Essential Tools To Make Personal Grooming That Bit Easier

Essential Tools To Make Personal Grooming That Bit Easier

Unless you are very fortunate, it’s unlikely that you roll out of bed in the morning and look ready to go for the day. Making sure we look presentable tends to be something that makes huge demands on our time, in a lifestyle where few of us have much time.

This tends to leave most of us with two options. We can either forgo personal grooming (or at least limit it substantially). This is not ideal if you’re in a professional environment, where every hair out of place can be cause for questioning your duty of care. The alternative, however, is not much better. We can dedicate the time needing to personal grooming, likely meaning we lose out on other things – most likely, sleep.

Perhaps there could be a third way? With advances in technology, other choices may be beginning to spring forth. Items that do something for you are now taking the place of manual tools, saving time and effort. What’s more, they also tend to bring about the best results.

Water Flossers

No one likes flossing their teeth, but we all know we have to do it. It can feel a bit risky first thing in the morning before we’re properly awake. It’s far too easy to slip and make yourself bleed.

The solution is water flossers, which use a jet of water directed at the gumline over manual flossing. They take less time and precision, and the best water flossers will let you vary speeds to suit your preferences. They can take a little bit of getting used to, but it’s worth it for the more thorough job they do of the task in hand.

Read my review of my own water flosser.

Curling Hair

While it can be tempting to leave hair to lie flat, sometimes you need a little bit of volume. You’re likely familiar with the arm pain that comes from trying to use a conventional curling wand. It’s okay, to begin with, but by the time you’re halfway around, everything hurts.

You can try the headband method, though the results are variable. For something more reliable, automatic curl stylers make the process a doddle. You feed the hair in, hold for a few seconds and then release- the strand instantly forms a smooth, tousled curl.

Pretty Feet

Every spring, we peer down at our feet and wonder how on earth it got like this. Buried into boots and thick socks for winter, now we have to consider putting them on display in our favorite sandals. And let’s face it, it’s not pretty. Without the constant visibility, it’s easy to forget they need attention. Filing and smoothing feet is a long, arduous process with variable results- but you have to do it if you want the sandals.

Now you can buy little machines which do it for you. Unlike your uneven strokes, they will file off hard skin and callouses in a consistent manner. Rather than struggling with a pumice stone, you just hold them in place and let the device do the hard work.

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  1. Kim Styles
    July 31, 2016 / 1:08 pm

    I have never tried water flossers but these might be really good for my teeth as they are crooked and ordinary floss is always difficult

    • melissajanelee
      August 17, 2016 / 11:29 am

      I find ordinary floss really difficult too. It’s just so fiddly!

  2. A
    November 3, 2016 / 4:49 pm

    I love the idea of a water flosser! I’ll look out for one of those.

  3. Kayleigh Watkins
    November 7, 2017 / 4:24 pm

    I wish I rolled out of bed looking ready in the mornings, when taking my daughter to school I see mums with their hair and make up perfect and think how do they manage it, I spend 20 minutes telling my daughter to eat her breakfast before fighting to get her dressed, I’m lucky if I’ve brushed my hair and teeth (ha ha) these are lovely ideas xxx

  4. Carly Belsey
    January 9, 2018 / 2:10 pm

    This is going to sound silly but I had no idea water flossers existed!! I need one in my life. I always make my gums bleed when I floss

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