Groom to Improve: with Darren Kennedy
Darren chooses his A/W essentials
1. Oral-B Smart Series PRO 6000 RRP €311.49, Boots
Even the most discerning gadget lovers will enjoy the Oral-B Smart Series power brush. Much more than just a clean, white finish, this Bluetooth-connected, data-storing, news-delivering piece of tech packs a high-spec punch!
2. Lab Series Invigorating Face Scrub RRP €29, Arnotts
Use this invigorating face scrub with menthol to remove dead skin cells, unclog pores and stimulate blood flow to create younger, healthier skin.
3. Gillette Fusion ProGlide RRP RRP, €16.29, pharmacies nationwide
Because your face isn't flat, the new FlexBall technology is designed specifically to respond to the contours of your jaw, allowing for maximum contact.
4. Oliver Peoples Tortoiseshell Acetate Sunglasses RRP €495, MrPorter.com
These vintage-inspired sunnies are meticulously crafted in Italy with dapper tortoiseshell acetate trims and gold-tone metal that frame the face handsomely.
5. Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream Fresh Hydration RRP €28.50, Kiehl's stores
Kiehl's latest innovation is perfect if you're in and out of the shower regularly, post-training. This cream is specially formulated to achieve the fine balance necessary to keep skin looking virtually shine-free for 24 hours while maintaining its essential moisture. This gel cream is a non-sticky formula that's fragrance-free and leaves no residue.
6. Pankhurst London Shaving set RRP RRP €310.85, pankhurstlondon.com
As the saying goes 'a good lather is half the shave', and this kit from grooming specialists Pankhurst London has your whole routine covered. After cleansing, use the perfectly weighted brush to apply the shaving cream and finish with the soothing Ice Gel for a confident start to the day.
7. Kiehl's Close-Shaver's Squadron Post-Shave Repair Gel RRP €25.50, Kiehl's stores
Not surprisingly, 'razor burn' is the number one skincare concern among men who shave so Kiehl's are tackling the issue head on with this potent repair gel, a soothing razor-recovery gel formulated with 90pc aloe vera and peppermint leaf extract ingredients to rejuvenate your skin.
8. Tom Ford Bronzing Gel RRP €44, Brown Thomas
Mr. Ford, named one of GQ's 50 Best Dressed Men this year, developed this bronzer to mimic the look of a few minutes of sun on the skin. Its water- based, oil-free formula blends in, enhancing the skin with a healthy touch of colour. The unique blend of ingredients includes the Tom Ford Skin Calming and Infusing Complexes that will soothe and energise the complexion.