I'm no longer the only beauty-product tester in my house-my husband, by virtue of living for years with a beauty editor, has become a discerning tester. Most guys, when asked what they think about a face scrub or shampoo, might grunt "fine" or "too girly." Not Grady, who works at GQ (he's also worked for Men's Vogue and Details, which may explain his discriminating tastes). He differentiates between the harshness and softness of exfoliating beads, comments on whether a scent is too flowery or not quite woodsy enough, complains about a good product's bad bottle design-and thinks up new uses for things (example: one foaming cleanser, he's found, also makes a great shaving cream). So starting today, he'll be doing a series of product reviews-from the male perspective, of course-on gq.com.
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Today he wrote about his love for the Supersmile Tongue Cleaner. No denying its big-time breath-freshing powers, but for anyone with a sensitive gag reflex, it's a bit tough to handle. Since I happen to be one of those people, here's what I do for good breath instead:
- My gums are sensitive, so I have to use a very soft toothbrush. Grady recently got me the Oral-B Advantage Glide Gum Care brush (see photo from our bathroom, above), and I'll definitely be buying it again. It's soft, yes, but it also has these plastic bristles on each side of the brush-the company calls them "gum stimulators"-that feel delightful against your gums and seem to super-duper-gently get at extra plaque.
- I haven't always been the most diligent flosser, since it makes my sensi gums bleed. But the Floss Picks from (thanks again) Oral-B have changed that. They're individual, disposable sticks with a piece of floss held between two prongs. Each one has a pointed pick on the opposite end, so it's helpful to stash a couple in your purse.
- My favorite mouthwash is Crest Pro-Health Multi-Protection Rinse (I prefer the Refreshing Clean Mint flavor). Mouthwashes that contain alcohol mask bad breath for five to ten minutes, but they tend to dry out your mouth. This eventually makes bad breath worse because, with a reduced flow of saliva, the bacteria that cause the stink proliferate, explains cosmetic dentist Marc Lowenberg. This Crest one is alcohol-free, tastes great, and doesn't sting (so you can actually keep it in your mouth for long enough to make a difference).
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