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Men can put their best faces forward, too

Women may devote more time to beauty and grooming than men, but many men are now interested in health and beauty regimens that can improve their appearances or enhance their natural features. The benefits of maintaining a healthy and attractive look can have advantages for those who are looking for a new job or looking for a new romantic partner.

Although the majority of beauty products are geared toward women, there are many efforts men can make to look their best.

Facial Care

One of the first things a person will notice about you is your face, so a well-groomed face can go a long way toward making a strong first impression. Both men and women are susceptible to wrinkles, either from sun damage, heredity or poor health habits like smoking. Using a moisturizer every day can help keep the skin supple and hydrated. Instead of bar soaps, rely on specialized facial cleansers, which can be gentler on the face and also reduce the propensity for breakouts or allergic reactions.

Try to maintain a freshly shaven face. Although there can be something mysterious about a 5 o'clock shadow, if the hair is not properly groomed or is growing in unevenly, you run the risk of looking unkempt. Use a sharp razor every time and lather up with a moisturizing shave cream to prevent skin irritation or nicks while shaving.

Sun protection is important, and both men and women should apply facial sun protection product daily. In addition, sunglasses help shield the eyes from damaging UV rays.

Breakouts

Breakouts do not discriminate based on gender. Men and women alike are susceptible to blackheads, whiteheads and acne.

The Mayo Clinic says acne and other types of breakouts occur when the hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. Normally, the oil-producing sebaceous glands in the skin produce an oily substance to lubricate the hair and skin. This sebum travels up along the hair shaft and then out through the openings of the hair follicles at the surface of the skin. If the sebum does not exit, or becomes mixed with an overabundance of shed skin cells and becomes clogged, it creates an environment ripe for bacteria. The pimple that forms is a byproduct of the inflamed or infected hair follicles.

Scrubbing the skin or using harsh products can exacerbate breakouts. Using a gentle cleanser and being careful with the skin can help alleviate oil and dead skin cells. Should a pimple form, using a dot of toothpaste or even making a paste from an aspirin and water and applying it to a pimple can help shrink it and clear it up faster. Men who want to cover a pimple can dab a small amount of a concealing makeup on the pimple to camouflage the redness.

Oral Health

White teeth are not only for Hollywood stars or models. Everyone can have teeth like a movie star. In addition to keeping teeth clean by flossing, brushing and avoiding foods notorious for staining teeth, you can turn to whitening products available at the dentist or at the neighborhood store to brighten your pearly whites.

While you are focusing on your mouth, pay attention to chapped lips. Applying a lip balm or even petroleum jelly to the lips at night can help alleviate dryness and cracking, making for a more attractive smile.

Hair Care

Men may spend less time primping in the shower and afterward on their hair than women because women's cuts tend to be longer and more complex. However, that doesn't mean men should ignore hair care.

While it is not necessary to wash hair every day, do so when hair starts looking unkempt or oily. Stick to shampoos that wash clean and don't leave behind any "shine enhancers" or residues that make your locks limp, particularly if you're thinning up top. Also, conditioners may weigh down hair and cannot be substituted for shampoo.

Hands and Feet

Manicures and pedicures are not just for women. Many men benefit from visiting a nail salon or even a podiatrist to have their digits cared for. At the very least, trimming nails, ensuring hands and feet are clean and moisturized and removing calluses and dead skin are essential when caring for hands and feet.

Athlete's foot, a rash that forms on the surface of the skin and is commonly found on the feet, is caused by a fungus. Keeping feet dry and avoiding walking barefoot in certain areas, such as in gyms or locker rooms, can alleviate cases of athlete's foot. Should a case arise, anti-fungal medication can generally clear it up.