PIX: Men's grooming tips to look like Imran, Leonardo!
The more groomed a man is, the more sexually attractive he is, too and the more attention he gets. For those guys who have a devil-may-care attitude, here are 10 tips to start with!
Grooming is one of the key ingredients in the recipe of success for all people.
Whether at the workplace or in the dating world, men make an effort to look smart and dashing. In their pursuit, they normally don't mind digging their pockets deep to achieve it.
In today's world, a large number of men are giving importance to grooming as they want to maintain a youthful appearance and a charming edge to their personality -- the mushrooming of men's salons in recent times is proof enough of that!
So guys, if you haven't been taking care of yourself, it's time to start now. And here's what you need to do:
Many men tend to use the same soap that they use to clean their bodies on their faces too. Even though a man's face is not as delicate as a woman's, it requires something milder than a body soap. Nowadays plenty of different face washes are available in the market -- pick one and use it to clean your face even while taking a bath.
Do not use very hot water to wash your face -- it should be warm or cold. You can also moisturise your skin regularly to avoid the jagged look. While going out in the sun, use a sunscreen lotion with an SPF of 15 or more.
Image: For a glowing face like Imran Khan, use a face wash and moisturiser
Photographs: Courtesy Man's World
Eradicating bad breath
Nothing can put your date off more than bad breath!
Maintain good oral hygiene. While brushing your teeth, you should also brush your tongue. Sometimes, bad breath may be due to an infected tooth; therefore, a visit to the dentist is a good idea.
There are also some home remedies for bad breath which you can try:
- Squeeze some lime into a glass of water and gargle with this frequently.
- Add 1/2 a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water and gargle with it.
Image: If you're a smoker like Johnny Depp, you need to ensure your breath isn't sour
Photographs: Cover of GQ Magazine, February 2010
The perfect shave
The perfect shave has three ingredients: a good razor, a good brush, and glycerin-based shaving cream.
Apart from these, you also need to be armed with one other thing -- patience. Some men plunge directly into the shaving act after applying shaving cream. To get the best results, you need to leave the cream on your face for about two to three minutes and then shave. This will soften the hair and result in a better shave.
If you have a problem with ingrown hair, exfoliate your face often and use shaving gel instead of foams.
Image: Salman Khan is always clean-shaven to the tee and if you're not growing facial hair, you should be too
Photographs: Still from Bodyguard
They say your eyes are the first thing other people notice about you. Of course you cannot change their shape, but you can maintain the youthful look of your eyes and the surrounding tissues. Age and a night out can cause ugly puffiness around your eyes. It is a good idea to use an eye cream to get rid of the puffiness.
Here is a simple tip for attractive and healthy eyes. Shut your eyes tight. Count to five and then open them immediately. Do this five times consecutively. This increases blood circulation to the eyes and gives them a youthful look.
Image: If you want your eyes to do the talking like Robert Pattinson, use eye cream to reduce puffiness
Photographs: Cover of Capricho Magazine (Brazil), June 2009
Pearly white teeth and smile
Who can deny the effect of a dashing smile? However, if you are not confident of your teeth, you may refrain from smiling more often. Improve the appearance and health of your teeth. It is not a difficult task to keep your gums and teeth healthy. A cleanup every six months helps remove plaque, reduces the bacteria in your mouth and ensures overall cleanliness. Avoid frizzy drinks and too much consumption of tea and coffee to avoid tooth decay.
A nice-looking smile is an important aspect of non-verbal communication. A smile expresses thanks, shows appreciation, and is a good tool while accepting a deal, falling in love, making small talk and exhibiting inner happiness. A genuine smile, the effect of which reaches your eyes, can make you very endearing.
Image: For a dashing grin like M S Dhoni, improve the appearance and health of your teeth
Photographs: Arko Dutta/Reuters
Well-groomed hands and feet
Well-manicured nails and toes are not the prerogative of women alone. These days, men are also waking up to the importance of maintaining a good pair of hands and feet as part of grooming.
Find time to clip and file your nails at home. Scrub your feet daily and dry them and powder them before stuffing your feet into your shoes. It is a good idea to insert a pair of odour-destroying insoles into your footwear -- they will absorb dampness and odour. Getting a regular manicure and pedicure done professionally is also a good idea.
Image: When he's not playing Wolverine, Hugh Jackman's digits are impeccably groomed
Photographs: Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Dressing up well is an important aspect of cleanliness. Take care to wear well-laundered and ironed clothes.
Another aspect which should not be ignored is dressing according to the occasion. Try to gain some insight into what looks good on you and complementary colours etc. Also, remember to wear clothing that fits you perfectly.
Image: A big part of Ranbir Kapoor's appeal is that he's always well-dressed
Photographs: Pradeep Bandekar
Eradicating body odour
Like bad breath, bad body odour is a definite put-off. Use deodorants or cologne judiciously. See that too many different contradicting odours don't emanate from your body.
Heavily-scented men are also a put-off. Whether in the office or on a date, too much may drive people away from you rather than bring them closer. Choose your perfumes wisely.
Image: You may have a physique to be envied like 50 Cent, but if you have bad body odour it means nothing
Photographs: Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Go short if you are balding
If you leave your hair long in the back or on the sides in the hopes that a comb-over will solve your problem of thinning hair, think again. It draws more attention to the fact that you are balding. So better go for a short crop or shave it off completely.
Image: A short, neat crop like Aamir Khan's is perfect if your hair is thinning out
Photographs: Pradeep Bandekar
Above all, eat a healthy, balanced diet and stick to some regular exercise. Minimise your intake of fast food and eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. It will make you feel better and give you more energy. It will also improve the look of your skin and your hair.
A well-groomed, suave personality is an endearing characteristic in a man. However, an intelligent approach to things and a caring attitude are what build a lasting relationship.
Image: Leonardo DiCaprio sticks to an organic diet as it is healthy -- so should you
Photographs: Eric Gaillard/Reuters