Good grooming for your wedding

If you want to scrub up well for the big day don't be afraid to try some of the many male grooming products on the market
Beauty groom
Beauty groom

If your idea of a beauty regime is normally just a splash of water combined with a bit of soap when you're really making an effort, read on. Before your wedding day it might be worth paying a little more attention to your male grooming to make sure you look that extra bit special as you walk down the aisle - don't forget those photos will be on display for years to come.

Start by assessing the condition of your skin. If it's looking a little dull or tired use an exfoliating scrub to remove any dead skin cells. Try gently massaging Elemis Energising Skin Scrub for Men, £24.50 (01278 727830), into your skin twice a week before shaving, which will also prevent in-growing hairs. Lab Series For Men Skin Resurfacing Scrub, £25 (0870 034 2566), is another great product that promises healthier looking skin in an instant.

A month before the wedding, you should start to use a daily moisturiser so your skin looks in top condition. If you're not sure what you're looking for simply use some of your fiancée's (checking with her first that she doesn't mind!). Alternatively we love Biotherm Homme Aqua Power Ultra Moisturizing Oligo-Thermal Care Gel, £21 (01322 423540) - don't be put off by the long name, it works wonders - or Simple Skin Defence for Men Daily Moisturiser, £5.49 (0121 327 4750), which is a no-nonsense product that does exactly what it says on the tin.

Book yourself a pre-wedding haircut but don't plan it for the day before the wedding in case anything goes wrong. A couple of weeks in advance should give your style time to grow-in a little. Also don't try anything new and drastic - just get your normal style smartened up.

Finally, treat yourself to a wet shave at your local barber on the morning of the wedding or book yourself in to one of the many new salons for men springing up around the country. Many of them offer sport on the TV and a swift drink if you're feeling nervous in totally non-girly surroundings. You might even find yourself tempted by a manicure and a massage and discover you actually enjoy it.


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