A Surprising Finding About Athlete’s Foot

New researchers shows that washing socks in hot water reduces the fungus that causes athlete’s foot.

If you’re a guy reading this, I can be sure of two things: 1. You’ve probably suffered from athlete’s foot. 2. You’ll probably suffer from athlete’s foot again.

We know that walking barefoot in public locker rooms, gyms, and pools put you at  risk for athlete’s foot. But now there’s a new culprit in town: your laundry. When researchers in Israel compared fungus-laced socks that were washed in warm water to those washed in hot water, they found that 36% of the socks in the warm water remained contaminated while only 6% of those in the hot water did.

The take-away? Wash your gym clothes in hot water. Which would you rather have, a higher heating bill or itchy feet?

Photo Credit: FCC, Timothy Richards

Grow a Moustache With Me This Movember

Movember is the month when 1000s of men will grow moustaches in order to raise awareness of men’s health issues.

It’s Movember, the month when 1000’s of men across America will put down their razors and grow a moustache. Why? Because it’s a sign of solidarity in an effort to educate men on health issues, particularly testicular and prostrate cancers. Through their actions, words, a little help from testosterone, these men will spread awareness of health issues affecting men today.

Known as “Mo Bros,” these men will either go it alone, form teams, or partner with their “Mo Sistas,” women in support of the cause. (Don’t worry, the gals don’t need to grow a moustache.)

Want to join? Visit http://us.movember.com/ and register. Then explore ways you can participate — donate, host an event, attend a gala event, blog about it, tweet about it @movember and use the hash tag #movember, get in the press — whatever you can do.

And please consider helping me by donating to this cause.

Men and Make-up: How Not to Glisten When Your Stock Plummets

Do men use cosmetics? Should they?

We know that men get laser treatments, face lifts, chemical peels, Botox® and fillers.

But applying a little bronzing powder is a different story. Or is it?

I am not advocating that men apply make-up (not that there is anything wrong with that). I wonder though, how many men reach into their wives’ or girlfriends’ make-up bag to find concealer for their acne? I don’t know, but I suspect quite a few.

A product that might be worth the cost (and preserve your masculinity) is an anti-shine gel. This one, made by Shiseido, was recently mentioned in the Wall Street Journal (not exactly Men’s Vogue).

Male faces naturally produce more sebum, some more than others. If you’re a professional and your face has a tendency to glisten when your hedge fund takes a dive in the afternoon, then having a product like this might be useful. And no less manly.

A Proper Shave

It is a truth universally acknowledged that women are in want of men with a close shave. To get that baby soft cheek you have to start with a proper shave.

First, determine the type of beard you have. Do you have fine, straight hair, or thick curly hair?

Most men with thick or curly hair should not shave against the grain. Doing so causes the hairs to be cut below the surface of the skin. When the hair regrows it becomes trapped and instead of growing out, curls back on itself and grows inward. This causes inflamed, red bumps (a condition called pseudofolliculitis barbae), that are further injured the next time you shave.

Men with fine, straight hair can shave against the grain, getting the closest shave possible.

  1. Wash your face with warm water and soap first. The best time to shave is after you shower; the warm soap and water will soften the hairs, making for a smoother, closer shave.
  2. Lather with a good thick shaving cream, massaging the hairs in a circular motion. If you have one (or hope to get one for Christmas) a badger shave brush helps to lift the hairs, soften them, and spread the shaving cream evenly. Use a quality shaving cream or gel — I like a Neutrogena Men’s Razor Defense, a gel for people prone to ingrown hairs; or, if all your suits are Armani, then you might prefer these excellent shave creams from John Varvatos or from The Art of Shaving.
  3. With a clean razor, shave in the direction of the hair growth. Rinse the blade under warm water after each pass because hairs and shaving cream stuck in the blades will prevent the blade from cutting cleanly and can cause nicks. Look carefully at your beard, the hairs often grow in different directions at the sideburns, the middle of the cheeks, the chin and the neck. In some men, the hair on the neck actually grows in the complete opposite direction as on their face!
  4. If you have thick or curly hair, or if you are prone to razor bumps, then skip this step and go to number 5. If not, then reapply the shaving cream and shave again in the opposite direction. This will give you the closest possible shave but will pose the greatest risk for ingrown hairs.
  5. Rinse your face vigorously with cool water, carefully removing the residue from the shave cream, then pat dry.

Photo credit: FFC, CircaSassy