Like it or not, your appearance matters. How you display yourself to the world influences how people perceive this. This, in turn, affects your work, your relationships — nearly every social aspect of your life.
How well you take care of your appearance can also affect how you perceive yourself. With the work of self-grooming usually comes a sense of confidence and charisma. Take some famous well-groomed men, for example.
People like Chris Hemsworth, Brad Pitt, and Henry Cavill are naturally handsome. But they also groom their appearance to play to their strengths. They work on their appearance to heighten their natural features. And no matter your genetics, you can do the same. Read on to learn about how you can leverage three secrets of well-groomed men to improve your appearance.
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1. Hone In on Handsome Hair
Your hair is one of the first things people notice about you. It’s important, then, to make sure yours is clean, neat, and kempt. That means showering regularly and treating your hair with appropriate shampoo and conditioner. You see, many cheap bathing products use harsh chemicals that strip away your hair’s natural strength and moisture. So prioritize products that use natural ingredients to clean and strengthen your hair’s natural appeal.
Losing your hair also affects how people perceive you. Balding or thinning hair can appear ratty and ragged. If you’re struggling with hair loss, find a barber or salon that specializes in cutting your type of hair. Or make use of hair loss medications like topical finasteride and minoxidil. Both options, or the combination, will help you make the most of what hair you do have.
When it comes to facial hair, staying clean-shaven is usually much simpler than growing it out. But if you’re committed to sporting a beard, mustache, or both, put extra effort into maintaining it. If you simply let it grow free you’ll end up looking more wild than you might like.
Trim facial hair as it grows out, and use beard oil to keep it soft and healthy. Not only will beard oil smooth the hairs on your face, but it can also prevent breakouts on the skin underneath. Then, once it’s long enough, shape your beard to fit your face. Some beard styles complement some faces and hairstyles better than others. Consult your barber to guide you toward a style that works best for you.
2. Display Dazzling Dentals
A full head of hair or a neat, trimmed beard can give a real boost to your confidence. But if you don’t have a winning smile to support it, that confidence can go right back out the window. If you’re not already, start brushing your teeth consistently to keep them healthy. With that baseline routine established, you can then add more to improve them.
You want to brush your teeth at least twice a day. To go the extra mile, brush them after each meal instead. This will remove bacteria and other detritus from your teeth as quickly as possible, giving them no time to proliferate. Hold your brush at a 45-degree angle to your gums and use a gentle, circular motion to clean each tooth. Just be careful not to brush too hard as this can lead to damaged gums and tooth enamel.
To hone in on tooth and gum health, you’ll also need to floss. Because, as great as brushing is, it doesn’t clean out the spaces between your teeth. Unaddressed, trapped food can cause tooth decay, gum disease, and halitosis. These days, flossing is easier than ever. You can use a water pick or disposable flossing pick to easily get to those hard-to-reach places.
Tooth and gum maintenance is a lifelong endeavor that requires daily maintenance. But there are also some one-time improvements to take your smile to the next level. Take advantage of tooth-whitening products or get a cleaning procedure done directly with your dentist. If you struggle with crooked teeth, consider braces or clear aligners to get those pearly whites nice and straight. Getting straight, white teeth can take time, effort, and commitment, but it can give you a strong and confident smile.
3. Support Supple Skin
Skincare isn’t just for women. How much do you want to bet that those celebrities mentioned earlier don’t tend to their skin’s health? Skincare becomes increasingly important as you continue to age. A good skincare routine will help slow the signs of aging like crow’s feet, laugh lines, and off-color pigmentation. And not only will it slow those signs, but it can improve your skin’s health as well.
Getting into skincare is actually pretty simple. It’s just a matter of incorporating a few key products into your daily routine. The three main items to focus on are cleansers, moisturizers, and sunscreen.
As the name suggests, a cleanser cleanses your skin of impurities: dirt, oils, and other pollutants that clog your pores. Clogged pores can lead to acne breakouts, inflammation, and even infection if left unaddressed for too long. A cleanser helps keep your skin clean and healthy, but can also leave it a bit dry. And that’s where a moisturizer comes in.
A moisturizer will help restore the moisture lost during cleansing. Even if you have oily skin, a moisturizer can help balance oil production and keep your skin barrier intact. Finally, you’ll want to use a daily sunscreen of at least SPF 30 to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging UV rays. Fortunately, many moisturizers these days also include SPF 30 so it’s easy to kill two birds with one stone. Simply follow these steps after your daily shower for healthy and supple skin throughout the years.
Ace Your Appearance
Improving and maintaining your appearance isn’t about vanity. Looking good can give a serious boost to your confidence and overall well-being. And, in a world where impressions matter, your appearance could be the deciding factor in landing your next job or meeting your life partner.
Well-groomed men take care of their hair, teeth, and skin. Granted, these areas of self-care can take time to show improvement. Think of self-care as an ongoing practice: a new part of your life. Over time you’ll learn what works for you and what doesn’t. Eventually, you’ll find methods and styles that help you feel comfortable in your own skin.