If you’ve clicked on this article, chances are you’re someone struggling with some sort of hygiene habit. Well, you’re not alone. As underrated a concept as it is, practicing hygiene is an indispensable part of personal grooming. Sweaty and unkept body might look good in a Bollywood movie, but what they don’t tell you is that no one likes you messy and unhygienic in real life.
However, life happens and you indulge in all sorts of physical activities throughout the day. You get sweaty, dusty and even smelly. Oh, that nasty smell that drives all the ladies away as if they saw a ghost in us. It begs the question: why is it that some men manage to look and feel hygienic through most of the day whereas others fail to do so? The difference lies in what you choose to do before you set out to seize the day.
Here are 7 hygiene tips that every man must know in order to look kickass all day long.
Manage your sweat
No amount of deodorant you put on can entirely eliminate the odor that your body exudes after a long, tiring day. It does help you to mask the odor to a certain extent but only an antiperspirant can mitigate the amount of sweat. Knowing the difference between the two is crucial in managing your sweat.
Keep your towels and undergarments clean
This might come as a surprise to many, but regularly cleaning your towels and undergarments is an integral part of maintaining hygiene. Since these are used on a regular basis, they get dirty more often than the rest of your clothes. However, most people falter at this crucial step and let their towels and undergarments pile up for a week, if not more, before sending them to laundry. It is recommended to wash these on a daily basis using an efficient detergent. One such detergent is Ugees, which is a plant-based surfactant. Using Ugees, you can get rid of dirt, sweat and bacterial build-up from your towels, undergarments, socks and even your bed linens.
Change socks everyday
Some people have a nasty habit of wearing the same old sweaty socks the next day. If you're one of those people, you need to stop now. Wearing old, smelly socks thinking that the sweat has evaporated in thin air and won't cause you any trouble is a grave misjudgment. Even if you haven't sweat the entire day, not changing your socks can still mean maintaining poor feet hygiene. Longer you wear a pair of socks, higher are your chances of developing bacterial infections such as athlete’s feet.
Keep your scalp healthy
How often you should wash your hair depends on the quality of your scalp. If it is too oily, it is more susceptible to dirt build-up which can lead to an unhygienic scalp. Washing hair every other day might come in handy for such people. Likewise, if you have dandruff, regular washing with an anti-dandruff shampoo can help.
Oral hygiene is probably the most overlooked part of personal grooming. If you thought that brushing your teeth is sufficient for that purpose, you need to think again. Flossing your teeth is important for removing plaque build-up from places where your toothbrush cannot reach.
Dr Bhargava told The Times of India that most people are unaware of the practice of flossing and how to go about it. She further adds, “In the West, at least 20-30 per cent of the population floss but the Indian population percentage is in single digits.” This might just be your cue to help India increase that number and move towards better oral health.
Most people consider removing pubes as synonymous to maintaining hygiene. But don't be shocked if we tell you that it is not entirely truth. Sure, trimming down your pubes does mean reducing congestion from your pubic area but excess of anything is harmful. Shaving your pubes too often or without proper precautions results in cuts, ingrown hair, blisters and itchy skin. Shaving your pubes responsibly is crucial. But regularly cleaning your pubic area with a mild wash is sufficient in itself in order to maintain proper hygiene. And if shaving is unavoidable, always use fresh and sanitized blades.
Cut your nails
No one likes dirty, ungroomed nails simply because they make your hands look ugly and unhealthy. If you don’t trim your nails, you are giving an open invitation to dirt and germs to make their home under them, something that you would definitely want to avoid. Trim your nails whenever needed and don't forget to file and moisturize them afterwards.
Personal hygiene is for all, no matter the gender. Ugees firmly upholds this belief and brings to you a biodegradable surfactant that protects your undergarments, towels, socks, headbands and a host of other clothing items from 99.9% germs. It is free from harsh chemicals and has a recyclable packaging, thereby creating a sustainable solution for all your cleaning needs. Maintaining hygiene does not have to be expensive, but it does require discipline. By following the above-mentioned tips and cleaning habits, you too can achieve better hygiene levels, easily yet efficiently.