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5 Hair Care Heroes You Need to Know About

Thursday, 23 February 2017 13:32:18 Europe/London

men's hair care products

 

5 Hair Care Heroes You Need to Know About

 
Baxter of California Daily Protein Shampoo
Baxter of California Daily Protein Shampoo
 
This mint-scented shampoo has been formulated for daily use, meaning it’s gentle enough for regular exposure but powerful enough to lift excess oil and dirt from both the hair and scalp. A nutrient-rich, paraben-free blend of proteins and betaine gently cleanse and condition with the added benefit of removing the male hormone, DHT, from the hair, which interrupts the hair’s growth cycle.
 
Pro tip: massage it into the hair and scalp and leave it for at least 60 seconds before rinsing to work its magic.
 
 
 
Sachajuan Ocean Mist
Sachajuan Ocean Mist
 
Like a swim in the sea, this salt spray gives you holiday hair in a jiffy! Castor oil helps to condition the hair while Magnesium Sulphate adds a subtle ‘crunch’ that makes achieving your style much easier.
 
Pro tip: spritz through damp hair, massage it through then dry with a hair dryer.
 
 
 
Reference of Sweden Rough Wax
Reference of Sweden Rough Wax
 
Everybody wants matt. A matt finish is the ultimate style staple at present and there’s no better way to achieve it than using Reference of Sweden’s Rough Wax. Surprisingly suitable for all types, this matt putty ‘scafollds’ shape and leave the hair with a crisp, clean, and most importantly, completely dry finish.
 
Pro tip: dry the hair with a hair dryer on a medium setting then warm a small amount of Rough Wax between the fingertips and apply it in strokes. Add more gradually until you achieve your style.
 
 
 
Stemm Density Stimuli
Stemm Density Stimuli
 
Give the hair the tools is needs to grow thicker, stronger and healthier with Stemm’s daily use leave in scalp serum. Charged with amino acids, vitamins, minerals and polyphenols, Density Stimuli nurtures the hair from follicle level to grow in perfect order.
 
Pro tip: best used at night time on clean hair. Apply to the scalp, not the hair.
 
 
 
Baxter of California Clay Pomade
Baxter of California Clay Pomade
 
The best-selling product from the Baxter of California collection and winner of Men’s Health Grooming Award for Best Styling Product, Clay Pomade is a male grooming hero. Kaolin clay gives structure with a completely matte finish. The hold is strong, there’s no shine and it rinses out really easily without build-up- what more can a guy ask for?
 

Baxter of California Paste Pomade lands in the UK

Friday, 27 January 2017 15:10:57 Europe/London

 Baxter of California Paste Pomade UK

Baxter of California Paste Pomade lands in the UK

The latest and -in our opinion- greatest of all Baxter of California hair styling products has hit the UK. Paste Pomade is a hybrid of Clay Pomade and Hard Cream Pomade meaning it gives the hold of firmer styling product with the flexibility of a softer cream. This unique semi-matte finish is something not witnessed before, with Baxter’s barbers branding Paste Pomade their finest pomade yet.

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Comments | Posted in news get groomed By Steven O'Neill

The Plus 40 Report - How To Fight Ageing Skin

Thursday, 12 January 2017 10:00:58 Europe/London

Man Plus 40

The Plus 40 Report - How To Fight Back Against Ageing Skin

 
Whether you’ve already passed the post or you’re on your way to the big four zero, anti ageing is going to become a concern. The main issue with protecting and preventing premature ageing is that most of us are guilty of addressing the issue too late. Stay ahead of your skin’s natural ageing processes with our expert’s guide to staying, and looking, young.
 

Tip #1 - Put the skin into a heightened state of repair

 
This may sound complicated but it’s actually quite straight forward. When you train the skin - through using specific ingredients - to renew itself more frequently it will appear more youthful and will be better placed to handle the challenges of ageing.
 
The products you need:
 
NIOD Copper Amino Isolate Serum
 
Anthony’s Glycolic Facial Cleanser uses Glycolic Acid to remove dead, dull skin cells from the surface of the face daily. This encourages the skin to reproduce new cells which look and act younger.
 
Use daily, preferably morning and night.
 
NIOD Copper Amino Isolate Serum comes in a 1% and a 5% concentration. The 5% is stronger and will bring the results in much more quickly. My advice is to start with the 5%, once your first bottle is empty, switch to the 1% to maintain the results. It’s a very watery serum that puts the skin into a state whereby it’s constantly repairing itself. It fights ageing and helps to hold back lines and wrinkles. We’ve mentioned this before and we’ll say it again, every man should have a bottle of this in his grooming arsenal.
 

Tip #2 - Fight Pollutants

 
This is particularly important for those who live and/or work in a densely populated areas. Pollution is becoming more of a concern for our skin, with free-radicals and other damaging elements associated with living and working in a busy environment increasing the rate at which the skin ages.
 
The products you need to fight it:
 
A moisturiser with SPF
A serum with anti-oxidants
 
Anthony’s new Day Cream SPF30 - this will protect the skin from UVA and UVB damage whilst keeping the face completely nourished.
 
Dr Dennis Gross’ Hydra Pure Vitamin C Brightening Serum - Vitamin C is a potent anti-oxidant which helps to defend against free-radical damage and is particularly beneficial for those facing daily pollution.
 
 

Tip #3 - Look after your eyes

 
We’re not talking contact lenses here. The skin around the eyes is incredibly delicate, due to it being so thin, and it’s the first area of the face that will start to age, and when it starts it's very difficult to slow it down.
 
The products you need to protect your eye area:
 
Eye Serum
Eye Mask
 
Serums are brilliant for sinking deep into the skin, delivering a stiff shot of nutrition. If you have time, use a serum in the morning and an eye cream at night. The night cream will sink in more slowly and condition the upper layers of the skin, your serum will travel more deeply into the skin and condition from the inside-out. Using both will ensure you’re supporting your eyes from every angle. Try Colbert MD Uplift Eye Serum and/or Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Eye Cream.
 
Treat yourself to an eye mask every couple of weeks. Eye masks are a fairy new concept in the western world, but our asian friends have been using these for decades. They instantly revive the eye area, giving it a more youthful and refreshed veneer whilst seeping nutrition into the skin. The mask approach keeps the ‘wet’ product in constant contact with the skin improving deliverability of the ingredients. Try Verso Reviving Eye Mask. It contains a patented Retinol molecule which erases fine lines and wrinkles.
 

Male Grooming Trends: What To Watch Out For In 2017

Wednesday, 4 January 2017 15:34:19 Europe/London

Man Washing Face 

 Stay one-step ahead of the game with our guide to Male Grooming Trends for 2017

Christmas feels like years ago and here we are almost through the first week of January. 2016 was a great year for male grooming, with new launches from new brands and the industry generally 'stepping it up a gear' when it comes to performance. Last year, for the first time, we witnessed the industry taking men’s skincare super-seriously with investment in new product development soaring to levels never previously seen, taking the efficacy and potential of our favourite products to new heights.

 

With 2016 now firmly behind us, we thought we’d shine some light on the year ahead to keep you one-step ahead of the competition and to let you into the insider’s info for 2017.

 

What To Watch Out For

 

Face Washes

Anthony Glycolic Facial Cleanser

 

Facial cleansers for men saw huge growth in 2016. We’ve finally succumb to the daily cleansing ritual and rightly so. Investing in good skincare is essential, but if you’re not going to create the perfect canvas upon which to apply it, you’re wasting your time. Give your skincare products the very best access to your skin by washing your face at least once daily to remove grime and excess oil. Cleanse the skin with lukewarm - not hot - water, pat dry then continue with your usual favourites. Our top 2 face washes for 2016 where Anthony Glycolic Facial Cleanser (suitable for all skin types) and Triumph & Disaster Ritual Face Cleanser (again suitable for all skin types but great for those with dry/sensitive skin).

 

Serums

Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic & Retinol Overnight Recovery Serum

 

Serums have been around for many a year but the popularity in these power-packed gels grew enormously in 2016, and the growth is set to continue throughout the course of 2017. Serums are the quickest and easiest way to give your skin a shot of what it really needs. Whether hydration is a concern, lines and wrinkles, or you simply want to boost the skin's nutrition levels, serums are the way to go. Our 2 most popular serums in 2016 were NIOD Copper Amino Isolate Serum 1% and Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic & Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Overnight Serum. Niod Copper Amino Isolate Serum has quite literally changed the face of skincare. It doesn’t promise to deliver instant results or answer all of your skincare prayers, but what it does promise to do is to train your skin to act younger by placing it into a heightened state of natural repair. The results are simply outstanding and in our opinion every man should have a bottle of this in his wash bag. Ferulic & Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Overnight Serum by New York Dermatologist Dr Dennis Gross, is great for those with concerns about ageing skin. We always advise those with concerns about lines and wrinkles to challenge the onset of ageing skin before the evidence is visible, but if you’ve been caught out fear not, Dr Dennis Gross Overnight Serum will kick your skin back into shape. Used every night before going to bed, the Retinol and Ferulic Acid gently smooth fine lines and wrinkles, and overtime will help to reduce the appearance of ageing skin.

 

Packettes

 Colbert MD Intensify Facial Discs

 

Daily disposables are no longer exclusive to contact lenses. Some (a rapidly growing number!) of our favourite skincare saviours now come in disposable single-use sachets making it easier and quicker to apply, with the added bonus of being completely travel friendly. Dr Dennis Gross Extra Strength Alpha Beta Peel is a daily 2-step face peel that gently lifts dead skin from the face whilst helping to keep clogged pores and blackheads at bay. During the course of 2016, Dr Dennis Gross’ Daily Face Peels became incredibly popular, a trend that is set to grow enormously in the year ahead. Watch out for our latest arrival, Colbert MD Intensify Facial Discs, launching mid-January. They’re like a mini at-home micro-dermabrasion treatment for the skin, designed to be used 3 times weekly and guaranteed to overhaul your complexion.

 

Escentric Molecules

Molecule 01

 

I know we seem to mention these guys all of the time, but the popularity of their award-winning Molecule 01 grew to new heights in 2016 and there’s no sign of it waining. This fragrance can only be described as phenomenal, it has a different effect on every skin, giving a unique and alluring scent. It’s our signature 'office scent' and on trips out to the bakery for lunch it’s completely normal for our guys to be stopped in the street by passers-by asking what fragrance they’re wearing. Molecule 01 will certainly have another amazing year in 2017 and if you haven't joined the club yet, you’re missing out. Please note: fragrances are only availble for delivery within the UK.

 

Retinol

Verso Super Eye Serum

 

One of the best anti-ageing ingredients available, we’re expecting to see more and more of this in the future. We launched Verso in January 2016 and owing to their patented Retinol 8 delivery system, the demand for their products have been huge. The Dark Spot Treatment is the best dark spot remedy we’ve ever come across. If you have age-spots or pigmentation, use this as an on-the-spot treatment to gradually fade the appearance of it. Within just a couple of weeks the results are clearly visible. Super Eye Serum is another of Verso’s hero products. The delicate eye area is more susceptible to pre-mature ageing that other parts of the face, and this informatively named Super Serum helps to erase fine lines from the eye contour.

 

Sheet Masks (and Face Masks in general)

Verso Deep Hydration Mask 

Face masks are a superb way of giving your skin an instant boost. During the course of 2016 the amount of men’s face masks increased dramatically and the popularity is humongous. Sheet masks, a Korean skincare essential, saw the largest growth in popularity with Verso Deep Hydration Mask and Germaine de Capuccini’s Timexpert C+ Sheet Mask finding themselves in hundreds of our customers shopping carts. The ‘sheet’ keeps the product in constant contact with the skin and as such improves the delivery of the ingredients. If you’re feeling a little jaded this January, slap on a Verso Deep Hydrating Mask for 10 minutes and witness the ‘boost’ for yourself.

Anthony Exfoliating + Cleansing Bar

Friday, 2 December 2016 09:12:01 Europe/London

Anthony Exfoliating + Cleansing Bar

 

Anthony Exfoliating + Cleansing Bar lands at TGC 

Soaps are making a HUGE come-back. It wasn’t all that long ago that we associated soap bars with leaving us with dry, tight skin that, yes felt clean, but felt stripped of hydration and goodness. The last few years have seen some amazing bars being released (Mr Natty Shipwreck Soap, Germaine de Capuccini Purexpert Soap-Free Dermo Cleanser, Baxter of California Exfoliating Body Bar, to name but a few) and popularity is growing - rapidly. Back in 2010 when we first started-out, decent soap bars for men were almost non-existent but the ‘bar' has been officially raised.
 
The latest soap bar to hit our shiny shelves is Anthony’s Exfoliating + Cleansing Body Bar and it brings with it a new wave of soap-inspired cleansing/scrubbing performance. Formulated with Coconut Oil and Jojoba Spheres, this one hit wonder can be used on both the face and body to cleanse and exfoliate, and leaves a lovely silky finish on the skin post-use.
 
What does it smell like?
The first question everybody always asks! The Coconut Oil has been blended with Grapefruit and Cucumber Extracts and together they both give a soothing yet refreshing scent. It’s mildly citrusy, subtly refreshing and very inoffensive.
 
Insider tips for perfect execution:
Make sure the skin is thoroughly wet before taking to your soap.
Be gentle with it; rubbing too hard will redden the skin.
You can also use this soap bar on your face, but again be gentle.
In between uses store the soap somewhere dry and well-drained; if you leave it in water it will soften.
 
 
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7 Skincare Tips To Get You Through The Winter

Monday, 21 November 2016 10:31:21 Europe/London

Winter Skin Care Tips

With the darker nights and colder weather closing in on us and the new John Lewis advert on our screens it is safe to say that winter has officially arrived. It is at this time of year that everyone’s thoughts turn to panicking about buying Christmas presents and who is going to cook the Christmas dinner but a very important part of winter that most people seem to forget about is the effects that winter can have on your skin. At the Grooming Clinic, we have put together some skincare tips that will help you get through the winter.

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The Evolution of Man's Skincare Regime

Thursday, 27 October 2016 16:30:27 Europe/London

Mens Skincare

Typically, most men grew up watching their fathers apply some Oldspice aftershave, deodorant, and maybe some lotion as the complete skincare regime every morning.  If any men incorporated things like face wash or moisturizers, it was probably something they kept in secrete because their significant other made them try it and they liked it.

Today’s modern man is not your daddy’s stubborn and tough façade that was once the expectation just a decade or so ago.  Now, most men not only are comfortable with trying products to improve their skin’s softness, suppleness, and complexion: they embrace it!  The demand for men’s skincare products has skyrocketed over the past few years, nearly doubling every year for some companies.

Demand for Healthier Skin

Vanity is of course something that exists in all of us to some degree.  Men, even before this emerging trend of skincare popularity, have always loved grooming to best their competition and get the girl.  It’s just human nature.  With that said, though, this evolution of man’s skincare regimen really owes a lot to a higher demand for healthier skin. 

Health and self-care is becoming normalized, especially for the youth, who normally worry about taking care of what they have when they start to see it fade away.  There are various theories as to why health has taken on more of a key role in our lives, but one thing is for sure: our skin is our greatest asset for both maintaining a healthy physical appearance, as well as a mental one. 

Look good, Feel good

One way that men can boost their confidence is by turning back the clock and reversing some of the abuse they often put their skin through.  Hands and feet are definitely the biggest casualties, but faces are what potential mates focus on, so that’s why it has become so easy for men to simply pick up all the new and wonderful man-centric facial creams and rejuvenation products.

In the past, part of the reason why more progressive or “metrosexual” men got so much flak from their guy friends is because the only products they could use to take care of their skin at the time were those made for women; pink bottles and all.  Now, we have a whole section in the skin care isles dedicated to men’s products that are more than just marketing gimmicks, they are actually formulated to better serve men with oily, rough, or damaged faces.

The Future of ‘Manly’

Modern man’s skin care is all about getting results and less about the ritual of it all.  Men’s skincare lines are proverbial Swiss Army Knives, including all the moisturizing, conditioning, exfoliating, and healing agents in convenient packages.  They can get their sunscreen with their moisturizer and their face masks with rejuvenating compounds.  This stuff exists with women’s skin care lines, but it’s more common with how the men’s industry is headed. 

Essentially, all men will eventually incorporate 1 or 2 skin care products that are used specifically to enhance the health of their skin, not just as a byproduct of shaving or beard grooming.  Growing up, men had to rely on their immediate family for beauty tips, now it’s all about global trends and, ultimately, competition.  Men will need to think outside the toolbox if they want to woo the ladies of this millennium.

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Comments | Posted in body care face care get groomed By Steven O'Neill

Tried & Tested - Verso Foaming Cleanser

Wednesday, 21 September 2016 12:50:04 Europe/London

Verso Foaming Cleanser

Tried & Tested - Verso Foaming Cleanser

 

Name: Graham Matthews (Co Founder of The Grooming Clinic)

Age: 49

Skin Type: Low maintenance, slight shine

Product: Verso Foaming Cleanser

Customers who purchase this are: 63% female, 37% male

 

As I see it, if you don’t clear the grime from your face then your skincare products aren't getting to where they need to be so a decent face wash is absolutely essential. Being completely honest I’ve tended to steer clear of foaming face washes, but then came along Verso's Foaming Cleanser and completely changed that.

 

I always measure a good face wash by how it leaves my skin feeling post-use and whether or not it has the ability to clear-out my slightly dilated pores, this foaming magic satisfies both. Unlike other foaming cleansers, Verso’s has more of a gel-like texture to it and has a 2-way approach to cleaning the skin. There’s a bit of foam, but not a huge amount which is good, and then there’s a creamy gel that glides across the skin and helps to keep the skin’s natural moisture intact. This dual phase cleaning approach means the skin is left free from grime and dirt whilst retaining a soft and hydrated touch and this is exactly what you want and need from your face wash.

 

How is the foam created?

The foaming action in Verso’s Foaming Cleanser comes from Coco-Betaine, a surfactant naturally found in coconuts. It’s commonly found in baby products and called upon for it’s gentle approach to lifting oil and dirt from the skin without causing irritation.

 

How does the face feel post-use?

My skin feels soft and hydrated, exactly what I look for in a cleanser. I don’t like my skin to feel taught after washing so Verso’s Foaming Cleanser scores 10/10 for that.

 

What are the key ingredients?

Carica Papaya Fruit Extract - this a natural exfoliant extracted from the flesh of the Papaya fruit. It gentle lifts dirt and dead skin from the face without the need for an abrasive. This is essential for those with sensitive or reddened skin. It also has powerful anti-bacterial properties meaning it neutralises nasties that the skin picks up throughout the day, the ones that usually cause spots!

 

Mangifera Indica Fruit Extract - found naturally in Mangos, this anti-viral and anti-oxidant extract treats the skin to a shot of Vitamin A and Vitamin C, both of which help to detoxify and remove impurities. Mango Extract has also been reported to improve skin elasticity and promote new skin cell growth.

 

How often should I you use it?

Preferably twice daily but if you're anything like me then once daily daily it is!

 

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Swissdent Biocare Toothpaste Launches In The UK

Friday, 19 August 2016 17:47:25 Europe/London

Swissdent Biocare Toothpaste Launches In The UK

Swissdent Biocare

 

Swiss dental cosmetics collection Swissdent is paving a whole new path through the dentistry arena. Its latest (and in our opinion greatest) launch sees tooth whitening and tooth health both catered for by a toothpaste carrying a blend of enamel shielding ingredients that gently lift staining whilst enhancing the tooth’s protective outer barrier.

 

A unique blend of herbal ingredients has been fused with the latest in dental technology to support not only the teeth but also the gums. Hyaluronic Acid, more commonly associated with facial moisturisers and best known for its ultra-powerful hydrating properties, has been worked into the formula to improve gum health and condition the tissue within the mouth. What’s more, this Toothpaste has a low-abrasive approach to cleaning the teeth meaning that the enamel isn’t damaged nor compromised during use.

 

How does Biocare remove stains?

Swissdent's founder and Cosmetic Dentist, Dr Velkoborsky, specialises in removing discolouration from heavily stained teeth and realised the need for a gentle whitening formula that was both mineralising and whitening, therefore protecting the teeth whilst maintaining performance. Dr Velkoborsky discovered the whitening effect that an enzyme found naturally in Papaya has on the teeth. Papain is a protein found in the fruit and when applied to the teeth it gently breaks down staining and reveals a whiter, more youthful looking finish. Dr Velkoborsky has used this exact ingredient since 2006 with great success.

 

Other ingredients to note:

L-Arginine - an amino acid also found it protein-rich foods. It stimulates blood flow, reduces the risk of dental decay and reduces sensitivity. L-Arginine has also been proven to break-down dental plaque.

 

Gotu Kola Extract - commonly found in Chinese and Ayurvedic (Indian) medicines, this herb has been proven to treat bacterial and parasitic infections. In the mouth it helps to naturally destroy decay-causing bacteria.

 

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Comments | Posted in news oral health common concerns By Steven O'Neill

By Graham: My Summer Essential Male Grooming Products

Thursday, 18 August 2016 10:54:22 Europe/London

Summer Essential Male Grooming Products

By Graham: My Summer Essential Male Grooming Products

When you're on-the-go it's important to maintain your grooming game. We've enlisted the help of male grooming expert and TGC founder, Graham Matthews, to talk us through his travel essentials. Here's what he had to say;

 

During summer time, I’m here, there and just about everywhere so I need a core collection of items that will slip into my case taking minimal space and still keep me looking (and smelling) on top form. The 100ml liquids restriction at airport security has to be catered for too, just incase I go case-free and chuck everything into my hand luggage.

 

The Scent:

Well, there’s 2 actually. I think it’s important to have a day and night signature when it comes to fragrance. By day it has to be Escentric 01 by Escentric Molecules. It comes in a 30ml bottle too which is super-handy. I carry with me everywhere I go and spritz throughout the day. It’s fresh but not overly citrus-y, it’s light enough for daily wear and always gets heads turning - people always ask me what it is I’m wearing. By night I like to wear something a little sharper and soothing, so Arlington Cologne by D R Harris is my first choice. It smells like a true gent, it really does depict a gentlemen in every sense of the word. It’s regal, refreshing and damn handsome, It also comes in 30ml bottle which scores it a few extra bonus points.

 

Toothpaste:

I’m partial to to a bit of teeth whitening so keeping my tooth enamel in perfect condition is top of my agenda when it comes to oral care. I’ve been using Swissdent Extreme Toothpaste for the past couple of years but recently I’ve switched to Swissdent’s newest release, Biocare. It’s a low-abrasive toothpaste which is an absolute must for me but it still has the ability to lift staining from the surface. What’s more, it actually builds a shield on the surface of the teeth to help with acid erosion and stain prevention.

 

Face Scrub:

Anthony’s Face Scrub comes in 60ml travel friendly bottle which is a staple in my washbag. Why do I use it? I like the fact that Anthony have perfected the exfoliant to gel ratio meaning the scrub isn’t too coarse and you can use it on a daily basis without the risk of over exfoliating your skin. It’s carries a fresh orange and grapefruit which makes it a genuine pleasure to use.

 

Moisturiser:

My moisturiser is my wingman. It’s got to be readily absorbed by the skin and mustn’t leave a shiny finish on my face. Recipe for Men’s SPF15 Facial Moisturiser is a real winner. It’s packs-in hydration without leaving the skin feeling smothered or congested and also carries built-in sun protection. If the temperature starts to rise however, I head straight for Heliocare’s Dry Touch Oil-free Gel as it defends against UVA, UVB and Infrared damage through its SPF50 protection. Whilst we’re talking Heliocare, I can honestly say that I’ve never used a sun protection product that rivals it, the formulas and the technology are simply outstanding.

 

What’s in your wash bag? Share your essentials with us by leaving a comment below.

 

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