Here’s some quick ways to look the gentleman at any holiday occasion (and never mind how you end up behaving).

Skip shaving the day before a big party to make sure you get a close shave the day of. You can do two shaving passes then for a super-close result. Just make sure to reapply the shave cream before the second pass.

Exfoliate your skin. The simple technique of gently removing dead, darkened cells from your skin’s surface can brighten your tone, smooth roughness and improve your overall appearance. Take five minutes as you shower before the party to follow the simple instructions below for a great, clean look the whole day and night through.

Winter temperatures and dry air work to dehydrate skin and leave it looking and feeling irritated, reddened and cracked. Step up your moisturizing during winter months by following each shave with an application of moisturizer and repeating before you got to sleep if you have particularly dry skin.

There’s going to be a lot of hand shaking going on during the season, so make a good impression by keeping nails clean and trimmed, and rubbing moisturizer into your hands on a regular basis. If you really want to go all out, see about booking a manicure. They’re not just for ladies anymore; many barbershops and grooming lounges now offer them with a specifically male angle.

While you’re at the barbershop, get a trim. However, if you’re opting for a new cut or style, don’t get it the actual day of the celebration. A disastrous hair experience can sometimes be smoothed over if you have a few days to work with it (and there still may be time to book another appointment to minimize the damage).
Get rid of unwanted hairs. You took care of the ones on your head; don’t forget those cropping up in….other places. A simple nose or ear hair trimming will give you a more polished look.

Maintain the dress code and feel confident about how you look. You don’t have to be the most stylish guy in the room, but being confident is definitely going to make it seem that way. A big part of a having a good self-image is a wardrobe that works for you. Wear clothes that are clean, pressed and comfortable (not “sweats comfortable,” just easy to wear). If you’re unsure of how informal the party is, consult the host or hostess. And remember: if you feel good, you’re going to look good. Case closed.

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