The pressure to look good is on, guys. Part of it may well be down to shiny adverts in glossy magazines brought by big brands keen to sell their products and aided by gorgeous models and gifted PhotoShop wizards. The bottom line is: guys are expected to look good.
Right or not, we are all judged on our looks and appearance. First impressions count more than ever. Whether it is a potential employer, client or a date, you need to impress, you only get one chance, so make it count. So, how to look good?
Look good in three easy steps:
Step 1: Good diet
Ever heard the expression: “You are what you eat”? It is there for a reason. Your body is a complex system and it needs certain foods to function properly. A nutritionally balanced diet will take care of both your body’s needs and its appearance.
Your diet should be rich in protein and include plenty of starchy foods (aka good carbohydrates) plus other important vitamins and minerals. Meat, poultry, fish and dairy products are good natural sources of protein. Fruit and vegetables such as bananas, beans, brown rice, nuts, oats, parsnips, potatoes and other root vegetables are rich in good carbohydrates.
Drink plenty of water to keep your body and muscles hydrated. Water also helps flush toxins and other waste from your system.
- You can pick up more tips about your diet in my Nutrition advice for skinny guys post.
Step 2: Good exercise
There are far too many reasons why exercise is important. You don’t need to be a professional athlete to look good though. A little exercise on regular basis would do the trick just the same. It keeps your body “fit and trim”.
Choosing a routine that best suits your lifestyle and free time increases your chances of sticking to it.
- My post about A workout routine is a good starting point.
Step 3: Good skin
Skin is the largest organ of the human body. It covers our bodies and protects us from harsh weather conditions and other dangers. It needs to be looked after in order to function properly.
Make sure you cleanse, exfoliate and moisturise your skin regularly. Men’s skin is slightly different to women’s skin. Use products that are designed for men and that are suitable for your type of skin.
- More tips and information about your skincare could be found in my post Better skin in 3 steps: Cleanse, exfoliate, moisturise.
Some men argue that looking good is down to “good genes” and they may well have a point. However, we could all follow the above and get on our way to look good in 3 easy steps.