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Would you want to hold and smell your own face? If not, pay close attention
Although we are told to “never judge a book by its cover,” studies have shown that upon meeting a person for the first time, we are quick to evaluate on appearance, attire and the way they carry themselves. It is therefore imperative to take pride in your image, both for your professional life as much as your personal.
By looking good, it psychologically drives you to feel more valuable and to project this feeling of self-worth on to others. Psychologists at Stanford University found that people who truly and authentically feel they look good extend this feeling to those they meet.
Being well groomed and taking care of yourself is not just for the ladies, as stereotypes would assume. Men need, and deserve, to take the time to treat themselves when it comes to grooming.
As a man about town and a strong believer in looking good is feeling good, here are my top grooming tips for the modern day gent.
Personal hygiene matters
Being hygienic, well groomed and looking presentable is the most important aspect to being confident, in my opinion. Shower at least once a day, choosing a shampoo and body wash you love the scent of and that helps you feel energized and fresh for the day ahead. Every once in a while use a body exfoliator in the shower to get rid of dead skin cells and clean out pores.
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Whether you choose to be clean shaven or have facial hair, keeping your beard well groomed is extremely important. If you have a beard, one of the best products to use contain almond oil which keeps the beard soft, sleek and neat to the touch.
An important factor to remember in facial hair care, is there are a variety of treatments and hair removal options other than shaving. Although shaving may be easier and painless compared to some alternatives, it also increases the quantity of hair, makes it rough to the touch and can mean it grows in different directions.
I recommend threading or waxing as a possible choice as it keeps the face clean and helps you control facial hair. The beard and eyebrows give a lot of contour to the face, so taking the time to have them properly shaped will ensure you emphasize your best facial features.
Also, don’t be afraid to wax your ears, nose, eyebrows and cheeks as there is nothing worse than having hair poking out of these places for everyone to see.
Manicures and pedicures are a must. Your nails are a part of your personal hygiene. Don’t be fooled into thinking that people in business meetings aren’t paying attention to your nails, because they are.
Getting them sorted once every two weeks will ensure your nails remain maintained and presentable at all times.
Personal aside: I have someone come to my home while I relax and watch football. I prefer this instead of going to the salon as I like using my own products for a more comfortable and hygienic experience but there are plenty of men’s only salons around that offer these services.
Smelling just as sweet
One of the greatest compliments is being told you smell good. Cologne is essential in a businessman’s life. I always recommend two scents for the day and two for the evening.
For the day, go for a more fresh, fruity smell. As for the evening, I would recommend something sweet and spicy or opt for an oud-laced scent. But, be careful not to go overboard with the cologne: apply just a dab on your neck and wrists so it doesn’t overwhelm the people around you.
The writer is the founder and creative director of Design Haus Medy.
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