‘After a match I jump in an ice bath!’
England Rugby captain Chris Robshaw is no stranger to looking groomed and keeping in shape. Mr Robshaw started his rugby career at the age of 7 playing for Wallingham RFC and then the England Under-18’s. It was while playing for the Harlequins that he made his Premiership debut against London Irish, and guess what… The Harlequins were victorious! Chris was named as the England captain for the Six Nations in 2012.
Here at grooming towers we know that Chris has always had it covered when it comes to looking rugged, not rough, both on and off the pitch. Whether it’s cleaning up post match or even having a spa treatment, we can think of nobody better to impart their grooming knowledge. Thanks Chris!
Do you think that men are paying more attention to the way they look?
Probably, but first impressions are very important and more often than not the first thing someone will notice about you or register is your appearance.
How often do you shave?
I used to be a once a week guy, until the whole Movember craze kicked off and people were trying all sorts of different styles. I have a beard and try to keep it under control more regularly.
Do you have a favourite fragrance?
I tend to mix it up and don’t always buy the same ones. At the moment I am using YSL Yves Saint Laurent L’Homme Eau de Toilette Natural Spray which I like.
Which products are most important to you?
Probably toiletries as it’s vital to clean up post training, especially after the winter conditions.
Which other guys in the public eye do you think are well groomed?
Danny Care is always pretty immaculate and Ugo Monye is always one step ahead when it comes to style. Away from rugby, Cristiano Ronaldo seems to know what he likes but I am not sure I could pull that off. Ryan Reynolds, the actor, is also pretty cool.
What are your go-to grooming products for your hair and your skin?
I use all types of moisturisers on my skin and for my hair it’s VO5 Extreme Style Matt Clay.
How do you clean up after a match?
I always have to jump in the ice bath for 5-10 minutes. Some grounds don’t always have them unfortunately, so in that case then a long shower will have to do.
How do you treat scars / scrapes and aching muscles, and are there any specific products that help?
Aloe Vera is great for cuts and scrapes and in terms of aching muscles, sports massages are great to get you feeling better and fresh again.
Have you ever had a facial or a body treatment?
Yes I’ve been on a couple of spa weekends with Camilla and tried a couple of different treatments, they are a great way to relax.
So how do you deal with cuts and scars?
Just treat them regularly and frequently – change all plasters and dressings, otherwise they can become a bit gruesome and infected and will not heal properly!
Any grooming disasters?
I wouldn’t say disasters, but I have had some bad haircuts in the past, let’s just say I like to think I have grown out of that now.
Do you have any tips on how to stay in shape?
I like to eat healthily, exercise and train regularly as it makes me feel good about myself and gives me more energy. One key element for me is sleep, everyone needs to recover to be fresh for the next day or challenge that lies ahead.
1. V05 Extreme Style Matt Clay - £4.19 for 75ml from Boots
2. L'Homme by Yves Saint Laurent - £40.50 for 40ml, £49.50 for 60ml and £65.50 for 100ml from The Perfume Shop
3. Ryan Reynolds
4. Aloe Vera plant
5. Ugo Monye
6. Ice Bath
7. Danny Care