Long ago, physical self-improvement for men was regarded as irrelevant, as this realm was traditionally reserved for women. Manly men would poke fun at skincare and men’s fashion.
But according to the report by Grand View Research, the global men’s personal care market, which is valued at $47.5 billion in 2019, is forecasted to expand at a 6 percent compound annual growth date from 2020 to 2027.
The market is mainly driven by the growing awareness among men of the importance of overall personal care, thanks to social media influence. Men today are increasingly concerned about their health, hygiene, and body image.
Why You Should Improve Your Appearance
Being concerned about our personal appearance is deeply ingrained in our human nature. When looking for a potential mate, the majority of us tend to rate attractiveness as one of the top traits we are looking for in a partner. Furthermore, attractive people get to enjoy many perks, or in science, we call it the “halo effect.”
This psychological concept means that we equate beauty with highly positive traits such as stability, intelligence, and altruism. Physically attractive people are more likely to get employed, have a higher salary, and get better loan terms. Even attractive criminals tend to get lighter sentences.
So, far from being superficial, there is a lot of science on why one should work on improving one’s appearance.
Reinventing one’s appearance does not have to be expensive, though. With the right haircut, appropriate wardrobe, and good hygiene, you can bring out the best in yourself. Though it will not turn you into a Brad Pitt or Tom Cruise, you’ll be the best version of yourself.
5 Ways How to Reinvent Your Look
Pick a Hairstyle
There’s an adage — your hair is your crowning glory. And this rings true. Your hair can make a total difference in your appearance. The same thing goes with your facial hair. Though you might be at ease with your hairstyle right now, there could be a much better cut that suits your face (and body).
Talk to your barber the next time you come in for a haircut and ask what suits you best. Keep in mind that whatever hair and facial hair combo you settle on, grooming is always necessary.
It cannot be stressed enough, but one of the cornerstones of looking good is ample exercise. The sweat released during exercise helps remove toxins from your body. Losing those extra flabs tones your body and improves your strength and endurance. Also, working out helps you improve your posture.
Though not everyone has the luxury of spending hours upon hours in the gym every day, you can go there at least twice a week or opt for a home workout. Taking your dog for a walk or gardening serves as an alternative form of exercise.
Mind Your Skincare Routine
Most men believe that all they need for skincare is the standard bar soap and water. But we all know this could lead to long-term damage on the skin as it strips the skin of natural moisture, and most often, it is not removing enough dirt and dead skin cells. Men’s skin also needs pampering and care, just like women’s.
The first thing you need to do is determine your skin type -you could either have normal, oily, dry/sensitive, or a combination skin type. From this, you’ll know what type of cleanser, toner, and other items you need and what products you need to avoid. Create a daily routine using these products.
Remember to use sunscreen every day as well. Though it can be tedious at first, you’ll eventually reap its benefits.
Embrace Healthy Diet
Embracing a healthy diet is another must-do if you want to look your best. Not only will it keep you fit, but whatever you eat has a huge impact on your skin’s health. Eat more greens, opt for leaner meat, and choose healthy snack options such as nuts and fruits.
Once in a while, you can indulge yourself with your favorite sinful food, like stuffed pizza and some greasy burgers.
Practice Good Hygiene
Hygiene is also something to re-examine if you want to look good. Whether you’re a man or a woman, good hygiene is crucial as it can make or break your attractiveness. This includes brushing your teeth, cleaning your nails, removing unwanted hair, and smelling great.
Most men do not know this, but ladies are often particular with nails and ears. Trim your nails regularly and remove any dirt stuck in your fingernails. Also, wash your ears, especially the back of it. You may also want to consider scheduling an ear microsuction to remove excessive dirt and earwax.
Looking good physically is only half the battle in transforming yourself into an attractive individual. Work on your personality as well. Pluck those unhealthy little habits and mannerisms that would turn off people. Being nice goes a long way.