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Back in the day, if a man shaved and slapped on some Aqua Velva, his grooming for the day was pretty much done. But now there are so many options for men. Eyebrow tweezing. Manicures and Pedicures. Facials. Chemical peels. Manscaping. Should you be taking all these steps? It depends to some extent on what kind of guy you are, but even if you hail from the Grizzly Adams School of Personal Maintenance, there are certain basics you need to know.

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Even the lowest maintenance guys should at least moisturize, shave, tweeze or trim the occasional rogue eyebrow and put on some deodorant.

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I’m hearing the term “metrosexual” thrown around more and more these days, but it’s not a term that I like to use, because every man should take care of himself by adopting some sort of grooming routine. It shouldn’t be the exception. Even the lowest maintenance guys should at least moisturize, shave, tweeze or trim the occasional rogue eyebrow and put on some deodorant.

Pedicures and manicures are next on the list of things a man should consider. Make sure to find a spa or salon that caters to men. Walking into a typical nail salon can make the most confident guy feel self-conscious, even if he’s really dying to hear the latest Keeping Up With The Kardashians gossip.

For reference, Grizzly Adams is the hairy one. On the left.

If you have skin issues, a facial is a nice next step, as it can minimize pores and reduce the appearance of fine lines, not to mention make you feel good. And if you happen to be rather hairy, you might want to look into laser hair removal or simply keeping your fur trimmed and tamed. Google “body grooming” and you’ll see an array of helpful products designed to keep you from looking like you live in a cave.

Bottom line: pick your battles and adopt a daily routine that makes you look and feel confident. After all, even women who like a rugged man want that rugged man to take care of himself—and hopefully smell better than your average bear tamer.