Don't Neglect the Small Stuff
Many small grooming habits have a bigger impact on your appearance than you might think. Trimming nose hair, cleaning inside and around the ears, moisturizing, exfoliating the skin, removing eye and nose gunk -- these small tasks can sometimes make or break your overall appearance and can be essential to good hygiene.
Spend a few moments each morning checking and touching up areas that aren't groomed on a daily basis, such as nose hair, ear hair and eyebrows. If you keep up on maintaining these areas, they're less likely to get out of control.
In the shower, make sure you don't forget the easily missed body parts, like your neck, behind your ears and even your feet. To ensure the soap reaches every part of you, start at the top and work your way down, taking care that you don't miss any of your skin. If you're consciously trying to hit every spot, then you're less likely to skip something.
The bottom line is that if you work hard on the rest of your appearance, you don't want a stray nose hair or some ear gunk to undermine your efforts. So spend a few moments cleaning up these often-neglected areas, and you'll be rewarded by looking great and feeling clean.
If you'd like to know more about men's health and hygiene, the links below will point you in the right direction.
- American Academy of Dermatology. "Men's Skin Care." 2010. (Feb. 22, 2011)http://www.aad.org/media/background/factsheets/fact_men_skin.html
- Avram, Mathew. "I Want to Shave My Face Every Day, But My Skin Gets Red and Burns After Several Days of Shaving. What Can I Do?" ABC News. July 1, 2009. (Feb. 27, 2011)http://abcnews.go.com/Health/MensHealthQuestions/story?id=7917537
- Duggan, R.J. "Summer Hair Tips for Men." Debonair Magazine. Aug. 17, 2009. (Feb. 23, 2011)http://www.debonairmag.com/summer-hair-tips-men
- Giswold, Jon and David Morgan. "Basic Training: A Fundamental Guide to Fitness for Men." St. Martin's Press. 1998.
- Herald.ie. "Smooth Operators." Feb. 22, 2011. (Feb. 24, 2011)http://www.herald.ie/lifestyle/health-beauty/smooth-operators-2550417.html
- Mail Online. "Men 'spend 83 minutes preparing to go out' while women take just 79, study finds." Feb. 10, 2010. (Feb. 22, 2011)http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1249811/Men-spend-83-minutes-preparing-women-just-79-survey-finds.html
- Margolis, Kim. "Yet Another Way Men and Women are Different." Dayton Daily News. Nov. 20, 2009. (Feb. 25, 2011)http://mo.daytondailynews.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/dayton/womenslife/entries/2009/11/20/yet_another_way_men_and_women_1.html
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