It is all well and good looking super sharp in your skinny suit, shiny shoes and pocket square but it is rather pointless if you are not well groomed. In the 21st century, it is more than acceptable, even encouraged, that men look good. This means paying attention to your face, skin and body. Whilst it may sound like a lot of effort, it really isn’t.
To make things a little easier, I have compiled a short but comprehensive good grooming guide which features some recommended products and polite guidance on how they should be used.
...tightens pores and controls shine which is a problem for many British Asian guys.
Grooming advice for British Asian men
Starting with the all important face – a good daily cleanser is a must. The parsley seed facial cleanser from Aesop, available at Mr Porter is great for removing daily grit and grind that will have collected on your face over the day. As with most cleaners, all you need to do is apply to damp skin, massage into your face and neck, leave for a few minutes before rinsing off with warm water.
Follow cleansing with a toner. These toner pads from Anthony Logistics eliminate impurities, tighten pores and control shine which is a problem for many British Asian guys.
...oil is a great way of keeping the bearded skin well conditioned.
Many skin care experts will recommend exfoliating three times a week. I say ignore their advice as once a week will suffice. There is only one product I cannot recommend highly enough – the Clinique for Men face scrub is great pre-shave as it lifts the beard and sweeps away dead flakes and oil.
Lastly, finish off with a light moisturiser – my favourite is Kiehl’s Facial Fuel which awakens tired looking skin, is light and cannot be felt when on. Perfect.
Moving on to the rest, skin and hair are just as important.
There are a lot of good body washes on the market, but the Malin and Goetz bergamot body wash at Mr Porter is a really great one because it works with sensitive skin and smells amazing.
...a scent is a pretty individual thing and everyone has their own.
For those of us that keep a beard (whether it be a big bushy one or a designer stubble), beard oil is a great way of keeping the bearded skin well conditioned. Bearded male model, Chris Millington has launched a new range of beard oils with Apothecary 87 and the vanilla and mango one gives your skin an amazing glow and smells great too.
If you want to avoid the stereotypical slicked back hair, opt for hair powder from Schwarzkopf which can be used in two ways – either sprinkle over your hair and style, or rub between your hands and apply to dry hair. Either way, it has an amazing, invisible hold.
Last but by no means least, a scent is a pretty individual thing and everyone has their own. I love all of the Comme des Garcons range but especially Wonderwood which has a peppery, woody smell.
I hope that the above helps with any grooming product issues that you may have. If you had none, bravo, and maybe you have been introduced to products that will help you look good.
This post would not have been possible without the assistance of the immensely talented illustrator Mr Thackshila Udage who created the fantastic illustrations featured above.