10 Grooming Myths
Fake-outs or folklore – call them what you want, but when they mess with you looking your best, you got to take it seriously. It turns out that not every nugget of knowledge our parents told us was entirely accurate. So, in an effort to set the record straight, here are some common grooming myths
No. 1/ Shaving makes hair grow back faster and thicker
Hair characteristics are controlled by genetics, not shaving. While you may have tried staving off a shave in your early teens for fear that you'd eventually become a mountain man, your rate of beard growth and hair thickness is completely beyond your control.
No. 2/ Eating chocolate leads to acne
Wrong. Most types of acne have absolutely nothing to do with diet. Changes in hormone levels, stress and genetics are major factors for acne. So, feel free to chomp down on a big bar of chocolate. But like all things in life, don't overdo it.
No. 3/ Shave in a downward motion with long strokes to avoid irritation
Downward is one part of the shaving story since, for most men, doing the deed upward will cause some serious razor burn. But it's actually most important to shave with the direction of the hair. And that may require traveling down different paths. Long strokes neglect subtle variations in growth patterns, so keep your swipes short and sweet.
No. 4/ Caps cause hair loss
Unless your cap is sealed to your head and cuts off circulation, you can wear headgear 24/7/365. Balding is genetically programmed, only excessive use of hair products that do not suit your hair type can do the deed otherwise.
No. 5/ Don't use moisturiser if you have oily skin
Moisturisers aren't what you think. Instead of imparting actual moisture, those helpful tubs and tubes help seal in the skin's natural water content. It's basically a barrier between you and the elements. But if you do happen to have overactive oil glands, make sure to cleanse before basting yourself in cream. Otherwise, you could just be locking in a lot of dirt and debris.
No. 6/ More shaving cream results in a better shave
The fact is, less isn't better, either. The key is finding a product that effectively lathers and creates a single, uniform layer of protection between you and the blade.
No. 7/ Brush your teeth after eating
Seems like a good idea to brush your teeth right after eating, right? In reality, brushing directly after a meal – particularly one with acidic foods and drinks – can increase enamel erosion. That's why most dentists recommend waiting 30 minutes to an hour before brushing.
No. 8/ Stress causes gray hair
This myth is debatable. There is evidence that stress triggers free radicals, which can influence the production or promote the bleaching of melanin, the pigment responsible for hair color. But going gray won't happen overnight. And even if such speculations are in fact true, stress will only slightly accelerate an inevitable process.
No. 9/ Anti-dandruff shampoos eliminate flakes
Indeed, they do. But using the same shampoo every day doesn't effectively address the situation. An anti-dandruff treatment on a daily basis can dry the scalp, so it's important to alternate your shampoo of choice with one from your regular routine. A persistent problem, however, could be the sign of an underlying factor, like a diet deficient in vitamin B.
No. 10/ Neglecting to wash your face causes blackheads
Sure, never washing away the day can cause pores to clog up, collect dirt and form blackheads. But cleansing too much, especially with abrasive exfoliators, can actually make matters worse. The skin becomes irritated and overcompensates for the loss of moisture following a sink-side wash-up by producing even more oil.
Bottom line: Strike a balance by combining a gentle cleanser with a heavier scrub two or three times a week.
THE SHOE BUFF
Patent Leather Shoes
Patent leather has always been seen as the uptown leather that adorns men's formal shoes. Ever since the process to give shoes the "patented" glossy shine was invented back in 1818, the patent look has been the most desired look in formal wear. The only problem is that these shoes seem to only go with formal wear and they crease and deteriorate easily. So, what do you wear patent leather shoes with and how do you care for them… read on.
How To Style
In order to wear patent leather shoes with the right clothes you have to see them as shoes that stand out as opposed to the formal shoes that you can't wear anywhere but "weddings and formal office parties". Your cleanest jeans, a crisp shirt, a dark sport coat, and patent leather shoes are a phenomenal combo. Maybe you wouldn't wear patent leather with your plain suits, but if you have some nice business slacks, you could easily pull off such shoes. The shiny texture of the leather is the perfect counterpoint to your classy power suit. Try shoes that combine a black fabric and patent leather. This usually makes them seem more casual and allows more latitude in wearing them to places outside the wedding.
How To Wear
If you plan to wear them work, you better have an office job where you rarely get up from your desk.
Reduce creasing by not doing any hard manual labor in them – this will prevent you from bending them at the laces and making a gigantic crease right in the most visible part of the shoe. If you have concerns about wearing your shoes out, don't do it.
How To Care
Caring for patent leather shoes is easier than you think. They can get wet and it's not a big deal. Make sure that while polishing you do not, under any circumstances, do anything to them, besides using jet black shoe polish, also make sure you don't give it to the mochi at the corner of your street for polishing, because the substandard varnish that he will use will ruin the leather surface.
Simply walking in them nicely and polishing every month will keep your shoes happy. If you are squeamish in the first place make sure you go with the type of shoe that combines fabric and patent leather so you don't have fret all over your shoes. Most importantly – enjoy your patent leathers and the compliments that come with them.
Cologne Of The Week
by Paco Rabanne
Launched by the design house of Paco Rabanne in 1993, XS is classified as a refreshing, woody, mossy fragrance that is versatile, smooth and a pleasure to wear. After a green, minty, spicy, and somewhat fruity opening, XS transitions nicely into the juniper, floral heart that still holds a touch of green before settling into a light musk and wood base. Being a fine casual scent, XS has good longevity and is suitable for office and day wear. This masculine scent possesses a blend of balanced florals including jasmine, rose, and woodsy oak. Masculine, sexy and skinscent – XS' is a favourite of the 90s!