In a highly competitive world, looks can definitely speak more of your personality and character than any well-written resume or curriculum vitae. To say that personal hygiene and grooming is only for ladies and sissies is missing the point of hygiene and grooming in one’s overall health, professional growth, and social health. If you want to be taken seriously in the corporate world, you need to play the part. Your impeccable look should exude with confidence and self-esteem that will not only wow the people around you but also help establish yourself as a man of the 21st century.
Here are 8 important tips you can observe to ensuring professional success and good health.
Apply Deodorant or an Antiperspirant
Most men sweat a lot. Unfortunately, when you sweat and it is warm, you tend to stimulate a strong chemical reaction between your sweat and the different microorganisms residing under your arms. You can remove the odor by applying a deodorant. Now, if you sweat profusely, then it is a lot better to apply an antiperspirant instead. If you don’t know the difference between the two, the get a deodorant-antiperspirant combination. Just make sure that the fragrance will not be too overpowering.
Wash Your Face at least Twice Daily
Use a facial cleanser instead of ordinary soap to wash and cleanse your face. Ordinary soap can wash away some of the essential moisture on your skin and lead to irritation and dryness. You can say that you have already taken a shower in the morning but going to and from your work will expose you to contaminants in the environment. Don’t let these spoil your day and your natural glow.
Floss Every Day
Sure you brush your teeth twice daily but this is often not enough to remove smaller food particles and other debris that may be stuck in between teeth. Additionally, there are more stubborn teeth surface contaminants that cannot be removed by brushing alone. Flossing at least once a day should help you keep your teeth surfaces sparkling clean and protect you from periodontal diseases. Don’t forget to use a tongue scraper to help you clean the tongue as well.
Change Your Underwear
This is a no-brainer. You should change your underwear every day and after every workout session. The crotch is perpetually moist, warm, and dark which are very suitable conditions for the growth of fungal organisms. Add to this not changing your underwear and you are looking at a potentially more embarrassing situation.
Take a Bath Every Day
While washing the face is all about taking care of the body part that you use socially, taking a bath once in the morning and in the evening can help freshen up your body. If you have to undertake strenuous physical activities or workout exercises where you will be perspiring, make sure to hit the showers after resting. You need to get rid of both the odor and the microorganisms that are producing these odors off your body.
Keep Your Nails Short and Clean
Unless you intend on playing Freddy Krueger, it is always best to trim your nails. The longer your nails are, the greater is the chance that dirt and microorganisms will accumulate under your nails. Furthermore, women would definitely be put off by the sight of dirty nails. Additionally, make sure to trim the cuticles on your nails as well to give it an even neater appearance. You can also use a hand lotion to keep your hands soft and prevent dryness, cracking, or even calluses.
Shave Every Day
Some women dig men who have beards and mustaches. Generally, however, many prefer clean-shaven men as this allows them to glide their hands across his face. Shaving should be included in the daily grooming of modern men unless you have very sensitive skin, in which case, shaving every other day should be considered.
Consider Body Shaving
While this is not absolutely necessary, getting your body hair removed might be a good idea as it projects a cleaner and more refined look – something that you need if you are working in a very competitive environment.
Regular and meticulous hygiene and grooming should be included in the daily ritual of the modern man. Not only is this important for his health, it is equally important in ensuring success in his work and social life.