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10 Easy Ways to Improve Your Appearance

9 August 2012
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The “appearance” of a person is a two-sided facet.

 It is something that the person in question does with himself, but at the same time, it is what creates the all-important first impression on others who perceive him. Most people limit “appearance” to just looking good. It is true that over time, we humans have learned to place more faith in our sense of vision, but the fact remains that our other senses are very much alive and play a major role, maybe even sub-consciously, in our perception of others. Improving one’s appearance need not involve expensive treatments and therapies; it all begins with minor, basic changes in daily life. Let us see what simple steps can be taken to appeal to others.

Vision

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1. It’s no secret that a fitter body appeals more to the human eye, but nevertheless, every body type can be accentuated to look the best it possibly can. Lots of factors like colour, shape, cut, length and patterns need to be taken into consideration. Dressing according to your body type helps hide the flaws and bring out the positives in your appearance. Also, a keen eye for colour combinations that work well helps a great deal.

2. Picking a haircut that suits you is more difficult than it is made out to be. This is one situation where simply following fads can lead to disastrous results. The most important factor to consider is the shape of your face. Some simple tips for the most common face types are as follows:

Oval face: This shape is considered ideal for most hairstyles, but it is recommended to avoid heavy bangs or uneven hairstyles.

Square face: Avoid styles that part in the centre and stick to layered cuts for this face type. It is also advised to keep the hair away from the forehead as much as possible.

Round face: Shorter hairstyles suit this face type. It is all about getting a balanced look while picking a style that enough hair on the sides to smooth the edges and reduce the round appearance.

Also, stay away from these common errors when it comes to a good hairstyle and you should be sailing smooth with the wind in your hair!

3. Your mannerisms account for a lot. They include the way you walk, sit, stand and even gesture. Confidence inspires the best mannerisms, because you tend to act the way you feel most comfortable and that confidence is clearly visible to anyone watching.

4. Some simple don’ts include, looking at the ground while walking, sitting in a hunched position, fiddling with your fingers or clothes and not maintaining eye contact while speaking to someone. The exact opposite of these is what makes for a good impression. Walk straight and upright with your eyes at mid-level, sit up straight (or lean back if you must, but never hunch forward), maintain eye contact and, basically, feel totally comfortable in your own skin.

5. Apart from the more obvious aspects of your clothes and hair, it is very important to pay attention to your toe and finger nails. Not only do long nails look bad, but the dirt that collects underneath, although minimal, reflects a very poor sense of hygiene. Similarly, the spaces between the toes accumulate dirt quickly and should be cleaned regularly.

Smell

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6. Some critics might forgive a bad sense of clothing, but a smell that puts one off is quite hard to erase from memory. It could be the result of something you ate or a recent workout or just poor hygiene. Whatever the cause, banish the odour, you must! Basic hygiene usually takes care of most odour related problems. Wash your mouth immediately after eating, shower after a workout and lather up as frequently as you think necessary based on how much you sweat. The fresh smell of soap and powder is hard to beat. But when the occasion demands a little extra something, knowing how to pick the right fragrance will take you a long way.

7. Another aspect of the odour factor include your clothes and accessories. Jeans can withstand multiple uses but avoid doing the same with other clothes. A gentle wash with a fragrant detergent gives that freshness to your clothes. Do not ignore even the tiniest of smudges for that crisp look.

8. Foot odour is a common problem and thus demands a paragraph of its own. Best ways to tackle foot odour include regular washing and scrubbing of the feet to remove dead cells and drying your feet immediately after a bath, especially between the toes. Use thicker socks that absorb more sweat (but remember to change them regularly), sprinkle some talcum powder in your socks to reduce sweating. In extreme cases, it is recommended to apply a 5% Benzoyl Peroxide solution to the soles of the feet to prevent growth of bacteria.

Hearing and feeling

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9. Even the most well-dressed and pleasant smelling man will not be taken to kindly in society if his words are harsh. Harshness is not limited to the language used but also pertains to the tone in which one addresses another person. Many people judge others on the basis of how they treat people inferior to them. For example, being nice to a waiter might seem insignificant to you, but it adds to your overall image.

10. Do not overuse hand gestures and facial expressions. Your words should be enough to express your emotions in most situations. Excessive gesturing shows lack of confidence in oneself and a craving for attention.

Nothing inspires a good appearance like self-confidence. Confidence takes care of the intrinsic aspects of a good appearance. Great posture, eye-contact, a firm handshake and smooth body language. Keeping in style is not about following the trends, it is more about being comfortable with yourself, while keeping in mind the fundamentals of style, which boils down to balance. So step in with confidence and watch the world wallow at your feet!

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