What Is Personal Grooming?

Amber Eberle
Amber Eberle
A woman with groomed eyebrows and lashes.
A woman with groomed eyebrows and lashes.

Personal grooming is the term for how people take care of their body and appearance. Habits that are considered personal grooming include bathing, dressing, applying make-up, hair removal, and taking care of one's teeth and skin. A person's personal grooming routine may determine how he or she feels about themselves, and how other people perceive him or her.

One of the most important aspects of personal grooming is bathing regularly. While bathing, a soap product should be used to clean the body. Hair should be cleansed using a shampoo, and a hair conditioner may be applied.

Hair should be kept clean and combed daily. Regular haircuts usually keep hair healthy and in good condition. Hair can be styled in many different ways using a variety of different styling products.

Wearing deodorant can help reduce body odor and is usually considered part of good personal grooming.
Wearing deodorant can help reduce body odor and is usually considered part of good personal grooming.

After a bath or shower, many people take care of their skin and teeth. Skin care typically consists of using products designed to clean, exfoliate, moisturize, and improve the appearance of the skin. Taking care of one's teeth generally involves a flossing and brushing the teeth using toothpaste. Mouthwash may also be used. Some people opt to use a toothpaste that has whitening properties in order to brighten the color of the teeth.

Many people put on perfume or cologne as part of their grooming routine.
Many people put on perfume or cologne as part of their grooming routine.

Many men and women choose to include body and facial hair removal in their personal grooming routine. Women may shave or wax their legs, underarms, and bikini area. Men often shave their facial hair and may use a trimming tool to remove hair from their ears and nose. Eyebrows can also be groomed by waxing or using a pair of tweezers to pluck out stray hairs.

Brushing and flossing teeth ensures good daily oral hygiene.
Brushing and flossing teeth ensures good daily oral hygiene.

Cologne, perfume, and deodorant are often used by both men and women. Deodorant is applied to the underarm area in order to control body odor. The type of perfume or cologne selected is a matter of personal taste. Perfume and cologne should be applied in small amounts in order to not produce an overwhelming smell.

Women often apply cosmetics to enhance the features of their face. Make-up products commonly used are face powder, blush, and lipstick. Eye shadow, eye liner, and mascara may also be used on the eyes.

Dressing is also an important part of personal grooming. Clothes should be clean and free of stains, holes, and wrinkles. Properly fitting clothes look best. Wearing clothing that is too big or small in size can make a person look unkempt.

Women might like to remove underarm hair.
Women might like to remove underarm hair.

Good personal grooming can make a person look polished and well put together. Looking good usually improves a person's self-esteem and confidence. A person that is well-groomed is often better perceived by others than a person that does not take as much care with his or her appearance.

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Personal grooming is one of those things that everyone does, or at least it should be. Personal grooming not only makes us presentable to other people, but, good personal hygiene is essential to good health. Brushing and flossing teeth, for instance, will guard against tooth decay. Brushing your hair daily stimulates the scalp and encourages hair growth.

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    • A woman with groomed eyebrows and lashes.
      A woman with groomed eyebrows and lashes.
    • Wearing deodorant can help reduce body odor and is usually considered part of good personal grooming.
      By: karam miri
      Wearing deodorant can help reduce body odor and is usually considered part of good personal grooming.
    • Many people put on perfume or cologne as part of their grooming routine.
      By: Kayros Studio
      Many people put on perfume or cologne as part of their grooming routine.
    • Brushing and flossing teeth ensures good daily oral hygiene.
      By: Sylvie Bouchard
      Brushing and flossing teeth ensures good daily oral hygiene.
    • Women might like to remove underarm hair.
      By: Artem Furman
      Women might like to remove underarm hair.
    • Some people use teeth-whitening products.
      By: sanneberg
      Some people use teeth-whitening products.
    • Mouthwash is sometimes used to fight bad breath and generally clean the mouth.
      By: ijacky
      Mouthwash is sometimes used to fight bad breath and generally clean the mouth.
    • It's common for women to shave their underarms, legs, and bikini area.
      By: Gennadiy Poznyakov
      It's common for women to shave their underarms, legs, and bikini area.
    • Hair brushing is part of personal grooming.
      By: bedov
      Hair brushing is part of personal grooming.