“My approach to grooming was always to steal my wife’s products. That was kind of it, really. I’d always been aware of how I wanted my hair to look, stuff like that, but I was also in a career where I was always outside—whether I was living in Manchester, living in Madrid, LA…all these different places with different weather. I had to take care of my skin because of that, but the way I looked after it was to steal my wife’s stuff, because I know she has the best. It’s been a process I’ve really enjoyed because I look after myself a lot better now. I never used to use face wash, apart from using my wife’s products. I never used to make the time to do that. Now I have a face wash, I have a mask, a scrub. And it’s so much more acceptable—guys find it much more natural to talk about their products that they use, and what they do to look after their skin and their hair, and the way they want to look. I’m very excited about that."
SKINCARE"The first time I did a mask was pretty recently, actually. I tried the Tom Ford clay one, and I really like it. I very rarely have the time to do a mask, but Victoria loves to do it before she’s going to bed, or when she wakes up. Making the time to go for a nice facial is important—it doesn’t just make you look better, it makes you feel great as well. There’s an amazing girl in London called Sarah Chapman, and Sarah’s incredible. She makes really great products that I’ve used over the years. But sometimes I take my products down there and say, ‘Use these.’
Now I use the Purefectly Clean Face Wash every morning. I don’t scrub my face every morning, but the face wash is something that I start with. And obviously the Face Moisturizer. Then I add a little bit of lip balm and the eye cream, just to give those areas a coating. But I don’t get up an hour before I have to take the kids to school to do my morning ritual. It’s very straightforward and quick. I do the whole thing in the morning and then I’ll moisturize a few more times throughout the day, to be honest.
I think about anti-aging, and I consider it, but I’m not like, ‘Oh my God, I got an extra wrinkle today, I have to cake some cream on.’ I’m not really that precious about it, and I’ve never been. I was actually quite pleased the other day, because someone had written that I had Botox, and I was like, ‘Wow, this product must actually be working,’ because I never have and never would. I was aware I was getting more gray hairs than obviously I was five years ago, but it’s just a natural progression, you know? I’m not going to dye my hair and hide them, because I think I actually quite like it. I’ve had the same with my beard—there’s quite a few gray hairs coming through the beard, but it’s just a natural thing.
Something I’m quite excited about is our new House 99 bronzing moisturizer that will launch in 2019. The one that I used to use was the Tom Ford one, which is a moisturizer with a slight tint, so I always felt that I wanted to bring something like that into the range. There’s nothing wrong with having a moisturizer that has a certain amount of tint in it, and I’m quite excited about the bronzer."
—as told to ITG