Tuesday, 11 February 2014

STYLE@LXG: Save face this Valentines Day!

Personally I am not a huge fan of grooming. If I didn't have a hot girl friend, I would probably look like a cave man and be proud of it. 

But with Valentines day, quite literally around the corner, I have started planning ahead to ensure that I look my very best or face a month of ice from the lady friend.

I blame commercialism for making this the most harrowing period of the year, other than her birthday and Christmas that is. But needs must when you have have to keep the lady friend happy or spend the rest of eternity being nagged at and beaten.

Forget the perfect gift, or booking an impossible-to-book restaurant  that will probably have me eating Maggi mee for at least the first quarter of the year, My biggest trauma at the moment is trying not to look like I have been living in a cave without access to any reflective surface. So the grooming has commenced....

Whats the big deal about shaving? Well, I don’t know about you, but after a great night out with a beautiful lady I like to move in for that goodnight kiss, a precursor for better things to come. Apart from bad breath (need to buy a new toothbrush and some floss), the biggest impediment to getting that kiss is an unkempt, rough and stubbly chin.Trust me, girls don't like hair.

The key to getting that perfect shave is finding a shaver that you like. One that feels good on your skin. I personally use electric shavers, but the choice is ultimately yours. Owning the perfect grooming accessory is not the end of the story. You will need to know how to use it effectively to get the most out of it. Here are some tips for the perfect shave, cos if anyone knows how to wield a shaver, its me.

To get the perfect shave
·         It is advisable to shave before you wash, since our skin tends to swell after washing.
·         If you are not a daily groomer like me and prefer to shave every few days, then my advice would be to trim your stubble before you shave, especially if you are using an electric shaver, I like to use the   power long hair trimmer on the Braun oCoolTec Shaver, which is my preferred grooming tool.
          For first time or new electric shaver users, here are some helpful tips to ensure that you get the closest shave. You know, the type that motivates a girl to run their fingers across your face.
o   Stretch the skin and shave against the direction of your beard's growth
o   Hold the shaver at a right angle (90°) to your skin
o   Keep the pressure even to achieve the best possible shave

Why I love the Braun oCoolTec
The Braun oCoolTec is the world’s first dry shaver with revolutionary cooling technology, designed to put shaving irritation on ice, which is great for me as I have super sensitive skin. The kind that turns pink for absolutely no reason. Its perfect for men with sensitive skin as it takes the heat out of shaving and creates an instant and noticeable reduction in the signs of shaving irritation such as burning, itching, redness and skin tension. The recommended retail price is $289 for the CT4s model and $369 for the CT5cc model.