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Beauty Byte: Men Barely Spend Anything on Grooming. Shocker!

For years and years, cosmetics companies have been trying to get men to buy into skin care. For a moment there, it seemed like the metrosexual might make it all work. Alas, the metrosexuals have dwindled in number. A new report reveals that British men have responded to grooming hopes with a big "no dice."

Marketing group Mintel has released survey results that reveal:

  • The average British man spends less than $5 a year taking care of his skin.
  • Thirty-five percent of British men feel that it's important to look young, but 55 percent of French and Spanish men do.
  • The male skincare market is worth less than one tenth of the women's equivalent.

I'm not surprised by these findings, since most men I know have to be told that Irish Spring is not so great for their skin. Doubt I'm the only one wondering, "And they had to do a survey for this information?!" Please. Hand me a tweed jacket and I'll play Professor Bella, whose work on Obvious Male Behavior will be no doubt groundbreaking. Wink.

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