For starters, if you use a manual toothbrush, you’re probably brushing for only about 30 seconds and also pressing too hard, says dentist Shadi Hosseini.
As a result, you risk enamel abrasion and receding gums, both of which can leave roots susceptible to damage. “Where the enamel is thin, cold liquids or air can cause nerve sensitivity,” Dr Hosseini says.
Try the Philips Sonicare toothbrush ($269, or $300 with UV sanitiser). It has three intensity settings, three cleaning modes, delivers up to 31,000 brushstrokes a minute, and its pressure sensor softens the vibrations if you scrub too hard.
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WASHING YOUR FACE
Vigorous scrubbing won’t give you a deeper clean, says dermatologist Dr Debra Jaliman. What it might do is make your skin red and dry, causing it to pump out oil.
Instead, apply a gentle cleanser using a light, circular motion to remove dead skin cells and surface debris. “Pat your skin dry instead of rubbing it with a towel, which can lead to irritation,” Dr Jaliman says.
Finish by working a moisturiser into your skin, moving upwards. (Pulling down can cause sagging.)
Try Menscience Advanced Face Lotion ($85, www.whathewants.com.sg), which contains vitamin E to help your skin stay soft.
RUBBING YOUR EYES
Whether you’re washing your face, applying moisturiser, or just rubbing the sleep away, avoid pressing too hard on the thin, tender area around your eyes. It’s delicate and easily irritated.
“That can create new creases,” says skin care specialist Dr Arielle Kauvar. So when you apply wrinkle cream, just put a dab on your finger and gently tap from the inner to the outer corner of your eye without dragging or pulling the skin as you move your finger.
Use Kiehl’s Facial Fuel “Heavy Lifting” Eye Repair ($52, www.kiehlstimes.com), which strengthens the skin around the eye area to fight signs of ageing.
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TREATING YOUR ACNE
Who hasn’t been tempted to detonate a whitehead? But it’s wise to keep your fingertips far away from pimples, Dr Kauvar says.
The pinch that provides short-term relief will just make the situation worse. “Popping zits can lead to inflammation and increases the chances of scarring,” she says.
Practise patience: Use a pea-size amount of a product containing acnefighting ingredients, such as benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, to help reduce inflammation and soothe the area.
The Origins Spot Remover anti-blemish treatment gel ($30, www.lazada.sg) does the trick.
DRYING YOUR HAIR
When you’re in a rush, it’s tempting to manhandle your mane. But aggressive drying can lead to breakage, says Amy Komorowski, a stylist who has worked with celebs like Ryan Gosling and Justin Timberlake.
Instead, pat your hair down with a towel and then remove excess water by running your hands through the strands, she says. “Guys with some length should also use a widetoothed comb to detangle their hair gently without pulling it,” Amy adds.
The Lab Series Root Power Restorative Hair Tonic ($75, at Lab Series stores) promotes strength and elasticity.
By: Sandra Nygaard, additional reporting by Kenneth Wee