Grooming for Teens 

By Marshall Malikula

Girls and boys grooming starts primarily from teenage years and it ultimately leads to refinement for a lifetime. Recently I got to interact with a mother who works as a school teacher and is an avid fan of this page. In our discussion, she alluded to challenges that she faces as a mom and teacher when it comes to giving grooming tips to her kids and students. Along with crazy hormones, they are adults BUT not quite. It’s a grey area at this juncture, confusing for both kids and the parents. Here are a few pointers on dealing with teen growing pains.

Brushing Teeth 
Encourage your teens to brush their teeth twice a day. Brushing your teeth is a necessity and to some teens it is a chore and can easily be ignored. It is important to brush your teeth regularly, after every meal so that your mouth is not foul smelling. Not brushing your teeth can impact your confidence negatively. You will find it difficult to interact with others - if you are not friends with your toothpaste and toothbrush. It is recommended that you change your toothbrush after every three (3) months. To maintain a healthy smile visit the dentist after every six (6) months.

Taking care of your body is is part and parcel of making a good impression. Taking showers regularly is a basic step to staying clean and smelling good even without cologne. This is a step you are not allowed to miss because it’s as simple as water, soap and a towel. Always take a shower after sports or any hectic physical activity. It is advisable to shower at least twice a day.

Due to raging hormones, teenagers often develop mild acne. Wash your face twice a day with warm water and a cleanser designed for your face. As a simple home remedy, use aqueous cream as a cleanser and moisturiser as it is affordable and readily available. To prevent breakout, avoid getting hair gels and styling products on your face as they can speed up pimple production.

Hair Care
Schedule regular appointments with your barber. Shorter hair is easier to manage, but if you like it longer ensure it is brushed and shampooed regularly. At some point, pubic hair will make an appearance, shaving may become a necessity. Before you begin, choose either an electric or disposable razor plus mild shaving cream and see which one works best for you. Shave in the direction which the hair grows in order to avoid razor bumps. Always ask adult for guidance before shaving.

Dirty, long nails and messy cuticles are not cute. Avoid biting your nails, cut them regularly using a nail cutter. Finish off by buffing  your  nails while you file. Wash your hands frequently and especially after a meal because smelly and sweaty hands are the biggest turn off. Use a bit of hand lotion or petroleum jelly to prevent chapping.

It`s important to ensure that your clothes fit well, are clean, neatly ironed and smell good. Don’t recycle clothes that have been chucked into your laundry basket because these tend to carry odour. The fit of your clothes is also important so that you look good. It`s no use wearing expensive shirts and branded trousers if you get the fit wrong.

Do not slouch and always walk straight because it projects confidence and assertiveness in a man or woman. If you have trouble maintaining your posture, exercise by walking with a book on your head. When you greet a person give them a firm handshake, look them in the eye and smile. A limp handshake shows lack of confidence and insecurity on your part.





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