Beards are the ultimate “man accessory”, arguably the most effective way for a man to express his masculinity. However, there will come a time in a man’s life where he has to put down the beard oil and pick up the razor and go barefaced… Never has shaving your beard off been more of a struggle then when Movember comes to an end.
The day a bearded man has to shave his beard is bound to be a hard one, a day that razor-burn and rashes needn’t bother being a part of. That’s why the below de-bearding steps are so important, ultimately solving the common question, “what is best way to shave off your beard, pain and irritation free?”
Crabtree & Evelyn have a great range of Male Grooming products to help make the process of de-bearding as easy as possible.
How To Shave Off Your Beard?
1) Prepare The Skin
The ultimate time to shave, regardless if it’s a beard or just stubble, is after a shower. The steam from the shower helps to open up pores in the skin, achieving a closer, cleaner shave and helps skin to soften, allowing the blade to glide easily across the skin. Showering before a shave also helps to keep irritation at a low by ensuring the skin is clean and fresh.
2) Beard To Stubble
The first hair removal process includes using an electric trimmer to remove as much hair as possible. There is no way you’ll catch us going straight from beard to clean-shaven with just a razor – ouch. Try and remove as much hair as possible with the razor, potentially using the lowest setting on the electric razor such as a 1, leaving you with very short stubble.
Need a recommendation for an beard or stubble trimmer? Then try the Philips Series 7000 Vacuum Beard & Stubble Trimmer. It has a built in vacuum to hover up the hairs so there’s no mess, we can’t get enough of it!
3) Prepare Your Stubble
Next step is to prepare your stubble ready for the razor using a shaving foam/gel or soap. Crabtree & Evelyn’s Indian Sandalwood Shave Soap is perfect for this. The shave soap lathers up considerable when wet, providing more than enough creamy, rich lather for a close, wet shave whilst also moisturising the skin. For optimum results, we recommend using the shaving soap in conjunction with a shaving brush.
What we particularly enjoy about the product is the circular, wooden box the product comes in as it looks great on any cabinet or shelf – one less argument to have with your partner about cleaning up after yourself if they let you leave it out.
With razors, we tend to go with the saying that you get what you pay for. If you pay little then you can only expect little in return. Crabtree & Evelyn have a great razor included in their ‘Edwin Jagger 3 Piece Ivory Shave Set’. The razor has a Gillette Mach 3 Blade, which is one of the best razors around and has great reviews on Boots.com. Plus the fact the blades are in Boots, means that they easy to get your hands on.
5) Taught skin
To avoid any cuts when shaving, ensure that the skin is always taught. Most areas of the face will have naturally taught skin, but for some areas you may have to pull the skin taught or pull a few dodgy facial expressions to keep shaving cuts minimal.
6) Post Shave Care
The hard part about shaving your beard off is over but so many fail at the last and final hurdle. After beard care is massively important, it gives the skin everything it needs to recover whilst keeping signs of irritation to a minimum because lets face it, no-one can pull off the shaving rash look.
The India Sandalwood After Shave Balm from Crabtree & Evelyn is a alcohol-free balm moisturise and calm the skin after shaving with the conditioning extracts it contains whilst scented with rich sandalwood and spicy cypress. We hope you love it as much as us!