This week’s insider interview is with Dr Tom Mammone, Executive Director of Clinique Research & Development. One of the most knowledgeable and respected people in the industry, he’s happiest when dressed in a white coat and fiddling away in the lab but they do let him out occasionally to educate grooming peeps like me about the latest developments in skincare. So here are his insights into the fascinating world of male grooming….
GG: Best skin care tip for men?
TM: “Shave, shave, and shave. Shaving is a great exfoliation process. This should start with a hot wash with soap. The hotter the better as this opens up the pores and softens the hair.”
GG: What’s the most common mistake men make when it comes to skin care?
TM: “Not using daily SPF protection. There is NO harmless amount of sun exposure for the skin. Even small daily amounts of UV exposure contribute to photo-ageing, alterations in the natural defense system, and sun damage is the leading cause of what we see as skin ageing. UVA rays penetrate clouds and even window glass so it is present every single day regardless of the weather. If you have to be in the sun for longer periods of time, be vigilant about sun protection and use sun protection that includes UVA and UVB sun screen.”
GG: What’s your favourite fragrance?
TM: “Fresh cut grass and the ocean air. After that I would say Clinique Happy for Men which really crisp and not heavy like evening fragrances can be.”
GG: Fantasy grooming product?
TM: “One of my fantasy products is a simple cream that would immediately remove body hair forever. I think many men suffer from too much hair on the face or body. And as we get older it pops up everywhere! We are investigating technology that could gentle remove these unwanted hairs in a very safe and permanent manner.“
GG: What’s the one male grooming product you couldn’t live without?
“Clinique Skin Supplies for Men Age Defense Hydrator SPF 15 – it’s everything in one handy tube! This is a great one stop shop for me, especially when travelling. It is a multi-purpose, anti-aging moisturiser that helps protect against sun damage and environmental assaults and helps lessen the appearance of visible lines and wrinkles. Everything I need in one tube.”
GG: What’s the next big trend in male grooming?
TM “More and more research is demonstrating that men’s skin is clearly different than a women’s. Men’s skin has unique requirements and we were the first prestige brand to offer a comprehensive men’s skin care regime and as things move forward, we’ll see this ‘custom-fit’ approach continue to grow and develop.”
For more info on Clinique see www.cliniqueformen.co.uk