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Five fresh grooming staples for your bathroom shelf

Don’t let January’s good work go to waste. Here are five luxurious grooming staples guaranteed to preserve the new, healthy you

So we made it. Just. As we kick January into touch and finish denying ourselves a glass of wine, going out or eating meat, February should be all about congratulating ourselves on our collective efforts. So, now you’ve ushered in a new you don’t let it go to waste.

Just as your wardrobe will be making those little gear changes towards those lighter, brighter days ahead, so should your own personal grooming regime. If you’re month of abstinence has got you feeling like a better version of yourself, keep the new you in peak condition with the five indispensable products that we recommend you add to your bathroom shelf post haste. They’ll keep that motivation alive, even if you start hitting the pub again…

LAB skincare grooming men1. LAB Series Max LS Power V Instant Eye Lift

While abstaining from alcohol (that’s if you stayed the course this dry January) might have led to a better night’s sleep, those pesky dark circles under your eyes might still need a little help to shift. Luckily, this handy eye treatment from LAB Series is ready to take on your extra eye bags. With its molecular ageless complex, it’ll get to work on puffy eyes each morning, and the results are pretty impressive. The treatment harnesses LS Power V Technology, which lifts and tightens the delicate skin around the eyes without it becoming uncomfortably tight. Regular use also encourages natural collagen production, reducing lines, wrinkles, and crow’s feet. After all the hard work you put into January, who doesn’t want a little lift? £43, shop now

Men's grooming House 99: Seriously Groomed Beard & Hair Balm2. House 99 Seriously Groomed Beard & Hair Balm

Fresh off a flight from the US, David Beckham headed straight to Harvey Nichols last week to launch his new grooming line, House 99. Launched in partnership with L’Oreal, the collection consists of 21 innovative products to conquer all your styling needs; split into skincare, hair and beardcare and bodycare, respectively. Every product is infused with superfoods rich in antioxidants and vitamins, which aim to illuminate the skin, energise the body or strengthen the hair and beard follicles. If you are as inked as the man himself, there’s even a moisturiser for your tattoos. And the name? ‘House’ was chosen to encourage a community spirit of like minded men, and the number ‘99’ was chosen not only because it was a stellar year for Mr Beckham, but also because he believes there’s always room for improvement. Let’s hope these products give you that extra one per cent. The collection is exclusive to Harvey Nichols, so make your way there to give it a try in the flesh, so to speak. £17, shop now

Men's grooming Tom Ford

3. Tom Ford Oud Wood Eau De Parfum

Perhaps it’s not surprising for a man that began his career in fashion, Tom Ford has mastered the significance of seasonal fragrances. While we’re longing for balmy summer days, the air heavy with the scent of lime and orange blossom, the reality is we’re still in the hangover of winter. This deep scent has the very rare (and expensive) Oud wood at its heart, which delivers the richness and warmth that only a real log fire could compete with – preferably with your favourite tipple in hand. As it settles, the sweetness of rosewood and cardamom gives way to a reveal a smoky sandalwood and Vetiver centre, which then settles on base notes of Pepper and Tonka bean, vanilla, almond, cinnamon and cherry. Sounds good enough to eat. £230, shop now

Grooming men's Sisley

4. Sisley Global Perfect Pore Minimizer

Every man’s skin is different. If you’ve been blessed with small pores, you’re a lucky guy, but most of us have pores on the largish side. Sadly, large pores can be more susceptible to clogging from grey city air, along with the overproduction of oily sebum, which exacerbates the problem. So, while this small 30ml bottle from Sisley may seem a sizeable investment, the results are worth it. With the active ingredients Ratanhia (a natural red root plant found in Peru) used for its natural anti-bacterial properties, Java Tea extract (which closes pores) and lentil extract that firms up the skin, this formula regulates sebum production and smoothes the skin’s texture over time. £142, shop now 

Men's grooming Dr Jackson’s 07 Face Wash 5. Dr Jackson’s 07 Face Wash, Regenerative Cleanser

Dr Jackson’s products come with a sense of purpose. The simple brown Kraft box packaging feels robust and simple, and suggests that all the brand’s resources have gone into the product itself – no bad thing. In fact, Dr Jackson’s skincare products are free from artificial fragrances and parabens, designed to take care of your skin in the kindest way possible. This face wash is just one of the products you’ll become addicted to; an uplifting, softly foaming cleanser, which clarifies and moisturises. The refreshing citrus scent awakens your senses in the morning, while the extracts of natural oils combine and work together to tone, tighten and nourish the skin. Your skin will never feel as naturally clean again. £25, shop now