At this time of year we’re all tempted to make a few New Year’s Resolutions but whilst it’s all very well vowing to join that gym or never touch a Ginsters pasty again, I find a few grooming resolutions don’t go amiss either. But just in case you’re struggling for ideas, here are a few promises definitely worth making for 2010…

I will turn down the heat Hot water might seem a good way to keep your skin squeaky clean but in reality it merely strips skin of essential oils and over-stimulates it, leading to sensitivity and redness. Wash with warm or tepid water instead and keep showers short.

I won’t over-scrub
Exfoliation is a quick and easy way to invigorate dull-looking skin and prevent ingrown hairs but if you’re over-zealous you’ll end up with a mush redder than Darth Maul’s.

I will moisturise
If you only do one thing to look after your skin make sure it’s moisturising. Not only will this keep skin supple and healthy it’ll also act as an insurance policy against premature wrinkles.

I won’t shave against the grain.
You might think shaving against the grain gets a closer shave but it merely damages hair follicles and causes razor burn. Hair grows in all directions, especially around the neck, so spend a minute or two examining which way the stubble is growing and shaving according to the direction of that growth.
I won’t swipe my partner’s products
According to a recent survey nearly three quarters of men steal their partner’s grooming products. Problem is, men’s skin is thicker, oilier and ages differently than women’s so needs products tailored to its specific needs so make sure 2010 is the year you buy your own grooming gear!

Anyway, a Happy New Year to you all!

Lee, Mankind Grooming Editor

Pic: Salvatore Vuono / FreeDigitalPhotos.net



Make Up Specialist

Major fan of scented candles, Make Up brushes and Highlighter. I’m always on the hunt for those Holy Grail products and my dressing table is covered in more beauty products than I like to admit. As an adopted Northerner originally from Brighton, I spend most my days wondering what all this rain is about. My hair isn’t grateful for the move. Currently loving: NIOD Photography Fluid