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5 Personal Hygiene Tips for Men

Use Your Nose

Because your sense of smell is so tied to your brain's center of emotion, you probably have scents that you strongly associate with a person -- your mother's lavender drawer liners, your middle school girlfriend's bubble gum.

Don't let your signature scent be body odor. Or, worse -- B.O. you attempted to cover with cheap body spray.

Here's the right way to do it:

  • Shower regularly. (Note: "Regularly" does not mean "every 8 days.")
  • Wash your clothes regularly.
  • Use a mildly scented or unscented deodorant.
  • Find a good cologne. Ask a sister, female friend or other woman in your life to take you to a department store. Spritz on a little of your chosen scent of the moment and see how it changes over the hours. Your own personal chemistry will react differently to a scent than some other guy's will. Something you thought smelled great on someone else may be unpleasant on your own skin.
  • And once you've picked your perfect eau de James Bond? Put on less than you think you need. No one should be able to walk into an elevator and know you were there.

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