Patrick Bateman, American Psycho – an updated grooming routine

I recently re-watched American Psycho after recommending a shaving routine to a friend who calmly suggested that after use he felt like Patrick Bateman aka Christian Bale from American Psycho. I’m pretty sure he was referring to his grooming routine and nothing more. I hope.

It’s over a decade since the film was released so I thought it would be a good time to update Patrick’s grooming routine for him, after all he’s a man of expensive tastes and I’m sure he’d want only the very best.

I believe in taking care of myself and a balanced diet and rigorous exercise routine. In the morning if my face is a little puffy I’ll put on an ice pack while doing stomach crunches. I can do 1000 now. After I remove the ice pack I use a deep pore cleanser lotion. In the shower I use a water activated gel cleanser, then a honey almond body scrub, and on the face an exfoliating gel scrub. Then I apply an herb-mint facial mask which I leave on for 10 minutes while I prepare the rest of my routine. I always use an after shave lotion with little or no alcohol, because alcohol dries your face out and makes you look older. Then moisturizer, then an anti-aging eye balm followed by a final moisturizing protective lotion. Patrick Bateman

1. “In the morning if my face is a little puffy I’ll put on an ice pack.”

Patrick should change is ice pack and use Polaar Icy Magic – it contains Tetrapeptides and Siberian Ginseng. The ice cold effect will reduce Patrick’s puffy eyes making them look instantly brighter and more radiant.

2. “After I remove the ice pack I use a deep pore cleanser lotion.”

Update to Zirh Clean – it expertly works to remove dirt, pollution, sweat and oil, but will not over-dry skin or cause irritation. Zirh Clean also works to lift off dead surface skin cells (blood), uncovering new, smoother looking skin.

3. “In the shower I use a water activated gel cleanser.”

Update to retaW Natural Mystic Body Wash – a spicy wash for body and soul. Despite Patrick’s clear lack of a good soul this shower gel is the finest on the planet. Only the best for him.

4. “Then a honey almond body scrub.”

Update to REN Guerande Salt Exfoliating Body Balm – A gently exfoliating body balm which removes dead cells and will leave your skin moisturised, renewed and glowing.

5.” On the face an exfoliating gel scrub.”

Upgrade to Nickel Super Clean Face Scrub – A high performance scrubbing gel that eliminates impurities, removes dead skin cells and evens out skin tone. Patrick’s complexion will be left looking brighter and healthier.

6. “I apply an herb-mint facial mask.”

As always, only the best for Patrick and the best facial mask for men is Anthony Logistics Deep Pore Cleansing Clay – it tones and nourishes using a whole host of natural goodness.

7.” I always use an after shave lotion with little or no alcohol.”

Right in at the deep end again, I suggest Patrick tries The Art of Shaving Unscented After-Shave Balm – it offers excellent soothing properties, refreshes and regenerates the skin after shaving. The Balm is antiseptic, oil and importantly for Patrick, alcohol-free.

8. “Then moisturiser.”

If anyone noticed, Patrick sweats a lot so we’ll go for a moisturiser which is good for mattifying him during ‘stressful’ moments. I would suggest Baxter of California Oil Free Moisturiser – a lightweight moisturiser that quickly absorbs leaving skin smooth, refreshed and with a shine-free matt finish.

9. “Then an anti-aging eye balm.”

I don’t think Patrick cares too much for natural ingredients (or cats) so I have no problem suggesting Lab Series for Men Age Rescue Eye Therapy – this popular offering is a hydrating gel-cream that reduces puffiness and dark circles while helping to restore skin’s elasticity.

10. “Followed by a final moisturizing protective lotion.”

Patrick’s final step is that all important skin moisturising protective lotion. Referring back to Patrick’s hatred of cats I’ll suggest the Bulldog Original Moisturiser – it’s a budget buy but price isn’t everything; natural ingredients and potency are. It won’t leave an oily or greasy feeling on Patrick’s skin after all that sweating.

Maybe I’ll revisit this in another 10 years time when the male grooming industry has advanced further but for now, this should keep Patrick happy, well groomed and hopefully out of trouble. Probably not.

Is this the finest male grooming routine on the planet?

  • Adam

    Great article

    Any chance of a ‘Budget’ Patrick Bateman style routine??

    Of course Mr Bateman himself would never dare use any item deemed budget, but sadly we can’t all work in Wall Street!

  • Ape to Gentleman

    Adam, good point well made. We’ll work on a budget version in 2011.

  • Dom


    deep pore cleanser lotion (Sothys Desquacreme Deep Pore Cleanser)
    water activated gel cleanser (Trilogy Balancing Gel Cleanser)
    honey almond body scrub (Tree Hut Body Scrub, Almond Honey)
    exfoliating gel scrub (Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel)
    herb-mint facial mask (Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque)
    after shave lotion with little or no alcohol (Neutrogena Men Razor Defense Post Shave Lotion)
    moisturizer (Neutrogena Men Age Fighter Face Moisturizer)
    anti-aging eye balm (Skinceuticals Eye Balm Rehabilitative Emollient For Aging Skin)
    moisturizing protective lotion (Nivea for Men Protective Moisturizer)

  • Ape to Gentleman

    Dom, thanks for the list – some interesting choices!

  • Don King

    I have ordered this stuff and waiting to try it. But the “retaW Creole Body Wash” is impossible to find. Where can I get it?

  • Ape to Gentleman
  • Don King

    Well, thats for pre-order only. And that is the only webstore that has retW Creole. And I have also heard that Zirh has closed the buisness. Maybe thats why Zirh Clean also is impossible to find anywhere.

  • Ape to Gentleman

    Zirh has been discontinued everywhere outside of the US.

  • j

    bale commented in an interview what he did for the role but i can’t find the quote now

  • Michael

    So do you use all of this in order? everyday?

  • Ape to Gentleman

    Mr Bateman does Michael – seems a little narcissistic to us though ;)

  • max

    when should I shave in the routine?

  • Ape to Gentleman

    Good point. Before the herb-mint facial mask, or after.

  • Ape to Gentleman

    To look your best, and treat any skin problems/ defend against any future problems.

  • Ape to Gentleman

    Mr Bateman does Michael – seems a little narcissistic to us though ;)

  • Ape to Gentleman

    Zirh is back in the UK!

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  • Sam

    Are all these grooming products, fine for 17 year old?

  • Mark Table

    Are you all psychopath narcissist murderers?