The Grooming Artist News Roundup: January 2017

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2017 is officially upon us! If you’re just heading back into work today, here’s something that’ll make the transition a little easier: a little daydreaming in the form of a guide to relaxing destinations for your spring holiday. Because although the climate may say otherwise, spring is coming fast enough.

Something else that will help you start the year on a high note? A quick primer on how to stick to those resolutions you made two days ago. By breaking your goals into actionable items, you’ll be able to tackle them more easily.

This month’s news roundup also includes dopp kit product suggestions from Men’s Journal, and GQ’s picks for the most popular grooming products of 2016. We’re proud to carry a couple of products from GQ’s “best of” list, including Grant’s Golden Brand Medium Blend Pomade and Ernest Supplies Protective Matte Moisturizer.

Plus, get some fantastic winter skincare and fragrance tips from Kristina Tsiriotakis, senior manager of learning and organizational development at L’Occitane en Provence.

Here’s wishing you a fabulous New Year!

Make weekend trips and plane rides that much more enjoyable by packing your dopp kit with the right stuff. Here, 12 toiletry bag essentials. (Men’s Journal)

Winter skincare tips from Kristina Tsiriotakis of L’Occitane en Provence. (Huffington Post Canada)

A barber from Pontypool, UK could be crowned as the best wet shave artist in the UK when he competes in a competition in a couple of months. (South Wales Argus)

We’ve all made them. Here’s how to stick to your New Year’s resolutions. (MR PORTER)

It’s not too early to start planning your spring getaway at these incredibly relaxing destinations. (MR PORTER)

The most popular grooming products of 2016, according to GQ. (GQ)

Peppermint isn’t just for candy canes. We take you through the benefits of peppermint oil for your shave and for relaxation. (Grooming Artist)

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The Benefits of Peppermint Oil in Your Shave Routine

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During the holiday season, you’re bound to see peppermint everywhere – in the form of candy canes, mints, chocolates, and seasonal drinks. But did you know that this winter staple is also a fantastic skin treatment?

The peppermint herb, a cross between watermint and spearmint, is the world’s oldest medicine, and its effects have been proven in the scientific community. Its ability to treat a myriad of health problems – including indigestion, headache, sore muscles, and dry skin and hair, means you’ll find it in everything from shampoo to muscle rubs, and even shaving products!

Today, we’ll be focusing on how peppermint is a fantastic treatment for skin, and its benefits for wet shavers. This seasonal mainstay is one that deserves to be used year-round.

Skin/Shave

Antiseptic properties

Peppermint is naturally rich in Vitamin A, C, and omega-3 fatty acids, so it reduces inflammation while restoring moisture for all skin types. Peppermint also contains menthol, which creates that lovely cooling sensation when you apply it to your skin. As an antiseptic, it prevents infection after traumatic events like burns and rashes, as well as shaving-specific events like razor burn and bumps.

Balancing skin

Peppermint is especially useful for balancing your skin. If your skin is oily or acne-prone, it can improve the texture by controlling the secretion of excess oil. It also prevents clogged pores that lead to pimples. If you have dull skin, peppermint stimulates circulation to brighten the complexion.

Skin saver during wet shaving

It’s this combination of skin numbing, moisturizing, and disinfectant properties that makes peppermint oil a common ingredient in shave creams. RazoRock Peppermint Shaving Lube mixes peppermint with aloe juice to produce an invigorating, smooth glide. Taylor of Old Bond Street Peppermint Shaving Cream uses peppermint to add a kick to its moisturizing lather.

Aromatherapeutic benefits

In addition to improving your shave, peppermint is well known for its aromatherapeutic benefits. The energizing scent of peppermint relieves you from stress, depression, anxiety, and mental exhaustion.

Studies have also shown that smelling peppermint’s essential oil vapor instantly increases blood circulation, oxygenating the body and brain and leading to higher cognitive function.

If you’re always multitasking, this means more mental clarity and focus. This energizing effect also extends to tension: peppermint relaxes tense muscles and relieves headaches. If you’re shaving daily with a peppermint-oil infused product, these are benefits that’ll start your day on a high note.

Some product recommendations: 

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SHOP: 1. Dr K Soap Company Shaving Oil, 2. Triumph & Disaster Ritual Face Cleanser, 3. Simpsons Shaving Cream, 4. Taylor of Old Bond Street Peppermint Shaving Cream, 5. RazoRock Peppermint Shaving Lube.

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