Congratulations, you did it. Putting the ‘ol razor away for a month is no easy task.
Whether you supported the “Movember” movement, or simply followed “No Shave November,” I salute you. Your next feat? Shaving all that hair off. Fortunately for all of us it’s easier (and less painful) than growing it out.
Goodbye ‘mo arsenal:
1. A beard trimmer. This is going to make your life easier, and speed up the process. You can pick one up pretty cheap at any department store.
2. A quality shave cream/lotion or oil. Whatever your preference is, the most important thing is to lubricate the blade and your skin. The less drag you have, the less irritation you’re going to end up with. Try Jack Black Beard Lube Conditioning Shave. It’s an all-in-one and will help to do the job right the first time.
3. A good quality (preferably new) razor–This day and age, it’s hard to make an excuse not to use new razors. One fantastic site I’ve used is Dollar Shave Club: You subscribe with a credit card, pick your razor package, and they ship you new blades once monthly. Trust me, receiving 4 new blades every 4 weeks for $6.00 is amazing.
Plan of attack:
1. Shave after your shower. I used to skip this step because it seemed more logical to shave first, but I’ve realized I was going about it all wrong. Taking a shower first helps to open your pores and soften your facial hair, making it easier to shave and ensuring less resistance when you eventually do put blade to skin.
2. When it comes to the real motion of shaving, always use short passes. Make sure to thoroughly rinse your blade between strokes to avoid an uneven job.
3. Once finished shaving, always rinse with cold water. The cold water may not be as pleasant and rinsing with hot, but it helps seal up all those exposed pores you just dragged a blade over. Again, this helps to prevent irritation.
4. Lastly, you’re going to want to moisturize. Your skin just took a beating, the best thing you can do is help replenish it. Try Lush’s Cosmetic Lad moisturizer. It’s made with aloe vera and chamomile to help sooth any irritation. Plus, your girlfriend can use it on her face as a night cream (despite the name, it’s a universal moisturizer).
Gentlemen, good luck. Ladies, you’re welcome.
Share your before and after ‘mo pics with us!
Feature image provided by @kdturpin.