Stay looking sharp for the holidays
In-between buying gifts for your mom and hitting up all those ugly sweater parties, make sure you’re taking a little “me” time. To remind everyone that self-care is extra important this time of year, we had an entire grooming station thanks to Perry Ellis, where King of Kings offered hot shaves, Perry Ellis set up some of their best holiday gifts, and manicures were done on site. Because these guys are clearly the experts, we picked their brains for tips to keep looking fresh all season:
1. Keep that beard moisturized. Cold weather means dry skin, and when you shave dry skin, you’re likely to experience some irritation. Eric Aleman, owner of King of Kings, recommends using some argan oil on your beard to help keep the hair soft, plus an aftershave lotion. Both will help keep razor bumps away -- and no one wants those. If you can’t get to the barber, make sure you get the bathroom extra steamy and keep a warm towel on hand, before you grab your razor. The steam will open the pores and give you a closer shave.
2. Tailor that suit. If you sprung for a suit this season, Tarik Kaljanac, a Perry Ellis brand ambassador, recommends you get it to fit you just right. “It’s a common mistake that [the suit] is too big,” he says. A sharp, well-fitting suit is perfect for holiday parties, but if you’re just heading to the office, he recommends looking for wrinkle-free and easy-to-wash options to keep you looking fresh from the first cup of coffee to evening rush hour.
3. Save time on your manicure. The holidays are the perfect time to break out those deep reds and dark nail colors, but when it’s time to change polish, these pigments can bleed into your nails. Before you start scrubbing like crazy, manicurist Maristela Beaucant suggests rubbing a small amount of oil on your nails before hitting it with the remover. It’ll keep the color from bleeding into your skin -- saving you some precious time this season. Oh, and to keep that manicure looking fresh for days? Don’t forget the top coat.