How to look polished? As Spring and Summer approach, there's more bare skin on show and a little extra effort needs to be put into personal grooming.
What do you consider the vital ingredients that keep you presenting yourself well and looking at the top of your game?
Good grooming is just about taking care of yourself and costs nothing. But a 'first impression' is made every day.
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.
Once you're clean, retain that freshness. Exfoliate where necessary and use an effective deodorant and anti-perspirant. Body odor can quickly develop particularly in warm weather and when working in close proximity with others. No-one can stay fresh all day so freshen up from time to time and keep wet wipes to hand.
Although hosiery should be worn in a professional capacity bare legs are now more acceptable in hot weather. Make sure that your legs are equally 'polished', exfoliate and apply a good body lotion. White legs are not particularly attractive (I know only too well!), so if you have fair skin you might like to add a light tan covering.
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!
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
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.
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, see
what you can do to improve the look. Consult your dentist or consider a
course of teeth whitening.
are always on show. Keep finger and toe nails clean and trimmed. False nails or fancy manicures aren't necessary but they should always be trim and neat. A little extra shine or a simple french manicure shows a touch of finesse - even if it's only a nail strengthener.
Invest in a quality emery board and file and shape your nails in one direction i.e. from the outside edge to the center. Take care of your cuticles to prevent them becoming ragged. Add in a regular hand cream to your routine so that your hands retain their softness.
The way you care for your hands and nails speaks volumes about the way you care for yourself.
Take care of your skin and it will pay dividends with an improved complexion. Healthy eating and exercise is important to maintain a good complexion and is a major part of good grooming. Even a small amount of makeup adds to a well groomed look and statistics prove that women who wear makeup earn more than those who don't!
Perhaps that's not fair but a natural looking makeup does make a woman look more attractive and professional and looks as though you're dressed for the job in hand.
often be ignored but they provide
the frame to your face and have a great impact on your total look. Forget
straggly au naturelle brows - neatly tended, well shaped brows are essential to
good personal presentation.
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.
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 if possible.
Accessories are important to your overall look, buy the best you can afford and keep them looking good.
Always check your appearance in the mirror, back and front before
the house. Are you
clean and tidy? Is your look appropriate for the day ahead? Do you look neat?
your clothes fitting you properly? Is it appropriate to have bare legs or should you be wearing hosiery?
Check your collar and shoulders for hairs and dandruff and have a clothes brush to hand for a quick touch before you leave the house. A velcro clothes brush is great.
Makeup does put the POLISH into GOOD GROOMING! Even if it's a natural makeup it elevates the look.
Good grooming will give 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!
Decide to up your exercise and drink more water - they'll both trim your silhouette.
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!