True, it's not always good to judge a book by its cover; however, it's impossible to deny the importance humans place on physical appearance. Recent research out of Princeton University
found that it takes roughly one-tenth of a second to form an impression of another person based on looks. Although it's not necessarily an honest reflection of your inner character, men who are well-groomed tend to inspire confidence in those around them. Keeping yourself looking fresh could do wonders for your job prospects and relationships.
In this article, we'll go through some of the hottest grooming tips to keep you looking and feeling your best in 2019. If you incorporate a few of these tips into your daily life, you're sure to feel a tremendous uptick in the confidence department.
1. A Few Hot Hair Hacks
There are limitless ways you could style your hair, but nobody likes hair that look unhealthy. So, no matter what style you choose, you need to ensure you keep your hair glowing for the long haul.
Hair professionals highly recommend you resist the urge to over-wash your hair. Over-washing your hair dries out your scalp and rids you hair of protective oils. It's best to only wash your hair about two to three times per week.
Interestingly, many beauty experts recommend ditching your store bought conditioner and using one egg yolk to give your hair a glorious glow. Believe it or not, egg yolks contain all the nutrients necessary for a healthy head of hair.
To use this trick, first beat an egg yolk thoroughly in a container. Once the egg
is beaten, add one tablespoon of either baby oil or extra virgin olive oil. After you've incorporated the oil, add about a cup of warm (but not hot!) water. Now, simply pour some of the mixture on your head and massage it deeply into your scalp. Let the conditioner sit for about five minutes before rinsing it off with cold water.
Lastly, if you're looking for a serious hair boost, then you should try rubbing a few dabs of rosemary oil
on your scalp every day. The oil from this classic Mediterranean herb holds the unofficial title for the world's first (and perhaps most effective) hair renewal product! By the way, regular consumption of this herb has been linked with incredible cognitive benefits like enhanced memory
, so be sure to keep some dried rosemary handy in your pantry.
2. Defeat Acne With A Moisturizing Routine
Even if you don't have naturally oily skin, you should practice a daily skin moisturizing routine for acne prevention. By taking a few minutes out of your morning and evening to cleanse your face
, you'll dramatically reduce the risk of having to deal with a breakout in the future. Keep all of your skin cleansers in a convenient Vetelli DOPP Kit so you can practice your skin care regimen even when you're on the road.
The first step in any good skincare routine is to wash your face with warm water. This helps open up your pores and releases all the nasty toxins, bacteria, and oil that have been festering there. By getting all this grime out of your cells, you'll help to prevent the formation of acne.
After patting your face dry with a clean towel, it's time to break out (pun intended) a high-quality moisturizing cream. Using a good moisturizer every day delivers vital nutrients to your skin, which makes it more resilient to any toxins you'll encounter. A little dab of moisturizer also helps to hydrate your cells, which can reduce your risk of developing wrinkles. For additional benefits, consider using a moisturizer that doubles as a sunscreen, especially if you live in a sunny region.
Although it's not necessary, men with oily skin might want to consider adding an exfoliating regimen into their weekly skincare routine. It's best to use a good quality face scrub after washing your face and before applying moisturizer. Adding this simple step a few times each week will give your face a super deep clean.
3. Relax In Epsom Salt Baths
Composed of magnesium and sulfate, Epsom salt
is a special mineral first discovered just south of London in a town named Epsom. For hundreds of years, people have taken Epsom salt baths to help relieve various muscle, skin, and digestive conditions. Taking an Epsom salt bath every once in awhile is an easy and inexpensive way to rejuvenate your entire system.
Whether you're looking to improve muscle recovery, digestion, mental wellbeing, or skin health, Epsom salt baths can help you. All you have to do is prepare a hot bath, throw in one to two cups of Epsom salt, and relax for about 15 minutes. While you're in the bath, your skin will naturally absorb the magnesium and sulfate in the water.
Feel free to add some essential oils like lavender, peppermint, or orange to enhance the relaxation benefits.
4. A Spot Of Tea For Sunburn Spots
Suffering from some sunburn the day after your beach outing? Don't fret! As long as you've got a box of black tea
at home, you're all set.
Believe it or not, black tea has many healing compounds that can help reduce the symptoms of sunburn and heal damaged skin. Just place one or two bags of tea in a glass of warm water. After the water cools, take a towel and dip it into the tea. Gently press this towel on your sunburnt spots.
It's a good idea to apply the tea before bedtime because you can leave it on overnight and wash it off in the morning. You'll be amazed how much better you'll look and feel when you wake up!
5. Give Your Lips A Good Brushing
When you brush your teeth, take a few seconds to give your lips a little attention. Stimulating your lips with a simple brush every day could help naturally get rid of that uncomfortable chapped feeling, which is especially good in the wintertime.
If you want to take it a step further, consider putting a drop or two of cinnamon oil on your toothbrush. According to beauty experts
, cinnamon oil has the ability to increase blood supply to your lips, which makes them appear healthier.
Please keep this tip in mind if you plan on smooching someone soon!
6. Master Your Mind: Meditate Every Day
Truly great grooming isn't just about the outside appearance. Scientists now show that psychological stress can often manifest as physical symptoms. Although we might not think about it all too often, the mind and body are one.
It makes sense, therefore, to calm your inner world. The easiest and most effective way to improve our mental lives is to take up the ancient practice of meditation.
Numerous scientific studies have now shown people who regularly meditate have significantly lowered amounts of the stress hormone cortisol
. Other tests have found meditators have enhanced memory
, increased grey matter
, and had an easier time dealing with stress
So, what do you need to do to meditate? Simple: just sit in a comfortable position and watch your breath. Acknowledge any thoughts that arise without judgment and return your focus to the breath as soon as you can remember. Within a few weeks of dedicated practice, you'll see a noticeable improvement in your mental and physical well-being.
Aim to meditate for at least 15 minutes every single day. It's better to get into a daily meditation habit rather than practice for extended periods whenever you get a chance.
Up Your Grooming Game This Year!
You don't need expensive spa treatments to look your best. As you could see from the list above, there are many cheap ways you can significantly boost your appearance this year. Men who use the hacks in this article are bound to have a spectacular 2019.