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Whether it is learning the art of shaving or figuring out how to work out at the gym and still smell good, more and more men are taking charge of their personal hygiene habits. Once considered something only women focused on, men are beginning to spend not only more time on their hygiene habits but also more money on products marketed directly to them. In fact, increase interest by men in their personal hygiene habits has led the male grooming products industry to forecast that revenue from men's grooming products to exceed $33 billion by 2015.
Personal hygiene is one of those things we all assume everyone knows how to take care of without ever talking about it. It isn't simply bathing, using deodorant, and brushing your teeth. Creating a personal hygiene routine is about maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Research has proven that individuals who consistently practice a proper hygiene regimen are more likely to avoid illness, prevent the spread of illness to others, have a sense of well being, and encounter greater social acceptance.
While most men assume they know everything when it comes to personal hygiene, there are definitely myths to be debunked and tricks to be shared. It is important for men to take the time to learn proper techniques for caring for such things as:
  • the inside of your mouth 
  • facial and body hair 
  • nail care
  • addressing things "down south."
Every person's body is unique which means not all of the hygiene advice out there can be applied directly to your personal hygiene routine. Men sweat differently, some men have lots of hair while others have no hair, or one man's skin may be more sensitive than the other's. Whatever the motivation for looking at your personal hygiene, make sure you check out the facts and explore the options before starting or changing your male grooming habits.
(For more information on this topic, including topics related to men and a healthy lifestyle, click Men's Health.)
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