Jake Canuso

“An SPF is vital when I’m filming in Benidorm!”

You may not know that Jake Canuso started his working life as a dancer….That career lasted nearly two decades and saw seen him perform, choreograph and tour the world with some of the world’s biggest recording artists including Annie Lennox, Take That, Elton John and The Spice Girls.

Over recent years Jake has flourished in the acting arena having built up an extensive CV appearing in films such as Fly Boys (MGM), Russian Dolls (Lunar Films), City Rats (Urban Way Productions) and most recently Nine (The Weinstein Co/Sony Pictures) with Daniel Day Lewis and Judi Dench. Although his television credits also include, Hustle, Shameless and Casualty Jake is perhaps best known for his role in ITV1’s hit comedy Benidorm! Here Jake tells us how he manages to keep it clean and fresh even when he is oiled up on a Spanish beach, starring as loveable rogue Matteo!

Do you think more guys are into grooming and looking good, why do you think that is?
Yes, because images in the media these days mainly tend to celebrate the well groomed man as opposed to ridiculing them. Also there are more places for men to get help with male grooming; years ago a guy might have felt self conscious going for a facial but with male only grooming salons such as The Refinery in London it’s no longer a problem.

Being in the public eye do you have to make more effort?
I have always had a pretty healthy diet, done sports and looked after my skin so I don’t think I’ve changed my grooming routine much since I’ve been more in the public eye. But if I have a photo shoot or filming an important scene I’ll usually drink lots of water and try and get a bit more sleep the night before.

What guys in the public eye get it right…and wrong?
I think the guys that get it right look well groomed with in individual style. Men like Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt spring to mind. The ones who get it wrong; orange faced, over plucked, fake looking guys on reality tv shows.

How often do you you get your hair cut? What do you use to style it and how does it work for you?
About once a month. My hair is naturally very wavy so there are only certain products that work for me. I use Tigi Bed Head B For Men. Their pure texture moulding paste combed through wet hair really controls the wave.

How often do you shave and with what?
My skin can be quite sensitive so I don’t like to shave too often and generally use a beard trimmer. If I need a close shave for work the products that work for my skin are from the Dermalogica Shave range. I use their Close Shave Oil to avoid nicks or redness, then I follow with the essential Post Shave Balm which cools and really reduces discomfort.

Do you have a daily grooming routine, what products do you use on your skin?
In this job, its really important to take care of your skin, especially with the launch of HD! Even guys can’t get away with anything now. Dermalogica works for me, I use the soap-free foaming Special Cleansing Gel (great in the shower!); exfoliate with the skin brightening Daily Microfoliant and finish with the Active Moist moisturiser. The Total Eye Care Eye Cream (SPF15) is vital when I am filming in Benidorm.

Do you buy products?
Yes, although if anyone wants to send me some for free it would be rude to turn them down.

Do you borrow products from your partner/wife?
No, I’m very self sufficient!

What is your favourite aftershave? Are you loyal to one or a few if so what are they?
Esencia by Loewe. I’ve used it for 22 years and Harrods in London is the only place in London I can find it. Luckily when Im working in Spain it’s readily available and I can stock up.

What does being well groomed mean to you?
It’s not what others may think of me but more how I feel about myself. As long as I feel great I’m happy, if others think I look good too that’s just a bonus.

1. Escencia by Loewe £60 for 100ml at www.escentual.com

2. Dermalogica Shave Oil about £15.00 for 30ml at www.lookfantastic.net

3. Johnny Depp

4. Tigi Bed Head B For Men Matte Separation Workable Wax 75g about £7.00 for 75g at www.amazon.co.uk

5. Mineral Water

6. Brad Pitt

7. The Refinery Brook St London W1

8. Jake as Matteo in 'Benidorm'

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