The Ultimate Guide to Men’s Grooming
No shave November has almost come to a close. And while we’re all about embracing this facial hair tradition, you may be thinking about starting a new grooming regimen just in time for the holidays. If that’s the case, keep reading. We’re sharing the ultimate guide to men’s grooming, ahead.
Step #1: Trim Your Hairs
Whether you’re starting with a full beard or another facial hair style, it’s important to trim your hair prior to shaving off your beard. Use a beard trimmer or a set of clippers to cut your beard down as close as possible. Having too much hair to work with when shaving can make it time-consuming and heighten the risk of unwanted nicks and cuts. If you’re not feeling too confident about trimming your beard yourself, you can always go to a professional.
Step #2: Prep for Your Shave
Once your beard is trimmed, it’s time to move onto the next preparation step for shaving remaining facial hair. Make sure you soften your beard with a pre-shave treatment. There are a few options you can choose to help with this, including pre-shave beard oil and shave lotion.
A pre-shave oil can help prevent razor irritation and razor bumps. Not only does a pre-shave oil soften your beard hair, it also lifts stubble away from your skin, making it easier for you to get a clean shave that’s free of any bumps or cuts. We recommend Baxter of California’s Shave Tonic, which helps you get the best shave possible and maintain healthy skin pre- and post-shave. This multitasking product can be used as both a pre-shave and post-shave treatment. It’s formulated with a soothing combination of rosemary, eucalyptus, camphor, and spearmint essential oils to cool razor burn and prevent ingrown hairs while balancing your skin’s pH levels. To use, soak a clean towel with hot water, ring it out, and spray the product onto it. Apply it to your face for 30 seconds before removing the towel. No rinsing required.
A shave lotion can also help prevent razor irritation from shaving by protecting your skin from your razor. Kiehl’s Close Shavers Squadron Smooth Glider Precision Shave Lotion has pre- and post-shave benefits. The hydrating lotion melts on contact with your skin so you can get a high precision shave while your skin is shielded from razor burn. To use, take a warm shower or use a warm towel to dampen your beard. Then, smooth a small amount of the shave cream onto your skin to cover the targeted area.
Step #3: Shave Your Facial Hair
Once your skin is prepped, it’s time to break out your razor. Make sure to use a new razor as this will help you get a smooth, clean shave and avoid any nicks. Take your time as the skin underneath your beard is likely sensitive.
Step #5: Apply an Aftershave Balm
Once you are officially clean-shaven, take care of your skin by using an aftershave balm. After-shave balms can help soothe your skin after shaving. Here are a few of our favorite aftershave products from the L’Oreal portfolio of brands.
1. Vichy Homme After Shave
This aftershave treatment balm is formulated with Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water and can immediately soothe and fortify your skin after shaving. What’s more, the formula is alcohol-, fragrance-, and paraben-free, making it extremely kind to sensitive skin.
Vichy Homme After Shave, $23 MSRP
2. L’Oréal Paris Men Expert Hydra Energetic After Shave Balm
This alcohol-free aftershave balm is formulated with vitamin E and broad spectrum SPF 15 and can protect your skin against damaging UVA and UVB rays. The moisturizing formula takes action against irritation from everyday shaving and soothes skin from redness, razor burn, and excessive dryness.
3. Biotherm Homme Ultra Confort
This moisturizing and soothing aftershave balm has been specifically created to protect against skin discomfort and sensitivity to shaving. The lightweight refreshing gel instantly penetrates into the skin without leaving behind a sticky sensation, leaving your skin feeling comforted, soft, and fresh.
Biotherm Homme Ultra Confort, $46 MSRP
Step #6: Follow a Winter Skin Care Regimen
Once your beard is gone and your skin is more exposed to the elements, it’s important to follow a skin care routine that’s specifically designed to combat the drying effects of cold, dry weather. Find everything you need to know in our article, The Complete Guide to Men's Winter Skin Care