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3 parts of the body that men always neglect

24 June 2015, 10:31 Winnie Mwirikia

What body parts should a man focus on? Which ones require a little more attention?

Some men get it. Some men moisturize and exfoliate every once in a while, but some don’t know how to do it.

Most men are likely to overlook these parts of their body:

Toes and feet

One of the theories is that men typically wear heavier, airtight shoes, and the fungus that makes you to itch loves dark, warm places so most men suffer from feet infections. We've all laughed about cheese smelly feet, but having sweaty or smelly feet is not only a real health problem but also very embarrassing. Perhaps you have experienced that permanent itch on your feet-give them the special care they crave!

Your feet have about 4 200 sweat glands on every square inch - more than anywhere else in your body apart from your hands. These sweat glands are behind many of your feet problems.

On the hands, the sweat evaporates but on the feet, it often doesn't because your feet are enclosed most of the time. That means that bacteria that live naturally on your skin start breaking down the sweat, making that awful odour. When you neglect your feet, you expose them to infections like athlete’s foot. It's especially common among athletes as they wear close-fitting shoes - often synthetic trainers and do lots of exercise, both of which encourage sweat. However, anyone who sweats can get athlete's foot.

Fungal skin infections on the other hand love anywhere that is warm and moist and that sums up the inside of the average shoe pretty well.

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There is something you can do about your sweaty feet. You can also switch from cotton to synthetic socks, which wick sweat away instead of absorbing it. Make sure your socks aren't too tight, as this will also encourage sweating. If that doesn't work, try antiperspirant. It blocks sweat glands on your feet just as it does under your arms.

Getting really obsessional about drying between your toes using a separate dry, clean towel and never putting on socks and shoes until your feet are really dry will help you reduce the risk of harbouring infections between your toes. So change your socks, wear well-ventilated shoes, keep your feet dry and put on those flip-flops. You don’t have to have pretty feet. You are just required to have less embarrassing feet.


Most guys know they should wash their hands after using the bathroom. But how many of them really do it? Researchers found that over 60% percent of men don’t wash their hands after using public or private toilets.

Note that many respiratory and gastrointestinal illnesses are transmitted when contaminated hands touch the eyes, nose and mouth. Although it's impossible to keep your hands germ-free, washing your hands frequently can help limit the transfer of bacteria, viruses and other microbes.


Most men think that only models should shave armpits but keeping hair underneath your arms isn’t in any way sexy. Turning your armpits to an unkempt jungle leaves a bad impression about your hygiene. Sweaty, itchy armpits can smell and be a social nightmare, not to mention a serious drain on your dry-cleaning bill once your shirts start to get the dreaded yellow armpit stain.

Your body has between 2 million and 4 million sweat glands. The apocrine glands in your armpits secrete an oily fluid with proteins and fats. The sweat itself doesn’t smell, but when it contacts bacteria on the skin’s surface, it can stink. You can wash that smell away with soap and water and keep it at bay with just a shower.

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