5 weapons you need in your ar­se­nal of mas­cu­line groom­ing

The Wharf - - Focus - Laura En­field

You only have one face. You might spend thou­sands on suits and ties to look your best for the of­fice. How much did your last pair of shoes cost?

But what are you spend­ing on your beauty rou­tine? Yes, beauty. Be­cause, like it or not, first im­pres­sions count. A silk shirt’s col­lar only reaches your neck – what’s above it is the thing peo­ple will be look­ing at, scru­ti­n­is­ing and judg­ing you on.

So if you’ve been ne­glect­ing your hair and fa­cial care, per­haps it’s time you stopped look­ing at cuff­links and took your look se­ri­ously. Don’t worry. We’ve made it easy. Here are the prod­ucts to grab in your Ca­nary Wharf lunch hour to fix up your face, fresh for the chal­lenges of 2017. For a silky beard Pen­haligon Cabot Place The Sar­to­rial Beard Oil (£48/100ml) has won a GQ Groom­ing Award and is said to be every­thing a modern gen­tle­man needs to keep his fa­cial fluff tamed.

The fast ab­sorb­ing oil con­tains a blend of sun­flower, grape seed and wheat germ, soft­en­ing the beard, hy­drat­ing the skin and leav­ing you smelling as smooth as the look of a Sav­ille Row suit.

Cus­tomers have com­mented on the stay­ing power of the stop­per, pre­sum­ably de­signed to en­sure only men of strong finger or sharp mind can ac­cess the golden, restora­tive liq­uid in­side. pen­haligons.com For the clos­est shave Kiehl’s, Ju­bilee Place It looks manly, sounds manly and, ac­cord­ing to the Ul­ti­mate Brush­less Shave Cream – White Eagle (£15 a tube), us­ing it will ap­par­ently gain you mem­ber­ship to the Close Shavers Squadron. Fancy.

It is “spiked” with men­thol and cam­phor and is a thick cream that is smoothed on rather than foamed up and it said to al­low the ra­zor to glide over your skin in an ac­tion smoother than Tom Cruise’s se­duc­tion rou­tine in Top Gun. There’s no shame in singing You’ve Lost That Lov­ing Feel­ing in the mir­ror with your ra­zor as the mic. Try to re­sist call­ing your­self Mav­er­ick in the of­fice. kiehls.co.uk

For thicker hair Shades Of Green, West­ferry Rd If you want some­thing to fight the fade Paul Mitchell Scalp Care Anti-Thin­ning Sham­poo, Con­di­tion And Tonic (prices vary) make up a preven­ta­tive sys­tem that aims to gen­tly and nat­u­rally help to ad­dress the prob­lem.

It con­tains clover flower ex­tract, said to slow down the process of hair fol­li­cle shrink­ing, kakadu plum, pea pep­tides, turmeric and gin­seng to mois­tur­ize and stim­u­late the scalp and the Re­geni­plex botan­i­cal blend, said to pro­mote op­ti­mal scalp health and en­cour­age healthy, thicker hair.

Try not to think of Phil Mitchell when us­ing and all will be well. paul­mitchell.com For softer skin L’Oc­c­i­tane, Ju­bilee Place En­riched with pro­tect­ing shea but­ter, mois­tur­is­ing veg­etable­based glyc­erin, sooth­ing bis­abolol and firm­ing ex­tract of birch sap, L’Oc­c­i­tane After­shave Balm (£22/75ml) is said to soothe ra­zor burn, pre­vent­ing ir­ri­ta­tions and the feel­ing of tight­ness.

The light and fluid tex­ture is de­signed to melt eas­ily into the skin, leav­ing it lightly per­fumed with an aro­matic spicy scent.

Shave, com­mute and stroll force­fully into the of­fice know­ing your cheeks, chin and neck are glow­ing with health and sup­ple against the fi­bres of your shirt. uk.loc­c­i­tane.com For a flake free scalp SpaceNK, Cabot Place If you have an itchy scalp, harsh cleans­ing prod­ucts are to be avoided. Bain Trai­tant à la Propo­lis Gen­tle Anti-Dan­druff Sham­poo By Leonor Greyl (£28 for 200ml) con­tains no sil­i­cons, coal tar, parabens or sodium lau­reth sul­fate.

In­stead it features an­ti­sep­tic propo­lis to pre­vent de­vel­op­ment of mi­cro­bial flora and jo­barb for its sooth­ing and anti-in­flam­ma­tory prop­er­ties.

For an ex­tra sooth­ing boost try the Masque Fleurs De Jas­min Nour­ish­ing Mask (£36.50) to leave your locks healthy, plump and flow­ing with bom­bast. spacenk.com

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