In one of the great inequalities of life, men are not held to the same appearance standards as women. Oh, some do take great pride in the way they look and take steps every morning to ensure that everything is in place. Unfortunately, many do not and guys, you’re really letting down the side. As men, we need to up our game and try harder to present an exterior that, if not perfect, is at least presentable.

The first step is ensure that you practice basic hygiene. Follow these steps every day:

Wear Deodorant

We recognize that the rugged appeal of men can lie in their musk, but more often than not, you just plain stink.  If your job involves a great deal of physical activity, then you can really develop an unpleasant odor. Just because you don’t smell it doesn’t mean other people aren’t suffering.

Be sure to apply a dependable deodorant every morning. If you like to wear dark colored shirts, watch out for ones that leave you with white stains in your armpit area. Make sure to also do your laundry regularly.

Trim That Excess Hair

We’re not talking about the hair on your head here. We mean the strands sticking out of your nostrils and ears (for some older guys, it can even be growing on your ears). Buy a trimmer and check those areas daily for spots where hair shouldn’t be found.

Bad Breath

Like armpit odor, we are often not even aware that our breath is offensive. This can be especially true if we smoke. Be sure to gargle with mouthwash each morning and, for back-up, carry some mints on your person. It also helps to brush your teeth first thing in the morning and after every meal.

Cologne

Have you ever blanched when standing near a woman who is wearing too much perfume? The same holds true for guys and cologne. Too much is…too much.

Dandruff

Ever notice white flakes on your shirt? This can be a sign of dandruff and it’s especially troublesome for people who prefer their clothes on the darker side. Using a dandruff shampoo regularly can help keep this under control.