Bespoke suit? Check. Bench-made leather shoes? Check. What about your skin and hair? A tired complexion and a bed head are not only signs you’re on overload, they’ll undo your style investments, and keep you looking drab.
Thing is, a well-groomed gent is one that: gets a second look in after a first date; impresses the boss or client at work; and has a certain togetherness about him first thing Sunday morning, even after a few the night before with mates.
Miracle, right? Wrong, good skin and hair is available to all. Tired of looking tired, here are the best grooming products for men right now.
Dr Sebagh Foaming Cleanser
You haven’t already, you need to cleansing part of your daily routine. Like a dermatologist in a bottle, Dr Sebagh’s foaming cleanser is a light application face wash that rids your skin of the daily grind, literally. It’s perfect as a pre-bed ritual to lift superficial dirt and lose skin, as well as digging deep to get rid of impurities under the surface — likely to take form as acne or blocked pores at a later date. Use this for all skin types.
How to use it: Apply to dry skin, massage with circular motions and wipe off or rinse with warm water. Follow up with a skin toner.
Clinique Oil Control Exfoliating Tonic
Sick of flakey, bumpy skin? You need to start exfoliating. Not just a skin-thing your girlfriend does, Clinique’s exfoliating tonic is helps control oil buildup and de-flakes your skin’s surface area to maintain clearer, smoother skin. Plus, this tonic — designed specifically for men — preps the skin for a smooth shave.
How to use it: Use daily for oily or combination skin. Apply to a cleansed face and neck using a cotton ball.
Kiehl’s Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate
Like a face-swap (but without the Snapchat filter), this micro-peel concentrate serum from Kiehl’s is designed to fight the signs of ageing — while you sleep. It works by accelerating cell turnover, so you wake with newer looking skin, eliminating uneven skin tone and rough textures. Plus, it contains sustainably sourced quinoa; tell that to all your eastern suburb friends.
How to use it: Apply at night after cleansing and toning but before a concentrated serum. Follow with your nightly moisturiser.
Aesop Facial Hydrating Cream
Aesop’s facial hydrating cream is a dream-cream for men. It’s not too thick, so it won’t clog your pores, but it’s full of all the necessary goodies: vitamin E to nourish and mineral-based Zinc Oxide, which coats the skin to protect against the sun. And, it smells like masculine sandalwood — nothing chemical or grandma-smelling here. It’s the perfect every day use cream, for a better feeling face, all day.
How to use it: For all skin types, simply massage a small amount onto the face, after cleansing and toning the skin.
Anthony Hand Cream
You can tell a man’s life story by his hands. And his age. Cracked, wrinkled hands means you need to moisturise. Anthony hand cream refines your skin by diminishing the appearance of fine lines and smooths out rough textures. It’s all in the creams AHAs, for a more even skin tone, while glycerin and aqua cacteen hydrates dry, damaged skin. Now you won’t feel like sandpaper when you hold hands with your significant other.
How to use it: Apply a generous amount to your hands after washing. Reapply throughout the day to keep your hands soft.
Aveda Anti-Hair Loss Shampoo
They say prevention is far better than a cure. And the same goes for hairloss. Aveda’s ‘Invati’ shampoo exfoliates the scalp and removes buildup and excess sebum that can clog pores and inhibit hair growth. Rhe shampoo is designed to refresh your scalp — made up of salicylic acid and plant actives so your hair is less likely to break, thanks to the ultra- conditioning that helps strengthen thinning hair. Luscious locks, long-time.
How to use it: Massage into wet hair and scalp. Rinse.
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D R Harris Wet Shaving Kit
Rather than try keep hair on your head (or face), here’s the trick to effectively get rid of it. D R Harris has released a Made In England wet shaving kit, for the next best thing after a professional blade shave at the barber. Comprised of four pieces, you’ll get a Mach 3 blade razor, badger hair brush and a wash bowl, to easily lather your chin and cheeks. Stylishly hung on a chrome stand — to let the bristles dry properly — the cream set will add an old-world charm to your bathroom basin too. Much better than any plastic, disposal razor ten-pack.
How to use it: refer to our guide for the perfect shave.
Geo. F Trumper Coconut Oil Shaving Cream
Coconut oil is the ‘grease’ for hipster foodies. And now it’s the must-have shaving cream for your face #paleo. Made in the UK, Geo. F. Trumper’s soft shaving cream is scented with coconut oil, so you’ll smell like a summer holiday even at work. Plus, it actually contains from coconut pulp, but without the grit, so its a smooth to apply lotion with only a small amount required for each shave, giving you enough lather comfortably.
How to use it: Best used with a shaving brush.
Molton Brown Peppercorn Body Wash
Putting more spice in your shower life, Molton Brown’s body wash carries Madagascan black peppercorn oil, which acts as an exotic antioxidant protection. Balancing out the tang, the wash is also fragranced by coriander and a herby basil. Did we mention it’s award-winning?
How to use it: Use in shower daily.
Philips Nose, Ear and Eyebrow Trimmer
The nose, ear and eyebrow trimmer from Philips is your one-stop shaver shop for gents with a little extra hair in places you don’t need hair. Petite in form and will a sleek charcoal design, the waterproof trimmer features Philips SafeGuard technology: the cutter is protected by an ultra-thin foil guard to ensure only hair can get in, not your skin. Better still, your hair won’t catch due to the trimmer’s two separate-moving cutting blades. Pulled hair, never.
How to use it: Insert into ear or nose and move around.
Marvis Aquatic Mint Toothpaste
Too cool for Colgate? Marvis’s ‘Aquatic Mint’ toothpaste is a luxurious way to maintain your pearly whites. Made in Florence, now you can boast that your toothpaste, and stylish leather dress shoes, are Italian-made. It’s a creamy, non-gritty texture that’s super minty — no after taste so you have long-lasting fresh breath all the time. Plus, the packaging is an apothecary-inspired tube, which will look smart next your wet shave kit.
How to use it: Apply a pea-size amount onto your toothbrush, twice a day with brushing.