Good Grooming Guide

Way back when the only mancare range available in Australia was Clinique or some European name no one could pronounce, it was near impossible to get a guy to think about eye serums or face washes. Now with a whole section in most department stores and men’s grooming and care ranges exploding on to the market we need to ask, what am I to do?

The fundamental guide to male grooming (mancare), from manscaping to head, face and feet, here's everything today's man needs to know. Welcome to the Good Grooming Guide. 

It's Ya Face!


It’s the first thing people notice about you, so keep it looking as fresh and healthy as possible and don’t forget to CTM (cleanse, tone and moisturise).

Cleanse (Wash)
 Face washes these days are specifically created for your skin type and will be PH balanced, so your face doesn’t feel stretched like a canvas or dry.

Healthy skin will only require a once a day cleanse, best at night to ensure the dirt and grime of the day is washed away before bed.

Cleansing brushes can provide a deeper clean and are great for city dwellers and people with short beards or stubble as they can lift and soften the beard.

Clean skin is the first step to ensuring healthy skin.

L'Occitane | Cedrat Face Cleanser - Click to buy
Clinique | Face Wash - Click to buy
Menscience | Face Buff Brush - Click to buy
Menscience | Face Wash - Click to buy


Toning is usually applied after cleansing and before moisturising. Toning is for getting rid of impurities left after cleansing or washing and to prepare the skin for moisturising. Toning may be optional for some men as their skin may not require it. It’s best to see how your skin feels after toning. Toning does not close pores but may assist with skin issues such as dry or excessively oily skin. 

Baxter | Toner - Click to buy
American Crew | Toner - Click to buy
Lab Series | Rescue Water - Click to buy
Kiehls | Facial Fuel - Click to buy
L'Occitane for Men


Using a moisturiser is essential to keeping your skin feeling good and looking hydrated.

Morning skin care will need a SPF formula with added goodies to protect against the sun and pollution. If your skin is feeling a little tired or after a big night out energising formulas will assist in keeping the dark lines away.

Evening skin care is repair time, so using a night specific formula will assist with cell rejuvenation and fight fine lines.

Don’t forget the change of season’s may require an adjustment to your skin care regime. For the warmer months use lighter water-based or gel-based products. In the cooler months use a heavier hydrating formulas or oil-based products.

3W Clinic | Moisturiser - Click to buy
Kiehls | Age Defender - Click to buy
L'Oreal | Hydra Energetic - Click to buy
Truefitt & Hill | Skin Control - Click to buy


Everyday we humans moult dead skin cells. This is a natural and important function to keeping your face looking fresh. As we age the process of skin renewal slows and mother nature may need assistance in the exfoliation department.

Exfoliating the skin removes the top layer of the epidermis, this allows the pores to remain unblocked, and a fresher, smoother skin.
Cleansers or face washes often include exfoliants such as salt or grains or chemicals such as alpha hydroxy acid. Exfoliating once a week for most skin types is fine, everyday may be too taxing on the skin.
Here are some popular exfoliants for men.

Menscience | Face Scrub - Click to buy
Jack Black | Face Scrub - Click to buy
Anthony | Face Scrub - Click to buy
Baxter | Face Scrub - Click to buy


New kid on the block for men are serums. Serums are really targeted moisturisers. The molecular structure is serums are smaller than traditional moisturisers allowing the targeting of fine lines, wrinkles or pigmentation issues. If your current moisturiser is too heavy or greasy then a serum may be the go.

Anthony | Facial Serum - Click to buy
Biotherm | Force Supreme - Click to buy
Lab Series | Future Rescue - Click to buy
Jack Black | Skin Serum - Click to buy

Face Masks

Face masks are a great way to replenish your skin and feel great. There are many types of liquid or clay masks and now sheet masks, which all have different aspects of treating the facial skin. Have a look at a face mask which you think will add benefit to you. Masks are a great way to have a forced relax stop. Try one.

Baxter | Clay Mask - Click to buy
TwinLuxe | Daily Detox - Click to buy
Aqua di Parma | Restoring Face Mask - Click to buy
Dr Morita | Sheet Mask - Click to buy

Eye Care

The first line of offence? Eye creams. While they won’t work miracles, they can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as make your skin look fresher.

“Look for ingredients that lock in moisture such as ceramides, peptides and hyaluronic acid,” says Zamani, who has the backing of The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, which found that creams with hyaluronic acid reduced the depth of wrinkles by up to 40 per cent. “Ingredients such as caffeine and bark extract can also help detoxify the eyes and reduce puffiness, making them appear brighter and more youthful.” 

Aesop Parsley Seed Eye Serum - Click to buy
Baxter Under Eye Complex - Click to buy
Zirh International Platinum Revive Under-Eye Complex - Click to buy
Elemis Time Defence Eye Reviver - Click to buy


Not an army from a science-fiction novel, but a powerful class of anti-ageing compounds, retinoids are the secret weapon in the fight against time’s ravages.

Originally developed to treat acne, retinoids are vitamin A derivatives that have been proven in the journal Clinical Interventions In Aging to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and brown spots by boosting collagen production and increasing cell turnover. Given how potent these creams and serums are, most are only available by prescription and can also cause skin to become red, dry and flaky.

Retinoids’ less strong, but still effective, cousin is retinol. Available over the counter, retinol is generally used in products in a concentration of 0.05 to 1 per cent, so it’s gentler on skin. That said, any retinol product should be used sparingly at first, in order to allow the skin time to adjust. Start with a pea-sized amount every other day for the first few weeks and, provided your skin doesn’t react adversely, consider upping the frequency for a furrow-free face.

Philosophy Miracle Worker - Click to buy
Menscience Anti-Aging Formula - Click to buy
Lierac Homme Anti-Wrinkle Repair Fluid - Click to buy
CosMedix Refine Plus Refinishing Treatment - Click to buy

Better Beard Guide

Growing it is just the beginning, Let’s have a look at what it takes to have a truly awesome beard. Here is the Beard Guide.

Hair Care

Keeping it looking good or just keeping it

Get a good barber

A good haircut stands out and a bad haircut just makes you look bad. No matter what your hair style a regular haircut is one of the pillars of a good grooming regime.

Find a good barber, use Facebook, google or yelp to get reviews or information. A good barber will ensure your hair is always looking at its best and can provide advice on the best cuts for your face shape, your hair type and age. When you find a good barber make regular appointments so your barber can get to know you and what you like.  

Clean Hair
Yeah, I wash my hair regularly. But, are you doing it correctly? Keeping your hair clean is always a good thing, but remember washing with shampoo can strip the hair of its protective oils. You should wash your hair when you feel it’s beginning to get greasy – for some people that could be daily, for others it could be up to a week.

There may be occasions when you have to double down on the shampoo such as when you’re removing product build-up. Feel your hair it’s communicating. Did you know that the scalp has a natural maintenance system? Six weeks of not using shampoo may restore your scalps natural cleaning rhythm. But, for those less daring always use a balanced shampoo. 

Keeping a clean scalp


Uppercut | Daily Shampoo - Click to buy
Redkin | Brews Shampoo - Click to buy
American Crew | Shampoo - Click to buy
Aveda Men's Hair Care
Hair styling products

Hair Styling Products
As with all hair products less is more. Whatever your hair styling product start with an amount about the size of a five-cent piece. Then work the product into your hair from back to front. That way you won’t have clumpy hair.
Don’t forget to select a product to complement your hair type, style and hair health. Understand different styling techniques that provide you with differing looks. Apply product on a wet hair and the effect will be a more out-of-bed look while using a hair dryer will provide a more presented look.
Remember if you’re using a pomade, clay or wax to warm it up by rubbing your hands. This will make it easier to apply and style. 


Pomade the original hair product. Great for stand-up hair, pompadour or quiff. Great for restyling as it doesn’t set. A real help for dry hair.

Upper Cut | Pomade - Click to buy
Reuzel | Pomade -Grease Medium Hold - Click to buy
Billy Jealousy | Pomade - Click to buy


For a firm hold or a slick wet-look, hair gel is the stylist product. Can be hard or tacky set.

American Crew | Spray Gel - Click to buy
Esquire | Strong Hold Gel - Click to buy
Goldwell | Men's Hair Gel - Click to buy


Great for shorter hair styles, choppy look, great for restyling as it doesn't set.    

Redkin | Brew Wax - Click to buy
Esquire | Wax - Click to buy
American Crew | Liquid Wax - Click to buy
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Oral CAre

Looking good with your pearly whites

Oral Care

Good oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist will help you maintain healthy teeth and gums. Better Health Victoria recommend:
• Brush at least twice a day. The best time to brush teeth is after meals. Choose a toothbrush with a small head for better access to back teeth. Soft bristles are kinder on your gums.
• Use fluoridated toothpaste. Fluoride helps to harden tooth enamel and reduces your risk of decay.
• Brush thoroughly. Tooth brushing should take between two and three minutes.
• Floss your teeth daily. Use a slow and gentle sawing motion.
• Limit acidic drinks like soft drinks, cordials and fruit juices. Food acids soften tooth material and dissolve the minerals in tooth enamel, causing holes (cavities or caries). In severe cases, teeth may be ‘eaten’ right down to the gum.
• Limit sugary foods. Bacteria in dental plaque change sugars into acids.
• Avoid using your teeth for anything other than chewing food. If you use them to crack nuts, remove bottle tops or rip open packaging, you risk chipping or even breaking your teeth.
• See your dentist for regular check-ups. You should also visit your dentist if you have a dental problem such as a toothache or bleeding gums.

Teeth Whitening

Contains Calprox® in Toothpaste & peroxide in Accelerator Helps eliminate stains above & beneath the enamel for deeper whitening Strengthens professionally bleached teeth without sensitivity or over-bleaching Infused with Sodium Bicarbonate Offers long-lasting germicidal protection for fresher breath

Supersmile | Theeth Whitening Pack - Click to buy


Oral Cleaning

Why not treat your teeth to a little luxury. They're in the front-line with you all the way after all.

Gosmile | Toothpaste - Click to buy
Marvis | Ginger Mint Toothpaste - Click to buy
Apivita | Total Protection Toothpaste - Click to buy
Oral B | Genius 9000 - Clcik to buy

Body Grooming

Whether you’re hairy and wanting to be less so, or you just need a functional trimming down, then consider these key rules for body-hair removal. These body grooming guides will help you through every scenario, and will save you a helluva lot of agony in the process.


Attending to one's appearance

Travel Packs

Clinique | Travel Pack - Click to buy


Moisturizing Lotion+Eye Gel+Post-Shave Soother+Face Scrub+Cream Shave+Cologne Spray

Anthony | Travel Pack - Click to buy


Cleanser + Mositurizer + Lip Blam + Shave Cream + Hair & Body Wash Men's Skincare

Baxter | Travel Pack - Click to buy


Face Wash + Shave Formula + Moisturizer + Shave Balm + Shampoo + Bag Men's Skincare

Grooming Acessories

Tweezerman - Grooming Kit - Click to buy


Grooming Kit

Anthony | Perfect Shave - Click to buy


The Perfect Shave

Bily Jealousy- Tattoo Care - Click to buy

Billy Jealousy

Tattoo Care Kit

Hot Fragrances

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Top Toilette

Soap Dodger | Body Wash - Click to buy


Soap Dodger Body Wash

Clarins | Deodorant Stick - Click to buy


Deodorant Stick

Kiehls | Lip Balm - Click to buy


Lip Balm


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