There are essentials to grooming that no pricy product can take care of. As men, we must ensure, at the very least, we take care of these basics areas.
This is outside of your daily or, perhaps, tri-weekly showering habits.
Clean, trimmed nails: this means no dirt under the nails. The nails must be kept short; a weekly trimming should suffice. When the nails are kept short and trimmed, less dirt can be trapped under the nail. There’s no excuse for dirt under one’s nails with the exception of mechanics, men in lawn care, gardeners and men with other like professions. Even then, when you’re off the clock, tidy it up.
Flossed teeth: You needn’t have teeth as white as Tic Tacs, so long as they’re free of broccoli remnants and sausage casings. Additionally, popping 8-10 Altoids won’t make a world of difference if there’s a shred or two of carrot in-between your teeth. This should be commonsense, but from what I’ve seen, it’s not.
Again, floss is tiny and inexpensive enough to carry around or keep at a desk.
Trimmed hair: This is especially true for the nape of the neck. Keep this area tidy and you’ll likely look like you meant for the facial stubble to linger. Shaving daily is a lot of stress on the skin; I sure as hell can’t do it. What I can do is make sure the back of my head looks tidy, as well as the hairline and around the ears.
Clean ears: Brand name cotton swabs=more cotton. Done.
Any hair you trim or shape that’s not visible to the general public is up to you, as is the frequency. Just be careful around those areas.