It’s no secret that if you look good, you feel good. Every person wants to look their best, your physical appearance affects your overall personality, and thus, concerns regarding one’s external appearance are deeply entrenched in us as social creatures.
Like it or not the reality is that your appearance has a significant impact on many things from your social standing, to your career or your sex life. In fact, studies show that a well-groomed attractive individual might actually earn more in the long term.
When it comes to men, it’s almost as if corporations silently assume that they have given up on looking after themselves, which is why products like 3-in-1 shampoos, soaps, lotions, and so on exist. But this has begun to change over time. Men have recognised the value of self-care and the numerous benefits it may bring to their personal and professional lives.
While not everyone can win the genetic lottery or spend thousands of dollars on expensive beauty care or even plastic surgery, the reality is that such expensive investments are unnecessary and if you want to look better as a guy, you must start taking care of yourself. From head to the bottom.
In this article, we have mentioned a few ways you can enhance your features and look good as a man whatever your age or body type.
1. Match your hair and facial hair to your face
Try out a new haircut; explore what haircuts might work for you based on your facial characteristics. For example, if you have a round face shape, you should use your hair to add height and length. Therefore, choosing a haircut/style with longer layers makes your neck look longer and your face slimmer, such as the pompadour style or a side part, and for a square-shaped face, consider going for short-medium length haircuts that can accommodate a variety of facial hair styles.
Consult with your hairdresser about correcting the proportions by concealing a high forehead or growing facial hair to create an illusion of a sharper jawline.
Or look up some ideas for mens hairstyles.
One golden rule is to always be regular with grooming, this also involves maintaining healthy hair with regular cuts, changing your razor blades, often investing in affordable hair oils and serums to ensure healthy growth, etc, and avoiding using anything like heat or hair gel that can damage your hair.
1b. Bald guys – own your style
Just cos you’re bald doesn’t mean you can’t be a cool and stylish guy. Plenty of men with receding hairlines or bald spots work with their style to look good.
In general this means keeping any hair you do have short, focusing on a beard if you can or accentuating your other features.
2. Invest in skincare
Adding a slew of products may be a recipe for disaster, so first determine your skin type – dry, oily, or combination – after which purchase products that will work for you.
Men with oily skin are prone to acne and should use a face wash or serum containing 2% salicylic acid concentration; whereas men with dry skin should add moisturising products to rehydrate and keep their skin from drying out.
Sunscreen is vital for preventing sunburns, skin cancer, and premature ageing. Use eye creams for reducing symptoms of age and exfoliators; and face masks for unclogging pores, removing dead skin cells, and making your skin bright and healthy.
Keeping up with an extensive skincare routine can be hard, but the least you can do is make sure to clean your face, moisturise, apply sunscreen, and use a face mask whenever possible, the key is to maintain a healthy pH level (4.7-5.75) on your skin, so avoid using harsh skincare products.
3. Maintain a hygiene routine
Hygiene should be treated as a routine, with a timeframe for getting a haircut, getting shaved, and so on. Keep your finger and toenails neat and clipped, and maintain good dental health by brushing twice a day, flossing, and tongue scraping. Also, remember the health benefits of smiling and see your dentist for further instructions.
Grooming your body hair to keep it under control and to your liking, as well as using deodorant and cologne to help prevent body odour will keep you feeling fresh!
4. Fitness and aesthetics
It is no secret that a chiselled physique makes you appear more attractive and healthier. And while achieving such a goal may be hard, you don’t have to visit the gym every day or buy expensive equipment to achieve this. Simply include some form of regular training into your routine.
This could be weight training, callisthenics, or cardio – and you could even add into your existing routine.
Exercising 3-5 times per week at home, in a gym, or outside will help you not only become physically fitter and stronger but also mentally fulfilled and confident in yourself.
In addition, good posture, brought about by regular exercise, helps one appear more confident, and as a result, people find such a person more desirable and reliable.
5. Eat and drink right
Since we’ve already addressed exercise, let’s move on to food. Remember the saying, you are what you eat. Maintaining a healthy diet is equally vital; if you consistently make an effort to eat well, you’ll notice a difference not only in your appearance but also in your overall mood.
According to research, eating processed food might make you lethargic and slow, so it is best to avoid sodas, fast food, chips, chocolate, etc.
Instead, replenish your body with high-quality enriching, properly balanced meals that contain protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals, and drink at least eight glasses of water a day. This will have a significant impact on the clarity of your skin, as well as the strength of your hair and nails.
6. Upgrade your style
Learn to express yourself through your fashion choices; you don’t have to buy from high-end fashion brands; instead, invest in some basic clothing items with a few statement pieces, get inspiration from the internet, and learn and experiment with it. Select something that helps you feel confident while also allowing you to be comfortable.
Another suggestion is to accessorise; men usually ignore this aspect, but simple rings and chains may take your outfit to a whole new level.
In summary: Live well and play to your strengths
The last step is not to overthink it, to realise that everyone has flaws, and to try to accept and learn to love yourself despite such shortcomings. Accepting your imperfections is the first step toward self-improvement, and it will make it simpler for you to work on yourself and evolve.