Most people who think they have a poor physical appearance simply don’t understand what works for them.
They see physical attractiveness as something you’re either born with or not. And this mindset prevents them from seeing how great they can look if they just put a little effort into improving the right things.
That said, if you want to improve your appearance, pay attention to these six things. If you seriously work on them, you’ll see drastic changes in how people interact with you.
1. Your hairstyle
Your hairstyle shapes the frame of your face. You can use it to emphasize or deemphasize certain facial features like your ears, forehead, lips, beards, chin, eyes, etc.
Think about different people you come across frequently. Notice how different hairstyles impact their appearance. Sometimes the change can be so huge that you tell them they look so different in their new hairstyle.
Different hairstyles work for different facial structures.
And if you don’t understand what works for you, you might be trying hard to make yourself look good with a hairstyle that isn’t for you.
Most people simply duplicate a hairstyle that looks good on someone else because they assume it should work for them as well. And when they see how awful they look in the hairstyle, they start to feel they’re unattractive.
Women naturally pay more attention to how different hairstyles affect them.
Most guys, on the other hand, couldn’t care less.
But if your goal is to improve your appearance, one of the things you must pay attention to is your hairstyle. The right hairstyle could turn you from a boring nerdish look to a hot, mysterious guy/girl.
2. How sleep affects your appearance
Most people won’t think of sleep when thinking of improving their physical appearance. But here’s why you should.
Several studies have shown that a lack of quality sleep tends to affect our physical appearance. And it’s no wonder why.
When you deprive yourself of a good night’s rest for a few days, you start having hanging eyelids, redder eyes, more swollen eyes, and darker circles under your eyes.
If you don’t sleep well, your body and your brain won’t function at their optimum. This means that you’ll be less charming and most likely less fun to be around.
And you’re less likely to take good care of yourself when you’re not thinking straight.
A bad sleeping habit diffuses into every aspect of your life.
It could even cause more wrinkles and paleness on your face.
Sleeping well doesn’t cost you anything. But the benefits are enormous. And if you want to boost your physical appearance, it’s one of the best things you can do for yourself.
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3. Your posture
Your posture shapes your reputation. It isn’t just about how you walk or sit. It’s the way people perceive you.
How you sit when you talk puts a different meaning to the words you say.
When a guy sits with his shoulders back and tells a woman ‘hello’ with good eye contact, he’s considered hot.
But when you slouch and mumble a ‘hello,’ you’re being creepy.
The same words, but different meanings. This is how powerful your posture is in life. And most people are not deliberate about it enough.
Your posture can make you look taller, smaller, larger, confident, or timid.
The moment you step out, always think about the message you pass with your posture. Even if you have the most attractive face, a poor posture will make you look weak and off-putting.
4. Proper skincare routine
Most men think skincare routines are only for ladies. But it isn’t.
Whenever you come across people — guys or ladies — who deliberately put in the effort to take care of their skin, you notice. That extra smoothness makes them stand out.
And it’s amazing how much you can improve your appearance if you just took steps to care for your skin. Don’t assume people with gorgeous-looking faces are all born with it.
There’s a lot you can do to boost your appearance. I saw big changes when I also started putting in the effort to care for my skin. And I’ve seen some transformations that are really impressive from people as well.
A skincare routine doesn’t have to be fancy and complicated. It could just be as simple as picking a good cream that works for your skin rather than applying anyone out of carelessness. Then you can move a step further from there.
5. Smell good
I think smelling nice is one of the easiest ways to score yourself points in social interactions.
You don’t have to say anything or look anyone in the eye. All you have to do is simply smell good. You don’t even have to spend much to pull it off.
Here’s why smelling nice is a great way to improve your appearance:
Besides the fact that a good smell indicates proper hygiene, smelling nice changes how people feel in your presence.
According to studies, our brain releases oxytocin, the feel-good hormone, when we perceive a smell that we like. This means that people will tend to feel more relaxed and happier when they interact with you.
And if people feel good in your presence, they’ll find you charming.
6. Review your clothing style
Just like hairstyles, different clothing styles also work for different people.
Certain types of clothes emphasize different parts of your body. Some people have big necks, slim waists, big hips, bold shoulders, long legs, etc.
Different styles of clothing work for short and tall people. And understanding the type of clothing that works for you will help emphasize your strengths and diminish your weaknesses.
If you want to improve your appearance, be deliberate about everything you put on before you leave your house.
This isn’t about wearing complicated makeup or trying to impress everyone you come across by over-dressing. No.
This is simply you understanding the style that works for you and making sure you feel comfortable in your style wherever you’re going.
Let’s be honest, whenever you wear something that makes you feel good, you know it. You feel comfortable and confident. But this feeling doesn’t have to be some random thing you experience once in a while.
Be deliberate about your fashion style. It will improve your appearance.
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These six things won’t just improve your physical appearance, they’ll also make you a better person to interact with.
Most times we look outside ourselves and try to use things we don’t have to improve our appearance. And fashion brands use this insecurity to their advantage a lot.
In reality, what we often need to do is simply understand what works for us and what doesn’t. When you know your strengths and your weaknesses, you can deliberately harness your uniqueness to stand out.