Some men get it. Somewhere along the way, they’ve learned about grooming and good overall hygiene. They might even know how to moisturize and exfoliate, once exclusive skills of the fairer sex.
But some men still don’t. And while they might not be the hapless slobs often stereotyped in the media, they could still learn a thing or two about how to get clean.
What body parts should a man focus on? Which ones require a little more attention – and which ones maybe a little less?
1. SKIN :
The average human is covered by about 20 square feet (1.8 square metres) of skin, making it the largest organ in the body, essential for protecting a person from infections. Keeping it clean is important.
If you don’t clean your skin, bacteria, fungi and yeasts make their home on the skin’s surface.
2. TOES & FEET
Guys can be lumped into two groups: those who wear flip-flops in a public shower and those who take their chances in bare feet. One of the theories is that men typically wear heavier, airtight shoes, and the fungus that causes the itching loves dark, warm places.
Athlete’s foot, if left untreated, can lead to painful blisters or spread to the toenails, discoloring them or even causing them to crumble off. The fungus can also spread by touch to other areas of your body, such as your groin, where it’s called jock itch.
So change your socks. Wear well-ventilated shoes. Keep your feet dry. And put on those flip-flops.
3. HANDS & NAILS
Most guys know they should wash their hands after using the bathroom. But how many of them really do it?
Researchers found that just 77 percent of men wash their hands after using public or private toilets.
Please note that many respiratory and gastrointestinal illnesses are transmitted when contaminated hands touch eyes, noses and mouths.
Sweaty, itchy armpits can smell bad and be a social nightmare, not to mention a serious drain on your dry-cleaning bill once your shirts start to get the dreaded yellow armpit stain.
Your body has between 2 million and 4 million sweat glands. The ones in your armpits are called apocrine glands; they secrete an oily fluid with proteins and fats. The sweat itself doesn’t smell, but when it contacts bacteria on the skin’s surface, it can stink. You can wash that smell away with soap and water and keep it at bay with daily showers.
To be continued… Stay tuned for Part 2