The January blues; post-festive bags under your eyes, cringing at the thought of how much you’ve had to eat and drink over the past few months… and wishing you could go back and do it all again.
But chin up, no one’s really expecting you to hit the gym 5–6 times a week and come out the other side of January looking like Action Man. Sometimes just a small change can have a big impact on our day-to-day outlook, even something as simple as a new look.
To help inspire you here are a few of our favourite facial hair styles that will leave you feeling fresh faced!
1: THE BALBO
This Hollywood regular has been spotted on such faces as Christian Bale, Brad Pitt and most often, Robert Downey Jr.
Yes, people at work might comment, but whether it’s good or bad really they are all just secretly be wondering if they could ever pull it off like you have.
Our 2-in-1 No Foam Shave Cream allows a comfortable, close shave, without stopping you from seeing where you’re shaving, so you can easily get the perfect shape to your beard.
2: THE FULL BEARD
Maybe you’re one of those guys who likes to experiment with various lengths of stubble, but can never fully commit to the beard?
We say don’t shy away!
3: THE VAN DYKE
Experimental? Sure. But take a look at any photo of Johnny Depp over the last 20 years and tell us it doesn’t look great.
Every. Damn. Time.
4: CLEAN SHAVEN
We know, ‘how original’, right? However you can’t beat a classic. If you’ve ever wanted to feel fresh faced, this is the way forward!
A better moisturiser for better skin! We can’t stop the effects of old father time, but we can certainly try and slow him up a bit. King of Shaves new SPF15 Moisturiser with UVA / UVB filters will help protect your skin from the ageing effects of the sun whilst keeping it smooth and supple. It has a non greasy matte finish and is ideal for all skin types including sensitive.
Use daily to help protect yourself from the damaging effects of sunlight and to help keep your skin in optimum condition. The new Moisturiser features:
- SPF15 with UVA / UVB filters – helps protect from ageing effects of the sun.
- Soothes and calms skin after shaving to help reduce razor burn and irritation.
- Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant and aids your skin’s natural healing processes.
- Panthenol contains Provitamin B5 and improves hydration.
- Peptides stimulate collagen helping repair and restore the skin.
- Creatine helps condition and protect the skin from environmental stresses and the effects of ageing.
- Dermatologically tested – no added fragrance.
King of Shaves SPF15 Anti-Ageing Moisturiser is available now from our online store for just £8.99. Plus for a limited time, if you use coupon code SPF152016 on the checkout, you can get a tube for just £5.99 including free UK delivery!
In addition to providing an amazingly comfortable shave, each of our compact King of Shaves Shave Oils also makes a great Beard Oil too. They help prevent any unwanted itching or scratchy feeling and leave your beard with a healthy shine.
HOW TO USE
Apply to a clean and towel dried beard. As a rule of thumb for a small beard you will need 1–2 drops (or pumps) of Oil, a medium beard 3-5 drops, and a big beard 6+. Don’t use too much, better to start with less, you can easily add more.
Massage the Oil into your beard, starting at the top and working down (with the grain), then working up from the bottom (against the grain) using your fingers like a large comb. Finish off by combing through – hold the comb at 90 degrees to your beard so it fully penetrates the beard, not just the top layer. For even more shine just add a little more Oil.
AVAILABLE NOW AT SHAVE.COM
Our Shave Oils are available from major retailers as well as direct from our online shop at shave.com – either individually or as great value Multi-Buy packs (with free UK delivery).
We’re not suggesting you don’t need to take two bottles into the shower, however we did want to share a little tip that our Shave Gels also make effective face washes. Simply wet your face in clean warm water, massage in some King of Shaves Shave Gel and then thoroughly rinse off afterwards. Or, of course, apply again and enjoy a close, comfortable shave!
By the end of last year (2011) the male grooming market in the UK was worth an astonishing £711 million – and we’re not just talking about deodorants, un-perfumed soap and disposable razors, either. Men are discovering that they have as much right to take care of their skin as their female counterparts, and the cosmetic industry has reacted in kind with a plethora of products aimed squarely at the male consumer. From moisturisers to exfoliators, men are buffing, scrubbing and moisturising their way to younger looking skin.
So why this shift in bathroom habits? Why have men suddenly developed an interest in skincare?
Most men are initially introduced to the idea of using a wider range of cosmetics by their partners. A study in 2010 by Kantar Worldpanel looked at 25,000 households across the UK, and discovered that that women buy half of all male grooming products. Many said they’d done it to stop their partners stealing their own moisturising creams and cosmetics, but certainly the high profile campaigns featuring iconic male role models such as David Beckham has promoted the idea that it’s okay for men to use cosmetics. In short – real men do moisturise.
Whether you’re male or female, a good skincare routine can take years off your appearance and do wonders for the health of your skin. And a good routine starts with preparing the skin for what can be quite a traumatic event – shaving.
What skin type are you?
To really look after your skin, you need to know what type you have and what products suit you. Men’s skin is essentially the same as women’s and will fall into one of four distinct categories: normal, dry, combination (oily T-zone) or oily. However, dry skin is a common problem for men, especially those who shave every day. Continued use of harsh soap will dry out the skin even more, causing irritation, dry patches and antagonising the dreaded ‘razor rash’ that can flare up after shaving.
To avoid this, male grooming ranges are developing facial washes that clean the skin thoroughly without drying it out. This also softens facial hair, making it easier to cut when you shave. This in turn causes less drag and pull on the skin, reducing the chances of irritating the surface and causing a rash to appear. Many of the new facial washes contain essential oils such as Tea Tree, which helps to stop bacteria building up on the surface of the skin and prevents breakouts – particularly important for men who suffer from acne or skin conditions.
Exfoliation – to scrub or not to scrub…
Once or twice a week it’s also a good idea to use an exfoliant. Exfoliation removes the dead skin cells from the surface, revealing younger, healthier looking skin underneath. If you live in a city this can be particularly useful, as exfoliating cleans deep down into the pores and gets rid of pollutants and particluates that can accumulate and cause breakouts.
Exfoliation not only helps to maintain the health of your skin, but can also improve the shaving experience too. Removing any congestion from the skin makes it easier for the edge of the razor’s blade to move without hindrance over the surface, again reducing the amount of drag and pull and producing a more comfortable shave with less irritation.
Moisturiser is one of the most popular male grooming products on the market, and men’s moisturisers or balms are specially developed to calm the skin after shaving and prevent irritation. They stop that ‘tight’ sensation and the angry red rash that men can suffer from immediately after shaving, making the whole experience a more pleasant one.
Taking care of your skin and getting a great shave every time doesn’t need to be a complicated process. It’s a matter of following a few straightforward steps:
- Know your skin type – men often have slightly drier skin than women, so look for products that won’t dehydrate your skin even more.
- Avoid harsh soaps that strip the essential oils from the surface of the skin, and look for a facial wash that is suited to your skin type. If you suffer from breakouts, look for anti-bacterial washes with natural ingredients.
- Wash your face thoroughly before shaving – this removes particulates and dead cells from the surface of the skin, allowing the razor’s edge to glide smoothly and preventing drag and pull. It also softens up the hair, making it easier to cut.
- Use a good quality razor such as King of Shaves’ Azor 4 or 5-blade system razors.
- Moisturise, hydrate and protect your skin using a balm or moisturiser that calms the skin after shaving to prevent razor rash or irritation.
- Once or twice a week exfoliate to help remove the ‘dead’ layer of skin and reveal younger looking skin underneath.