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I know. I know. You’re probably thinking, “Does Brett think all young men are a bunch of uncouth ignoramuses who need an article reminding them to practice basic hygiene?” No. No, I don’t. But from my own personal experience and observing the lives of young men heading out on their own for the first time, I do know that keeping up with regular hygiene practices falls to the wayside for many young gents. With the stress of school and work, along with the lack of structure they once had at home, it’s easy to let yourself go.
This post is just a friendly reminder to keep up those regular grooming habits you hopefully formed in your youth. If you haven’t developed these habits yet, now is a good time to start. You’ll feel more alert, have more confidence, and won’t repel the ladies. As an added bonus, maintaining good bodily hygiene can help you become a man of character like Benjamin Franklin: cleanliness was one of his 13 virtues. Let me be clear. I’m in no way suggesting you become overly fastidious about your personal grooming and hygiene.
That sort of preening isn’t attractive in a man, and you probably have better things to be doing than standing in the mirror worrying about blemishes. All I’m encouraging is keeping up with the basic stuff you learned in elementary school health class that will keep you smelling fresh and looking presentable.
Brush and floss every day, morning and night. This was the first habit that I let slip when I went away from home the first time. Between waking up late for class and staying up late into the evening playing video games, my morning and evening dental care became pretty irregular. But I paid for my negligence by having to get two cavities filled at the end of the semester. What a preventable waste of money. Invest three minutes of your day, morning and night, into proper dental hygiene. Brush twice a day, floss once. Even if you’re dog tired and ready to go to bed, make the effort to get it done. Include a tongue scraping in your routine, too. That really helps in decreasing bad breath. Taking care of your oral hygiene is a habit that will save you money in the long run and increase the chances for that kiss at the end of a date.
Shower regularly. You’ll have that occasional string of days when you’re so busy that you don’t have time to shower. But don’t let your shower-less-ness go on for more than three days. If you get a job in a restaurant, it’s important to shower after every shift, unless of course you’re dating someone who enjoys nuzzling a man who smells like refried beans.
Don’t be this guy. Take a shower.
I’ve had several young folks ask me if there’s some sort of special “manly” soap or shampoo they should use. Grandpa’s Pine Tar Soap is a favorite of mine. You can find it at most health food stores. You can use it on both your skin and hair, it’s supposed to help with everything from psoriasis to dandruff, and it leaves you smelling like a basement in Vermont…in the best possible way. But really, your soap choice doesn’t matter, even though there’s a bunch of new marketing and “men’s-only” soaps and shampoos telling you otherwise. Get the giant econo pack of Irish Spring and you’re good to go. If you have very sensitive or acne-prone skin, get a special facial soap for those needs.
Go easy on the cologne. Body sprays are heavily marketed to young men as a foolproof way to attract the ladies, leading some guys to go overboard with enveloping themselves in a cloud of it before going out. Instead, apply just a couple of dabs or sprays of cologne to areas like your neck or the insides of your wrists if you want to wear a fragrance. For a young man on a budget, colognes need not be any more expensive than body sprays — there are many drugstore varieties that only cost a few bucks and have very appealing and masculine scents.
Make friends with Gold Bond Powder. Nothing keeps away the swamp crotch and stinky feet like Gold Bond Powder. If you live in hot, humid climates, Gold Bond is a must. Just sprinkle some on your junk and in your shoes. You’ll stay cool and dry all day long.
Keep your nails trimmed. Unless you’re a flamenco guitarist or going for a Guinness World Record, keep your fingernails trimmed. Don’t chew them; gnawed up nails are not attractive and give some people the heebie-jeebies. Get a simple nail clipper and give your nails a quick trim once a week before you hop into the shower. Follow the natural curve of your finger as you cut, leaving the thin, white, unattached crescent of the nail about as wide as a dime. Just enough to still scratch your head. It’s important to keep your toenails trimmed, too, especially since flips-flops are incredibly popular footwear for young men. You don’t want to look like a sloth, and scrape your woman’s legs with your claws when you’re canoodling. But don’t go overboard with the toenail trimming. Excessive trimming can lead to ingrown toenails. Cut straight across the nail and leave them a little a long. Toenails that are cut too short are prone to burrowing back into your flesh. Whether you’re trimming your fingernails or toenails, be sure to clean up afterwards — don’t leave your trimmings on the floor or countertop. If you’ve got dirt under your nails, scoop it out with the nail file that is probably attached to your clippers. And if you get a hangnail, carefully clip it off, rather than pulling at it and making it bleed.
Unless you have extended-wear contacts, take your contacts out every night. Sleeping with your contacts in several nights in a row makes you susceptible to corneal ulcers. I know a guy who got ’em because he never took his contacts out. Even with extended-wear contacts, my optometrist told me it’s still not a good idea to wear them to sleep in for more than a few nights in a row.
Shave regularly/keep facial hair groomed. College is a time when many young men start experimenting with facial hair. Nothing wrong with that at all. But whether you go with a full-on beard or a distinguished mustache, commit to it and keep it groomed. Don’t be one of those guys who grows a patchy neckbeard every two weeks because he’s too lazy to shave. Two days of scruff can be attractive. Two weeks of ungroomed, patchy neckbeard growth looks gross. If you’re going to go neckbeard, do it right. When it comes to shaving, if you’ve grown up using a cartridge razor, now’s a good time to experiment with using a safety razor and making shaving more of an enjoyable ritual in your life.
Keep your hair trimmed. Just as in facial hair, college is a time where guys both experiment with growing their hair out and get kind of lazy with taking care of it. Letting your hair get a little shaggy is a normal part of the college experience. But don’t let it get totally out of hand; it’s time for a trim when it becomes a distraction to you. I didn’t get my hair cut at all my first semester, and my hair, which is naturally quite thick and ample, became a giant, unattractive bowl that made me feel nappy and disheveled. When your hair is getting in your eyes and stuff, it’s time for a haircut. What, what’s that you say? Some young men purposefully grow out Bieber-esque bangs that they swing from side to side and push out of their eyes every few minutes? Why would a man want to mess with his hair that much? What’s that you say? I sound like an old man? Yes, yes I do. By the way, just as now is a good time to try shaving with a safety razor, if you’ve only gotten your haircut at Supercuts growing up, now’s a good time to start taking part in the manly ritual of visiting a local barbershop. Get some friends together and go try it. Here’s a guide on how to pick a good barber.
Treat your acne. Having acne can make you feel really self-conscious and sap your self-confidence. But in this day and age, it’s easily treatable in the vast majority of cases, and there’s absolutely no need to suffer through it. If you’ve got a mild case, wash your face morning and night with a face wash made for acne-prone skin and spot treat pimples with a benzoyl peroxide cream when they pop up. If that dries out your skin, use a face wash for acne-prone skin once a day, and a gentle cleanser like Cetaphil once a day. If you get more than an occasional pimple, you might be tempted to try something like Proactiv, but there are much cheaper alternatives out there. Proactiv basically consists of a face wash and topical treatment in which the active ingredient is benzoyl peroxide. But you can buy generic benzoyl peroxide face washes and creams separately at the drugstore for a fraction of the cost. Try that first. Keep in mind that benzoyl peroxide can bleach your clothes and pillowcase, so wash the cream off your fingers after you apply it, and don’t put it on during the day, as it can sweat into the collar of your colored shirt. Use a white pillow case at home, and remember this when you visit someone! It can also help to get a short haircut that keeps the hair off your face and skin (see, not just an old man thing– there are truly practical reasons for keeping it short!) and to wash your pillowcase regularly. If your acne doesn’t clear up, don’t hesitate to visit your doctor, as they can prescribe antibiotics and topical treatments that can clear up your face entirely. Finally, if you’ve got bacne, here’s a post about how to deal with it.
Don’t mind me. Just washing my man hands here.
Wash your hands. A 2005 survey at ballparks indicated that 37 percent of men didn’t wash their hands after using the restroom. Gross. If you want to stay healthy, especially during cold and flu season, wash your hands regularly. I always disregarded this injunction too, until one semester in college I came down with a flu that left me with it coming out of both ends, and stuck shivering and feverish in bed for several days; I couldn’t do anything fun, or workout, or study, even though I really needed to. It sucked big time and wasted a week of my life. After that experience, I became better at hand-washing. On a related note…get a flu shot every year. If you’re a student, your school might offer them for free at the student health center, otherwise you can get them for $25 at Walgreens. It’s one of the best investments you can make…you can’t put a price on a whole week of your life.
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I’ve a question – do you want to be with an attractive woman, who takes great care of her personal hygiene? Guess what, we want the same!
This post aims to show you how to improve every aspect of your hygiene and your grooming because it’s one of those rare opportunities to improve your attractiveness instantly and without much effort.
Improving your hygiene means creating new, healthy habits. I would encourage you very much to read this blogpost by Zen Habits on how to successfully ingrain behavior in case you are not familiar with it yet.
Ok, now let’s get started!
Things like bad breath and yellow teeth are a no-go for every woman. I’ve gathered some useful tips besides teeth brushing, that will help you prevent bad breath.
- Skin Care
- Body Care
- Head Hair
- Body Hair
- Personal Grooming Tips for Men
- Why is Self-Grooming for Men Important?
- 15 Personal Grooming Tips for Men
- 1. Pay a Visit to the Barber Often
- 2. Decide Your Signature Scent
- 3. Know the Best Hair Products
- 4. Manscaping is Important
- 5. Maintain Dental Hygiene
- 6. Manage Facial Hair
- 7. Use a Facial Scrub
- 8. Shave Like An Expert
- 9. Take Care of Dark Circles
- 10. Follow a Proper Foot Care Routine
- 11. Follow a Hand Care Routine
- 12. Set the Eyebrows
- 13. Apply Sunscreen
- 14. Follow a Proper Face Washing Regime
- 15. Moisturise Regularly
- How to Manage Chest Hair
- Nads hair removal cream
- Philips Norelco body groomer
- Wahl body groomer
- Clean Up Your Neck
- Gamma+ Italia cordless foil shaver
- Personal hygiene habits all men need to know
- 1. Take a daily shower
- 2. Watch your mouth
- 3. Keep your fingernails and toenails clean
- 4. Timely haircuts
- 5. Take care of the skin you are in
- 6. Wear well-fitted clothes
- 7. Maintain a good posture
- 8. Perfect your handshake
- 9. Do not compromise on sleep
- 10. Be organized and systematic
- 5 Basic Hygiene Tips for Men
- Oral hygiene
- Beard Maintenance
- Use a deodorant
- 15 Hygiene Habits That You Shouldn’t Miss in Your Daily Routine
- Inside Your Mouth
- In the Shower
- Down South
How to stop bad breath
First of all, I would recommend you to brush your teeth every time before you go out. It’s just not enough to brush your teeth in the morning and before you go to bed. During the day it’s important to have self confidence but if your breath smells bad, you are not be able to have successful conversations.
Brushing your teeth is only one part of your TO-DO-list before you go out of the house. Many people don’t know that brushing your teeth doesn’t make the bad smell go away. Get a tongue cleaner and use it every day! It helps to get rid of bad breath and the results are astonishing! It’s not possible to brush your teeth every time you think your breath is bad. That’s why it’s always a good idea to wear a tongue cleaner and gum with you.
Other reasons, why a tongue cleaner is important and how to use a tongue cleaner shows you mindbodygreen:
5 reasons why everyone needs a tongue scraper
Another important habit you should start right now is flossing. I know it’s quite hard to get into this routine but flossing helps to prevent bad breath and is an integral part of keeping your teeth healthy.
When you start-out only floss one tooth. Increase over time but never miss a day! Habits are built through continuity. It’s not that important how much you do on each day but it’s vital to do at least the minimum every single day!
And the icing on the cake – use mouthwash regularly. It´s not possible to reach all areas in your oral cavity with toothbrush, tongue cleaner and dental floss alone. Using mouthwash should become an important part in your oral hygiene!
Avoid foods and drinks which give you bad breath. So if your are in a restaurant with a woman don’t eat stuff with garlic or onions if possible. Alcoholic drinks are also really bad. Especially red wine, beer and whiskey. If you plan on drinking it’s even more important to carry a tongue cleaner and additionally gum. Gum alone won’t get rid of bad breath, it only masks it for a while. It’s a little bit like spraying yourself heavily with perfume after you have noticed that you reek of sweat.
Teeth turn yellowish after a while. Smoking and drinking red wine also contributes to it. So use whitening toothpaste or whitestrips. Men also prefer women with white clean teeth. And guess what, we use whitening toothpaste everyday!
Julian told me he’s had good results with these whitestrips.
A great smile is the most attractive feature you can have and white teeth play a big role in it!
Important: please visit your dentist before using any diy teeth whitening methods. Your dentist will discuss your options with you and makes sure you don’t apply anything that can harm your teeth.
A professional dental cleaning can also help you big time.
Our skin protects us, regulates our body temperature and is our biggest sense organ. Skin care is important to obtain our health and therefore our well-being. Every woman wants to have beautiful, soft and tight skin and most of us invest a lot of time and money into our skin-care.
Men don’t have to go to these lengths but there are still some things women pay attention to when it comes to male skin care.
The ugly stuff
Pimples, blackheads or whiteheads. Skin blemishes are annoying and it´s not just a puberty thing. Every skin is different and needs special care.
If you have problems with acne, please go to a good dermatologist. She will advise you, which kind of care your skin needs. Seriously guys, go to a dermatologist! Trying to fight acne on your own with tips from some folks on the internet can lead to having a scared face for life!
If you have problems with blackheads or whiteheads go to a cosmetician once a month. They remove it with a special treatment. Alternatively, and the cheaper way, buy a special brush for your face. Here is another one.
Men tend to cover their natural odor with tons of smells from shower gels, shampoos, shaving gels, deos and perfumes. Don’t overdo it guys! Our natural smell is important for transmitting sexual chemicals (pheromones). We decide if we perceive someone as attractive or unattractive almost instantly and smell plays a big role in that. So clean your body with products that have a subtle smell or none at all.
Shower twice a day. There is no way around it.
If engage in any physical activities during the day, take a shower afterwards and use a deodorant! By the way, you don’t need to use perfume every day. A freshly showered man smells great even without any perfume. For me, its one of the best things in life to lie in my boyfriends arms and smell his natural odor. But, don’t get me wrong. I’m talking about your natural body-odor and not your odor after the gym or after not having showered for one or two days! Buy a ph-adjusted soap or shower gel and as I said use a deo afterwards. But if you don’t have the time or whatever (I won´t judge you!) make at least a simple “catlick”. That means you quickly clean your feet and armpits with water and soap and your genital area just with water.
Showering together not only saves water, it’s also more fun! Image Credit/Tumblr/Sirenchild
Right usage of perfume and aftershave
I know a lot of guys (and women too) who drown themselves in perfume or aftershave. People don’t need to know that you were in the room before they have seen you. I can only give you following advice: less is more!
Women should only smell your perfume if they are in kissing distance to you.
Just spray on your finger once and then tap your neck, arms right below your hands and your chest.
Women should only smell your perfume if they are in kissing distance to you.
Ears and Lips
Clean your ears regularly. Guys tend to forget to clean their ears very often. Most of you have short hair, so we can see whether you clean your ears or not. Please don’t use cotton buds! Earwax can get in your ear canal and can cause inflammations. Just use water and a kleenex.
For your lips buy a good lip balm in a drugstore or pharmacy. Don’t take the cheapest one. Try a high quality product with sun protection. You don´t have to use it everyday! People often get dry and rough lips in winter/summer or just occasionally.
Trust me guys, no woman likes to kiss a guy with rough and dry lips! So please buy a GOOD lip balm and use it when needed.
Guys believe me, it´s very important to have well-manicured hands. When you meet women, they look at your hands first. You can see your hands as store signs that tell women a lot about you. This is one more opportunity to make a great impression and it doesn’t take you more than 5 to 10 minutes once a week!
First step: wash your hands with soap and a brush. Step two: cut your fingernails. Your fingernails should have the right length and the right shape. They shouldn’t be longer than your fingertips. If your nails are dirty, remove it before you cut your nails. For cutting your nails use a nail scissor or a clipper. Afterwards refine your nails with a nail file.
My personal tips for smokers and nail biters
Smokers know the problem: yellow fingernails. Here is the solution: Try a hand bath with a dash of fresh lemons. Fresh lemons will make your fingernails brighter and will remove stainings.
Maybe all of this sounds very time-consuming to you but believe me, women will notice these little details! And it just takes you 5-10 minutes a week!
Finally, let´s talk about nail biting. If you have this bad custom (like i had) listen. It´s so unattractive to see people nibbling on their nails! However, their hands will tell you that they do it! I know it´s so hard to get out of this habit. A friend of mine gave me following advice and it helped. Take always patches with you. If you feel that you will start with biting, take the patches and paste your nails up. I know it sounds extreme and people will ask. But still better, than nibbling nails in front of other people!
Pirooz Sarshar shows you a perfect home manicure.
If you wanna make a good impression on her, take care of your feet regularly (even if no one sees it). Pedicure is like a manicure. Adopt the manicure technique. However, pedicure is often more time-consuming than a manicure. If you have hard skin, remove it regularly with a pumice stone. Don’t use a metal file! It´s too aggressive and you will get more hard skin over time.
Imaging yourself cuddling in bed with a beautiful woman and she feels the hard skin on your feet scratching on her legs.
That’s an instant turnoff to us women!
You can get a pumice stone in a drugstore or in a pharmacy. The best way is to remove it while you are having a shower. If you get a lot of hard skin or corns go to a pedicurist.
For sweaty feet: walk as much barefoot as you can, change your socks daily and ventilate your shoes regularly. Other methods are special deodorants and creams for your feet.
Imaging yourself cuddling in bed with a beautiful woman and she feels the hard skin on your feet scratching on her legs.
Here is another Video from Pirooz Sarshar about the perfect pedicure.
Women spend huge amounts on haircuts, styling and hair care products. Shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner, hair oil and tons of other products. The variety of products that the cosmetic industry offers is gigantic. You seriously don’t need all of this! But your hair needs fostering too. Here are some useful tips:
Get the perfect haircut for less
Go to an awesome hair stylist that is frequented by stylish guys and girls. A haircut there will surely cost you $50 or more but it’s worth it! Why? Because you will not only get a stylish haircut that frames your face perfectly but also valuable tips on how you can style your hair at home so you can always look good. Additionally there is the opportunity to meet interesting women there. 😉
After a couple of visits (as soon as you know how your hair looks good) you can switch to a cheaper hair stylist and just tell him to recut your last hairstyle.
How to get rid of dandruffs
See, I know a lot of men (and women also) who have problems with dandruffs. They are quite annoying, unpleasant and not really attractive for both sexes. If you are also affected take action! Buy a GOOD dandruff shampoo in a pharmacy. A dermatologist will prescribe you a good product. Don’t feel ashamed, anyone has dandruffs sometimes. Often it’s just a seasonal problem. In winter it’s very common especially if you wear a headgear.
Greasy, bald and receding
Generally wash your hair regularly. Fatty hair is a big turnoff!
For example, last time I went to a bookstore to buy some christmas presents, a shop assistant helped me find the books I needed. He was an interesting person, open minded and he seemed self-confident. I could feel that he was happy with himself. He wasn’t the best looking guy but his charisma was really attractive and he was able to talk to me like a normal human being. If he had asked me out on a date (maybe a coffee or whatever) and if I were single I would have said yes. But there was one thing which deterred me — his greasy hair. Seriously guys, greasy hair is a NO-GO! You could be the funniest, best looking guy but if you have greasy hair no woman would go on a date with you! You don’t have to wash your hair everyday, except if you tend to have really fatty hair. Otherwise it´s enough, when you wash your hair twice or three times a week.
If you tend to go bald, don’t try to cover it with your existing hair. With this technique you will look much older! You don’t need this, and women will notice it anyway! Cut your hair extremely short, or shave all of them. Bald men, are attractive! Good examples would be Vin Diesel, Bruce Willis and Jason Statham. Keep in mind, masculinity has nothing to do with full hair on your head! And by the way, I think that a receding hairline ala Jude Law is really sexy. 😉 Many women think the same. So start to love your dissolving hairline!
Human beings don’t just have hair on their head. There are other parts on your body, which need grooming too. Men are often uncertain, how they should handle hairy situations so I will give you some advice on what women like.
Eyebrows and nose hair
Women pick their eyebrows because they are unsatisfied with their eyebrow shape and/or thickness. Many women prefer men with natural eyebrows though. Personally I don’t like men with picked eyebrows and most women I’ve talked to agree with me. Your natural shape frames your face well, so there is really no need to pick them. The only exception is if you tend to a monobrow. In that case go to a cosmetician. Alternatively (and the cheaper version), buy a tweezer in a drug store. If you don´t know how to handle a tweezer, go to a cosmetician first. They will show you the technique and give you advice.
A tweezer is also helpful for getting rid of visible nose hair.
I think no woman likes back hair. It doesn’t look good, so shave it, wax it or use other hair removal methods for men. A trained male back looks strong, masculine and sexy. But back hair doesn’t!
There are many ways to remove back hair. I know waxing isn’t the most comfortable way, but if you want to have a good looking back for a longer time go to a cosmetician and wax it.
Alternatively you can persuade another person to shave your back. Wait, there is one more cool alternative that eliminates the need for helpers — the back hair groomer.
Julian told me that he once was the proud owner of a back hair groomer and that it worked well. There is only one downside to it — it is not as accurate as waxing or having someone else shave it. Some hair will always remain.
I know women who like a hairy chest and others who don’t. If you are indifferent about shaving or letting it grow I’d advise you to trim it. If you like your chest hair then wear it with pride! The same holds true for shaving. As soon as you stand 100% behind something people will start to respect and even admire it.
Most women prefer men with short to middle long armpit hair. So shave your armpits about once a month and you should be fine.
As I already told you, always use a deodorant. Men often use a deodorant after they recognise they smell. However, this practise is useless! Take a shower and afterwards use your deodorant!
Hair on arms and legs
I am going to the gym regularly and I’ve noticed, that many men shave their arms and legs. Why? Seriously, why are you doing this? If you don’t need it for certain sports, like cycling or swimming keep your hair!
Now lets talk about a very sensitive region. The genital area. All I can tell you is that it’s a matter of taste. You should feel comfortable in your body. However, keep in mind that your (future) girlfriend will be engaged in this area. Ask her which kind of style she prefers. Of course this is a private question and will be asked after you have had sex a couple of times. In the beginning I would advise you to shave everything.
It’s well known among women that we like beards. Some women prefer a full beard, others have a soft spot for a mustache. Of course there are some women that are not that into beards. But please forget what women want for a second because it’s only up to you! Only if you feel comfortable in your body, you will be successful! By the way, not being able to grow a beard doesn’t make you less attractive! See it as a blessing.
But let’s assume you can grow a beard and want to have one. Every beard style could be quite appealing but only if kept right! No matter stubble or full, short or long, the most important thing is that it’s well groomed.
Grooming a beard is a daily routine, like brushing your teeth. If you want to have a long beard, then you should consider styling your beard, so that it looks neat. If your beard has reached a certain length, you need shampoo or soap for cleaning your beard and a comb as well.
I have found a wonderful site that answers all your beard questions that go into more detail:
Beards.org. show you the perfect grooming routine for a well-kept beard. For grooming your beard you need a scissor or a good trimmer. For the first time, it´s easier to buy a good trimmer.
Trimming your beard is important, otherwise your beard tends to look scruffy after a while. It will make the difference between you and many guys, who think that it’s not a big deal.
A well trimmed neckline can make or break the look of your beard. Beard.org. shows you how to create a good looking neck line.
Grooming your beard is one thing. There are lots of possibilities for beard styling. If you are not sure, which beard style suits you, you can find lots of cool beard- and hairstyles here.
Now that you know more about what women like and don’t like about a man’s hygiene you are well on your way to building new grooming habits that will only make you more appealing to women.
You don´t have to change everything now though. As I already mentioned before, it is all about feeling awesome in your own body. Improve your grooming routine step by step and you will feel and see the difference! Believe me, this will make you feel more comfortable and sexy in your body and women will certainly notice!
Thank you for reading!
Personal Grooming Tips for Men
Personal grooming plays an essential role in enhancing ones personality. Remember, a lot depends on your first impression. Grooming and hygiene help you make a mark of your own in the first meeting itself. Many men wrongly think that personal grooming is for females only. Every individual irrespective of gender should look clean, fresh and hygienic.
Personal grooming tips for men
Follow a strict skin care regime. Men generally tend to ignore their skin. Believe me, there are men who think that taking care of skin is a girl thing, but they are sadly mistaken. One needs to take care of his skin to keep it glowing and healthy. Wash your face with a good soap or face wash depending on your skin type. Pat dry your face rather than rubbing it with a hard towel. Do not use hard soaps on your face. Pick up a good body wash. Apply a soothing moisturizer to keep it soft, supple and nourished. Avoid excessive smoking as it takes away the glow from your face and makes it look dull. There is no harm in applying a good sunscreen lotion especially those who have to spend maximum part of the day in sun. Use a lip balm to avoid chapped lips.
Use a good quality razor when it comes to shaving. Cheap and local blades can give rise to unwanted cuts on your face. Pick a good aftershave lotion to retain the moisture in your skin after every shave. Nose hair looks disgusting and must be trimmed regularly. Clean hair on your earlobes for a neat look. Trim your moustaches daily. Do not go to work with a beard. Shave regularly for a clean look.
Get an appropriate hair-cut done according to the shape of your face. Keep your hair detangled by combing it regularly. Purchase a good shampoo and conditioner according to your hair type. If you are in doubt, consult your salon professionals.
Keep your hands clean. Cut your nails short and keep it dirt free. Make sure to wash your hands after every meal. Do not wear unnecessary rings, bracelets, multiple chains or earrings. They look completely unprofessional.
Wear a mild perfume. Do not apply a strong deodorant.
Brush your teeth regularly. Food stuck in between teeth looks unappealing. Visit your dentist on regular intervals.
Take care of the fit of your shirt and trouser. Make sure your shirt is clean and wrinkle free. Slim fit trousers look best at workplaces. Do not simply pull out clothes from your wardrobe and wear them. Clothes ought to be ironed properly.
Drink at least two litres of water daily to maintain the glow on your face.
Exercising regularly keeps you fit and also enhances your self confidence. Develop a habit of getting up early in the morning and going for a walk. Believe me; it will keep you fresh throughout the day. Maintain an active lifestyle.
Do not blindly copy others. Create a style of your own for others to follow you. Be a role model for others.
Shoes must be polished. Wear leather belts which go with the colour of your trouser.
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Body grooming is the art of perfecting your appearance and enhancing your personality. A professional appearance helps a person gain respect at the workplace by building up a positive impression. Personal grooming helps to improve the way you carry yourself and the impression that other people have about you, which matters a lot. Grooming is no longer a ‘woman-only’ topic – now, there are grooming products like shampoo, face wash, moisturizers, face creams and so on, tailor-made for men.
Why is Self-Grooming for Men Important?
Technically, it’s not just for men; self-grooming is extremely important for anyone, as a person is instantly judged on the basis of his looks. The first impression really counts; if you are a successful person, but dress up shabbily, it will mar your first impression. In order to create a lasting impression, a person should reflect certain good habits and discipline which will be conveyed even when he doesn’t speak a word.
15 Personal Grooming Tips for Men
Body grooming is an important and necessary part of one’s life which includes trimming of the hair, hair removal, shaving and so on. Some tips are very useful for men to look well groomed.
1. Pay a Visit to the Barber Often
You must remember to book your appointment with your barber every fourth week. Sometimes you’ll find the place overcrowded, hence, booking an appointment really works.
2. Decide Your Signature Scent
You must try to find your signature scent. You must not own a number of average quality colognes. Instead, invest in some classic aftershaves. Choose lighter citrusy fragrances for summer and spring, and spicy, woody scents for the winter season.
3. Know the Best Hair Products
If you are able to use the right hair product for your hair, it can reveal all the difference. For example, if you have thick hair, then waxes and pomades can help style your hair. The kind of and the quality of hair products for your type of hair can be discussed with the styling expert who can guide you.
4. Manscaping is Important
A neat and tidy look is always appreciable, even ‘down there’. The most important thing to remember is that the device used for sensitive areas should be different or separate from the one that is used for the face. There are electric body groomers available in the market which can reduce risks of accidents.
5. Maintain Dental Hygiene
You cannot deny the fact that the two things women notice in men are their smiles and shoes! Schedule dental appointments, brush twice daily, and remember to floss as well. Eliminate bad breath with the use of mouthwash. Dental problems should not become too grave to handle, as apart making your teeth look bad, dental problems are severely painful!
6. Manage Facial Hair
Facial hair catches immediate attention, so it should be maintained and tamed properly. A beard trimmer can help you save a lot of your precious time and will help in a significant way to tidy up your looks. It will be good if you develop a weekly habit of tidying up your face. Products like beard wash, beard wax and beard oil can be used if the need arises.
7. Use a Facial Scrub
You must make it a regular habit to scrub your face every Monday morning using a face scrub. As plain face wash happens to be less abrasive, you must opt for plain face wash on the other days of the week. It gives an instantly fresh and rejuvenated look. Facial steaming can also be done to remove the impurities of the skin.
8. Shave Like An Expert
A wet shaving routine requires extensive time which is sometimes not possible in the morning. What is more important is to know the basics of a good shave. The razor easily glides over the beard if the skin is moistened before the shave with a shaving oil. If the blades are soaked in warm water, it opens up the pores, and no signs of redness will be seen nor will any irritation be experienced. You can even opt for a professional shave at least once in a while.
9. Take Care of Dark Circles
Undersleeping results in patches, dark circles or puffiness that can be seen under or around the eyes. When the lack of rest gets revealed through these signs on the face, it becomes imperative to use eye cream to counter the side effects of your heavily packed schedule.
10. Follow a Proper Foot Care Routine
A proper foot care routine is essential for self-grooming. The best time to devote towards foot care is after a shower when the skin turns very soft. Before applying any moisturizer, the dead skin can be removed using a pumice stone.
11. Follow a Hand Care Routine
Trimming the nails once a week after a shower when they are soft should be a basic habit. Sometimes, you’ll find rough, flaky skin along the nail bed, which can be dealt with using a bit of moisturizer every alternate day to make it appear smooth.
12. Set the Eyebrows
Eyebrows are a prominent part of the face. Big eyebrows are commonly seen, but in case they are meeting in the middle, they should be given a neat and proper shape. The errant hairs in the middle, above or below the eyebrows can be plucked away. Nasal hair and the hair sticking out of the ears should be trimmed regularly.
13. Apply Sunscreen
Though it may sound pointless, the application of sunscreen can end up being very productive. The skin gets damaged and even dries out because of UV rays, which is due to high sun exposure. When you are going through your daily grooming routine, it is advisable to apply an SPF30 product to nourish and protect the skin. Irrespective of the season, you must protect your skin with sunscreen to keep UV rays away from the periphery of the skin.
14. Follow a Proper Face Washing Regime
The fact is undeniable that the face collects a lot of dirt, pollutants, and grime during the day. It should be a regular habit to go to bed with a clean slate by following a regular and strict face wash regime. The best option is to begin by washing the face with ice-cold water and then proceeding to a face wash. As mentioned above, use a face scrub once a week to exfoliate your skin.
15. Moisturise Regularly
Keep your skin feeling soft and supple with regular use of a moisturiser. It keeps lines and wrinkles from forming as well.
One can feel bemused seeing the abundant amount of advice and grooming tips for men’s skin. There are so many different varieties of grooming products in the market that one needs proper knowledge of the products and their usage. Products aside though, maintaining personal hygiene should be a priority for both men and women alike to make a good impression on anyone they meet!
There is a right way to approach the task of hair trimming and removal, and it differs for each body part. What is safe for one might be a hard pass for another. Shave here, trim there, and leave your forearm hair be. You might want lots of chest hair but absolutely no back hair. You might like a medium pube moment around your junk, but next to no hair on the balls themselves. So what’s the best way to approach male body grooming, given that every body part demands different attention? First, make sure you have a body grooming device at the ready. (More on that below, but for now, note that it very closely resembles a beard trimmer, and sometimes has interchangeable heads so that it tackles beards and bodies both.) Then, read this article.
How to Manage Chest Hair
1. Don’t shave it: Unless you want to be a human pumice stone for your significant other, then it’s best to avoid shaving your chest. Your partner will thank you, even if he or she is attracted to dolphin smoothness. It’ll also spare you from having to shave half of your body every single day.
2. For smoothness, use depilatory cream: If you’re determined to achieve that swimmer-sleek look, then there’s an alternative route. I would first suggest a depilatory cream to dissolve the hair at its root; this will buy you a few weeks before it starts to regrow, and it won’t grow back with a blunt, sharp edge. Test a bit on one patch of hair to see how you react. If it goes well, take it all off. If not, then you can consider waxing it.
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3. Waxing is a last resort: Waxing will be painful and often results in an acne breakout. If you see a trusted professional, however, you can avoid most problems. On the upside, you can expect up to six weeks before the new hairs grow in. Regardless of which full-removal method you attempt (cream or wax), do it a few days before you need to showcase the goods. It should look bare and smooth by then, barring any possible redness, sensitivity to sun, or irritation. Follow the procedure as you would a shave: a cold shower, nourishing lotion, and, if you can, try to keep cool and avoid sweating for a couple days, which will clog the pores.
4. Trimming is your best option: If you’re content with your chest hair and simply want to manage any unruly length, then get a full-body groomer (which is different from a beard trimmer). By keeping it at a short but flexible length, you won’t end up sandpapering your partner.
See more tips on trimming body hair below.
GQ’s picks for best body trimmer:
Philips Norelco body groomer
This one isn’t just a body groomer; it comes with 25 different pieces that trim everything from your nose to your sideburns to your beard, too. Swap out the head or add the right guard, whatever your objective may be. It’s a simple solution to the various devices you might otherwise accumulate, plus comes with a 10-year warranty (!!!) and has 6 hours of runtime per charge, thanks to its ultra-powerful lithium ion battery. Amazon $100 Buy Now
Wahl body groomer
A device that does it all, thanks to four interchangeable heads. A T-blade for the edges of your beard and burns, a foil shaver for the smooth stuff, a detailer for your mustache and eyebrows, and a standard trimmer for everything else. Guards included, this one has 18 pieces, and can trim up to 13 different lengths. With all those options, it’s safe to say you’ve got your bases covered. Plus, it holds a 3.5-hour charge and has a stellar 5-year warranty. Target $40 Buy Now Get Those Shoulder Hairs
If you’re nixing shoulder hair completely, then avoid razors and use a body trimmer. The shoulders are susceptible to breakouts, given they spend the whole day under your shirt, accumulating sweat and never breathing. Take the trimmer down to its lowest setting, and go against the grain with it. (This is the opposite rule as shaving, but since you aren’t breaking the surface of the skin, you don’t run a risk of ingrown hairs.) Shear it all off, and repeat the task every few days or once per week.
Clean Up Your Neck
1. Front of neck: Just shave this or trim it whenever you clean up your facial hair. Regardless of your beard length, though, you need to help define it by removing the neckbeard. Imagine a “U” shape that connects behind both ears and meets at a point above the Adam’s apple (two fingers above it). Everything below this imaginary “U” must go. You could also use an electric shaver on this area, as you might for your face.
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2. Back of neck: You can summon a friend or partner to help you maintain a clean neckline between haircuts. However, their job will be much more difficult if you have a “natural” hairline on a slightly more grown-out cut. That requires artful blending, in which case, your best bet is seeking professional help. Getting a touch up from a barber shouldn’t cost more than $15 and it’ll add an extra couple weeks before you need a real haircut again. (Plus, he or she will probably clean you up around the ears, too.)
How to Manage a Hairy Back
1. Use a body groomer: It’s best to trim your back hair with a body groomer, since the back so easily breaks out with a shave. Ask a partner to trim the hairs every week or two, without feeling pressure to keep it totally smooth. Or, maybe you can manage this task on your own, if you’re flexible enough.
Personal hygiene habits all men need to know
123RF Have you replaced your blades lately?
Though this is entirely subjective, men are assumed to have lower grooming and personal hygiene standards than women.
The rise of the metrosexual 15 years ago (and, today, the “spornosexual”) has done much to see men’s habits change for the better, but there are still some things we can improve on.
* The modern man’s grooming guide
* How guys can look years younger with a little grooming
1. REPLACE YOUR BLADES
Razor blade cartridges are ridiculously expensive, so we often eke out their use over a week or more. However, a blade should only be used 3-4 times before replacement.
It’s also important after your first shave to disinfect a blade – bacteria sticks to it after each use. Wash with hot soapy water or douse some rubbing alcohol over it.
Noting the expense of newfangled Mach-style blades, consider a return to old-world single-use blades, which cost about 20c each on websites like mancave.co.nz.
2. GET RID OF YOUR NOSE HAIR
When you can’t tell the difference between nose hair and upper-lip stubble, you have a problem.
Few men ever tackle their nose hair – even when it resembles an unruly bush in a bat cave – but everybody except you thinks it needs to be dealt with.
Invest in an electric body hair trimmer with a nose hair attachment and use it weekly.
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3. AIR OUT SWEATY GYM GEAR
Ever notice your gym clothes still have a slight hint of body odour even after being washed? It’s because your sweat patches have been left wet for too long.
When you throw your soaked, bacteria-filled gym gear straight in the washing basket, it has hours – even days – to soil the fabric and permeate every fibre.
So, before washing your workout clothes (socks and underwear included), hang them out so the sweat can dry first.
4. WEAR JANDALS IN PUBLIC SHOWERS
Here’s a completely unscientific fact based on years of my own observations: Only about 10 per cent of men wear jandals when using public showers.
The shower room floors at a public pool, for example, are a literal hotbed of the human papillomavirus that causes plantar warts. All you need is a small crack in your foot and some hot water to soften it, and you’re prone to infection.
Also, everyone knows what men occasionally get up to in showers. Please, all other men, start wearing jandals.
5. TRIM YOUR TOENAILS MORE OFTEN
On the note of feet, most men are reasonably good at trimming their fingernails every 10 days or so, but will neglect our toenails because “feet don’t matter”. Newsflash, gents: They do matter.
When your Wolverine-claws scrape up against your significant other when you’re cuddling in bed, you’ll understand why. Trim your toenails as necessary – about once every 2-3 weeks.
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6. FIGHT DANDRUFF
Because men have a far weaker scalp barrier than women, we’re more susceptible to dandruff. I’ll often see those flaky bits of skin that look like a mini snowstorm on other guys, and they’re particularly visible on dark blue or black suits.
Dandruff is very easy to manage, however. All you need it a simple shampoo containing nizoral and you’ll see improvement within days.
7. BANISH ‘BACNE’
Acne on your back, known as “bacne”, affects many men. Usually it gets concentrated on the shoulders and upper back, but for some guys will appear on their bum – hence the new term “butt-ne”.
Like our faces, our backs can get oily and thus need the same attention paid with a regular cleanser. Use the daily wash or scrub you use on your face for any areas where you’re prone to pimples.
8. WIPE YOUR BUM PROPERLY
The term “skid marks” is almost universally associated with men. Why? Because lots of us don’t wipe our bums properly.
Whether we’re just stingy with the toilet paper or just don’t care enough about our rear-ends is debatable, but one thing is for sure: Fecal matter ain’t no laughing matter.
This is a problem easily solved by buying a packet of those flushable wet wipes. They’re not just for babies.
9. TERMINATE COFFEE BREATH
Have you ever wondered if your breath stinks after a cup of coffee? “Coffee breath” is caused by the toxicological effects of caffeine, which slows down saliva production.
When your mouth is dry, bacteria thrives inside your mouth and the result is bad breath across a meeting room table.
After every coffee, have a stick of gum which will both replace the stink with minty freshness, and stimulate saliva production again.
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Good grooming matters. Just look at the professionals around you. We will bet that those who present themselves well are more likely to get ahead than those who don’t.
Read on for some tips so that, at a minimum, you don’t come across as one of the rare surviving Neanderthals.
1. Take a daily shower
And don’t make it a token soak. Better yet, shower twice daily, especially in the summer months. Use a deodorant to save yourself the embarrassment of body odour. At the same time, don’t go overboard by lathering perfume onto yourself. Subtle scents that can be detected in close proximity are much appreciated, compared to overpowering scents that get heads turning the other way.
2. Watch your mouth
Don’t just watch it; wash it. Brush your teeth when you wake up and before you go to sleep for healthy teeth and gums. Floss daily. It takes just a couple of minutes. If you’re pressed for time and can’t spend the recommended six seconds per tooth gap, remember the advice that dentists give: “You don’t need to floss between all your teeth; just the ones you want to keep!” Use a non-alcoholic mouthwash to keep bad breath at bay. If in a pinch, carry mints to camouflage stale breath temporarily. Also, make a trip to the dentist every six months to keep your oral hygiene in check.
3. Keep your fingernails and toenails clean
Keep your fingernails and toenails trimmed. Remember to tend to them at least once a week. Under no circumstances should you allow dirt to accumulate under your nails. Dirty nails are a big turn-off. It’s okay to go in for the occasional manicure and pedicure and to sit back and let experts take care of your nails for you.
4. Timely haircuts
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Unkempt hair gives you a shabby and disheveled look. So, get a haircut every four to six weeks to look well-groomed. Do not wait for it to reach a point where either you realize it on your own or, worse, somebody else points it out to you. Also, if you’re planning on rocking a full beard, keep it trimmed. The same goes for your eyebrows; grooming them is not just a lady’s thing. As for nasal hair, trim them also so that they don’t poke out of your nostrils and distract someone while they are talking to you. Remember what they say about well-groomed men: “Not a single hair was out of place.”
5. Take care of the skin you are in
Routine skincare regimes are not just meant for the womenfolk; a man’s skin needs just as much care. Various men’s skincare products are available in the market these days and it is easy to get your hands on a few essentials. Make it a point to moisturize your skin after showers. Nobody likes dry, chapped skin. Use a sunscreen lotion before stepping out into the sun to prevent over-exposure and unnecessary tanning.
6. Wear well-fitted clothes
If you are wearing the same old clothes you wore to college or to that New Year party two years ago, it is time to give your wardrobe a makeover. Read men’s fashion magazines and keep up with fashion trends so that your clothes don’t look obsolete. Remember, though, that more important than style is to wear clothes that fit well. Visit a tailor and get clothes custom-made. One additional benefit is that you’d have a clearer idea of your sizes (neck, shoulder, chest, waist, arms, hips, in-seam, etc.) and that will help even in picking better-fitting clothes off the rack.
7. Maintain a good posture
A good posture is just as important to look well-groomed. Stand with your back straight, your shoulders held back and chest and chin held up. Slouching can also be taken as a sign of low confidence.
8. Perfect your handshake
Another characteristic of a well-groomed man that leaves a lasting first impression is the handshake. Make sure that your palm is not sweaty or wet and that the handshake is firm. Please, no dead-fish handshakes! Tone up the muscles in your arms if you must. Yet, don’t go overboard and give a bone-crushing or endless handshake (keep it to three seconds). Sustain eye contact with the person you’re shaking hands with and smile while you are at it.
9. Do not compromise on sleep
Get at least seven hours of sleep every night as it is important for the proper functioning of your mind and body. Waking up after a good night’s sleep will help you look fresh and healthy—signs that men are frequently complimented for. If what you see in the mirror are red, puffy eyes and dark circles, those are clear signs of lack of sleep.
10. Be organized and systematic
Good grooming extends to the space you spend time in, and messiness signals the opposite. Keep your office space and living quarters organized and tidy. Briefcases and wallets need to be routinely cleared of receipts, others’ business cards, and any expired coupons. Remember, a thin wallet is classier than a fat one.
Think a woman in your life would benefit from similar tips? Here are grooming tips for women.
5 Basic Hygiene Tips for Men
We pay a lot of attention on our clothes and appearance but our personal hygiene is often overlooked. If you are paying attention to your personal hygiene, we respect you. But in case, it is being overlooked for any good reason here are 5 personal hygiene tips for men. These 5 tips are essential and you can follow them without much hassle.
This is a no brainer, you should brush your teeth every day. We hope you’re already doing that but to step up your oral hygiene, you should brush twice a day and visit your dentist every six months. Apart from this using a mouth wash is also a good idea. Bad breath is the biggest turn off for everyone, make sure people enjoy while you talk, rather than covering their nose.
No matter how strong or pleasant your perfume is. If, you’re not taking showers regularly you will stink. Though we advocate to take a shower every day at least once but if you can’t bath daily, make sure to do it at least every alternate day. To get more health benefits from your daily showers switch to cold shower. To know the benefits of cold showers, visit this link http://bit.ly/2RF1Beg. Regular showers can clean your skin and wash all the dirt and allergens trapped on it.
Growing a beard is manly and it looks sexy too but with great beard comes great responsibility. You have to keep your beard tidy and well-maintained. You want to look manly but not homeless. So, trim your beard regularly and define the edges by wet shave. If you have a well-groomed beard, you’re going to grab a lot of eyeballs.
If you thing body hair removal is feminine, you are wrong. It is a very healthy practice and you should trim your body hair regularly. Over time your body hair trap dirt, sweat and many impurities. This may result in body odour or other skin issues. To keep your skin healthy and clean, it is necessary to have a manscaping regime.
Use a deodorant
Body odour is often due to many external issues, pollution and heat are few of them. We cannot control the heat or the pollution but we can control our body odour. One simple fix to this problem is using a deodorant after your shower. This will not just mask your body odour but also prevent excessive sweating. You stay hygienic all day long.
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15 Hygiene Habits That You Shouldn’t Miss in Your Daily Routine
Hygiene is one of those things everyone is expected to know but no one ever talks about, and there’s more to it than just wearing deodorant and rinsing with mouthwash. By Jack BuschThis post may contain affiliate links, read about our editorial promise
You probably remember that Sunday afternoon when your dad pulled you aside and taught you how to shave like a man. Unfortunately, this is about the only formal lesson you got in personal hygiene and grooming. From that point on, you were on your own.
Perhaps this is all a big conspiracy put on by the makers of Axe Body Spray; they want to ensure that guys have no idea how to avoid smelling like sweaty apes without dousing themselves in cologne and deodorant. Or maybe it’s just not very cool for bros to sit around and brag about their personal hygiene. Either way, there are some serious personal hygiene tips and habits that are missing from the average male’s daily routine.
Here’s what you should be doing on a regular basis:
Inside Your Mouth
The freshness of your breath is the ambassador of your words. You could be whispering the sweetest of sonnets into someone’s ear, but if you smell like you just gargled a sewer rat, it’s going to be a turnoff no matter what.
These tips will help keep things fresh all day:
Invest in a decent electric toothbrush. Every time I see my dentist, he slips me a $10 coupon for an electric toothbrush. Either he’s a shill (doubt it) or these things really work. The key is to get a decent one, not just one of those regular toothbrushes that vibrates. You should spend at least $100 on your starter kit, if not a little more.
You can get a Philips Sonicare FlexCare brush that will treat you right for $111 or so. Or, if you’re on a budget, you can spend $35 on an Oral-B Vitality Dual Clean While clearly inferior to the higher end models, it has something that is guaranteed to improve your brushing: a 2-minute timer. A timer ensures that you’re brushing for the recommended amount of time. You might be surprised at how little time you spend on your teeth currently.
Floss everyday. We all know that flossing is important, but few of us do it consistently. But it’s really, really worth it. It’ll freshen your breath, prevent gum disease and save you from those withering looks from your dental hygienist.
The problem for most guys, though, is the hardware. I’m willing to bet that if flossing wasn’t such a pain in the ass, you’d do it more often. Try buying a cheap reusable floss holder instead of using naked floss. You can get a pack of three for $10 and keep refilling them with normal floss. Heck, with one of these, you might even enjoy flossing.
Avoid those disposable flossers that you’ll see in the checkout lines at grocery stores. Not only will they cost you way more in the long run, but they produce a lot of garbage as well.
Bonus tip: According to the American Dental Association, it doesn’t matter if you brush then floss or floss then brush, just so long as you use an ADA approved product and do both tasks diligently.
Brush your tongue. Buildup on your tongue not only looks disgusting, but it’s the number one cause of bad breath. Giving your tongue a good scrub when you’re brushing your teeth can nix this. But if you have a sensitive gag flex, you might want to try some of these tips:
- Make a fist with your left hand with your thumb inside and hold it tightly. For many people, this suppresses the gag reflex; no one is sure why.
- Exhale through your mouth as you brush.
- Brush perpendicular to your tongue (i.e. side to side) rather than back and forth.
If all else fails, buy a tongue scraper (ask your dentist) or use a piece of floss to scrape your tongue.
Investigate for tonsil stones. Tonsil stones, or tonsillolith, are solidified deposits of food, bacteria and other junk that collects in the nooks and crannies of your tonsils. As you can imagine, they smell pretty nasty. So, if you have chronic bad breath, you may want to scope out the back of your mouth and see if you can spot any of these buggers.
You can see some pictures of what you’re looking for here. To remove them, try gargling with salt water or knocking them out with a toothpick or Q-tip. If all else fails, ask your doctor–you may be prescribed antibiotics, or in extreme cases, undergo surgery to remove your tonsil stones.
In the Shower
Showering feels like hitting the “reset” button on your accumulated stank. But chances are, you’re doing it wrong. Consider changing it up:
Don’t shower everyday. Your mileage may vary on this, but most people don’t need to shower every day. In fact, showering every day strips away the necessary oils in your skin and hair, which makes your body produce more to compensate. You can probably get away with showering once every other day. If you can’t swing that, skip the shampoo every other shower. If your hair gets greasy spots, try sprinkling some baby powder around the roots between shampoo days.
You might also want to consider a dry shampoo for no-shower days. You can make your own by grinding together 1 cup of oatmeal with 1 cup of baking soda. Sprinkle it on your roots, wait a few minutes and then comb it out. Fresh!
Wash your face with honey. If you have extremely sensitive skin, or are just looking for a cheap organic face wash, try this: Wash your face with honey. I mean it. Go to your nearest hippy food co-op or Whole Foods and get some local, raw honey (commercial honey is often too processed to have the same benefits). Honey is a natural humectant (e.g. moisturizes without leaving oily residue) and exfoliant. It even has natural antibacterial qualities.
Wet your face in the shower and massage it into your face. Leave it there as you wash the rest of your body and rinse it off last thing before getting out.
Actually wash your feet. Guess what? Soaking your feet in half an inch of soapy runoff while standing in the shower doesn’t count as washing your feet. Get in there with a wash cloth and scrub your toes and the bottom of your feet. This will help you kick embarrassing foot fungus and other odorous or unsightly issues.
Cool off before hopping out of the shower. This may sound masochistic, but right before you get out of the shower, turn it on full blast cold. There are numerous benefits to this so-called James Bond Shower (see: awesome article from The Art of Manliness), chiefly in the hair and skin department. But in the summer, it also prevents you from sweating the moment you step out of the shower and getting stinky all over again.
This is where things get really dirty. On any given day, all this business in your boxers is yours and yours alone. But when things get up close and personal, bad hygiene downstairs becomes much more noticeable. Follow these measures, or risk having her ask “who’s got the funk?” the next time you get down.
Pop a squat. If you’ve been to the non-touristy parts of Asia or Africa, then you’ve likely encountered a squat toilet. To you, these may seem primitive, possibly gross. But in reality, squatting is the most natural position for taking care of business, with numerous health benefits. It requires less straining and leaves less residue behind. In fact, many public squatting toilets don’t even provide toilet paper, since it’s often not necessary when you’re popping a squat.
Elevating your feet can give you some of the smooth moving benefits of a squat toilet, even on your dumb American toilet. A six-inch footrest should do the trick. If you don’t want guests asking you why you have a step stool in front of the can, then you could try using a big pack of toilet paper as a footrest.
Use baby wipes. And use them for the same reason a baby uses them. Fellow Primer contributor Justin Brown already covered this one in his Five Readily-Available Products You Should Try rundown.
Here’s how he puts it:
Answer me this: when you want to wash your face, do you use a dry washcloth? When you want your hair clean, do you just grab a towel and rub your dry scalp for a few minutes? No. And that’s because the best way to get our bodies (or specific parts of our bodies) clean is with a bit of moisture. See where I’m going with this?
You can try wiping with normal tp then using a baby wipe as final clean up. This trend is becoming so prevalent manufacturers now sell wipes that aren’t branded for babies.
Just one caveat: flushable baby wipes aren’t always as flushable as advertised. They can clog up your plumbing just like a tampon can. Proceed with caution, or dispose of them in a lidded trash can.
At the very, very least you should be getting that area as clean as possible at every shower. Don’t be squeamish. Get some soap and water and take care of it. You’ll be cleaner and more comfortable, I promise. You’d be shocked at how many dudes have admitted to never even considering this step.
Eliminate chafing. If you’ve seen the “Fun Run Race for the Cure” episode of The Office, you already know that chafing is a serious issue. But it’s not limited to your nipples. You might want to check out ChafeStick, a 100% organic skin balm for “Monkey butt, Cycle sores, Runner’s chafe, Diaper rash, Gig butt, Boardie’s rash, Swamp nuts, Harness chafe, Swimmer’s rash, Road burn, and any other skin irritation.”
For a specialty product that’s a bit more targeted, consider Fresh Balls (not joking). Avoid using baby powder. There’s talc and other nasty stuff in baby powder that can seriously over-dry your boys to the point that they become raw.
Cologne below. On a similar note, you should consider a quick spray of cologne on the front and back of your boxers before you head out. Your crotch is like the armpit of your legs, but unlike your pits, it doesn’t get deodorant. Chances may be slim that anyone will be close enough to notice the cologne down there, but if someone is, then odor may be mission critical. As for the back of your boxers, there’s apocryphal testament that cologne can CYA in case of gas. How true this is depends on the circumstances, and perhaps what you ate…
Here are three last tips that don’t fit into any of the above categories:
Keep a cool hand. Sweaty palms are a blight on the business world, or anywhere else, really. A soggy handshake conveys nervousness, dishonesty or just plain ickiness. To stay ahead of the game, try washing your hands with cool (but not freezing cold) water prior to a meeting, social mixer or any other situation where you might be extending your paw. If that doesn’t work, as your doctor to prescribe some Drysol antiperspirant. This prescription strength antiperspirant is so powerful that you only need to use it once a week.
Change your sheets once a week. In college, I bet the only time you changed your sheets was when someone barfed in your bed. That doesn’t fly anymore. Change your bed sheets once a week. Swap out your pillow case just as often, if not more. This will help reduce acne and the dreaded bacne.
If you find yourself breaking out, use a new pillowcase every night or put a clean towel over your pillow.
Pluck your unibrow. Not really a hygiene issue, per se, but if you’ve been shaving the Great Fuzzy Caterpillar that arches across your brow, don’t. Plucking is more precise, lasts longer and doesn’t run the risk of a cut in the middle of your forehead. All you need is a pair of laser cut tweezers–don’t cheap out and use the ones in your Swiss Army Knife. They won’t get the job done nearly as well. Tweezerman is a good brand that’ll set you back just $20.
With all of the above being said, the last thing you should do is follow any hygiene advice blindly. Each person’s body is different. Some of us sweat more, some of us have oilier hair, some of us have sensitive skin or deep belly buttons or hairy armpits. You may need to adjust some of the advice in this article to suit the way your body works.
Got any other hot hygiene tips? Share them in the comments section. Don’t be shy. It’s for the good of humanity.
P.S. A big shout out to redditor NickTheNewbie who kicked off the thread that inspired this article. Hat tips all around to the Reddit community for some truly enlightening hygiene insight.
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Some men get it. Somewhere along the way, they’ve learned about grooming and good overall hygiene. They might even know how to moisturize and exfoliate, once exclusive skills of the fairer sex. But some men still don’t. And while they might not be the hapless slobs often stereotyped in the media, they could still learn a thing or two about how to get clean. What body parts should a man focus on? Which ones require a little more attention – and which ones maybe a little less? Here, experts weigh in on 11 body parts that guys should clean more or better – or at least a little differently. — By Michael Ko for MSN Healthy Living
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The average human is covered by about 20 square feet (1.8 square metres) of skin, making it the largest organ in the body, essential for protecting a person from infections. Keeping it clean is important. If you don’t clean your skin, bacteria, fungi and yeasts make their home on the skin’s surface. The problems start when they worm into the bloodstream through a cut or a scratch. That could lead to soreness, itching or worse. Though rare, a bacterial bloodstream infection could be fatal. If you’re obese, skin folds could develop yeast infections that break down skin, making it vulnerable to disease. A bar of soap and a bath will probably work fine. But it’s OK to explore your options. American consumers spent about $2.5 billion on men’s skin-care products and cosmetics last year, according to market data firm Euromonitor International.
2. Toes and feet
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Guys can be lumped into two groups: those who wear flip-flops in a public shower and those who take their chances in bare feet. The Institute for Preventive Foot Health’s 2012 National Foot Health Assessment found that about 44 million people have experienced athlete’s foot – 29 percent of men versus just 12 percent of women. One of the theories is that men typically wear heavier, airtight shoes, and the fungus that causes the itching loves dark, warm places. Athlete’s foot, if left untreated, can lead to painful blisters or spread to the toenails, discoloring them or even causing them to crumble off. The fungus can also spread by touch to other areas of your body, such as your groin, where it’s called jock itch. So change your socks. Wear well-ventilated shoes. Keep your feet dry. And put on those flip-flops.
3. Hands and nails
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Most guys know they should wash their hands after using the bathroom. But how many of them really do it? The American Society for Microbiology conducts an annual hand-washing study at prominent public restrooms across the country, including the bathrooms in Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry and San Francisco’s Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Their researchers found that just 77 percent of men wash their hands before they left, compared with 93 percent of women. The numbers are also grim for guys after diaper duty (80 percent of men, compared with 88 percent of women) and before touching food (71 percent versus 83 percent). Many respiratory and gastrointestinal illnesses are transmitted when contaminated hands touch eyes, noses and mouths. Disease-causing bacteria can lurk under your nails. “Hand washing is a no-brainer,” says Nancy Bock of the American Cleaning Institute, which co-sponsored the study. “Washing with soap and water for 20 seconds or more is a simple way to stay healthy.”
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Sweaty, itchy armpits can smell bad and be a social nightmare, not to mention a serious drain on your dry-cleaning bill once your shirts start to get the dreaded yellow armpit stain. Your body has between 2 million and 4 million sweat glands. The ones in your armpits are called apocrine glands; they secrete an oily fluid with proteins and fats. The sweat itself doesn’t smell, but when it contacts bacteria on the skin’s surface, it can stink. You can wash that smell away with soap and water and keep it at bay with daily showers. About 3 percent of the population suffers from excessive sweating, a condition called hyperhidrosis. The International Hyperhidrosis Society says antiperspirants can help, including stronger ones that can be purchased with a prescription. But watch out, though. The chemical compounds in some antiperspirants can exacerbate underarm stains.
5. Mouth, teeth and gums
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Be careful not to skip your daily brushings. It’s not just a matter of bad breath. When you don’t brush and floss, bacteria can coat your mouth in the form of plaque, which produces acid that destroys tooth enamel and causes cavities. That could lead to tartar, a hardened super-plaque, which can irritate gums and lead to inflammation called gingivitis. When it gets really bad, you can suffer from infection and disease. Research has found that men with periodontal disease may be more likely to develop cancer in their kidneys, pancreas and blood, as well as be three times more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction, according to a December 2012 study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. “Previous research has suggested a potential link between gum disease and other conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis,” says Dr. Susan Karabin, former president of the American Academy of Periodontology. Women are twice as likely as men to get regular dental checkups, according to research published in the Journal of Periodontology.
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Do you wipe your ear with a cotton-tipped swab after a shower? Maybe it’s time to stop. Doctors say you could puncture your eardrum or pack wax deeper into the ear canal, leading to temporary hearing loss, dizziness, vertigo or pain. Earwax, also called cerumen, is supposed to be pushed out by your jaw muscles while chewing. But some people are earwax overproducers, as a result of genetics. People who use cotton swabs, hearing aids or earbuds are more prone to blockage. The American Academy of Otolaryngology recommends using simple water- or oil-based solutions instead of swabs. Clean ears have become an industry in Japan, where trendy “ear parlors” have recently taken off. Men go there to drink tea and rest their heads on the laps of kimono-clad women, who clean and massage the ears.
7. Scalp and hair care
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How often should you shampoo your hair? An estimated 93 percent of American adults do it daily, according to one study conducted by Mintel, a market research firm. But many dermatologists and stylists think that daily washing – while more necessary for those with particularly dirty or oily hair, or those with dandruff – can strip your hair of beneficial oils and cause dryness and damage. They say it’s fine to shampoo three times a week. And does it matter when you step into the shower and all you see is a bottle of your wife’s shampoo? There’s no real difference between most men’s and women’s shampoos, besides branding, packaging and fragrance.
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Ever heard of “bacne”? You probably don’t think much about your back. It’s hard to see in the mirror and difficult to reach in the shower. But acne can appear on backs as well as faces. The glands there that keep your skin and hair moisturized can get clogged with dead skin cells or excess oil, which in turn can attract the bacteria that cause inflammation and breakouts, or back acne. You can apply acne medicine to your back or buy a body wash with salicylic acid for your morning shower. Or just pick up a loofah with a long handle to reach your back more easily. Also remember your back hair. More than 70 percent of women surveyed recently by Remington Products, which sells grooming and shaving equipment for men, said they wished their male partners would at least trim off some of their back hair. A third said they would prefer that their partner’s back be shaved.
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We shed millions of dead skin cells every day. When we wash our faces, we can get rid of the buildup, along with any excess oil or other debris that might be clogging our pores. In general, a man’s facial skin is thicker than a woman’s, so it’s less likely to be sensitive to the ingredients in facial cleansers and moisturizers. Find something that works for your skin type – whether oily or dry or somewhere in between – and that helps soothe the irritation after shaving or beard maintenance. Electric grooming products might be an option.
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It’s the part of the body that men value the most. How exactly should you take care of it? Doctors recommend that you gently wash your penis regularly with warm water. If you’re uncircumcised, remember to pull back the foreskin and wash underneath. If you don’t, a cheesy-looking substance called smegma may begin to gather. Smegma is a natural lubricant that helps keep the penis moist, but too much can start to smell and become a breeding ground for bacteria, causing redness and swelling in the penis called balanitis. Washing too hard has also been associated with swelling. Doctors also suggest avoiding powders or deodorants on your penis, as they may cause irritation. While you’re cleaning, it’s a good idea to check your testicles for lumps, a warning sign of testicular cancer.
11. Sinuses and nose
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Your sinuses and nose can harbor viruses and bacteria, such as Staphylococcus aureus, or staph, that can cause infections. Unclean sinuses can have a more practical, immediate downside. Dr. Thomas Connelly, a New York City dentist, described in a 2012 Huffington Post article how inflames sinuses and excessive mucus dripping into the back of your mouth can cause the growth of foul-smelling bacteria, leading to “sinus breath.” Finally, stuffy sinuses might also contribute to snoring. Clearing them out with decongestants, a hot shower or a gargle with strong mouthwash might help. Some swear by a nightly nasal rinse, in which water is flushed through the nasal passageway to clear it of debris.
Personal hygiene matters, from keeping you healthy and fresh to keeping the partner in your life. Here are some tips for men.
1. Use Gel Wipe daily. Wiping with dry toilet paper doesn’t equivalent to cleaning. Toilet paper may remove most dirt, but the skin and the hair will remain dirty. Sweating causes a swamp down there, spreading bacteria to buttocks and thighs. That’s why people have brown stripes on underwear. You need gel to clean skin and hair around anus.
- Take your skin type into account when choosing a toilet paper and gel. If you have dry or very sensitive skin, choose soft quality paper and gel with Panthenol and Vitamin E.
- Brown stripes = no sex
2. Groom yourself. Trim your pubic hair. Do this before you shower, so that all the trimmings are washed away.
- Avoid using chemical depilatories. These are products that “melt” the hair away. Soak in a bathtub for a bit to soften the hair up. It’ll make it a lot easier to shave.
- If you’re trimming, use a pair of scissors designated solely for your short-and-curlies.
- Once you are done shaping, it’s time to start shaving.
- Note that when you shave, within a couple days it could get really itchy.
3. Clean it. Making sure that your private parts are clean is also one of the basics when it comes to men’s grooming tips to stay free from body odor.
- Choose a mild soap.Many soaps contain perfumes that may irritate sensitive skin, and some contain cleaning agents too harsh for use on the genitals.
- Make sure to create a lather in your hands to wash your penis (rather than putting soap directly on it).
- Don’t overdo it: Your skin down there is delicate, and overwashing it with your usual soap can be irritating. This is especially true if you’re uncircumcised, since that means you have a mucus membrane on the head of your penis that’s extra sensitive.
- If you’re uncut, clean under the foreskin. Neglecting this will cause a buildup of a whitish substance with the oddly unpleasant name of smegma. It’s harmless, but not something you want sticking around.
4. Rinse. Rinse away all the soap and any debris that may have collected.
- Make sure you rinse thoroughly.
5. Good underwear. Wear a clean, fresh pair of underwear daily.
- Equip yourself with the right underwear.
- You can’t go wrong with cotton. It’s the most breathable fabric, and since cotton easily absorbs and holds sweat so you don’t have to worry about building up a smelly swamp down there.
You can purchase Gel Wipe from pharmacies in Northern Europe or Amazon UK & Amazon US.
Read Which Toilet Paper Moistener to Choose.