Grooming Editor

New Year, No Beard

Whilst the year is drawing to a close, it’s time to start thinking about your New Year’s Resolutions. We know that beards have been a huge trend throughout 2016, with many men sporting lengthy facial hair. Many of you will feel the need to switch up your style and try something new. We’re here to help.

Maintaining a beard isn’t an easy task. Why not try going clean shaven for 2017? Once you’ve grown a decent beard, it’s not that easy to remove. You have to take it easy to avoid pulling on the hair too much, or irritating the skin underneath. If you’re looking to kick off the New Year with a clean shave, here are some of our top tips to make the process as smooth as possible.

Start With Exfoliation

This is essential when shaving in general, never mind after a month of solid growth. Exfoliating helps to stimulate the hair at the root, helping to lift it from the skin allowing to get a closer shave. It also helps to dislodge any trapped oil or dirt, ensuring your razor or beard trimmer glide through the hair easily. It might seem like an additional step, but trust us, it’s essential. It might also be worth following with a beard wash, just to remove any residue left behind by the exfoliator.

It’s Time To Tackle The Beard

Now that you’ve prepped your facial hair, it’s time to shave! Depending on how quickly your hair has grown, you might need to use a beard trimmer to get it down to a manageable length first. You’ll get better results if you trim your facial hair when it’s dry, so once you’ve cleansed and exfoliated, towel dry before tackling the trimmer.

Once your hair is at a shorter length, you may chose to leave it there, or the next step may be to get rid completely. Get out your trusty razor and shaving product of choice, slather it on and get shaving. Pull the skin tight to help even out the area. Trust us, it helps. Your skin might be a bit sensitive underneath the facial hair, as it’s generally more difficult to keep it in top shape. Unless you checked out our ‘7 Facial Hair Maintenance Products Your Need In Your Life’, then you’re all set. Take your time shaving, and you’ll find the process goes smoothly.

Look After Your Skin

That’s it – the hair has gone! This isn’t the end of the process though. It’s now time to give the skin a bit of a pamper. Chances are you’re going to have some razor bumps, irritation or suffering from some ingrown hairs that have been hiding under your facial hair. Use a post-shave cream to help cool and calm the skin, and then we’d also recommend following with a hydrating moisturiser to give the skin some added hydration. We know your skin will thank you for it.


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