Manners Matter: Be Smart about your personal grooming

Spring has finally sprung! I can hardly wait to break out the open-toed shoes and shorts.

Before heading out this spring for a get together with family or friends, remember these grooming guidelines for Smart men and women.

Grooming guidelines for guys

OK, guys, ready for a secret? Skin care is not just for us gals! It is important to wash your face daily and moisturize. Facial hair should be well trimmed — splurge on a good razor and your face will thank you. Don’t forget to trim the back of your neck in between visits to the barber shop and remove any hair that is visible from ears or nostrils.

It’s all in your hands, literally. Keep your nails trimmed and clean. If you see dirt under your nails, use a nail brush to scrub them clean.

Spring means warmer temperatures and sweat. Shower regularly and use deodorant. When using aftershave or cologne, don’t use too much.

Grooming guidelines for ladies

If you are like me, you have an arsenal of creams, moisturizers and face washes. Design a regular skin care regiment: Wash your face regularly and use a moisturizer or cream that suits your specific needs.

Don’t be afraid to switch things up and try new products. If you have oily skin like I do, use an oil control cleanser and toner and then follow up with some oil-free/shine control powder.

Makeup is to enhance what is already naturally beautiful about you. Use makeup to bring out your best features — not cover up what you think are flaws.

I love lipstick! If you do, too, be sure to blot after applying and double check teeth to ensure none rubbed off there.

A woman’s hairstyle reflects her personality. Find an easy, manageable style that suits you — and dare to change it up to keep your style fresh!

More Smart tips

Make sure your hair care products and perfumes or moisturizers do not have clashing scents.

Dental hygiene is important. Fresh breath and a clean, healthy smile help your confidence level and make for more pleasant conversation. Take along mints or breath strips whenever you go.

Heidi Thomas

Heidi Thomas is a certified etiquette trainer from Sparkle and Shine Modeling and Etiquette program at GYDance. For more information on Thomas and the program, visit Greater York Dance's website,

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  1. April 9, 2014

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