The easiest and most basic thing you can do to be more appealing is to practice good hygiene. Looking clean and smelling good will make people subconsciously want to be nearer to you. Use these steps to develop a daily routine.
Wear deodorant. Find a scent and strength that works for you, and put it on first thing after you get out of the shower. If you find that you get sweaty or smelly during the day, carry deodorant in your backpack or briefcase and reapply.
If you forget to put on deodorant before you leave the house, find some hand sanitizer and wipe it on your armpits — it’ll kill the bacteria that produce body odor. You might have to reapply a few times during the day.
Unscented deodorant reduces the possibility of you making people allergic.
Shower daily. Wash your hair thoroughly, and use a body wash or soap that has a fresh and clean scent, or none.
If you usually take a shower in the morning, consider getting a fogless mirror for your shower so you can wash your face and shave while you’re in there.
Wear a small amount of cologne (after-shave) or body spray. How you smell throughout the day can make or break your attractiveness — if you get it right, people will be automatically drawn closer to you. If you get it wrong, though, it can have the opposite effect and actually repel people. Here are some basic guidelines to follow:
Don’t wear too much. This is the most important thing about smelling good — it can’t be too strong because it’s possible to have too much of a good thing. Even roses can smell nauseating if you take a big whiff of concentrated rose oil. Do two or three pumps of cologne/after-shave maximum and only three pumps of body spray. Your nose will get used to the scent and stop smelling it after a few minutes, but other people can still smell you.
Find a scent that works with your natural smell. Everyone’s body chemistry is slightly different, and as a result, not every scent fits every person. There are smells that “work” on some people and start to smell terrible on others. If you can, sample a cologne or body spray before you buy it. Wear it around for a day, and ask a friend to tell you how it smells a few hours later.
Try to match up your body wash and your cologne/aftershave. They don’t have to be the same scent, but they should be similar so that they don’t produce a clashing smell.
Put cologne/after-shave over pulse points. The parts of your body where large amounts of blood are flowing close to the surface will be a little bit warmer throughout the day, which will heat up the cologne/after-shave slightly and make it smell stronger. Common areas include the wrists, throat, and back of the neck.
Wash your face every morning and night. Avoid pimples and outbreaks by taking care to keep your face clean.
Find products that are appropriate for your skin type. Here are the most common kinds:
Sensitive/dry skin: If your skin tends to be flaky and dry, or gets red and irritated easily, use an extremely gentle cleanser. Skip toner, and use a light moisturizer.
Combination/T-zone skin: If your forehead, nose, and chin (or “T-zone”) tend to be oily but your cheeks are dry, you have “combination” skin. Most people have this skin type, so look for a cleanser that’s marketed for normal or combination skin. Use a gentle toner on your T-zone, and finish up with a moisturizer.
Oily skin: If your skin tends to be uniformly oily, find a clay-based or drying cleanser. Use a gentle toner everywhere on your face, and finish with a light moisturizer. If your skin feels oily during the day, pick up some face-blotting tissues from the skin-care section of the drugstore and pat them on your skin in the afternoon.
If you have acne, use a salicylic acid face wash and put benzoyl peroxide cream on pimples. If this doesn’t help, see a dermatologist.
Shave or trim your facial hair. Whether you choose to be clean-shaven or have a beard, the key is taking care to groom your facial hair every day.
For a clean-shaven look, shave every morning before you leave for work or school. Wet your skin first, and use a sharp razor and shaving cream. Shaving against the grain (that is, in the opposite direction of hair growth, from your jaw to your cheek) provides a closer shave but results in more irritation. If you struggle with ingrown hairs, try shaving with the grain.
Manage your beard, mustache, or goatee. Make sure the edges are neat and clean and trim any hair so that it’s uniformly long. When you’re cleansing your face, pay special attention to scrubbing the skin beneath any facial
Groom your eyebrows (optional). You don’t have to pluck your eyebrows, but it might help you look a little more well-groomed overall. Here are some basic pointers:
Find a good pair of tweezers. The two prongs should meet completely — this will make plucking less painful and more efficient. Alternatively (and pain-freely), you can buy a hair trimmer inexpensively – which is also handy if you have visible nose or ear hair.
Use the rest of your face as a guideline. Find a pencil and hold it up to the edge of one nostril, so that the pencil crosses your eyebrow. Hair that runs past the pencil and into the “unibrow” zone over your nose should be plucked. Do this for the other side as well.
Clean up your arches. If your brows still look a bit bushy after you’ve plucked or trimmed the middle, you can try removing a bit from beneath your arches. Remember, though, to only pluck ‘or trim ‘beneath your eyebrows — not the hair above the brow.
Clean and trim your nails. Every two or three days, when you get out of the shower, take a minute to quickly trim up all 20 of your nails and clean out any dirt from beneath them. They’ll be softer and easier to manage after you’ve been in the water for a few minutes. Both your fingernails and toenails should be trimmed short, so there’s just a thin line of white above the quick.
Brush and floss your teeth. Combat bad breath and maintain a pearly-white smile by taking good care of your teeth.
Update your toothbrush. Your toothbrush should be replaced once every 3 months, or after you’ve recovered from a cold or other infectious illness. If the bristles are starting to splay out, you need a new one.
Floss every night. Not only does flossing get plaque and food out of your mouth, but it’s also thought to prevent heart disease.
Brush your tongue. Your teeth might be sparkling white, but you’ll still be saddled with bad breath if your tongue is dirty. Using your toothbrush, make a few light strokes over your tongue whenever you brush. (Don’t push too hard, or you’ll damage the tissue).
Finish with mouthwash. Swish thoroughly for 20 seconds, and spit.
Culled from wiki.how.com by Paul Julch, MA