• 5 areas you need to be thinking about when it comes to personal hygiene

  • February 17, 2020

  • Oh yeah, we’re on a real “self-cleaning” spurt at the moment. Yesterday was all about grooming those overgrown visibly hairy areas of yours, and today we are going to look at the areas that you need to be cleaning and looking after. Some of these are boring but very necessary, so be sure to find the time to give them the attention they deserve.

    1) Your armpits

    Deodorant is your best friend here. Get a roll-on, do your bit for the environment, and apply it long before you’re performing. I haven’t gone crazy, but deodorant is most effective when you use it when it isn’t needed right away, such as before bed, so it has a chance to settle into your skin and do its job.

    2) Ears

    Clean your ears. Yes, I’m sure you heard it enough from your mother, but she was right. Clean behind your ears and run a cotton swab around the “auricle”, which is that bit of your ear that sticks out the side of your head, what we refer to whenever we talk about our ears in normal conversation.

    DO NOT stick a cotton swab into your ear canal. Ear wax is good for your ear, and a cotton swab is most likely just going to push it further in, compacting it and eventually possibly damaging your inner ear. If you must get rid of the ear wax in there, then there are a couple of much better ways to clear them.

    3) Teeth

    I know, this stuff all seems obvious, but you would be amazed at how distracting it is when someone has bad teeth. I know good hygiene isn’t going to fix bad teeth, but look after them, brush them often, floss, mouth wash, all that boring stuff. Prevention is much less painful than fixing a cavity. If you’re a smoker, this is even more important. Yellow teeth aren’t going to lose you a booking, but it certainly isn’t going to win you any friends either.

    4) Your tongue

    This is an easy one to overlook, I certainly did at first, but it will have the most noticeable effect on how your breath smells. I know, it sounds weird, but get a tongue scraper and try it. You would be amazed at what comes off. Our tongue has a thin layer of film on it where bacteria come from, particularly towards the back of your throat that can be the primary offenders for bad breath. Just watch out for your gag reflex.

    5) Skin

    How you look after your skin is up to you and will depend on what sort of skin you have. But I would highly recommend you create a simple skincare regime for the morning and just before bed. Your face is your “money maker” in the world of entertainment, after all. Cleansers, toners, exfoliations and moisturisers are all key to helping your skin stay beautiful and healthy, believe me, you will notice a difference in how you look and how your skin feels.

    Try not to touch your face as much during the day and avoid getting a sunburn on your face at all costs; after all, let’s be honest; it is not a good look!

     

    Think I’ve about covered it. Hygiene as a general rule is an essential part of being a performer, and a magician. If you’re a close-up magician like me, then you will want to be as close to your audience as possible, which is rarely well-received when you don’t take care of yourself. If you are a stage magician, then think of your co-stars, support staff and any audience member lucky enough to come up on stage.

    As much as I wish it weren’t true, people like to gossip; and poor hygiene is difficult not to notice, and harder to forget, making it the perfect target. So don’t let yourself become known as “that magician”.

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