10 Easy Ways to Be More Handsome By Next Week
Quick fixes get a bad name, and sometimes improvement does take patience. That being said, there are still plenty of ways you can improve yourself that don't require a five-year plan.
As Mr Churchill once wisely said, "To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often."
Touché, old guy.
1| Work from the ground up
The old adage about your shoes being the first thing people notice about you isn't changing any time soon. Luckily, footwear options are more flexible than they've ever been, so there's really no excuse not to be rocking something good on your feet.
2| Manspread (yes, really)
Widely derided as one of the most heinous crimes of the 21st Century, "manspreading" is a term used to call out men who take up too much space on public transport. We're certainly not advocating crushing anyone on the Central line with your strapping thighs, but it turns out there are some merits to "space maximization."
Research has found that men are more successful at flirting when they take up more space with their body (stretching, extending arms, wide-legged stances etc) rather than adopting inward and closed body language. Just don't come crashing into the pub arms out like a human air-glider.
3| Spruce up your scent.
'Body odor = bad' is not the sort of genius insight we're looking to offer you here, but are you aware how much of an advantage smelling really good can be? Research published earlier this year found that your voice and scent play crucial roles in how attractive people find you, not just your looks.
4| Adapt your language.
Seeing as we're talking about your voice, the words you use and ways you use them have a real impact on how you come across. Asking questions and using the word "you" more makes you more attractive to other people, and research has found that people's brains are activated when they hear their own name.
Harvard research even found that talking about yourself stimulates the same brain regions as sex or a good meal. So be that guy who listens, instead of talks.
5| Stand up straight.
Posture is a key factor in forming other people's perceptions of us—slouch or hunch over and you appear several stages behind in the evolutionary stakes. If you're plagued by a bad back try putting tape from the nape of your neck down your spine and from one shoulder blade to another.
This will correct your posture and remind you to keep your back straight. Kinesiology tape is particularly effective.
6| Sort your eyebrows out.
As a rule of thumb, anything you can find on your face needs a little upkeep and attention. Some men are luckily in others in this regard, but we should all be plucking stray hairs and generally stopping things from getting out of control.
As our grooming guide points out, 'Pay attention to the spot in the middle, and any errant hairs above and below your brows are also worth staying on top of. Plucking is time-consuming, though, so if needs be ask your barber to tidy your brows up when you're next in.' Research from M.I.T showed that facial recognition is more dependent on eyebrows than eyes—even more reason not to ignore your furry friends.
7| Get a good night's sleep.
Beauty sleep might sound like a concept only Disney buy into, but there's some merit to it according to research which found that, "sleep-deprived people are perceived as more fatigued, less attractive, sadder and less healthy than when they are rested."
No excuses, this one couldn't be easier.
8| Invest in an SPF moisturizer.
No matter the season, you still need to protect your skin. UV rays still get through even cloudy weather and dry out and damage your skin.
We suggest adding a light SPF 15 moisturizer into your daily grooming routine, a two-birds-one-stone job that will nourish your skin short-term and protect it from aging long-term.
9| Get the lads out.
It might sound counter-productive to move in a group when trying to stand out from the crowd, but research has found there's some merit to the "cheerleader effect" which means that the human brain tends to average the faces of people in a group rather than seeing them as individual subjects.
This means that hanging round with your better-looking friends actually benefits you. Best give the boys a call.
10| Copy their moves.
Mirroring someone's body language when you interact with them is a way of building up trust. Research has found that, "mimicry not only increases good will but also prompts an increased social orientation in general."
Though, like the above advice to take up more room, this is another psychological trick with to exercise with caution. You don't want anyone to think you're attempting to choreograph a musical of their life. Or worse, taking the piss.
This story originally appeared on Esquire.co.uk.
* Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.