When you’re a kid, you have your parents looking after things like haircuts and you can run around all day without really needing any deodorant, but highschool can be a big wake-up call for some guys.

1. Wash your face 

There is a good chance that you haven’t been taking good care of your face, but don’t worry because you aren’t alone. If you have started getting acne, it can be tempting to use every soap in your bathroom, but you could be doing more harm than good.

It’s recommended that you wash your face twice each day, once in the morning and once at night. If you wash your face more often, you could dry your skin causing more oil production and more acne.

Don’t underestimate the impact of being on top of your skin care routine, it can make a huge difference. Lotions, moisturizers, cleanses, these things aren’t just for girls.

You should also make sure you use a soap that is formulated for the face because it won’t dry your skin like a bar of soap, and it might include ingredients to target acne or add additional moisture. 

2. Do something about your facial hair

Grooming your beard can feel kind of awkward when you’re in that middle stage when you’ve definitely got hair on your face, but not really enough to style like you’ll be able to when it grows in thicker.

3. Wear deodorant 

With puberty comes body odor, but you can combat smells by using deodorant daily and after showering. You might need to reapply after physical activity or on hot days, so it’s a good idea to keep an extra stick at school in your locker or gym bag.

If you want to venture to using cologne, we recommend sticking with one spray because it could become overpowering fast!

4. Brush your teeth twice per day

Good dental hygiene isn’t just important for preventing cavities, it keeps your breath smelling fresh too. The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice per day for two minutes each time.

If you have bad breath that doesn’t seem to go away, we recommend making an appointment with your dentist (You should do your best to get to the dentist every now and then regardless, even if you’re used to being on your parent’s insurance and you have to pay for it now.)

5. Maintain a clean hairstyle 

Maintaining a clean hairstyle can go a long way when it comes to looking good. If you don’t know what kind of hairstyle to get, looking online at current trends can be a good start. You can also ask your hairstylist for suggestions because they will know what will look good with your hair type and face shape.

We also recommend washing your hair with shampoo and conditioner between two and three times per week, so you keep smelling clean, but you don’t strip your hair of its natural oils. 

6. Wear clothes that fit

Choosing the right clothes can be a challenge, especially if you haven’t really cared about it before. You don’t have to wear expensive clothes to look good and you don’t need to change who you are, either.

The most important thing you can do is wear clothing that fits well. Find clothing that is fitted but still comfortable, and trade-in any overly baggy clothing. You might also need to consider getting your pants tailored, depending on your body type.

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