Thought we would share this fabulous message from the Royal Air Force Fire Service based in the Falklands, after we sent them a box of King of Shaves shaving goodies to help provide some Christmas cheer.
Just a quick message to say we received the products in the mail today and to say thank you very much again for such a kind gesture. Myself and the guys really appreciate it and it has lifted the morale of the lads no end. I have attached a picture of us outside the fire section with our gifts.
Have a lovely Christmas and a happy new year to you and everyone at your company.
Johnnie and all of Green Watch
So spare a thought for ‘our boys’ who are there for four months away from their loved ones over Christmas and we wish them a safe deployment.
King of Shaves says:
At this moment in time, this is the one of the best (and far-flung) locations that we have received a picture from showing off our shaving products. If you think you can do better, email your photo to us at email@example.com and we will pick a winner at the end of January 2018. There are some fabulous shaving goodies up for grabs!
Shaving removes more than hair… When you shave, as well as removing stubble, the razor blades also remove some thin layers of old and dead skin from what is called the stratum corneum, which is the top part of skin you can see.
This is not a particularly bad thing as our skin is designed to continually shed itself to reveal newer skin underneath, so in time it recovers it’s thickness (although this process slows down as we age).
However, the multiple layers of the stratum corneum are there to provide a protective barrier for the skin against UV rays from the sun, toxins, pollutants and bacteria, as well as helping the skin retain moisture so it stays soft and flexible, not dry and flaky.
When the thickness of the stratum corneum is reduced, its efficacy as a protective barrier is also temporarily reduced, making the skin much more vulnerable to UV damage, pollutants and bacteria and less able to retain moisture.
Moisturise to help your skin recover
By using a moisturiser or balm with an SPF after you have shaved, you provide the extra protection your skin is missing whilst it naturally starts its recovery process. The SPF provides the UV protection and the moisturiser or balm provides a temporary occlusive (impenetrable) layer on the skin that helps the skin retain its moisture (so helping prevent it from becoming dry, flaky or itchy) and it also acts as an important barrier against bacteria and pollutants.
Also applying a moisturiser or balm post shave is the best way to ensure the actives in the formulation can penetrate the skin, as the removal of the old and dead skin allows these active ingredients to penetrate the dermis (deeper in the skin under the stratum corneum) where they can add the most value.
The winter months can be especially tough on our skin and at times it will be virtually crying out for some hydration. Your skin is amazing stuff and left to its own devices it can deal with most things and certainly the changing seasons.
However, the combination of the cold winter air, the dry air from heating (at home, in car, on the train or in the office) dramatically increases the amount of moisture that is lost from your skin.
It’s also the ‘Season to be Merry’ and whilst many of us have and will enjoy an extra tipple or two over coming weeks the alcohol in these beverages being diuretic will cause us to further dehydrate our bodies (making us pee more) and further deprive your skin of moisture to replenish the extra that is being lost.
Add in a long hot shower or bath on a cold winters night and you wash away the oils from your skin that are there to help lock in moisture and control its loss (called transepidermal water loss (TEWL for short), which is a subject in itself!).
The end result of all this can be skin irritation, increased sensitivity and itchiness, skin that looks dull and starts to feel rough and flaky. In the extreme it can start to crack and bleed (who hasn’t suffered chapped hands at some point or other).
One solution would be to live like a Monk for the winter, but aside of being highly impractical for most of us; it doesn’t sound a whole lot of fun either.
Some simpler solutions include:
1. If you do nothing else extra for your skin this winter then just try and drink a couple of extra glasses of water a day.
2. Use a moisturiser on clean skin in the morning and at night just before bed. A good moisturiser will create a semi- occlusive layer over the skin and will act in similar way to your body’s natural oils to help slow down water loss through evaporation.
3. Avoid too many long hot showers or baths.
4. Use a hand cream (we really like the Aveeno hand cream) regularly throughout the day. Hand hygiene is very important to help stop the spread of germs and even more so in the winter months when germs are more virulent, but this really strips the oils from the skin and doesn’t give the skin a chance to recover. A hand cream will give it more of a fighting chance.
5. Keep the humidity up a little in the room you sleep in. A simple damp towel on the radiator or a cereal bowl of water next to the radiator does the trick. Or if you are feeling a little flusher you could invest in a humidifier (ranging from £25 from Argos to a £500 Dyson device!).
Our skin is the largest organ in our body and is our natural protection system (an average man is covered in 20 square feet of it!) so it’s worth looking after.
A bit of skin TLC will go a long way this winter and be one less thing to irritate you this Christmas.
So we have launched our new beard care range, which we hope you will like and use to great effect.
To celebrate the new set of beard products we had a chat round the office as to who were our beard legends. A mixture of ages and interests in the King of Shaves office meant that we came up with veritable selection of legendary beards across film, tv, food and music. We eventually wittled down our selection but it was by no means easy.
Obviously there are loads of beards we have missed but hopefully, you will all know the people from our list whether you be young or old (like some in our office).
The German Bank Robber
In 1988 we were introduced to our first ‘Beard Legend’ of the silver screen. So first up is German freedom fighter, would be terrorist and bank robber, Hans Gruber. Not only did he try to steel $640million in negotiable bearer bank bonds and give us an early introduction into German (Karl……Schieß dem Fenster….look it up), he sported the coolest beard in a long time.
Once upon a time in a galaxy far away………
Come on……we all know that this AG’s Obi Wan is the best one….Yes the young Obi sported a more colourful gingery beard but in terms of ‘legendary’ does not even come close. Anyway, ginger never went with the brown cloak look, always have to be grey.
We all remember his classic line ‘This is the beard range you have been looking for’.
The Mountain Man
Another blast from the past but one of the all time TV greats. This guy not only had a bushy beard to top all bushy beards, he was friends with a Grizzly bear the size of a house. Living in the mountains and off the land, Grizzly Adams was the epitome of manhood. We all found ourselves trying to create fire from two sticks and hoping our facial hair would sprout asap.
The Grey Wizards
Two for you youngsters out there and we could not split them so we decided to include both. Whether you love a bit of HP or LOTR, these 2 wizards had beards that were legendary, literally. Grey and long (free flowing or tied) is clearly the ‘go to’ beard requirement for all, coming out of Wizard school that is. No issues for us…..just more balm required.
Another one for the demographic group who remember the difference between Betamax and VHS. Kenny Rogers certainly was no ‘coward of the county’ when it came to a well kept and groomed beard. It is basically impossible to find a picture of Kenny without his trademark grey, lined in, salt and pepper beard. No other country star has done so much for the hirsute look than Kenny. If its good enough for Dolly, then its good enough for us…official Beard Legend.
Whether you loved B.A Baracus or Clubber Lang, every school boy growing up in the 80’s had their favourite Mr T moment. The effortless acting….’Get some nuts’ is straight from RADA, along with the copious amounts of gold and the wonderfully styled beard, make Mr T a true hero and legend, who we do not pity at all.
Finger Lickin’ Gooood
Never has the Colonel been more popular with his secret blend of herbs and spices coating succulent pieces of chicken. But we love him for the simple fact that the wonderful tash and goatee look (way before David Beckham) he sports, features as part of his brand. Struggling to find any other global brand that has done that.
Had to include these 2 ‘chin’ legends of every boy’s (now middle aged man) Saturday TV experience. Whether it be early morning and the Saturday Morning Swap Shop or evening and Match of the Day, Noel and Jimmy live on in our minds as men who mastered the bearded chin look.
We aint talking no jive, when we say this BeeGee is truly a beard legend. It simply would have been a tragedy not to include him in our list. Accompanied by the most amazing bouffant as well as matching chest hair (it was all the same colour), Barry was giving all the ladies a night fever with his amazing hairy look. Our love is deep for him as he has continued to sport the hirsute look for as long as we can remember.
The Full Monty
A star of tv, stage and screen as well as a heaving drinking gatekeeper make up our last list. Brian and Rubeus have led the way in sporting the fuller bushier beard look to amazing effect, so much so you can only just see their eyes. These larger than life characters will live long in our memories as beard legends.
So that concludes our list of people we see as leaders in the field of the beard. If you think we have left someone out dont hesitate to let us know on @KingofShaves or #KingofShaves and we will add them.