Grooming: Tips on improving your image

Sunday November 13 2011

By Mark Kawalya

A healthy body does it for you. If you take care of your body, it’s half the job already done when it comes to making a good impression. Eat regular and balanced meals and get your share of physical exercise. Smoke and drink only occasionally if at all. Cultivating habits like this will go a long way in making you a person with a significant presence and who is sure to make a lasting first impression.

Pamper your skin.
To ensure that your skin is glowing and that you look fresh, do what the doctor ordered. Make sure you drink at least two liters of water a day. It takes a getting used to but does wonders for your complexion. Get enough sleep so that you don’t have puffy eyes, and also moisturize regularly to keep your skin nourished Before stepping out, always check your face to make sure it is clean.This just takes you a few seconds and it will surely add to your look.

Close shave.
Shave regularly to look your best. If you sport a beard or a moustache, then make sure it is trimmed neatly and has no stray hairs sticking out in multiple directions. Also make sure that you shave in the same direction as the growth of the hair, and that you soften your facial hair before shaving it. This will ensure that there aren’t ingrowths and also reduce the possibilities of getting nicked while shaving.

Get in the shower.
This is the basic step to staying clean and smelling good even without any cologne. This is a step you are not allowed to miss because it’s as simple as water, shower and towel. So whether you’ve just come back from the gym, woken up, or are going for a party - shower!

Keep your hands clean.
Women notice nice hands and hands play a make-or-break role in business meetings because of the importance of a handshake. Cut and file your nails regularly and also make sure that they don’t have any residue of food or dirt stuck in them. Keep a nail clipper, file and other items you might need in the shower so that you can save time needed to do this. Wash your hands frequently and especially after a meal because smelly and sweaty hands are the biggest turn off. Also use a bit of hand lotion on them to prevent your hands resembling tough hide.

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