Guest Editor Darren Kennedy's top five grooming picks for men

Today on IMAGE.ie, TV presenter, columnist, and all-round style expert Darren Kennedy is here to take the editor's reigns. All day on our website and social media, you can catch Darren giving his perspective on beauty, fashion, lifestyle and more, as he takes on the new role of guest editor. 


 Tom Ford Fougère Platine

RRP: €188 for 50ml, available at Brown Thomas
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Tom Ford’s latest addition to his Private Blend collection ‘Fougère Platine’ Eau de Parfum encapsulates the essence of the exhibitionist at his most brilliant — mischievous,  indulgent, and free-spirited. Opening with top notes of bergamot and clary sage, it develops into indulgent artemisia and olibanum with opulent doses of cedar, tobacco and refreshing woods lingering for a rich aroma. Charged with impulsivity, a single spray evokes a devilish grin, replaying the night before. 

 

Triumph & Disaster Shave Cream

 

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All the greats have a sense of heritage and this old-fashioned shave cream reminds us that shaving is a skill passed down from generation to generation. It’s a thing of value, like a good piece of advice. Triumph & Disaster Shave Cream is a trusty addition to any gentleman’s morning ritual, delivering a great shave without any of the nasties associated with taking a blade to your skin. Expect some nostalgia with aromas of old school medicinal notes, bright, fresh citrus tones and a hint of Turkish barbershop.

 

Kennedy & Co Purifying Peat Face Scrub

€12.95, available at Dunnes Stores, pharmacies nationwide and online at www.kennedycogrooming.com

 

Regularly exfoliating is something every man needs to incorporate into their skincare routine. Using an exfoliator, especially pre-shave, helps to soften hair follicles for a smoother shave but also helps to stave off breakouts, banish dead skin cells and allows your moisturiser to work more effectively. This one, from my Kennedy & Co range, contains the purifying minerals of peat, caffeine and menthol to restore balance to the skin’s natural texture.

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Gentleman’s Tonic Hero Peptide Serum

RRP €170, available at Arnotts


This highly concentrated advanced derma care Hero Peptide Serum targets expression lines and wrinkles. Powered by cocoa extract (rich in antioxidant Vitamin E) and SNAP-8 (a natural ingredient that delivers a Botox-like effect), the fast-absorbing, anti-ageing serum works to relax facial muscles, reduce the depth of wrinkles, while helping to firm, hydrate and strengthen skin.

 

Foreo Issa Silicone Toothbrush

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RRP €149, available www.foreo.com

 

Swedish company Foreo has designed the world's most sophisticated electric toothbrush — made entirely from silicone. The beautifully designed Issa toothbrush uses high-intensity sonic pulses, but it swaps out traditional nylon bristles for rubbery silicone nubs to gently, effectively scrape off plaque. The pulsing also stimulates blood flow to give you healthier gums. Incredibly lightweight and durable, it's a particularly smart investment for frequent travellers. Once charged, the integrated battery can last up to 365 uses — six months if you're brushing twice a day. 

Aesop Protective Lip Balm SPF30

 €15, available from Aesop.com
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Whether it's bitterly cold or blisteringly hot, extreme weather conditions can leave your lips worse for wear. And let’s face it sore, chapped lips are no fun. Aesop’s hydrating balm is enhanced with UVA and UVB filters to shield lips from the sun's damaging rays while botanical oils act to soften and hydrate. Formulated without silicone, paraffin, or other animal-derived ingredients. Carry it in your pocket for instant relief on the go.

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