Like fad diets, selling unwanted Christmas gifts on eBay and the FA Cup 3rd Round, my Men’s Grooming Resolutions articles are becoming a permanent fixture in January. With the rest of the country aiming to improve their lives in all manner of ways in 2013, I (naturally) lean towards the world of men’s grooming and the tweaks we can make to improve our daily routines in the year ahead.

I can’t help you give up smoking, but I can provide you with a few helpful hints that will improve your grooming credentials. Here are my top five grooming resolutions…

1. Be More ‘Cruelty Free’ Aware

With the legislation for banning the sales and marketing of all products containing ingredients tested on animal up for debate in European Parliament this year, 2013 is set to be a defining one for cruelty free beauty products. The fact that many products (or the ingredients within them) are tested on animals is something that the general public are becoming increasingly wise to, and this can only be a good thing.

That being said, it’s still a confusing area if you don’t have the right information – which is why I take my hat off to the guys at brands like Bulldog and Intelligent Nutrients (among others), who make it easy by including the official cruelty free logo on all their products.

Why not do some research into your favourite brand (or product) and see how their ethical credentials match up? Below are some of the top performing products currently on the market that take a stand against animal testing. I’d love to hear from you in the comments section if your favourite products boast the same cruelty free ethics.

  • Bulldog Natural Skincare Original Face Wash 175mlBulldog Natural Skincare Original Face Wash 175ml
  • Bulldog Natural Skincare Original Moisturiser 100mlBulldog Natural Skincare Original Moisturiser 100ml
  • Bulldog Original Eye Roll-on 15mlBulldog Original Eye Roll-on 15ml
  • Intelligent Nutrients Harmonic ShampooIntelligent Nutrients Harmonic Shampoo
  • Intelligent Nutrients Harmonic Conditioner 444 MlIntelligent Nutrients Harmonic Conditioner 444 Ml
  • Intelligent Nutrients Anti-aging CleanserIntelligent Nutrients Anti-aging Cleanser
  • Double Duty Face Moisturizer Spf 20 97ml/3.3ozDouble Duty Face Moisturizer Spf 20 97ml/3.3oz
  • Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser 177mlPure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser 177ml
  • Jack Black Face Buff Energising Scrub 88mlJack Black Face Buff Energising Scrub 88ml
2. On The Go Grooming

Perfecting your look isn’t just about what you use in the morning in front of the mirror. In 2013, more than ever, it’s about maintaining your good work when you’re on the go.

Whether it’s between meetings, after the gym, on your way out after work or while you’re travelling, it’s vital for you to be able to top up your look anytime, anywhere.

Forget the bathroom cabinet, these products can be easily stored in your bag, your desk drawer or your glove box and help energise your skin on the move. There are big wins to be had with small, discreet and highly effective grooming products – here are some of my personal recommendations:

Eye Care
  • No7 For Men Rapid Revival Eye Roll-onNo7 For Men Rapid Revival Eye Roll-on
  • Clinique Anti-fatigue Cooling Eye GelClinique Anti-fatigue Cooling Eye Gel
  • Nivea For Men Skin Energy Eye Roll-on Instant Effect Q10 10mlNivea For Men Skin Energy Eye Roll-on Instant Effect Q10 10ml
Lip Balms
  • Kyoku Lip Fuel 10mlKyoku Lip Fuel 10ml
  • Intense Therapy Lip Balm Spf25 With Natural Mint And Shea Butter 7gIntense Therapy Lip Balm Spf25 With Natural Mint And Shea Butter 7g
  • Protecting Vitamin Lipsaver 15mlProtecting Vitamin Lipsaver 15ml
Anti Fatigue Mositurisers
  • No7 For Men Energising MoisturiserNo7 For Men Energising Moisturiser
  • Men Energizer Total 50ml/1.7ozMen Energizer Total 50ml/1.7oz
  • Loreal Men Expert Turbo Moisturiser 50mlLoreal Men Expert Turbo Moisturiser 50ml
  • Clinique Anti-blemish Solutions Clearing ConcealerClinique Anti-blemish Solutions Clearing Concealer
  • Yves Saint Laurent For Men Touche EclatYves Saint Laurent For Men Touche Eclat
  • Guyliner Disguys Concealer – DarkGuyliner Disguys Concealer - Dark
3. The Nine To Five Fragrance

When we take our first tentative steps into fragrance during our teens, it’s very much a ‘special occasion’. Whether it’s attracting the attention of that someone special or sprucing up for a night out, fragrances are treated as an ‘attention grabber’. However, in 2013 I urge you all to adopt a two-pronged approach to fragrances.

Still have your fragrance that dazzles, impresses and provides you with your ‘signature’. But save it for moments when it’s really required. Don’t go wasting is on strangers on the bus or the man behind the counter in the newsagents – make it your pièce de résistance. What I would encourage all guys to do is find a day-to-day fragrance that doesn’t necessarily break the bank, still smells great and gives you room to up your game when you need to.

The Body Shop do a fantastic range of affordable scents that are perfect for daytime wear (White Musk Sport being my favourite) so definitely check those out, but I’d urge you all to spend some time at your local fragrance counter in order to find your nine to five scent for 2013.

  • The Body Shop White Musk® Sport Eau De ToiletteThe Body Shop White Musk® Sport Eau De Toilette
  • The Body Shop Activist Eau De ToiletteThe Body Shop Activist Eau De Toilette
  • The Body Shop Kistna Eau De ToiletteThe Body Shop Kistna Eau De Toilette
4. Skincare While You Sleep

More than anything, taking care of your skin before you hit the sack just makes sense. You apply moisturiser every morning, but after 12 hours on the go this wears off, so it’s logical to top up in the evenings as well.

Not only that, but research shows that the best time for your skin to repair itself is between 11pm and 3am, which means that applying a top quality moisturiser – or, even better, a specific night cream like those below – before you go to bed will leave your skin in the best possible condition.

While we sleep, our skin’s blood flow increases and moves to repair any damage sustained during the day. It may not be as cheesy as needing your ‘beauty sleep’, but adding this step into your routine will ensure you wake up looking like you’ve had a good 12 hours sleep (even if you haven’t).

  • Lab Series Skincare For Men Night Recovery Lotion 50mlLab Series Skincare For Men Night Recovery Lotion 50ml
  • Lab Series Skincare For Men Max Ls Overnight Renewal Serum 30mlLab Series Skincare For Men Max Ls Overnight Renewal Serum 30ml
  • Baxter Of California Enriched Night Cream Aha 120mlBaxter Of California Enriched Night Cream Aha 120ml
5. Spread The (Well Groomed) Word

In our social media and technology obsessed age, it is so easy to give our opinion on products and services that we like and dislike. Grooming products aren’t immune from this – and all the better for it. I wouldn’t know about my favourite hair product were it not for the brand in question having such an active twitter account. I wouldn’t have used the moisturiser that changed my winter skin routine if it wasn’t for my friend recommending it. By passing on my top products and tips to you guys, the cycle continues.

In 2013, I want everyone to do their bit to encourage a well groomed nation – helping top quality men’s grooming products reach the masses. You don’t have to have a pamper party with all your mates, just recommend the odd product, barber or online store and help give other guys a foot up onto the grooming ladder.

Here’s to a well groomed 2013!

Let me know your personal grooming resolutions you have made, in the comments section below…