First impressions are everything and if you wish to be taken seriously then you want to look presentable at all times. This, however, requires taking care of our bodies both from the inside and on the outside. Health should be your number one concern; it doesn’t matter how good your hair looks or how white your teeth are. Beauty is skin deep and your facial features are hardly the only things you can work on improving. It’s important to consider your health in the long run, which is why we’ve prepared these three health and grooming tips that can help you with just that.
Take care of your skin
Taking care of your skin is generally perceived as something only women do and most guys find the topic of skin care unimportant and trivial. However, your face and facial hair are among the first things people notice about you and as such, play a big role when it comes to forming a good first impression. Skin care is less about keeping up appearances and more about your general attitude towards health and taking care of your body. That is why skin creams, hair products, moisturizers, sunscreens and aftershave balms and ointments are not a choice, but a practical necessity when it comes to looking healthy and presentable.
Washing your face with lukewarm water is vital, as it washes away the excess dirt and oil that build up during the day. Dirt and excess oil can quickly clog up the pores and result in acne, pimples and overall inflammation of the skin. This can be a real issue, especially during the summer when we’re outside most of the day, sweating like crazy. However, washing your face too frequently, with either cold or hot water, can dry it out and lead to flaking, dandruff and cracks forming on the surface of the skin.
Exercise and rest accordingly
Although most people hate going to the gym, regular exercise is ideal for getting rid of additional energy and built-up stress. It regulates metabolism, allows you to control your weight more efficiently and results in a good night’s sleep, which is something most of us have issues with during these hot summer months. During workout and weight resistance training, our muscle fibers break and tear and go through a process of repairing and strengthening in order to become larger and stronger. This is quite natural and it’s one of the reasons why most trainers advise against pushing too hard during the workout.
Over exercising is a real issue and it prevents the muscle fibers from reforming and regenerating properly and can result in quite the adverse effect. Getting the recommended amount of sleep not only helps your muscles regenerate but also reduces the overall stress levels you experience throughout the day and allows you to be more productive than you would be without regular exercise and sleeping patterns. If you experience issues with falling asleep, it may be best to avoid looking at your computer or phone screen right before going to bed. The blue light they emit actually wakes up the brain and makes it harder to fall asleep.
Be careful with your dietary choices
A slice of cheese-pizza and a large Coke sound like the ideal comfort food for most of us, but this does not mean that they should be a part of our everyday diet. Eating healthy has numerous health benefits, including reduced risk of developing high blood pressure, type-2 diabetes and greatly decreases the chances of suffering from a heart attack when you get older. It’s important to keep your diet nutritive and diverse, which means eating a lot of fruit, vegetables, lean meat, and whole-grains. If your everyday diet is lacking, then you might want to schedule an appointment with a dietitian and see which natural health supplements would work best for your personal needs and preferences.
Taking care of our bodies might require a little more work than what we’re used to but it does provide a number of benefits. Eating healthy, exercising regularly and getting enough sleep is not just a way to lose some weight, but rather a conscious effort towards leading a healthy lifestyle and feeling and looking your absolute best.