Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live –Jim Rohn
Anyone who maintains cleanliness, keeps germs, infectious bacteria, and viruses at bay. This is because personal hygiene helps you stay clean, which boosts your confidence and improves personal relationships.
In this month’s edition of Inside the mind of a Creator, an expert in the personal grooming business sits with IBIENE in an all-important conversation. One that gives away the kind of person you are on the first look, the first hug or the first smile.
Let’s meet Daisy Adele, a Nigerian from Eliozu in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
Worthy of note is that Daisy’s background is on Knowledge and Information Technology Management. She is a strategist with a global outlook, a Startupreneur, wine and travel enthusiast.
Daisy has a gift for IBIENE readers. You will need to read to the end to find out.
Enjoy the conversation.
IBIENE: Have you always wanted to go into the business of personal grooming?
DAISY: No. Personal grooming as a line of business is a result of my passion for fragrances and their resulting unique scents.
IBIENE: Tell us why you chose this path?
DAISY: Places and events have facilitated my journey leading to personal grooming.
Personal grooming is a no-brainer for anyone and is essential to all. Our bodies deserve care. During my travels, I have been opportune to visit countries historically known to have beautiful women and retrospectively examined my grannies. It is evident that personal grooming was a part of their daily routine. Now one would say they did not have a variety of products as we do now, but you would agree with me that they made do with available organic products.
The question now is why are we unable to care for ourselves even with the variety of products available? You people going about with foul odour which does not necessarily translate to body odour but simply because of lack of care.
People tend to use products without trial and as such cannot determine suitability. Although awareness plays a key role in the perception of the need for personal grooming, knowledge of simple changes to routines is a means to embed the act of personal grooming. Technology and enhanced product accessibility contributed to the concept of Pearl L’amour using a subscription as a service model.
IBIENE: How has the business of personal grooming been especially with inflation and the reduction of the purchasing power of people?
DAISY: As with every economic situation, the effect of inflation on a business can either be negative or positive. We are seeing demand for certain products within our female luxury boxes such as (3D Pads, Body oils, and Facial masks) and the men’s boxes, especially for our beard gentlemen.
IBIENE: Give us five basic tips for personal grooming for women?
- During your monthly cycle, change your sanitary pads regularly. You should not wear sanitary pads for a prolonged period.
- Ensure to wash or wipe yourself clean after using the bathroom even when you urinate (front to backwards).
- Use sunscreen whenever you need to go outside, especially in our geographical region.
- Do not sleep with makeup on your face overnight. Wash or wipe your face before going to bed to let your skin breathe.
- Use a moisturizer on your skin after a scrub.
IBIENE: How far can a man go when it comes to personal grooming?
DAISY: I do not believe in such a thing as going too far. When a man is well-groomed, there is a certain level of confidence that he exudes which people notice. With the new beard fad, men ought to look and feel good while following the trend.
The beard balm and beard oils are key to having a soft well-aligned beard as opposed to using hair cream for the beard.
IBIENE: What can people with chronic body odour do to get rid of it?
- Wear cotton undershirts. They are natural and breathable fabrics and can add an extra layer of absorption to contain moisture. Synthetic materials like polyester and rayon, on the other hand, push moisture and bacteria outward thus creating a more noticeable stench plus sweat marks.
- Wash with all-natural antibacterial bath soap to keep it clean and fresh. Certain soaps contain potentially harmful chemicals like triclosan. If you are concerned about chemicals in consumer body products, stick to soaps and body washes with all-natural ingredients. Look for ingredients like tea tree oil, oregano, peppermint, and eucalyptus. These natural substances have bacteria-fighting properties to help fight body odour.
- Always dry off thoroughly after a bath, a shower, or a swim. Dry yourself completely paying particular attention to areas where you sweat more before putting on your clothes because bacteria thrive in moisture.
- Use probiotic deodorant to help inhibit the growth of bad bacteria and maintain a harmonious habitat in your pits.
- Enhance your laundry routine by washing sweaty clothes inside out as quickly as possible. Add one cup of vinegar or baking soda to your laundry cycle to help get rid of tough odours. Air dry your clothes instead of using the dryer is another tip.
- Douche or wash affected areas using apple cider vinegar, lemon juice or witch Hazel as they contain antiseptic properties that kill bacteria and balance the pH level of your skin.
- P.S. use this tip on clean, dry skin only and avoid it if you have cuts, scrapes, or burns.
- Watch what you eat because diet affects the smell you put off — Here are recommendations from my research: Eat Fruits and non-sulfurous vegetables, herbs, yoghurt, kefir, kombucha, pickles, and fresh sauerkraut. Stay away from spicy foods, foods with garlic and onion, too much red meat, processed foods, sulfurous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and excess caffeine and alcohol.
IBIENE: Please clear the air on the difference or similarity between bleaching and skin toning.
DAISY: Skin bleaching or whitening is invasive because of the chemical contained in bleaching products that erode melanin from the skin while skin-toning helps to minimise the appearance of pores and aids the retention of moisture to give a smoother, tighter, and more polished look.
IBIENE: What is your position on the removal of hair for women seeing with advocates speaking up for body hair on women?
DAISY: We are all unique beings and as such should choose what works for us. My position on this matter is that regardless of your stance, be sure to take care of yourself to the best of your ability. If you opt to keep body hair all over, keep it clean and healthy so that it serves its purpose.
There’s something exciting!
Daisy is offering a 20 per cent discount for IBIENE readers who orders after reading this post. This lasts only for two months. You can shop here. Just mention to the rep or type IBIENE.COM when making your orders to get the discount.
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