You Asked: What’s A Failsafe Grooming Routine?
Photograph by Mr Jonathan Daniel Pryce
Our experts answer your most pressing questions.
Clothes can only do so much for a man’s appearance. If you don’t look after yourself – do a bit of exercise, be kind to your skin, that sort of thing – any amount of style advice will always fall a little flat. Which brings us to our first question this week which, well, isn’t strictly about style. It concerns a simple but comprehensive grooming routine. Read our advice on this below – plus how we’re wearing white this summer, and what we’re packing for the Med.
Well, Mr Kawasaki, you’re in luck. Soap, water and Old Spice might have meant a simpler life for our grandfathers, but it also meant they missed out on the anti-ageing benefits of an SPF moisturiser or the dewy charm of a hyaluronic serum. Saying that, if you’re just getting started with a grooming routine, it’s really best to start off simple. That way, you will figure out what’s best for your skin, and you won’t run the risk of stressing it out by throwing too many products you’re not familiar with on there at once.
For both morning and night, you’ll want to start with an effective but gentle cleanser. This one from Dr. Barbara Sturm will give your skin a deep cleanse without stripping it of its natural and essential moisture.
After cleansing in the morning, it’s a good idea to follow with a moisturiser that contains SPF. This will protect your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays throughout the day. This one from Lab Series is non-sticky, sinks into the skin super quickly, and makes it glow without a hint of greasiness.
After cleansing in the evening, opt for Dr Jackson’s Night Skin Cream. It’s formulated for all skin types and contains ingredients including anti-inflammatory kigelia, and baobab, which will nourish skin overnight.
So, there you have the daily basics. If you really want to keep your skin looking its best, however, you’ll want to exfoliate once or twice a week – we recommend this Vitamin C scrub from Barcelona-based brand Natura Bissé.
Once you’re accustomed to all that, take things to the next level by introducing a serum to your routine. This hyaluronic marine hydration booster from Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare is perfect for quenching parched skin in the daytime, whereas the brand’s retinol overnight serum can be used while you sleep, and is great for keeping skin looking young and healthy. Use a serum after cleansing but before moisturising, adding a few drops and massaging into your skin.
As someone who will be leaving an Australian winter to travel in the Mediterranean summer, what current style trends will be achievable with a limited (and packable) wardrobe?From jpd789, via Instagram
Well James, travelling around the Mediterranean sounds like a dream, but if you’re looking to tap into trends, you will need to put a bit of effort into your packing to ensure you don’t a) look like your Uncle Geoff and/or b) don’t end up lugging a suite of suitcases around.
For timeless summer style, you could do worse than look at our new Vive La France collection (see what we did there) – inspired by Gallic style and suitably louche for lounging around the Med. For basics, look for washed-out tones (a trend for summer) – these drawstring trousers from Hartford will keep you cool while on the move, and will go with pretty much everything. A Breton top, such as this from French brand Armor Lux, will also be useful and work from beach to bar in the evening.
If you really want to channel trends, then a statement shirt could be your signature piece. This shirt from Gitman Vintage is quite punchy, but you can wear it open over a plain white tee (another travel essential) to tone things down a bit. This piece from Saturdays NYC is a bit more muted, and is made from Tencel, which means it’s less prone to creasing when shoved in your suitcase.
The easiest way to add a bit of finesse to your outfit is a few choice accessories. 1970s eyeware and sandals are both on our list of top trends for summer 2018, as well as being indispensable travel companions, so look for oversized aviator frames or anything with a tinted lens, and on your feet something with an open toe. Just make sure to read our piece on feet maintenance before you go…
The way in which you wear white this summer depends very much on your personality and your current wardrobe. Are you bold? Daring? Do you wear clothes that back this sentiment up? Then – feel free to dress in head to toe white. However, even for the adventurous few who can pull off such a look (Mr Kanye West, Jesus Christ, for example) – we have some advice. Make sure that you mix things up a touch. And by that we mean ensuring that at least one thing you wear is a slightly different shade of white. Off-white, if you will. Or perhaps even cream. For example, with this ice white Oxford shirt wear these slightly dirtier-looking chinos.
Alternatively, if you are introducing single elements of white into your look – things are far simpler. All you need to do is make sure that the fabric is as summer appropriate as the colour. These linen shorts, for example. For the easiest way to wear white this summer (and one of the most fashion forward) slip on a pair of slides with some white socks on your feet. Much like these by Thom Browne.