Whether you spend hours in front of the mirror, or it’s a cursory glance as you run out the door in the morning, every man has a grooming routine of some sorts, but not all of them are doing your skin any good. Here are some common grooming mistakes and how to avoid them to ensure that you are taking good care of your skin this winter when it really needs it most.

Not wearing SPF

Your face is exposed every day to UV rays, and yet how many of you apply sunscreen unless you are abroad or the weatherman predicts a scorcher? Many men admit to not even moisturising their face every day, which will only lead to dry and older looking skin. Get yourself a quality moisturiser, ideally with built in SPF to protect your face, especially now that we’re coming into winter when the cold air and central heating can play havoc with your skin.

Dull razor blades

A close shave needs a new blade, and if you’re guilty of hanging on to your razor blades for longer than you should, then you are risking nicks, cuts, irritated skin and ingrown hairs. Dull razor blades are one of the most common grooming mistakes, and you can avoid this with a simple check - if your blade is no longer gliding effortlessly across your skin, you need to change it now.

Rogue hair

The 4 areas you need to be aware of are the nose, neck, ears and brows when it comes to keeping those stray hairs in check. Regular grooming habits will keep you looking suave and sophisticated, instead of scraggly and unkempt. If you suffer from a hairy back and you can’t shave it, seek professional help in the form of a gifted waxer.

Too much product in your hair

It’s not just your skin than can fall foul to poor grooming habits. Your hair might be your pride and joy but don’t pile it full of product otherwise it looks like a greasy mess. In this case, less is definitely more so always err on the side of caution when you go to add wax, putty or gel to your hair.

Too much aftershave

Your signature scent should be applied sparingly as well, as too much will leave those in close proximity to you being overpowered by your cologne. You want your aftershave to remind people of you in a good way, not in a ‘choking-I-can’t-breathe’ kind of way.