’s fitting, your hairstyle and makeup – your entire look. It’s imperative to see how you are stepping out of the house. Don’t leave in a rush only to realise later that you forgot to wear perfume or your teeth are stained with lipstick or that the hem of your dress is open!
Small things can make or mar your entire image. While we do focus on our style, make-up and dressing, petty mistakes can spoil the whole appearance. So let us take care to come across as a stylish person in the real sense.
A bachelor's life is a fine breakfast, a flat lunch and a miserable dinner.
TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT YOUR DRESS, IT’S FITTING, YOUR HAIRSTYLE AND MAKE-UP – YOUR ENTIRE LOOK. IT’S IMPERATIVE TO SEE HOW YOU ARE STEPPING OUT OF THE HOUSE.