7 Grooming Tips for Men

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You spritz your pits and pluck your nose hair before every date. But lurking beneath your otherwise well-groomed facade are sneaky saboteurs that can take you from stud to dud in an instant. Use this checklist from the Mens Health Girl Next Door, to make sure youre good to go.

Neck Stubble
Thick, prickly little hairs stick out over some mens collars like porcupine quills. Swipe with the Gillette M3 Power Nitro every few days to keep your neck neat. $12. Available at Walgreens and walgreens.com.

Mega-Minty Breath
Gargle 5 seconds before you show up and well worry youre hiding halitosis. Schedule a mouthwash buffer of 20 minutes so the flavor wears off a bit. For a light touch, try Supersmile Single Dose Powdered Mouthrinse. $16. Available at Ulta stores nationwide, (866) 858-2266, and supersmile.com.

Rough, Red Skin on Hands and Forearms
Farmers daughters might find the roughness a turn-on, but the rest of us prefer a smooth touch. Dont forget to hit your knuckles. Use Anthony Sport for Men Healing Hand Cream. $13. Available at May stores and anthonysport.com.

Too-White Teeth
If a man isnt an actor, model, or game-show host, paper-white teeth make a girl suspect his authenticity, and we wonder what grimy aspect of his lifestyle he might be trying to overcompensate for.

Odious Deodorant
A grown man shouldnt smell like an infant or a spice rack. Opt for unscented deodorant that will let a hint of your cologne or, even better, the true eau de you come through. Our favorite stick: Clarins Men antiperspirant deodorant. $14. Available at Macys and gloss.com.

“Bacne”
Everyone develops the odd zit here and there. But stroking a mans back (or butt) during sex shouldnt be like reading Braille. Unclog those pores with an exfoliating scrub, like Molton Browns Exhilarating Julipe Cleansing Body Scrub. In fact, dont try to get her into bed until you do. $30. Available at Neiman Marcus and www.moltonbrown.com.

Shiny Lips
Its great that youre nursing your windburned mouth back to health, but coating your kisser with five layers of petroleum is disgusting. A better strategy: Brush your lips with a soft, dry toothbrush to remove flaky skin, apply a thin coat of lip balm, then pat your lips with a tissue to make your mouth matte. Jack Black Intense Therapy lip balm works. $7. Available at Sephora.

Written By: Nicole Beland
Source: Men’s Health

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