The Shelf is a men’s grooming series by Ape to Gentleman focusing on skin care; designed to assist with common grooming ailments, achieving certain looks and general best practice. Different from our Top 10 or Three of The Best series, The Shelf offers rounded solutions to a variety of topics – resulting in recommended products for your bathroom shelf. Similar Ape to Gentleman series include The Rail (Fashion) and The Room (Lifestyle).

The Shelf: Dry Skin

Dry skin is a topic often neglected by men’s grooming brands, in favour of the more common oily skin type in men. Particularly during the cooler months; with dry winter air, moisture sapping central heating and hot showers – skin can become overly dry. Your regular daily moisturiser may not be enough to fend off the elements, here are some solutions recommended for your bathroom shelf.

Face Cleanser

Use a face cleanser designed specifically for dry skin. It will ensure essential oils and moisture aren’t lost, preventing over-drying.


Recommended:Baxter of California Daily Face Wash £15/ 300ml – it will remove excess oil and skin debris without stripping away moisture.


During the summer months it’s advisable to use a lightweight lotion for suitable moisturising. Conversely, during winter months a thicker, rich moisturiser is a better solution to provide 24hr hydration, nourish dry skin and absorb quickly ensuring no sticky residue.


Recommended:Aesop Camellia Nut Facial Hydrating Cream £31/ 60ml – delivering richly nourishing hydration without a weighty after-feel. Use on the beard area after shaving too, if require. Use morning and night.


Try eating more fish, avocados, walnuts, vegetable oil and eggs to boost your intake of Omega-3. Omega-3 fatty acids can help strengthen cell walls to keep your skin hydrated, soft, and supple. Alternatively, take an Omega-3 rich supplement to optimise the condition of your skin and help prevent dryness.


Recommended:Perricone MD Total Skin and Body Supplements £69.50/ 30 day supply – contains Astaxanthin, a superior antioxidant shown to help increase moisture, smoothness and softness, especially when paired with Tocotrienols.