Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Every morning we wake up and look in the mirror as we get ready for whatever life is going to throw at us over the next 24 hours. Are you happy with the image reflected in the mirror? Chances are, if you’re unhappy with your appearance, you’re probably making less than your more attractive coworkers. If that doesn’t aggravate you, consider that depression and anxiety often stem from poor body image.
While it isn’t fair to judge a book by its cover, in the corporate world, we are judged (and compensated) in part, by our appearance.
According to Professor Daniel Hamermesh, “…attractive people are likely to earn an average of 3% to 4% more than a person with below-average looks.”
If you want to maximize your potential earnings over the course of your lifetime, here are 5 habits you need to adopt right now!
1. Workout for at least 30 minutes a day
Working out before going to work is a great way to boost your mood and energy levels throughout the day. Burning more calories means you can trim body fat and appear more fit. Making fitness a daily habit simply makes common sense; it increases your lifespan, improves your quality of life and improves personal productivity.
2. Wash and moisturize your face daily
Your skin is one of your body’s most sensitive organs. Protecting it with sunblock and minimizing overall sun exposure is a great first step. But, pay special attention to your face. The oils from hair products, harsh chemicals in make-up and the foreign substances transferred from our hands when we touch our face make a relentless attack on our facial skin.
According to this article by Beauty Mineral, “…chamomile, vitamin E and Dunaliella Salina Algae (from the Dead Sea) help to maintain the skin’s natural moisture balance.”
Smooth, moisturized skin, free from clogged pours and blemishes contributes to a youthful, radiant look that makes a killer first impression.
3. Monitor and correct the bags developing under your eyes
When looking in the mirror, pay close attention to the bags that develop under your eyes. The focal point of your face, especially in a business context, are your eyes. As you discuss projects and meet with clients, your eyes will be in focus. If you have puffy bags under them, you not only look older but potentially unhealthy.
According to this article by Ronald Gold, “…personal lifestyle habits can prematurely cause under eye baggage.”
This means that both lifestyle choices and age can cause your eyes to puff up. Thankfully there are treatments available to help minimize this problem and help you appear younger and more attractive. But, left unchecked, you might appear subconsciously to the outside world to be too tired to be effective at work.
4. Regularly refresh your wardrobe
You’d be surprised at how many men and women forget to update their attire on a regular basis. It’s understandable. Shopping can be a pain, and it might seem like fashion is changing at a breakneck pace. But, those who can find a way to stay on top of trends and keep their wardrobe fitted well to their body type (something that changes from month to month for most people) will reap the benefits.
Jewelry isn’t a bad idea either! Choose one item for each outfit that you feel really makes you feel beautiful. This is your power piece. Use it to buttress your confidence and make a statement.
5. Don’t cut corners on hair styling and care!
Almost everyone has hair. It’s something that can either make or break your appearance. If you don’t believe me, look at how many hairstyles Hillary Clinton has tried out during this campaign cycle. It’s clearly a challenge for her to get it just right, and she has the best stylists in the world on immediate speed dial!
Find a style that compliments your face. If you have a wide bone structure, go with volume. If your face is elongated, try and go with a flatter style. Don’t ever cut corners when picking a hair stylist. Spend the extra money and establish a relationship with someone who has a proven eye for style. Supercuts are great for maintenance, but trust a real pro with any major changes or updates.
I wish we lived in a world that placed more value on intellect, and less value on appearance. Unfortunately, we’re stuck with the world as it is (for now). Don’t let yourself down. Use your intellect to leverage your beauty and earn what you’re truly worth in the office. Sex appeal is power, are you empowering yourself by paying careful attention to your appearance?
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