This week I am mostly loving…..

1. Natio For Men Muscle Soothing Heat Rub (£8 for 110g from www.debenhams.com). Unlike many rubs this Australian number, infused with peppermint, menthol and ginger,  won’t leave you honking like a sports locker and doesn’t feel like you’ve rubbed your skin with a couple of raw chillies either. I know it’s meant for muscles but I’ve discovered it makes a brilliantly refreshing foot rub too.

2. Tisserand Concentrate Essential Oil Roll-On Remedy, £4.95 from www.tisserand.com). Although it’s practically February I still haven’t quite got back into the swing of things work-wise so this roll-on, packed with essential oils to help concentration, has been a Godsend. I take it to product launches too, where keeping your eyes open is often a major challenge.

4. Nivea For Men Q10 Revitalizing Eye Roll-On, £10.49 for 10ml from www.boots.com) Brilliant new cooling roller-ball eye gel that works wonders on eye bags, especially if you chill it overnight on the windowsill. Half the price of many eye creams too.

3. Equmen Precision Briefs, £30.65 from www.mankind.co.uk. These low-rise pants are new arrivals at Mankind and in my role as Grooming Ed there it’s my job to road test them (there are worse jobs I know). They’re ergonomically  designed to keep your bits cool and snugly in place and are actually some of the comfiest pants I’ve ever worn. They’re surprisingly  flattering too.  Ok, too much information….


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Insider interview – Hilary Andrews, CEO of Mankind.co.uk

hils2As CEO of mankind.co.uk, Britain’s leading online male grooming retailer, Hilary Andrews has a truly encyclopaedic knowledge of the male grooming market. A former beauty therapist and teacher, her entrepreneurial skills have transformed Mankind from a site that sold grooming products at the start of the male grooming boom into an indispensable resource for the modern male. Here she submits to a spot of  ‘industry insider’ interrogation…

GG: What’s the biggest mistake men make when it comes to grooming?

HA: Using shower gel to wash their hair! Seriously, other big mistakes are not understanding how to use a product and either using too much (eye creams) or using them too heavy handily (face scrubs). Follow the instructions or contact us for advice. We now have a live chat function on Mankind where you can ask for advice so there’s no excuse!

GG: What’s your best shaving tip for men?

HA: Use a good product that give plenty of slip and glide. Cheap foams dry and irritate the skin. Using a shaving brush is also a big benefit as it lifts and softens the hairs. Make sure you wash all the shaving product off using running water so no residue is left to irritate the skin.

GG: What’s men’s biggest skincare issue would you say? And what’s the solution?

HA: Shaving rash and ingrown hairs.  Shaving properly in the direction of the hair growth, using a decent product to shave with and a soothing balm afterwards will all help. For ingrown hairs a specific lotion like Tend Skin can really help.

GG: What would you say has been the biggest change in male grooming in the past five years?

HA: Men now consider a grooming routine as essential rather than something a bit vain or unnecessary. Products have become more specialised such as body hair removers. In fact, the whole area of removing body hair has really taken off.

JVFR2GG: What’s your favourite men’s fragrance?

HA: I love John Varvatos. It’s very sexy but not overpowering. I’ve never met a man it doesn’t suit.

GG: Best groomed man?

HA: Lee Kynaston! (I didn’t pay her, I swear!)

GG: How influential is the internet when it comes to male grooming?

HA: Massively so!  The convenience is what makes it so appealing initially but when men visit our site there is just so much information and advice from Mankind and other customers that it really helps them understand how to use product and what to buy.  The internet has played a key part in increasing the way men now buy and use grooming products.

GG: Next big thing in male grooming?

HA: More sophisticated formulas for anti-aging. Body hair removal is still big and continues to expand. Intimate products are on the rise. Shaving creams and moisturiser to enhance what you’ve got down there are going to be… big!

To check out Mankind’s huge selection of grooming products go to www.mankind.co.uk

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Biotherm launch recharging cleanser

 

Biotherm Homme's new High Recharge Cleanser
Biotherm Homme's new High Recharge Cleanser

Anyone who’s ever tried Biotherm Homme’s High Recharge range will know what an absolute lifesaver it can be. Designed to give fatigued skin a boost of energy as well as to remove grease, grime and dead skin cells their brand new High Recharge Energy Cleanser is the perfect tonic for haggard  (or as I prefer to thin of it tired skin). Having spent half the night on Twitter watching the shock news of  The King of Pop’s untimely demise unfolded I could certainly do with something to give me a wake-up call!

 

Available from www.mankind.co.uk, priced £17

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