Looking Handsome: Our Self-Care Guide for Men

October 25, 2021 by  
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Now that self-care for men is becoming more mainstream, it’s hard to find a boy with cooties these days. CNBC estimates that the men’s personal care market is booming, projected to reach $166 billion by 2022.


As you get into your 30’s and 40’s, your skin begins to show the signs of aging. No stress, though, because a good self-care strategy can help you feel and look younger. Here are our top tips for looking handsome at any age.

Male Hygiene

Maintaining proper hygiene is essential to your health. Yet, studies show that men are 46% less likely to practice good hygiene when they aren’t in the presence of others.

Need a little convincing that hygiene keeps you healthy? Here are the top personal hygiene practices you should be doing every day, plus why they matter.

  • Washing the Body: Ideally, you should take a shower every day because washing the body often helps you stay free of infection-causing germs
  • Brushing Teeth: It’s best to brush your teeth after every meal but cleaning them once per day is typically sufficient to kill disease-causing mouth bacteria
  • Washing Hands: You should always wash your hands after using the restroom and before prepping meals to avoid ingesting germs that will make you sick
  • Washing Clothes: Frequently washing clothes gets rid of the germs and parasites that we pick up throughout a busy day

Male Grooming

Hygiene is vital to your health, but it isn’t enough on its own to keep you looking handsome as you age. You also need to practice good grooming habits.

For example, make sure you’re washing your face twice daily. You should be using a real facial cleanser, not that bar of soap that can strip your skin of essential moisture. Washing your face will keep it free of acne-causing bacteria while choosing nourishing cleansers will help prevent premature wrinkles.

Flossing and shaving are two other daily grooming habits to get into. Meanwhile, you only need to clip your nails and, if you’re into it, manscape once or twice a week.

Male Fitness

Fitness isn’t about looking like a bodybuilder; it’s about keeping your body in the best condition possible. Getting regular daily exercise can help improve your mood and sleep now while reducing your risk for cardiovascular disease and other conditions later.

Keep in mind that strength training doesn’t have to mean lifting weights. You could also use resistance bands or bodyweight exercises like pushups, squats, and crunches.

Mental Health for Men

Did you know that men are less likely to be diagnosed with a mental health condition than women? It’s not because mental health conditions are more prevalent in women. Men are just less likely to seek care and, therefore, a formal diagnosis.

For this reason, it’s even more vital that you take care of your mental health. Poor mental health can cause a domino effect, impacting other aspects of self-care. For example, poor hygiene is often a symptom of depression, and poor hygiene, in turn, can cause you to develop diseases you wouldn’t have otherwise.

Staying active and eating well goes a long way to keeping your mind healthy. Talking to a trusted partner or friend, practicing deep breathing or meditation, and taking up yoga are all ways to keep your stress levels low and your brain feeling strong.

Nutrition for Men

According to the Academy of Dietitians and Nutritionists:

2–3 cups of veggies per day

Half of your daily intake of grains should be whole grains

Fiber: 38 grams or more for men aged 20 to 50 and 30 grams or more for men aged 50 and older

2–3 servings of fatty fish per week

Replace saturated fats with unsaturated fats

Court Rules in Favor of California: Uber and Lyft Drivers are Employees

August 14, 2020 by  
Filed under Featured Articles, Front Page

Quinci LeGardye, California Black Media 

Statewide — On Aug. 10, a California Superior Court judge ruled that rideshare companies Uber and Lyft must change the classification of their drivers from independent contractors to employees.

The ruling was a major victory for California lawmakers in their yearlong struggle to enforce AB 5, the controversial worker classification bill that went into effect Jan. 1.

San Francisco Superior Court Judge Ethan Schulman ruled in favor of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s argument that Uber and Lyft are violating AB 5, which says workers can only be considered independent contractors if they perform duties outside the usual course of a company’s business.

“The court has weighed in and agreed: Uber and Lyft need to put a?stop to unlawful misclassification of their drivers while our litigation continues,”?said Becerra.?“While this fight still has a long way to go, we’re pushing ahead to make sure the people of California get the workplace protections they deserve. Our state and workers shouldn’t have to foot the bill when big businesses try to skip out on their responsibilities. We’re going to keep working to make sure Uber and Lyft play by the rules.”

Schulman paused the injunction for 10 days to give the companies a chance to appeal the decision. Both companies made statements Aug. 9 saying that they will appeal the ruling.

An Uber spokesperson said, “The vast majority of drivers want to work independently, and we’ve already made significant changes to our app to ensure that remains the case under California law. When over 3 million Californians are without a job, our elected leaders should be focused on creating work, not trying to shut down an entire industry during an economic depression.”

“Ultimately, we believe this issue will be decided by California voters and that they will side with drivers,” Lyft said, referring to Prop 22, the upcoming ballot measure. Voters will decide Nov. 3 if rideshare drivers in California can remain contractors or if they have to become W-2 employees;  

Becerra, along with the City Attorneys of San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego, filed their worker misclassification lawsuit against Uber and Lyft on May 5, followed by the motion for a preliminary injunction on June 24.

“This is a resounding victory for thousands of?Uber?and Lyft drivers who are working hard — and, in this pandemic, incurring risk every day — to provide for their families,”?said Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer.??”Of course, our fight is not over and we will vigorously pursue this litigation until these workers have the permanent protection they?deserve.”??

“Misclassification hurts drivers and it puts the burden on taxpayers to pay for benefits that Uber and Lyft should be providing,”?said San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera.?“These companies have pocketed millions of dollars by leaving taxpayers to foot the bill. That’s unacceptable. During this global pandemic, it’s even more important for drivers to get access to protections like unemployment insurance. There is no rule that prevents these drivers from continuing to have all of the flexibility they currently enjoy. Being properly classified as an employee doesn’t change that.”

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