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12 Big Physical Turn Offs that Guys Always Notice!

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Turn offs are subjective, but there are a few turn offs that are universal. Read these 12 physical turn offs for guys, and make sure you avoid them! By Ethan Kent

physical turn offs for guys

Perspectives and physical turns offs can be rather annoying.

Not to mention, a real blow to your self esteem if you find yourself constantly wondering what guys like and don’t like!

We’re not all born a particular way.

And we can’t ever expect beauty to be universal.

Some girls may have big assets while a few others may have something considerably smaller.

And what seems like a turn off to one guy could be a huge turn on for another guy *even if you don’t believe it yourself!*

[Read: 12 things guys love in a girl besides her appearance]

Physical turn offs are always subjective

Physical turn offs are subjective, and every guy you’d come across would have his own preferences and dislikes, no matter what you do or how much you change yourself to please someone.

If you want to get a guy’s attention or impress him, stop worrying about the things you can’t change about yourself.

After all, there’s enough oomph and sexiness in the things you do that can make you really appealing and completely irresistible even if you have a few natural flaws. [Read: The secret art of attracting men in a way they can’t resist!]

Some guys claim even the slightest of imperfections would turn them off, but more often than not, you’d see the same guys dating a girl who has the same physical imperfections!

The truth is, guys can say a lot of things about their preferences and they can appear really picky, but if you’re a great girl who believes in herself, chances are, you’d still awe him just as much as his dream girl. [Read: How men fall in love - The 7 stages of love for guys]

12 big physical turn offs that all guys notice

There are a few things you can change about yourself, and a few things you just can’t. So instead of worrying about something that you can’t fix with a bit of effort, turn those imperfections into your assets.

But on the other hand, there are a few things you may do physically that would definitely annoy any guy. And that’s probably because you have a choice and you still choose to do something that’s a complete put off!

Here’s a list of 12 physical turn offs for guys that they’d always notice, and wish you would have done something about it. It’s fixable, and something you most definitely need to keep in mind, on a first date, and on every occasion when you’re trying to catch a cute guy’s attention. [Read: 11 biggest dating turn offs for guys on a date]

#1 Too much makeup. A little bit of makeup is absolutely fine. But don’t go overboard assuming you’ll impress the guy with the fancy artwork on your face. To most guys, too little makeup is always better than too much makeup which would make them visualize a clown while talking to you. A safe tip here, use makeup to enhance and accentuate your face, not to cover it up and hide it.

#2 Body odor. This isn’t something most of us think too much about because, let’s face it, we’re not smelly people. Most people aren’t. Of course, there may be an occasional day or two when you feel overwhelmed by an attack of anxiety and get a whiff of your own sweaty underarm after a long day’s work.

But if you’re meeting a guy after work, you need to remember that he could still get a whiff of your body odor even if you don’t smell it, especially when he comes close to kiss you or neck you. It may be trivial, but the second a guy thinks you’re smelly, he’d always think twice about trying to get into bed with you. Really, if you seem smelly up there, who knows how it’s going to be down there?! [Read: Perfume tips - How to impress a guy in 13 oh-so-awesome ways!]

#3 Facial hair. When a guy’s cozying up with you on a date, he wouldn’t want to see facial hair sticking out over your upper lip. After all, if a guy prefers a girl with facial hair, he might as well date a dude. The same goes with unibrows, thick armpit hairs *even if they’re short and stiff* that stick out in sleeveless tops, and hairy arms or legs.

If you want to impress a guy, make sure your arms and legs are clean and smooth when he runs his hands over you. Finding a stubble, especially during the initial days of dating *when he’s still trying to discover you* would be a big sexual and physical turn off! [Read: 15 biggest sexual turn offs for guys in bed]

#4 Unkempt nails and hair. A guy may appear oblivious to the many things you do to make him notice you better, but when he clasps your fingers with his, one of the first things he’d notice are your nails *especially if they’re chipped or chewed*. And bad, messy hair that’s matted or dirty and need of a wash badly? Well, that’s another complete no-no.

#5 Oral hygiene. There are so many things you can do right to impress a guy during that first conversation. But if you’ve got food stuck in your teeth, or if you have bad teeth, a guy can’t help but feel awkward around you.

And if you’re suffering from bad breath, well, that’s one of the things that can really make a big difference to the way the date ends. If you think your throat’s dry and your breath smells, pop in a mint or a gum. It’s the least courteous thing you can do when a guy’s trying to pucker up for a kiss. [Read: 16 first date tips for girls to dazzle your date every single time!]

#6 Tramp stamps. Tattoos seem sexy, but most guys prefer to admire it from far away! Guys especially avoid girls with tramp stamps like big tattoos on their lower back or on a very visible part of their cleavage.

Tattoos can be sweet and nice when they’re discreet or small, but not when they’re screaming “look where I’ve got a tattoo!”. Most guys who see girls with big tattoos assume she’s too easy to get, and only see her as a flirty and easy lay, instead of trying to see her as a potential mate for life.

#7 Bad attire. It’s one thing to dress fashionable, but it’s a complete different thing to dress in an outlandish, fashionably unfashionable manner. Most guys don’t feel comfortable on a date with a girl who wears ill-fitting clothes that are too loose or too tight. Dress comfortably in a feminine manner, and you’d have a better chance of scoring points with him. After all, if a guy feels uncomfortable around you, he’s obviously going to have a bad time with you. [Read: What should a girl wear on a date to impress a guy?]

#8 Unhealthy appearance. Glowing skin is not just a sign of good health and good nutrition, it’s also a huge attention grabber. If you’re overworking or stressed out all the time, its effects would start showing on your face. You’d look older, your skin would look duller and you’d appear lifeless.

Evolution has programmed a man’s mind to fall for girls who look healthy, as opposed to someone who seems haggard. Enjoy life, relax and banish stress from your life. You could even work out and let those endorphins work their magic on your appearance. [Read: 13 easy tips to glow and increase your physical attraction instantly]

#9 Bad language. Guys find pushy girls who abuse and use bad language rather unattractive and unappealing. Swear at something if you must, but avoid starting or ending your sentences with cuss words. It’s just as bad as a girl who grabs a guy and manhandles him repeatedly on a first date. Guys hate that, even if they don’t say it out loud during the date. But of course, you’ll know he hated it soon enough when he doesn’t call you back!

#10 Not leaving anything to a guy’s imagination. When you’re on a date with a guy, don’t let your enthusiasm to catch the guy’s eye take you overboard. Don’t wear something that leaves nothing to his imagination. He’d either think you’re too easy to get and would try to get you into bed on the very first date *and forget all about you the next morning*, or he’d feel really awkward in public and appear distracted throughout the date. Either ways, if you’re looking for something serious with a guy, it’s definitely not going to work in your favor. [Read: 18 ways to look pretty and sweet and catch a guy's eye]

#11 Masculinity. The biggest trait that attracts guys is a girl’s femininity and sensuality. The way you walk, the way you stare at him while doing that thing with your eyes, your sweet smile, and everything else that’s girly and feminine matters a lot to a guy. Don’t behave like a man assuming a guy would feel more comfortable around a girl who can be just like one of the guys.

Display your femininity and he’ll come crawling behind you on all fours. Try to be too tomboyish and brash, and you may only be able to catch the attention of a guy who’s less manly than the typical guy. [Read: 25 easy ways to look really cute and melt a guy’s heart]

#12 Unrefined and crude. When a guy sees a pretty girl, he just can’t imagine her doing anything silly because she seems so perfect. But if she does display her clumsy side occasionally, a guy would think she’s being cute.

On the other hand, if a girl behaves in a crude or unrefined manner all the time, it’s a big physical turn off for a guy because guys just can’t visualize a girl that way. He’d feel more threatened and inhibited by you instead of feeling comfortable around you! [Read: 10 ways to appear more graceful and feminine in no time]

If you want to impress a guy or catch his eye, try to avoid these 12 physical turn offs for guys. After all, every one of these turn offs can be fixed in no time if you’re truly interested in changing yourself for the better *not just for a guy, but for yourself too!*


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  • lulu
    October 13, 2013 | Permalink |

    What if I’m naturally masculine? I’m quite a bit of a tomboy, I love playing video games… I understand that in order to attract someone I will have to finally start spending hours grooming my appearance (which I will be finding incredibly difficult) but I don’t see how you’re expecting me to pretend someone I’m not. I am not “cute.” I don’t have a “sweet smile” and I don’t do “that thing with my eyes” (whatever that is). And yes, I am so desperate that I’ve tried practising in front of a mirror. It just doesn’t work. It looks awkward. I’m not MEANT to be like that. Does that mean I’ll never get anyone to like me? Fair enough, didn’t think I’d deserve to be loved being so messed up…

  • NJ
    November 2, 2013 | Permalink |

    Don’t say that Lulu, are you sure no smile of yours is sweet? It takes emotional work to get the eyes to shine. You have to be feeling good about yourself when you approach the mirror. Don’t compare yourself to the artificial unrealistic standards of large-scale societal culture.

  • Mary-Anne
    December 10, 2013 | Permalink |

    I cannot agree with all of this, everyone is different and the number one thing is to be yourself- that is what men find attractive. Yes, we have to be clean and not smelly etc but #11 & #12 are points not shared by everyone. I’m quite a tomboy and enjoy being a bit rude and crude and guys seem to like me for that… my last boyfriend certainly did. I don’t spend hours getting ready for someone either. I make sure I’m clean and presentable and guys still fall for me. Lulu, please don’t fake a “sweet smile”… the right type of guys will love you for who you are; I think it’s a lot of guys dreams to find a girl who likes video games!! Point #3 about hair is not always true either… fine hair on the upper lip is normal for most women and having done some research on this I have found it doesn’t bother most guys at all! Even hair in other places (armpits etc) is not always a turn-off (although more men seem to be picky about this). In my view if a guy is so shallow as to not want to see you because of this he’s not worth knowing!! This is a useful article in some ways but remember it’s not about changing your personality!

  • BeeYerself
    January 19, 2014 | Permalink |

    MOST of this is common sense, and some of it is BS. Not all men want little Miss Priss types.

  • Beryl
    March 10, 2014 | Permalink |

    Listen all females, do not do yourself over for any man. Love yourself, respect yourself, anddo not give him sex too early. The right man will come along and want you for you. Be confident with who you are. Hold your head up. When you try too hard to please a man, he can tell that you are trying hard and he will not respect you.

    Love yourselg.

  • Chris
    March 24, 2014 | Permalink |

    #1 should be obesity. Why do these lists so rarely talk about it? Are you just trying to be PC or are you in denial?

    I’ve talked with co-workers, friends, family, strangers in bars in other countries… obesity is almost always a top 3 turn off for men. Of course, there are the very few men who prefer fat girls, but they’re usually obese themselves.

    The sad thing is, if you truly respect yourself, you’d take care of yourself and never let yourself get to that point. It’s amazing how slim people are in every country I’ve been to (except for the Czech Republic, it rivaled back home) except the good ol’ US of A.

  • SilvaSkreen
    April 25, 2014 | Permalink |

    This is ridiculous. Being yourself is the hottest thing you can be for the right guy. Female body odor is one of the most powerful, sexy aphrodisiacs in the entire world. In the middle ages women used to put a slice of apple in the armpit and feed it to a potential suitor at dances. It was proven…from this act alone the man would fall in love if the chemistry was right!

  • silkia
    May 28, 2014 | Permalink |

    Some of them are fair enough but others aren’t, guys can and do like girls and dont have to have a feminine physique. I admire those who can be more tom boyish or have a physique more masculine body because you could relate to your partner a lot more by partaking in stuff you both like i couldnt imagine haveing a barbie doll type girl who couldnt life a finger or do anything for herself. , id love someone who was competitive when it come to sports and or someone that can take the time to chill and loaf around playing video games! If a guy feels threatened by a girl then he needs to go to the gym and pump some iron. Bottom line be yourself

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