FOLLOW THESE EASY GROOMING TIPS BEFORE YOU SET FOOT ON THE SAND.
More planks, less pasta. That’s how most men prepare for the beach. But even if your body is jacked, you still need to pay attention to your skin.
“Hot weather means more sweat and oil, which can lead to acne breakouts,” says Dr Joshua Zeichner, a dermatologist based in New York City. “Salty ocean water, meanwhile, could leave your hair dried out and lifeless.”
Other grooming gaffes – like rough elbows and unsightly toenails – won’t earn the attention of the bikini crowd either. Consult our checklist so your hard work doesn’t go out with the tide.
Threat: Humidity. When the weather goes from hot to muggy, your face can look as if you’ve been blotting it with egg prata. To take care of excessive shine, turn to a quick-absorbing lotion that hydrates and helps guard the skin from harmful UV rays.
Threat: Neglect. To prevent the development of ingrown toenails, trim your nails straight across. Then tend to the thick skin on your heels and soles. After a shower, gently rub yellowed calluses with a pumice stone. Follow up with a gentle foot cream that can rejuvenate dry feet.
Threat: Dryness. First, take a shower – a cool or lukewarm one, since hot water dries skin out. Then apply a cream containing urea to the ashiest areas, suggests dermatologist Dr Shari Lipner of Weill Cornell Medicine. These creams hydrate, and are highly effective at removing dead skin.
Threat: Excessive sweat. Antiperspirant doesn’t have to be for your armpits only, Dr Zeichner says. You can wipe your chest and back with a handy antiperspirant towelette to prevent a Rorschach blot from bleeding through your shirt. It’s a convenient strategy for covering a large surface area.
USE: Gatsby Ice-type Body Paper Cool Citrus, $3.50, www.gatsby.sg.
Threat: Pool chlorine or ocean salt. Apply a 10-cent-size amount of conditioner or lightweight hair oil to protect your mane. “Hair is porous, so the conditioner or oil will help prevent it from soaking up salt and chlorine,” says Amy Komorowski, a hairstylist based in New York City.
USE: Moroccan Natural Argan Hair Treatment, $45, www.whathewants.com.sg.
TEXT SANDRA NYGAARD & MCKEN WONG ILLUSTRATION PATRICK LEGER