This is part two of our personal hygiene series, and contains 8 tips for improving personal hygiene. These tips apply to both guys and girls, though a lot of guys may want to read them more closely. Go forth, and be well groomed!
1. Clip your finger and toe nails.
Avoid looking like a prison escapee, or psychopath, by keeping a trim on you nails. Aim for a trim every week or two, depending on the growth rate. Do own an Emory board and clippers to do it yourself. The splurge on a manicure and pedicure is something the ladies love to do. Many guys don't, but should consider it on occasion. Guys, if you do, probably keep it private.
2. Use Sunblock.
This is a huge no-brainer as well. If you live in a tropical climate, which gets sun year round, or love to work on your tan when summer comes, sunscreen is a must. This keeps you from looking like a lobster if you get to much sun, and can help to prevent skin cancer.
3. Use lotion.
Moisturizing helps prevent dry skin, and keeps skin soft and pliant. Mainly use this on hands, elbows, knees and feet. These areas are especially prone to abuse, drying, and rough skin. Girls, this helps prevent a case of man hands. A girl with rough hands, is killing her sexy mojo. Guys too. Girls don't want to be touched buy a guy with sandpaper mitts. Get over the stigma, and just do it.
4. Get adequate rest.
Getting enough rest affects many areas of health, including skin. Having puffy bags under your eyes, because you thought you could go on a bender, and still make the 9am meeting, just doesn't work. Sleep is your body's recovery time. A wise man once said ”if you burn the candle at both ends, you're not as bright as you think you are.”
5. Drink plenty of water.
Much of the human body is water, thus making water intake crucial. Lack of proper water intake can affect your physical strength, skin, and waste elimination. This is doubly true if you like to hit happy hour a few times a week. The dehydration from drinking can carry on for days if you don't catch up. Sports drinks are a great way to hydrate, if normal water gets boring.
6. Exfoliate periodically.
Sloughing off dead skin cells is a great way to make your skin appear fresher, clean, and blemish free.
Our bodies do this naturally, and can use a bit of help from time to time. Girls often do this, but many guys don't. If theres a stigma about a guy getting a mani or pedi, it's doubly true for a facial. For normal use, try using a shower brush, or natural sponge that has a rough texture to it. Also, puck up a product that specializes in exfoliation. For facials, try one once every couple of months, to keep your skin looking great.
7. Use a gentle face wash to prevent overdrying.
Many cheap and mass marketed soaps, and scrubs can work great for your body at large, and take a toll on your visage. This can lead to overdrying of the face. We'd suggest using one wash for your body, and a specific face designed scrub or wash. The best face washes will also help with exfoliation, or moisture.
8. Go to the dermatologist if you have acne or blemishes.
There are a ton of OTC products for acne or blemishes. If you find these aren't doing the trick, don't hesitate to visit the dermatologist. They can provide scripts for powerful products, albeit expensive, that will clear up one of your greatest assets in no time,. Than cal also help prevent, or curb things such as excema, psoriasis, and more.
(Big thanks to Steve N, who helped a ton on this one.)
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The following tips for personal hygiene will keep you fresh, clean, neat, and fancy free. Follow these tips, as they are important for personal and professional results. You never get a second chance to make a first impression.
1. Brush at least once daily.
Brushing daily prevents the buildup of plaque. Plaque is a film of bacteria on your teeth and gums.
The buildup of plaque leads to tooth decay. Non-removed plaque can harden into tartar. Plaque also irritates the gums, and can lead to gum disease. Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss in adults.
2. Floss daily.
Cleaning between the teeth with floss, covers the area your toothbrush cant reach. Flossing is important in prevention of the aforementioned gum disease.
3. Visit the dentist regularly.
Your dentist, can check on your oral hygiene techniques, to make sure you're doing them correctly, prevent and fill cavities, whiten your teeth and more. Don't be a stranger to the dentist. Yes, we all have nightmares about dental drills, but don't let that stop you.
4. Whiten your teeth.
There are a lot of options for this now, so there is no real excuse for not doing this. Whitening toothpaste doesn't do much, so don't expect a lot. There are tons of whitening strips out there, which do a fair job. The only real way to get this done right is to go to the dentist, and have them do it. If may cost a pretty penny, but you get what you pay for.
5. Use mints or gum to have fresh breath.
One of the easiest ways to reduce plaque causing bacteria is to chew gum with xylitol. Plus, it gives you great breath. Let's face it, with dragon breath, your not getting the kiss. Plan ahead and grab some xylitol gum.
1. Shower daily.
Consider this a requirement rather than a suggestion. It doesn't matter if your European, this is still necessary. The Irish shower, won't cut it. Just do it.
2. Use deodorant/antiperspirant.
This is also a necessity. Use as natural product as possible. Some products can cause lymph gland blockage, in the prevention of sweat. That's not an excuse not to use it however. There is never an excuse for unchecked body odor, unless you are actually in the gym, or exercising. Proper use of these products will keep people from clearing a 10 foot radius around you, or wearing gas masks.
3. Keep eyebrow/ear/nose hair trimmed.
This one is broken way too often. I'm looking at YOU Peter Gallagher! Trim those eyebrows yesterday!
It seems as people get older, the more hair creeps into the nose, and ears. Don't fall victim to this one, unless you don't mind being the “guy with the furry ears.” Get a beard/mustache trimmer to keep this in check. In fact they make nose trimmer specifically for this task. Get one. Use it.
4. Get regular haircuts.
Being shaggy works great if your a cartoon character, and not so well for everyone else. This keeps a sharp and professional appearance. Aim for a cut every 3-4 weeks.
5. Use a great cologne or perfume.
Many people are remembered for a signature scent. Have at least 2 or 3 scents you can rotate for different occasions. Use a lighter, fresh scent, for more causal purposes, and a heavier, more formal scent for serious affairs.
Stay Tuned for part II!
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