An A-Z Of Men’s Grooming
Illustrations by Mr Joe Mckendry, Ms Karin Kellner and Mr Nick Hardcastle
There is such a thing National Men’s Grooming Day (the third Friday in August, for the uninitiated), which apparently encourages gents to take more care of their appearance and encourages brands to flog them the products that will aid them to do so. But the grooming world is fast-expanding, and from signature fragrances and haircare products to Korean skincare routines and vampire facials, there are things out there you never knew you needed (but can’t live without once you’ve tried them). In other words, there is much work to be done. So, to help you make sense of it all, dear reader, we at MR PORTER have compiled a handy A-Z guide to good grooming. Salt spray at the ready!
Haircuts move in and out of fashion in much the same way as clothes do. From the classic square cut and the loose fade to the “art part”, check out this season’s hairstyles, and the celebrities who have mastered them.
Founded in 2006 by Berlin perfumer Mr Geza Schoen, Escentric Molecules is driving a new guard of olfactory innovators that are redefining how we use fragrance. Its groundbreaking Molecule 01 fragrance strips the scent back to a single ingredient that works differently for each individual by reacting and responding to your hormones. Apparently.
Many have tried, and many have failed, but growing your hair out can be done, if you follow the steps we’ve compiled here, as told by Messrs Jake Gyllenhaal, Kit Harington, Harry Styles and more.
When was the last time you read an ingredients list on a skincare product you used? We get it – those things can be tough to make sense of – even with a PhD in cosmetic chemistry. We’ve made a list of some of the most important ingredients to look out for, and how they can help you.
As far as master skincare routines go, the Koreans lead where the rest of us follow. From cellulose sheet masks to pre-cleansing oils, these are the steps that will take your grooming regimen to the next level.
Mr Bret Easton Ellis’s American Psycho protagonist – along with being a narcissistic sociopath – is also the poster boy for a damn good grooming routine. Grab the expert shaving tips and run.
Retinol has been making waves as an ingredient in women’s skincare for the past few years because of its unparalleled anti-ageing properties, but us gents are only just catching on. It can be harsh on sensitive skin if you’re not used to it, but keep going and you’ll reveal skin that looks at its absolute prime.
It’s not what we want to hear when we’re not even on a sunny holiday, but SPF should be worn without fail – even in the middle of winter. If you’re keen to keep your youth intact (or at least keen to look no older than you are), discover the best products to use.
Not for those men who prefer a simple cleanse and moisturise of a morning – the process of extracting a patient’s blood and making a face cream out of it has brought dermatologist Dr Barbara Sturm relative fame. It works, apparently.
OK, we may be bending the rules of the alphabet somewhat, but the X is in there somewhere. Exfoliation is a key component of any skincare regime – including ones conducted after gym workouts.