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The grooming essentials every man needs in his regime

Here’s what you need to freshen up your grooming routine in 2021, says MR PORTER'S Deputy Editor Ashley Clarke

Men's grooming products

New year, new face? For those of us already disappointed with what 2021 has on offer other than the stress-induced wrinkles that come from staring forlornly out of the window as we wait for the next Zoom call to start, an update to one’s grooming routine is a good place to begin.

If your bathroom cupboards are bare, or simply in need of a revamp, Malin+Goetz is the name to know.

Famous for making trustworthy skincare and haircare that covers all bases, the brand’s cultishly popular deodorants (scented with either eucalyptus or bergamot, never overpowering yet unbelievably effective) are an easy sell.

So too are the brand’s selection of moisturisers, face oils and hair products – we recommend the Sage Styling Cream in particular for winter, which works both to style and condition hair, and protect it from the drying effects of the central heating and cold weather.

Another label that deserves due appreciation is Saunders & Long.

The sleek, architectural black bottles the brand makes are charming enough, but it’s the painstakingly developed formulations that impress us the most.

Now is surely a better time than any to indulge in a spot of self-care

From the wrinkle-busting eye cream with a matte finish to the Detox Shampoo, everything is effective and smells great, thanks to the musky signature scent that is woven through all of Saunders & Long’s products.

We’d be remiss not to mention the 5-in-1 ‘Long Weekender’: a veritable marvel of a product, it works as a shampoo, conditioner, body wash, dry hair cream and shaving cream all in one, making it the only thing you need to take with you when you’re travelling again.

Until then, now is surely a better time than any to indulge in a spot of self-care.

And hey, if you can emerge back into the world with if not less, then at least the same amount of wrinkles you had last year, we’d call that a success.

For more grooming advice, head to mrporter.com