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Men’s Hygiene Rules – How to Keep a Regular Routine

January 13, 2023

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It may seem pretty obvious, but you need to follow basic men’s hygiene practices every day if you want to be an attractive prospect to potential mates, employers, clients, co-workers, and everyone else you meet.

Nobody likes the smelly guy in the office, no matter how well he is dressed, how good of shape he’s in, or how well he does his job. In other words, maintaining good hygiene is not just crucial for your overall health; it can help you be more successful in life.

If you’re ready to man up and stop putting people off with your poor personal hygiene, we are here to help. Incorporate these rules into your daily hygiene routine, and you will present the world with the best version of yourself.

Daily Men’s Hygiene Rules

Remember, each of these rules is a DAILY rule, meaning you must practice them every day. There are no exceptions. Your reputation is important, so don’t let one or two slobby days ruin how the people in your personal and professional life perceive you.

1. Wear the Right Deodorant or Antiperspirant

Young man standing in bathroom applying deodorant

Every guy’s body is different, so it is essential to find a deodorant or antiperspirant that works for you. If you are someone who sweats a lot, find an antiperspirant that works for you.

If you are someone with strong-scented sweat, look for an extra-strength deodorant to eliminate unpleasant smells.

Once you have found a product that works for you, wear it! Remember, just because you can’t smell yourself doesn’t mean others can’t. Apply deodorant in the morning after you shower, then reapply when needed.

2. Shower Every Morning

You should shower every morning when you wake up. Although some people prefer to shower at the end of the day, it’s still important to give yourself a good clean when you wake up.

As you sleep, the eccrine and apocrine glands produce sweat. When that sweat comes in contact with your skin, it comes in contact with bacteria, which results in smelly odors. Stress, certain foods you eat before bed, hot weather, and even your genetics can all affect how smelly you will be when you wake up. 

To learn more about body odor and, more importantly, why you need to shower in the morning, check out this informative article from the Cleveland Clinic’s Health Library – What Causes Body Odor.

Note: Make sure you dry yourself with a clean towel! It won’t matter how often you shower or how thoroughly you clean yourself if you’re ending your shower routine with a musty towel.

3. Clip Your Nails Often

Well-groomed fingernails and toenails are essential components of personal hygiene. If your nails are overgrown, they’ll collect dirt and grime. This makes you look dirty, and it can be very unhygienic if you eat with your hands, scratch your face, or are intimate with a partner.

Aim to clip your nails at least once a week and learn how to do it right! – GQ Magazine – How to Clip Your Nails Like a Pro.

4. Wear Clean Clothes… Especially Underwear 

Even if your clothes look clean, you must change them daily. Sweat, unpleasant odors, dead skin, and all kinds of other unhygienic particles can cling to your clothing. This is actually part of the reason why wearing a freshly cleaned shirt feels so much better on your skin than a pre-worn one.

You should also wear clean clothes after the gym, even if you don’t have plans to go out. It’s unhygienic to wear clothing you were just exerting yourself in.

 You also probably don’t need to be told to wear clean socks and underwear daily. You might be able to get away with it on a camping trip, but don’t even think about it day-to-day.

5. Brush and Floss Your Teeth Twice Daily

We aren’t here to nag you, but you do need to start brushing your teeth and flossing when you wake up and before you go to bed. Between brushings, you can also swill with mouthwash. This is an excellent way to keep your breath smelling fresh after you eat a smelly meal or down a few mugs of coffee.

Not only is maintaining a good oral hygiene routine important for both long-term and short-term dental health, but it will also help eliminate bad breath, which is one of the quickest ways to damage your reputation. Nothing puts people off like having a conversation with someone with stinky breath.

It’s not just essential to brush and floss regularly; you must ensure you are doing it right. Colgate's informative guide breaks down How to Brush Your Teeth Properly.

6. Take Care of Your Hair

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Hair maintenance is an essential component of men’s hygiene. Regular haircuts with a professional barber are important, but you must also wash your hair daily and put in that extra effort to style it properly. A well-maintained head of hair often has a more significant impression than the clothes you wear.

If you suffer from full or partial hair loss, that isn’t an excuse to ignore your scalp. If you’re going for the shaved look, stay on top of it.

You also need to make sure your facial hair is well-maintained, regardless of the style you are going for. If you like the clean-shaven look, you can get it by shaving daily with the right tools. If you prefer stubble or a full-length beard, clean up your neckline, remove overgrown, loose hairs, and keep things looking tidy.

Taking care of your hair also involves performing proper manscaping at regular intervals, including intimate hygiene. Trim unwanted body hair above and below the belt. You also need to pluck and clip overgrown nose and ear hairs. 

Remember, you don’t need to look overly manicured, but it’s crucial that your hair looks clean, tidy, and styled.

7. Wash and Moisturize Your Face 

Don’t forget to wash your face correctly in the morning and before you hit the hay. Use an exfoliating face soap to remove dead skin and grime for the best results. After dabbing your face dry with a clean towel, apply an unscented moisturizer packed with beneficial nutrients and antioxidants. This will help restore moisture to your sensitive skin and prevent your face from looking irritated and dry.

For best results, use a daily face moisturizer that has SPF protection. Don’t let sun damage age your face prematurely!

For More Information

If you’re looking for more ways to keep your physical appearance tip-top, we recommend reading our Personal Grooming for Men Ultimate Guide.

You should also remember that no matter how much effort you put into maintaining good hygiene and grooming practices, you’ll still look out of it if you aren’t getting enough sleep each night. To step your sleep schedule up, read our guide – Tips for Sleeping – How to Fall Asleep Faster and Sleep Better.

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