The New Normal: Practical Self-Care and Grooming Skills That You Need to Learn

The last couple of years have changed the way we take care of ourselves and our families. This includes primary personal care and grooming that we used to go to salons and skin clinics for.

Now that most of these are done at home, it’s worth learning how to do them properly so that we can take care of ourselves and our families the right way.

Personal Skincare

Here are three skills you can learn and use at home.


During the temporary closure of salons at the height of the pandemic, many of us went from getting a regular haircut to going months without none at all. As such, we have attempted to do our hair and change our hairstyle at some point in our quarantine, and sadly, many of these attempts ended up as a disaster.

The current situation might have made you realize how important caring for your hair is and how styling or cutting your hair isn’t as easy as you thought. Considering all the trial and error you’ve made in the last couple of years, it wouldn’t hurt to learn how to do hairstyling right and equip yourself with the proper tools for the job. And as with any hairstylist, one cannot go without the best hairdressing shears in their kits.

When choosing shears, you should consider your desired level of control, technique, and the length of your hand. This allows you to use the shears more comfortably and have more power, as well. The best type of shears maintains its sharp edges longer between sharpening. Ideally, it would be best if you sharpened your shears every six months to keep their razor-sharp blades for clean and precise cuts.


Many people would argue that this is the perfect time to go makeup-free. While there are plenty of people who’d agree with this, some still love to put their makeup on because it’s one of the things that brighten up their day. Besides, it won’t hurt to put a little makeup on if it makes you feel happy and good about yourself.

Learning how to do makeup the professional way does not only improve your looks, but it’s also a skill you can monetize later. Aside from proper techniques, learning how to do makeup from a certified training center will also teach you what products work best for different skin types and the best brands and types of makeup to use to create and achieve different looks.

If you are someone who’s never gone a day without using makeup — and use at least one product a day — you’ll benefit and enjoy upping your makeup skills.

Personal Skincare

Now that we’re on the topic of personal care, another thing we’d all benefit from is learning the proper way to do skin care.

Skincare is often associated with vanity, but taking care of our skin is no longer just about that. It should never have been just about that. Our skin is the largest organ in our body and our first line of defense. It protects us from harmful ultraviolet rays, keeps bacteria and dangerous substances from entering the body, shields us from aggressors like viruses and bacteria; it also helps regulate body temperature.

With that in mind, it’s time to look at skincare as an essential aspect in taking care of your overall health, considering that it is your body’s largest organ and protective barrier. This means you should keep your skin healthy from head to toe. It also means men and women should do it and consider it one of the things they can do to maintain their health.

Consult a dermatologist or a medical aesthetician; they can point you in the right direction, correct your skincare mistakes, and educate you about proper skin treatments. If you want to take it up a notch, you can become a medical aesthetician yourself by completing training from nine to twelve months.

Learning more about your skin — how to take care of it, what skincare ingredients work, and what doesn’t — will make a significant impact on your skin’s overall health and quality. Aside from benefiting from it personally, you can provide your family with better skincare advice that will help improve their skincare habits, too.

Learning new things and picking up new skills at this time has never been more essential. Considering how much self-care and grooming we’re doing at home, it’s only reasonable for us to learn how to properly do these things to take care of ourselves and the people we love better.

Jeremy D. Mena
Alcohol geek. Future teen idol. Web practitioner. Problem solver. Certified bacon guru. Spent 2002-2009 researching plush toys in Miami, FL. Won several awards for exporting tar in Libya. Uniquely-equipped for managing human growth hormone in Libya. Spent a weekend implementing fried chicken on the black market. Spoke at an international conference about working on carnival rides in Miami, FL. Developed several new methods for donating jack-in-the-boxes in Edison, NJ.