There’s more to the old adage about the truth being written all over your face than you may think. Not only do we get non-verbal signals about someone’s true wellbeing from unconscious facial expressions, but the state of your skin reveals a great deal about what’s going on inside, both physically and emotionally. In fact, practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine have used facial analysis as a diagnostic tool for centuries, marrying facial areas and features  with specific organs and emotional states.

So when you get a recurring zit on the same part of your chin or have a perpetually congested or flaky forehead, your skin could be trying to tell you that there’s a deeper health concern in need of attention. Facial diagnosis is not an absolute science, but it could certainly point you in the direction of a healthier lifestyle.

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The Exfoliator was the proud recipient of a P&G Beauty and Grooming Award this week. Now, before you roll your eyes in mockery, I should point out that P&G products rarely make an appearance on this site…incontestable proof that the system isn’t rigged after all!

This blog was born out of the frustration that came with pandering to  advertisers while working at various men’s magazines over the years.    It’s  somewhat ironic / delicious, therefore,  that one of the most influential multinationals (and a major advertiser to boot) is finally acknowledging a format which it does not influence or control.

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Probably not the height of investigative journalism but Morgan Spurlock’s forthcoming  film on the rise of male grooming looks pretty entertaining nonetheless. Besides, anything that involves Jason Bateman and Will Arnett (of Arrested Development) or the great Zach Galifianakis automatically gets our seal of approval – even that crappy sequel to The Hangover.  Watch the trailer for Mansome and stream a short newsbit on the feature film (via the WSJ) after the jump…

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It looks like the Taliban’s peculiar penchant for guyliner has had a knock on effect among the troops in Afghanistan.

In spite of staunch Islamic beliefs about grooming and dress, many barbers throughout Afghanistan have started offering a bit of brow threading for US troops. One perfectly-arched solider tells the Wall Street Journal that it was an honest ‘miscommunication’ that landed him with a pair of Joan Crawford’s brows rather than a military approved buzz cut.

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Q: I’ve had the same pots and potions sitting on my bathroom shelf for the past couple of years. Do they go ‘off’? They still seem to work just fine…
Andrew, by email.

A: Over 40 million products sit in bathroom cabinets collecting dust. Don’t ask me how market researchers came up with that figure, but they did.  While such clutter doesn’t do much for the Feng Shui of your lavatory, it does, however, keep the toiletries industry alive and kicking. We often buy a product with the best of intentions but, much like that last Coldplay album, it stays sealed in cellophane, never to see the light of day.

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Shortlist MODE

After months of blood, sweat, tears and tantrums, the first ever issue of Shortlist MODE – the new fashion bi-annual from the brains behind Shortlist – launches this evening. Am so proud to be part of this title, not least because I get to work with some of the most talented stylists and editors in the biz. More importantly, I get to write completely self-indulgent features about how the 70s redefined masculine identity through hairstyles (no, really…).
Get your free copy at key locations around London, Leeds, Birmingham, Glasgow and Manchester from this evening and all tomorrow. And, yes that’s David Gandy on the cover…

UPDATE: You can now read my feature Pump Up The Volume here.


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Celebrate pre-Photoshop graphic design by attending the forthcoming exhibition in honour of renowned illustrator René Grau, the man responsible for some of the most enduring fashion and beauty images of the last century (and whose surname we  have no idea how to pronounce. Anyone?).

Darling of the haute couture world, he was employed by Givenchy, Balmain, Rochas and Lanvin as well as countless glossy magazines… but it was his position as Artistic Director of Advertising for Dior that earned him the most kudos.

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