Personal Hygiene Help for the Fellas: Part II
Sometimes we lighten it up here at The SuperSpade. Today, we will delve into the wonderful world of hygiene help for the guys. In the first post on hygiene we touched on the importance of wet wipes, clipping hang nails, among other items. So as summer approaches and global warming makes this year the hottest ever, let’s get back to basics. This list is intended for everyone from the Scruff McGruffs to the metrosexuals. And as always, ladies please help us out if you have any suggestions.
1) How are we defining washing our face? Does washing our face with a cloth and hot water qualify? If you answered yes, then good friend you are sadly mistaken. It is time to upgrade to using face soap, (i.e. Noxzema) everyday.
2) For those of us who enjoy going out, I know the temptation of using a straight razor to get that extra close cut on your face and neck. But what is the reward for the closeness? Razor bumps. Let’s try to avoid razor bumps in 2007. They can lead to ingrown hairs and I’ll save you the horror stories. So what is the solution? If you need a close cut, go to the barbershop because yes, the barber’s clippers are way sharper than yours. And whether you go to the barbershop or cut your own hair, use witch hazel to help tame the bumps that come from close cuts along your hairline and beard.
3) Washing your back is important and I know most dudes only get to wash the lower portion of their back only because we are generally less limber than women and plus we don’t have to worry about putting on bras. Whatever the case, if you ever had someone rub your back and feel them catch a bump then you know that is not a good look. Between working out and just living, our backs generally don’t get a lot of cleaning, so it is a prime place for bumps to reside. One sure fire way to help remedy this is to invest in a back brush.
4) This item isn’t really hygienic although it could be. Keeping handkerchiefs on you is a good look. You might be in a situation where someone is crying and there is no easy access to tissue. You might be out somewhere and your face could be shiny from perspiring in the sun. If that’s the case, a little dabs from the hanky will serve you well. I could go on and on, but handkerchiefs are the truth when used correctly.
5) The ashiest part of your body is probably the top crack of your buttocks. (Check the next time before you take a shower) To remedy this, get some lotion or Vaseline back there. You’ll thank me later. ;)
6) As the summer gets underway, you will be sure to see the wet armpit. There is a lot of pressure to stay fresher longer, I know. One logical response that many guys are guilty of is using more deodorant than usual. This will only increase your chances of having the wet armpit. And I know some people actually have medical situations that cause them to sweat more. I am not talking about them. If you are a dude, please supplement your deodorant use with baby powder and wear undershirts. Just be aware. This means you knowing the conditions by which the wetness manifests and not putting your arm around someone or rocking the silk shirt with no undershirt.
7) If you are going out on Friday, don’t make plans so that you get a haircut on Friday but don’t have time to wash out the loose hair before you go where you need to go.
8. Q-tips are really important to use on a daily but pay special attention to your ears after a haircut. Having loose hair in and around your ear will draw unwanted attention and make you wonder why no one is looking you in your eye.
9) If there is ever a time to monitor your cologne usage, it is now. Your cologne shouldn’t smell like the woods (this is for the wintertime) but it should be light with a slight citrus undertone. Cologne is to be applied on your skin not your clothes. And as always, people shouldn’t be able to smell your cologne unless they are close to you. This is your warning to not get caught this summer with too much cologne.
10) Some brothers, (myself included) occasionally flirt with wearing sandals in the summertime. That’s cool; just remember to make sure to make sure your feet don’t look like you have been kicking bricks. Moisturizing of the feet is critical.
That’s all for this installment of Personal Upkeep/Hygiene Help for the Fellas. Tune in next time,
Stay up fam,