By Candice Gage
Brett and Kate McKay of the Art of Manliness recently posted a column titled “Keep a Regular Grooming and Hygiene Routine.” The post is part of a series that focuses on equipping men to live on their own for the first time. Some of their advice is timeless, though, whether you’re just starting out or have lived on your own for awhile. The article begins:
I know. I know. You’re probably thinking, “Does Brett think all young men are a bunch of uncouth ignoramuses who need an article reminding them to practice basic hygiene?” No. No, I don’t.
But from my own personal experience and observing the lives of young men heading out on their own for the first time, I do know that keeping up with regular hygiene practices falls to the wayside for many young gents. With the stress of school and work, along with the lack of structure they once had at home, it’s easy to let yourself go.
This post is just a friendly reminder to keep up those regular grooming habits you hopefully formed in your youth. If you haven’t developed these habits yet, now is a good time to start. You’ll feel more alert, have more confidence, and won’t repel the ladies. As an added bonus, maintaining good bodily hygiene can help you become a man of character like Benjamin Franklin: cleanliness was one of his 13 virtues.
Let me be clear. I’m in no way suggesting you become overly fastidious about your personal grooming and hygiene. That sort of preening isn’t attractive in a man, and you probably have better things to be doing than standing in the mirror worrying about blemishes. All I’m encouraging is keeping up with the basic stuff you learned in elementary school health class that will keep you smelling fresh and looking presentable.
The McKays go on to discuss 10 helpful tips:
Visit the Art of Manliness website to read the full article.
Now — before any Marry Well men become offended, balk at my suggestions, insist that they don’t know any men with poor hygiene, and accuse me of man-bashing, let me explain. I’m a big sister of two young men. I have had many many male friends over the years.
Trust me — hygiene is an issue for some men.
And — right or wrong — poor hygiene is a turn-off for many women.
Thankfully, it’s an easy fix.
For the ladies — because of societal pressures to be attractive physically, we don’t seem to struggle with hygiene the way some men do. Still, if you recognize any gender-neutral tips that you tend to neglect (brushing your teeth, treating your acne, or others), consider adding them to your routine. You won’t regret it.
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