10 steps to look polished and well groomed

A new season always brings a change of pace and getting back to normality after a long hot Summer takes effort.

So how to look polished and well groomed once you leave your summer sandals and casual wear behind? With as little effort as possible of course!

Good grooming is just about taking care of yourself and costs nothing. But a 'first impression' is made every day.

Adopt easy to maintain habits so that you can be consistent with the polished look that you want people to associate with you.

1 Bathe or Shower daily

Overall health depends on personal hygiene. It's essential to bathe or shower at least once every day. If you're going out in the evening or it's very hot you may need to do it more.

Wash hands every time you visit the bathroom, contaminated hands spread disease. Poor personal hygiene is anti-social to those around you and it says that you don't care about yourself.

2 Keep fresh

Once you're clean, retain that freshness. Exfoliate where necessary and use an effective deodorant and anti-perspirant.

A hair remover system is a good investment with different settings that allow it to be used all over the body.   

Body odor can quickly develop whether it's warm outside or heated inside. No-one can stay fresh all day so freshen up from time to time and keep wet wipes to hand particularly if you're working in close proxiity to others.

Even if you're wearing hosiery, make sure your legs are equally 'polished; exfoliate and apply a good body lotion.

Wear clean underwear every day and and outer clothes should only be worn a second time if they smell and look perfect. So check your clothes carefully before you hang anything back in the closet after wearing.

Ensure that you smell sweet, choose a light perfume and make it your own. Avoid anything strong or heavy. Nothing is more delightful than being complemented on the way you smell!

3 Wash your Hair

Wash your hair at least every 2 or 3 days - everyone's hair responds differently and you'll know when it starts to look less than perfect. Find a style that suits you and is easy to manage.  Brush or comb it several times during the day.

Hair is your 'crowning glory' and it's a major factor in looking attractive and well groomed. But... high maintenance styles and coloring can be expensive so your choice of style and color needs to suit your pocket too. 

It's not necessary to spend a lot of money. Unless I need a special treatment or toner I use Alberto Balsam, a good inexpensive shampoo and conditioner. 

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4 Clean your teeth

Clean your teeth at least twice a day, morning and evening. Check your teeth in the mirror after lunch as food between teeth is very off-putting, clean them again if possible.

Clean and healthy teeth with regular visits to the dentist will ensure fresh breath and a beautiful SMILE! A smile gives a particularly attractive well groomed and polished look, and is one of your best assets! 

Attractive teeth are youthful! If you're feeling self conscious, consult your dentist. Alternatively, there are plenty of inexpensive products on the market that will help you to whiten your teeth.

5 How to look polished - Nails

Your hands are always on show. Keep finger and toe nails clean, trimmed and cared for with a regular home manicure. A professional manicure isn't necessary if you endeavour to take care of them yourself. 

Invest in a quality emery board, file and shape your nails in one direction i.e. from the outer edge to the center. Take care of your cuticles to prevent them becoming ragged and use hand cream regularly so that your hands retain softness.

A little extra shine  or polish shows a touch of finesse - even if it's only a nail strengthener.

If you like to use color, make it a quality long-lasting nail polish that will keep looking good for several days. No polish is better than chipped polish!  

The way you care for your hands and nails speaks volumes about the way you care for yourself. 

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6  Complexion and makeup

Take care of your skin and it will pay dividends with an improved complexion. Makeup will not harm your skin but not removing it properly will!

Try the new eco-friendly Reusable Makeup Pads (16 to a pack) for a quick, easy and very effective way to remove makeup using water alone. Used pads can be popped into the laundry bag provided and thrown into the washing machine. Gentle on your skin, your pocket and environmental waste.

A natural looking makeup on good skin makes a woman look more attractive, polished and professional. In fact it's often said that women who wear makeup earn more than those who don't.  

Don't ignore your eyebrows, they provide the frame to your face and have a great impact on your total look. Neatly tended, well shaped brows are essential to good personal presentation.

7 Take care of your clothes

Good grooming depends upon your clothes looking clean and neatly pressed.

They don't have to be expensive but they should always look in good repair. Don't wear anything that has loose threads or buttons, hems that are coming undone or anything that is out of shape, stained or discolored.

Ensure that your clothes are appropriate for the occasion - nothing overtly revealing or sexy should be worn for the workplace. Low necks, short skirts, see-through fabrics will create the wrong impression. 

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8 Keep shoes and bag looking good

How to look polished by taking care of your accessories.

Clean your shoes, scuff marks or shoes that are down at heel scale your look quicker than anything else. Good shoes are an investment buy the best you can and take care of them. Likewise a good leather bag.

Accessories are important to your overall look, buy the best you can afford and keep them looking good.

9 Check in the mirror!

Always check your appearance in the mirror, back and front before you leave the house. Are you clean and tidy? Is your look appropriate for the day ahead? Do you look neat? Are your clothes fitting you properly? Is it appropriate to have bare legs or should you be wearing hosiery?

Good grooming gives you confidence and if you know you're looking good you'll be feeling good too. So hold your head high - good posture will ensure that you have a presence, a charisma!

Keep a velcro clothes brush by the front door to quickly and effectively remove lint and hair from your shoulders before you leave the house.  A spare brush is handy to keep at work for on the spot grooming.

10 Keep your surroundings clean and neat too

People connect you with your surroundings so keep the space around you clean and tidy too. Your home, your car and your desk are all indications of who you are and how you think.

To an employer, a tidy desk means a tidy mind!

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