1.) Dev Patel
Becoming the latest of the home-grown British star to have ‘Longbottomed’, Patel has really come a long way from his days starting out in Skins. It’s amazing what a bit of well-groomed facial hair can do!
2.) George Mackay
This guy knows how to pull off a smooth face, looking like he could be the next bond. This is how to nail a classic look.
3.) Aaron Taylor-Johnson
This guy knows how to line-in a beard! Keeping it neat whilst still maintaining plenty of body, kudos Aaron.
4.) Tom Ford
Jack of all trades, master of stubble.
5.) Jamie Dornan
With the closely-clipped head and big bushy beard, it’s almost as if Jamie is trying to get as far away as possible from clean cut (and a bit too) controlling sex god, Christian Grey. If you’re going to do the beard though, do it properly, it looks like Dornan’s put a nice bit of beard oil to use here.
The ‘you’ve been tangoed’ look is a new entry into the evening’s festivities. I guess for this style icon, ‘natural’ is so last year.
7.) Riz Ahmed
What a look, trimmed to perfection. If he didn’t have cheek bones before, who would ever know?
8.) Luke Evans
A clean shave might not have gone amiss here, but it’s good to see a few grey flecks being pulled off so confidently.
9.) Casey Affleck
Why did Casey Affleck look so miserable all night? Maybe the mice that appear to have moved in under his chin have been giving him grief.
10.) Noel Clarke
Is it a goatee? Is it just stubble? Whatever it is, it’s balancing out that white DJ nicely.
If you’re going skiing this winter, you can expect your skin to take a battering. A combination of dry air, low temperatures and UV rays coming at you from all angles can leave your skin feeling a bit raw. Combine these outdoor factors with copious amounts of indoor heating and a cheeky aprés beverage or eight, and your skin will be pretty much sapped of moisture.
Dehydrated skin means that the outermost cells on your skin’s surface are unable to perform their defensive rolls as the normally would. This means skin will be more susceptible to acne, eczema and wrinkles. Our skin is the largest organ in our body and is our natural protection system. An average man is covered in 20 square feet of it so it’s worth looking after!
Don’t worry, you don’t have to wrap up like a mummy and live like a monk to survive your holiday. On the contrary, we say give it all you’ve got! But you know chaps, you should always use protection… The King of Shaves Anti-Ageing Moisturiser (SPF 15) is the perfect skincare solution with three key ingredients:
1. Peptides: these come together to make proteins, the building blocks of your skin. Without peptides your skin’s structure will start to break down, losing firmness and showing wrinkles.
2. Panthenol is absorbed deep into your skin cells not only acting as a moisturiser, but also an anti-inflammatory to relieve itching and soothing dry, wind-burnt skin.
3. UVA / UVB filters protect your skin from harmful UV rays which can cause ageing and, sometimes, skin cancer.
To improve your skincare routine all year round, make sure you drink plenty of water, take slightly cooler showers and humidify the room. This can be easy to do with just a bowl of water or a wet towel over the radiator. If you really want to splash out, you can always buy a humidifier.
A bit of skin TLC will go a long way this winter – one less thing to irritate you on holiday.
Thinking about a holiday? Of course you are, travel agencies are throwing deals at us left right and center right now. After nearly a month (feels like longer) of clean living, saving money and generally being a boring person, it’s only natural that our minds should wonder. If you’re looking for an adventure (and a great shave), read our guide on where to get an authentic cultural bristle-removing experience and what to expect.
1: TRY SOMETHING NEW IN TURKEY
Such is the popularity of the Turkish barber that they have even started taking over much of Europe and North America. Many consider this the ultimate male-grooming experience, and once you’ve tried it, you’ll understand why. In Turkey, it’s never just a shave.
Male grooming is a matter of national pride, to the extent that no foreigners are allowed to practice the trade, only Turkish nationals who have had many years training – rumour has it. The process starts with roughly an hour of gossiping over a cup of tea, then on to a swift hair cut. The shave starts and ends with a hot steamy towel being pressed over your face; in between, a straight edge razor is used briskly to give a very close shave, followed by a neck, shoulder and back massage. This is all finished off with a small burning rag used to singe away unsightly nose and ear hair.
2: IMAGINE YOURSELF IN INDIA
When giving off a good impression in India, material wealth comes second place to personal hygiene and appearance. What good is the latest iPhone model if you look like you’ve just crawled out from under a rock? This is why even the poorest of men will still be found clean shaven and with short hair.
Traditionally the barber would take his services door to door, usually bearing news of which young men and women were eligible for marriage and acting as the ‘marriage broker’ between families. Nowadays, barbers can be found in one place, whether that’s on the street, under a tree or in their own shop -although they are still often used in marriage negotiations.
In comparison to the Turkish Barber, the Indian shave is fairly quick, except the occasional breaks when the barber is particularly engrossed in a scene of the highly dramatic crime drama on TV.
3: JAZZ IT UP IN JAPAN
Like most things that happen in Japan – and in stark contrast to pretty much the rest of the world – the male grooming experience is executed with organised precision.
First, you must wait your turn in a firmly ordered queue made up of old men passing time, students, and suited-up business men. Do not expect to be caught up in conversation with anyone, customers tend to keep to themselves and the barbers focus on their work. While this may seem cold and unwelcoming, in a busy, densely populated country, the barbers can be a quiet and relaxing sanctuary. For reasons unknown, the Japanese tolerance for hot water is far higher than should be humanly possible, so be wary of the steaming towel that may be applied to your face pre-shave.
A likely addition to your shave will be the grooming of your eyebrows; shaped eyebrows are considered a reflection of personal hygiene and a demonstration of attention to detail.
4: GO GO GO GOOO GET IT IN GHANA
It shouldn’t be too hard to find a barbershop in Ghana. They’re usually (always) brightly painted with men’s heads sporting various hair and beard styles. The Ghanaian barber has the ultimate combination of precision grooming and relaxing to the point of working horizontally.
You can expect to wait a long time for the barber to perfect the cleanest lines and smoothest fades you’ve ever seen. This is one barbershop where you don’t have to go for the ‘traditional clean shave’ as there is no such thing, you can have just about any facial hair style you want.
Of course if you arrive to find a small queue, you could be in for a hefty wait – not to worry! It’s become pretty common (especially when the barbers are young) to have a PlayStation set up with FIFA, surrounded by a few chairs and sometimes even a sofa.
5: BRING IT BACK HOME TO BRITAIN
While most of us are aware of the bloody history behind our barbers, the red and white stripes that resemble blood-stained bandages which once hung out to dry seem not to deter visitors to the modern barber shop. Thanks to modern medicine and the good ol’ NHS, barber shops are no longer a den of unanesthetized amputations and teeth pulling, but a haven to which men escape and discuss football, share dirty jokes, or just quietly read a newspaper whilst waiting their turn in the barbers chair.
In this respect, not much has changed over the last 100 years, but the rise in popularity of safety razors has seen a strong decline in professional wet-shaves so that now almost all income in barber shops is from hairdressing.
The January blues; post-festive bags under your eyes, cringing at the thought of how much you’ve had to eat and drink over the past few months… and wishing you could go back and do it all again.
But chin up, no one’s really expecting you to hit the gym 5–6 times a week and come out the other side of January looking like Action Man. Sometimes just a small change can have a big impact on our day-to-day outlook, even something as simple as a new look.
To help inspire you here are a few of our favourite facial hair styles that will leave you feeling fresh faced!
1: THE BALBO
This Hollywood regular has been spotted on such faces as Christian Bale, Brad Pitt and most often, Robert Downey Jr.
Yes, people at work might comment, but whether it’s good or bad really they are all just secretly be wondering if they could ever pull it off like you have.
Our 2-in-1 No Foam Shave Cream allows a comfortable, close shave, without stopping you from seeing where you’re shaving, so you can easily get the perfect shape to your beard.
2: THE FULL BEARD
Maybe you’re one of those guys who likes to experiment with various lengths of stubble, but can never fully commit to the beard?
We say don’t shy away!
3: THE VAN DYKE
Experimental? Sure. But take a look at any photo of Johnny Depp over the last 20 years and tell us it doesn’t look great.
Every. Damn. Time.
4: CLEAN SHAVEN
We know, ‘how original’, right? However you can’t beat a classic. If you’ve ever wanted to feel fresh faced, this is the way forward!
The winter months can be especially tough on our skin and at times it will be virtually crying out for some hydration. Your skin is amazing stuff and left to its own devices it can deal with most things and certainly the changing seasons.
However, the combination of the cold winter air, the dry air from heating (at home, in car, on the train or in the office) dramatically increases the amount of moisture that is lost from your skin.
It’s also the ‘Season to be Merry’ and whilst many of us have and will enjoy an extra tipple or two over coming weeks the alcohol in these beverages being diuretic will cause us to further dehydrate our bodies (making us pee more) and further deprive your skin of moisture to replenish the extra that is being lost.
Add in a long hot shower or bath on a cold winters night and you wash away the oils from your skin that are there to help lock in moisture and control its loss (called transepidermal water loss (TEWL for short), which is a subject in itself!).
The end result of all this can be skin irritation, increased sensitivity and itchiness, skin that looks dull and starts to feel rough and flaky. In the extreme it can start to crack and bleed (who hasn’t suffered chapped hands at some point or other).
One solution would be to live like a Monk for the winter, but aside of being highly impractical for most of us; it doesn’t sound a whole lot of fun either.
Some simpler solutions include:
1. If you do nothing else extra for your skin this winter then just try and drink a couple of extra glasses of water a day.
2. Use a moisturiser on clean skin in the morning and at night just before bed. A good moisturiser will create a semi- occlusive layer over the skin and will act in similar way to your body’s natural oils to help slow down water loss through evaporation.
3. Avoid too many long hot showers or baths.
4. Use a hand cream (we really like the Aveeno hand cream) regularly throughout the day. Hand hygiene is very important to help stop the spread of germs and even more so in the winter months when germs are more virulent, but this really strips the oils from the skin and doesn’t give the skin a chance to recover. A hand cream will give it more of a fighting chance.
5. Keep the humidity up a little in the room you sleep in. A simple damp towel on the radiator or a cereal bowl of water next to the radiator does the trick. Or if you are feeling a little flusher you could invest in a humidifier (ranging from £25 from Argos to a £500 Dyson device!).
Our skin is the largest organ in our body and is our natural protection system (an average man is covered in 20 square feet of it!) so it’s worth looking after.
A bit of skin TLC will go a long way this winter and be one less thing to irritate you this Christmas.