I’ve been asked to answer two questions… (1) How does someone determine if they have a tough beard? and (2) How do guys with tough beards get a more comfortable shave?
So let’s start by first identifying if you have a tough beard.
Here are a few of the signs:
- You have an afternoon shadow, not a 5 o’clock one.
- You cannot seem to get you beard moist enough to shave.
- It feels like you are “tug” shaving instead of “wet” shaving.
- Your blade dulls after one shave…a bit pricey huh?
Do any of these describe your beard?
So, how can you enjoy the shaving experience like the guys on the Gillette commercials?
I. Shave in the shower – make shaving the last thing you do before getting out. Or, shave immediately after you get out. Why? Because your beard needs to be as moist as possible prior to applying any shaving products.
II. Use a Pre-Shave Oil and Glycerin Based Shave Cream – The pre-shave oil traps the moisture onto your face, and protects your skin from the blade. Burke Avenue’s glycerin based shaving cream adds more moisture further softening the beard and protecting the skin.
III. Choose your blade wisely– I personally feel that a DE Razor will do the trick! However, if you feel that you must use a multi-blade system… the Gillete Fusion Power (stick with this vibrating one) can tackle these types of beards easily. But be aware that the above tips are of utmost importance if you want to get a more comfortable shave and to avoid that “tugging” experience.
IV. Shave “With the Grain” First – Most tough bearded men seem to have more sensitive skin under all that armor. So, attack the beard methodically. To get a closer shave…keep it moist, by re-lathering and then go again across the grain. For you, “against the grain” should be for “touch-up” purposes only, not the entire face.
V. Finish with an protective aftershave face balm – You’ve given your skin quite the workout, make sure you lock in the moisture, protection and healing it needs for tomorrow’s shave. Burke Avenue’s 3 IN 1 Face Balm is specifically designed to deliver optimized skin repair, moisture-protection and the added benefit of natural anti-aging ingredients.
There you have it, it’s all about customizing the shave for your face and creating your own guidelines. Safe shaving!