Ask The Guru: How do I prevent bogies?

The moment I added a form for readers of this blog to ask me grooming questions I knew I’d get some curveballs. But nothing fazes me. So, without further ado I am answering this for “Mr P’ who chose to pick  (if you’ll excuse the pun) a rather novel question to throw at me. The question being ‘ how do I prevent bogies?’

First off, let me be clear up something. Contrary to fact, nasal mucus wasn’t created purely for man’s pleasure –  it’s there to act as a filter, protecting the nose and lungs from all kinds of nasty irritants like smoke, dust, grime and bacteria. Let those irritants build up for a few days and you soon have an impressive rhinolith (or bogey, if you prefer the schoolyard slang). The fact you have them at all is actually a good sign, not a bad one, as it indicates that your hooter is working properly.

You can’t prevent them altogether (nor should you try in fact) but you can reduce their numbers with sensible nasal hygiene – in other words, gentle blowing and judicious daily cleaning with a tissue. If your nose gets very dry and crusty, try steam inhalations (try adding some Tisserand Organic Eucalyptus Oil) or a tiny bit of Vaseline rubbed inside the nostril. Clearing the nasal passageways with a sea water nasal irrigator (available from chemists) can help keep your passages clean too and is surprisingly good fun.

Whatever you do, at least try to resist the temptation to have a good dig. One of life’s great pleasures it may be, but it also increases your chances of nosebleeds and can transmit germs from your nose to your eyes and mouth. Picking your nose and eating it (a practice known as mucophagy and something even Gordon Brown has been caught doing in Parliament) won’t kill you – in fact one scientist has gone on record as saying it may be beneficial to the immune system – but isn’t going to win you many friends either. Wiping bogies on tables/under chairs/on your boss’ annual report isn’t funny or clever either. Well, it’s not clever anyway.

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This week I am mostly loving…..

1. Natio For Men Muscle Soothing Heat Rub (£8 for 110g from www.debenhams.com). Unlike many rubs this Australian number, infused with peppermint, menthol and ginger,  won’t leave you honking like a sports locker and doesn’t feel like you’ve rubbed your skin with a couple of raw chillies either. I know it’s meant for muscles but I’ve discovered it makes a brilliantly refreshing foot rub too.

2. Tisserand Concentrate Essential Oil Roll-On Remedy, £4.95 from www.tisserand.com). Although it’s practically February I still haven’t quite got back into the swing of things work-wise so this roll-on, packed with essential oils to help concentration, has been a Godsend. I take it to product launches too, where keeping your eyes open is often a major challenge.

4. Nivea For Men Q10 Revitalizing Eye Roll-On, £10.49 for 10ml from www.boots.com) Brilliant new cooling roller-ball eye gel that works wonders on eye bags, especially if you chill it overnight on the windowsill. Half the price of many eye creams too.

3. Equmen Precision Briefs, £30.65 from www.mankind.co.uk. These low-rise pants are new arrivals at Mankind and in my role as Grooming Ed there it’s my job to road test them (there are worse jobs I know). They’re ergonomically  designed to keep your bits cool and snugly in place and are actually some of the comfiest pants I’ve ever worn. They’re surprisingly  flattering too.  Ok, too much information….


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