Nail the urban gentleman look, with this range of essential grooming product. By Elisabeth King.
A dress code of smart shoes and high quality, well-fitted shirts and suits are core to the resurgent modern contemporary look. But don’t make the lethal error of ignoring the importance of proper grooming to cement the image. According to a recent US study, overall physical attractiveness and good grooming are the two most powerful factors in looking professional and getting hired.
Christian Bale’s detailed grooming routine in American Psycho certainly delivered a polished appearance. But it’s not necessary to spend as much time as an imperial concubine to cover the gentleman’s basics of sleek hair, good skin and teeth. Discipline, time-saving shortcuts and the right, not the largest number of products provide the critical edge.
L’Occitane Cedrat Shaving Gel
A citrus scent blast is the breezy opener for this gel-into-foam skin energizer. Used daily, it adds an extra layer of smoothness and protects the skin against breakouts, nicks, razor burn and irritation. There’s an entire range featuring the Asian fruit, known as citron in English, including a cleanser and face gel, to refine the appearance of the skin and neutralise excess oil. $38; au.loccitane.com
Elemis Time For Men Daily Moisture Boost
Over six million customers a year can’t be wrong. That’s the number of people worldwide who entrust their skin to the UK’s number one anti-aging spa brand. Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Elemis products for men are multi-award winners, including this lightweight lotion. Suppleness and elasticity are the linchpins of the clean-shaven look. Packed with tamanu and citrus oils, regular use conditions, nourishes and decongests the skin. $69; elemisaustralia.com.au
Clarisonic Smart Profile Sonic Cleanser
The prime way to fast-track brighter, cleaner skin is by investing in a sonic cleanser. The latest model of the Clarisonic cleanser boasts smart technology, an intuitive user interface and longer battery life to purge the skin of dirt and grime 11 times better than using your hands. That’s about as complicated as things get to achieve the best skin of your life. A dab of face wash and 60 seconds in the shower does the trick. Don’t overdo it. Tough guy actor, Liev Schreiber, uses his sonic cleanser once a week. Twice max if he needs to squire partner Naomi Watts on the red carpet. $295; clarisonic.com.au
Penhaligon’s No 33 Eye Cream
The modern barbershop trend relies on old school classics. Penhaligon’s is marking its 145th anniversary with the No. 33 line, a comprehensive gentleman’s grooming range. A dapper chap’s eyes sometimes show fatigue. Tightening plant extracts in this invigorating eye cream tighten and firm. Consider: the full range from the uppercrust Brit brand of a cologne ( a contemporary lavender), cleanser, beard and face scrub and moisturiser. $84; exclusive to mensbiz.com.au
Toni & Guy Men Styling Fibre
Just the facts are a major thumbs-up for this versatile hair controller that lasts for hours and washes out in seconds. Here goes: non-greasy, easy to apply, no residue, no shine, no hardness and doesn’t leave your hands feeling sticky. Suitable for all hair styles from classic to casual, shorter or longer. A dab or two goes a long way. $15.99; Woolworths, Priceline, Coles and Big W.
White Glo Diamond Series Power Brush Toothpaste
Teeth that are too white and too perfect look false. Worse, aggressively bright gnashers are out of style. The new minimalism doesn’t mean borderline yellow, of course. Get a whiter, shinier smile with this concentrated formula – the world’s first toothpaste formulated to be used with an electric toothbrush. $6.99; whiteglo.com