Insider interview: Clinique’s Dr Tom mammone

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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.”


455027_fpx.tifGG: 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.”


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lee’s favourite three…anti-perspirants

I’ve tried ‘em all and what do I rate? Well, here goes…


SSFM_6530_1801. Clinique Skin Supplies For Men Roll On Antiperspirant, £10.28 My all time favourite – easy to use, unfragranced and brilliantly effective. Doesn’t leave marks on your shirts either! Available from







Sure Men Sport-12. Sure Men Sport Instinct, £2.99. Just out and an instant hit with me thanks to its light, fresh smell, superb efficacy and lockable spray mechanism. For stockists call 0800 085 1548.










1014913. One Planet Natural Extracts Forest Rain Anti-perspirant for men,  £1.70. Gets my vote for being an environmentally-friendly anti-perspirant that actually works! Smell faintly of Coca-Cola when it goes on but that’s part of its appeal! Available from Asda.

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