Personal cleanliness and good hygiene practices are essential for health and social reasons. In fact, people who are perceived as smelly or unclean are often ostracised by others. For the men folk there is more to it than just wearing deodorant and rinsing with mouthwash. Women pay serious attention to men’s looks and get turned off when they meet men who fall short of their standards, especially in terms of hygiene. Either way, there are some serious personal hygiene tips and habits that should be part of the daily routine of the average man.
Washing your hands before preparing or eating food, after going to the bathroom, after coughing or sneezing, and after handling garbage, goes a long way toward preventing the spread of bacteria and viruses. Apply soap and lather for at least 20 seconds, making sure to clean fingers, fingernails, palms and wrists. Rinse thoroughly and dry with a fresh paper towel or an air dryer.
Trim your nails
This is not about manicure or a nail polish. For the men it is about how your nails should look; keeping your finger and toenails trimmed and in good shape will prevent problems such as hang nails and infected nail beds. You need to upgrade your grooming routine to get healthier nails, a cleaner look, and a much more satisfying experience every time.
Practice a daily bathing or showering regimen
Regular bathing reduces body odour and can help control skin problems like acne. Men should pay special attention to the face, genitals and feet. Washing your armpits well with soap and water when you shower or after a sweaty gym workout, helps to remove bacteria from the body too.
The truth is some people do give off fewer odours than others. How often you need to roll on deodorant depends on your personal moisture rate. “Men who sweat minimal and have a mild odour can get away without deodorant, while other guys need it several times a day, says Jeffrey S. Dover, MD, associate professor of clinical dermatology at Yale University School of Medicine. Dermatologists reveal that antiperspirants keep you dry and advise that you should apply it. “Look for a deodorant with fragrances and antibacterial ingredients, like triclosan” says Robyn Gmyrek, M.D, director of cosmetic dermatology at Columbia University Medical Centre.
Dirt, sweat and dead skin cells can become trapped in socks, underwear and other clothing. That is why it is important to toss soiled clothes into the hamper and put on freshly laundered clothes every day. Wearing cotton socks can help your feet breath and keep them cool and dry.
Ideally, you should brush your teeth after every meal. At the very least, brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily. Brushing minimises the accumulation of bacteria in your mouth, which can cause tooth decay and gum problems.
Just because you are a man doesn’t mean you get lax about hair maintenance. Just like a car, your hair needs regular maintenance while a good haircut is also important. If you want to look your best, then get a haircut every four to six weeks.