You make sure to shower daily, trim your nails and keep the beard under control; that’s all there is to it for a man, right? Well, not quite. To maintain a professional appearance, a little extra work here and there can save you big trouble down the line.
The little things that aren’t so little
Some hygiene issues develop so gradually that they can escape your attention.
Bad breath: Bad breath can happen even if you brush your teeth regularly. Make sure to floss daily to remove plaque buildup that your toothbrush can’t reach.
Yellowing teeth: While your teeth naturally stain over time, coffee, soda and red wine can speed the process. Visit the dentist twice a year for a professional cleaning and dental checkup.
Dandruff: Not all shampoos will stop dandruff, and those little white sprinkles tend to stand out on dark-colored business attire. Find a shampoo that specifically targets dandruff and use it daily.
Your skin is important too
Some men are of the opinion that it’s “metrosexual” to care about their skin; this is nonsense. Give it the maintenance it deserves.
Cleansing: Whether in liquid or towelette form, you should always have a cleanser handy. Cleansers are typically categorized by skin type. Whether you have oily or dry skin, choose a cleanser that's right for you.
Moisturizing: As with cleansers, choose a moisturizer appropriate for your skin type. Moisturizers are an important tool for preventing dry skin.
Blackheads and acne: Blackheads often accumulate along your cheeks and nose. Regularly applied products containing salicylic acid can break them down. Using pore strips to clear out large blackheads on the nose. If you have trouble with adult acne, consult your doctor or a dermatologist for prescription strength treatment.
About that body hair...
Hair grows from places you don’t want and disappears from places you do. Nevertheless, it must be maintained.
Nose and ear hair: Some men swear by tweezers for this kind of removal, but that might just be an exercise in masochism. An electric clipper can do the job faster—without the tears.
Shaving: Whether your razor has one blade or six, make sure it's sharp and reasonably fresh. You don’t need a new blade each morning, but you’re pushing your luck if you keep the same one for more than three to five shaves.
Ingrown hair: When hair is removed too roughly, it might grow back through the skin and leave a painful, unsightly “razor bump.” If you’re prone to these bumps, use a good shaving soap and sharp blade, and cut only in the direction of hair growth.
Facial hair: If you have a beard, make sure to shave your neck and upper cheeks regularly so you look neat. Keep your mustache and beard length maintained with a good trimmer. If you're attempting the rugged long beard look, you'll need to wash, condition and comb it. There are many beard and mustache care kits available including oils and waxes that keep your facial hair in good condition.
The essential items
Whether you’re stocking your bathroom or filling out a travel kit, be sure you have these items with you.
- Shaving soap and aftershave
- Small electric hair clipper
A grooming routine can seem like a lot of work, but it pays off when you start the day looking and feeling your best. Develop a grooming routine that works for you, and it can benefit every aspect of your life.