Five Hygiene Tips Every Man Should Follow

Remember The Odd Couple? Men identify with either Felix or Oscar -- they're either fastidious and neat, or not so much. Regardless of which camp you fall into, there are five easy tips every man should know that make proper hygiene a breeze. We cover the basics, from skin, nail, and hair care to keeping your clothes and shoes neat.


Yes, Every Man

Men come in all varieties. Perhaps you are a rugged outdoorsman. Or maybe you're a meticulous professional. But no matter who you are, there is a certain level of basic hygiene that simply isn't optional. To be clear, we're not suggesting that all men should spend hours and hours grooming and primping or spend big bucks on metrosexual hair and skin care products. Read on for the five must-follow tips.

Tip 1: Keep Your Nails Under Control

Yes, tending to your nails is a pain. It's probably not something any guy enjoys doing. Do you need to get professional manicures and pedicures? No, although we certainly wouldn't discourage you from doing so. What are the basic, must-follow requirements regarding nails? We'll spell them out for you, as follows:
  • No dirt under the nails. This is easiest with short nails. Use a nail brush if you need it. (Don't worry, they're cheap and very masculine.)
  • Keep them trimmed. Long nails just aren't manly or attractive. Fingernails grow faster than toenails, so you might have to trim them more frequently.
  • Manage your cuticles. Push back your cuticles every once in a while after your shower (it only takes a few seconds). You can use special tools if you like, but your fingernails work great to push back cuticles. Trim any ragged pieces of cuticle while you're at it.
Do you dread doing your nails? Consider purchasing a shiny new manicure/grooming set. They're not expensive, and a new set of "tools" may be all the motivation you need.
Want to go the extra mile? Get a professional manicure and pedicure at least once, and pay close attention when you do. Watch what the pros do and learn what well-groomed nails look like. You might even enjoy it.
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