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5 Ways to Sharpen Up

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Tired and lethargic? Lost your office sparkle? Sharpen up your career prospects with our pre-work grooming tips. 

Grooming specialist Eli Ankutse from Niven & Joshua ( takes you through five proven ways to look and feel fresh:


Tip 1 – Use Lemon to Boost Concentration

It’s fair to say that (pre-caffeine boost) we’re not at our sharpest in the morning – that was until we found this citric secret weapon.

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The aroma of lemon is proven to relax brainwaves, hence improving concentration - retaW Blind Shower Gel contains Lemon Peel oil which is released in a fragrant showering experience and eases you into the right mindset for making those all important decisions.

retaW Blind Body Wash, £25 300ml


Tip 2- Brighten Up With a Serum

A smooth taut visage exudes youth and exuberance, not dissimilar to the fresh-faced holiday look, albeit without the skin-damaging tan.

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Serums are lightweight, effective treatments that can be used with (or instead of) your moisturiser. This particular serum from Clinique clears out debris from your pores and helps them 'snap back' into shape creating an instantly brighter, more energetic appearance.

Clinique Pore Refining solution, £36.50 30ml


Tip 3 - Rethink Your Facial Hair

Surveys show that if your facial hair looks unkempt, the majority of professionals will assume you lack professionalism.

Ideally you should wet shave, but if you sport a beard ensure it’s kept tidy by shaving the areas around your beard design.

Merkur’s Futur Chrome Safety-Razor provides precise length adjustment for an exact shaving experience. A man’s face never looks as fresh as when he has just had a wet shave.

Merkur Futur Chrome, £49.99


Tip 4 - It's All In The Eyes

Tired eyes and dark circles are an instant giveaway, and while there are long-term treatments to address this issue, some mornings we can all do with a quick fix.

For those days where you’re looking more Panda-eye than Hawk-eye, Myego’s Cover Select uses light diffusing particles to expertly conceal imperfections and visible fatigue restoring your eyes’ natural radiance.

Myego Cover Select, £14 2.5ml


Tip 5 - Use Lavender For Natural Stress Relief

A herb of multiple benefits, Lavender can be used to improve positive moods and relieve workplace stress.

Tom Ford’s new scent Lavender Palm combines two types of Lavender - Lavandin and the more concentrated Lavender Absolute – to create a multilayered elegant scent.

The Eau de Parfum will ensure that you have a timely release of Lavender throughout the day to improve your working performance. That said, let us not forget the final and arguably most pertinent benefit - you’ll smell damn good too.

Tom Ford Lavender Palm, £125 50ml

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