Gone are the days when men’s grooming consisted of a simple shave, haircut and splash of aftershave routine. Modern men have woken up to the benefits of personal grooming in the last few years. Though aimed primarily at one’s physical appearance, personal grooming has the potential to uplift one’s mood, relieve stress and anxiety and instil a sense of confidence. When a person looks his best, he also feels his best!
Unfortunately, due to the virus and months of lockdown, people’s regular grooming routines have been badly affected. Women are largely adept at practising beauty routines and methods on themselves; however, men still hesitate to groom themselves beyond the most basic requirements.
For men missing their grooming routines, Yes Madam’s at-home service for men is the answer. With their innovative “pay-per-minute-of-service” method, this app/web-based salon-at-home service offers the best prices with the most experienced and hygienic beauticians. Their pan-India presence allows people from different cities including Delhi-NCR, Lucknow, Chandigarh, Jammu, Bareilly, Jaipur, Kanpur, among many others, to access their services from their homes.
However, if you are not familiar with the concept of men’s grooming and are hesitant to try salon services at home, you can begin with this simple self-grooming routine, before proceeding further:
- EXFOLIATE THE SKIN
Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells or layers, for new and healthier skin to emerge. This procedure not only removes the dead layer of skin but also prevents the formation of ingrown hair, while simultaneously getting rid of pre-existing ingrowth. Men should not ignore the exfoliation of their faces, as it improves the texture of facial skin and adds a natural glow to the face. Men can exfoliate as frequently as every day, since their skin is less sensitive than that of women.
- USE CORRECT FACE WASH FOR YOUR SKIN TYPE
Regular soaps are too harsh to be used on one’s face, the skin of which is more sensitive than one’s body. It is high time that men realised this, and switched over to using face wash instead of traditional soaps, which may cause acne or allergies on the face. Apart from being gentle on the skin, face washes remove dirt, impurities and dead cells. However, be mindful of using the correct face wash for your particular skin type in order to avoid adverse effects. A face wash for dry skin may lead to spots and breakouts in men who have oily skin, and one for oily skin may cause itching and rashes on men who have dry skin.
- TAKE PROPER CARE OF FACIAL HAIR
Regularly shaving facial hair is the easiest and quickest way to look well-groomed and put together. It allows you to feel fresh, light and hygienic. However, if you like having facial hair, ensure that you trim the beard and moustache regularly, to avoid looking and feeling unkempt. For Sikh men or others who do not cut their facial hair, it is advisable to wash and condition the beard and moustache regularly, and maintain upkeep by using hair pomades or styling products.
- APPLY SUNSCREEN REGULARLY
Regular application of sunscreen is often ignored by men. Keep in mind that the rays of the sun can damage the colour and texture of your skin and even lead to premature ageing. To minimise the harsh effects of the sun, sunscreen should be applied on the face and hands. Make sure to apply a product with a minimum of SPF 30 for optimal protection.
- PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR LIPS
A good lip balm is necessary to avoid chapped and bleeding lips. Though often ignored, lips also age with time. Men cannot resort to makeup to hide the effect of excessively lined and chapped lips. Hence, applying a hydrating and nourishing lip balm at night will help to fight this natural tendency.
These are five easy ways for my male readers to begin their selfgrooming routines. If, however, you are looking for more in-depth grooming services from the comfort of your home, you can search for Yes Madam’s highly-rated at-home salon services on their app and website.
The writer is a lawyer who pens lifestyle articles on her successful blog www.nooranandchawla.com. She can be found on Instagram @nooranandchawla.
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SUNNY, AMEESHA EXPRESS GRATITUDE TO FANS AS ‘GADAR’ CLOCKS 20 YEARS
Sunny Deol’s ‘Gadar: Ek Prem Katha’ clocked 20 years on Tuesday and the star thanked the audience for making his film ‘an event’.
The 2001 film, that also starred Ameesha Patel in the lead, became an instant hit. The Anil Sharma directorial did not just impress viewers but also registered huge numbers at the box office. The actor-politician took to Twitter to express gratitude to all his fans who made the film a ‘historic’ affair. Sunny tweeted a video song from Gadar, ‘Musafir Jaane Wale’, featuring him and Ameesha.
Sharing the video, he thanked viewers for showering the action love story with so much love. Sunny wrote, “We made a film, you made it an event! #20yearsofGadar, I express my gratitude to everyone who made our film historic.”
Taking to Instagram, Ameesha uploaded a series of posts recalling her acting stint on the project. In one of the posts, she shared a few unseen moments from the set and captioned: “Gadar…behind the scenes of the most iconic film that Bollywood has seen till date…thank you all for the love..20 years of Gadar.”
Released on 15 June, 2001, ‘Gadar’ was a romantic drama set against the background of India’s partition. The film also featured late Amrish Puri and Lillete Dubey.
On the occasion, Lillete too took to social media to remember her work in ‘Gadar’.
“15 June 2001…. 20 years since ‘Gadar’ opened on this day. And what a storm it created.Remembering the making of the film and especially my wonderful co-star who also came from theatre — the man with the deepest baritone Amrish Puri,” she wrote.
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MUMBAI : As lockdown restrictions are gradually easing in several parts of India amid the decline in Covid-19 cases, the ‘Bell Bottom’ team has decided to release the film in cinemas. Taking to Instagram, Akshay Kumar on Tuesday shared that ‘Bell Bottom’ is scheduled to release on 27 July theatrically. “I know you have patiently waited for the release of ‘Bell Bottom’. Could not be happier to finally announce the release of our film. Arriving on the big screens worldwide. ‘Bellbottom’ on 27 July,” he wrote. The movie was earlier slated to release on 2 April 2021. However, it got delayed due to the second wave of Coronavirus.
Directed by Ranjit M. Tewari, ‘Bell Bottom’ has been touted as a spy thriller. Vashu Bhagnani, Jackky Bhagnani, Deepshikha Deshmukh, Monisha Advani, Madhu Bhojwani, and Nikkhil Advani have produced the project, that also features actors Vaani Kapoor, Huma Qureshi, and Lara Dutta Bhupathi.
‘Bell Bottom’ has always managed to lead the change from the beginning. Even last year, it hit the headlines for being the first Hindi film to be shot and completed during the pandemic with exemplary on-set Covid management. Akshay has several projects in his kitty including ‘Atrangi Re’, ‘Raksha Bandhan’, ‘Bachchan Pandey’, ‘Sooryavanshi’, ‘Prithviraj’, and ‘Mission Lion’.
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NEW DELHI: Three years ago on Tuesday Aditi Rao Hydari made her big Telugu debut with ‘Sammohanam’ and left everyone amazed with her performance. An Indian Telugu-language romantic drama, ‘Sammohanam’ once again established Aditi has one of the most bankable and versatile Pan Indian actresses in the country. Hailed as a strong debut in Telugu cinema, Aditi was heartwarming in the film. Aditi exclaimed, “Firsts are always special. I heard this story over a phone call with (director) Mohan Krishna Indraganti. I loved the story and said yes immediately. There were lots of well-meaning people who told me to do a more typical big-ticket film as my first Telugu film. I loved ‘Sammohanam’ and I went with my gut and I’m so happy that I did.”
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Tahir said, “Anything that’s worthwhile takes time and this is something I understood when I first came to Mumbai. I was rejected from some 250 auditions over 3 years before Mardaani but I used this as positive fuel and feedback. It meant I needed to grow and growth came from workshops and hours of practice.” He added, “The improvements that came as a result of obstacles prepared me to be propelled when the time was right. Strength lay in getting hit and in the will to keep moving forward. Today’s world is all about that simple message. We have all been affected directly or indirectly by an unforeseen time and courage is to make ourselves better, fitter and stronger for the test of time to come.”
Despite the overwhelming number of rejections, Tahir never lost hope and believed he was destined to shine in Bollywood. He said, “To be honest, I never saw my initial time in Mumbai as a struggling phase. It was an aspiring phase. I was visualising a dream and aspiring to make it real and it’s the hardship and journey that make the successes worth celebrating.”
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