The age old question that plagues men during the winter months: to shave or not to shave?
Aesthetics are important in this decision, whether it's Hipster or Wizard beard you're after, and so is the health of your beard and the skin underneath, so making the right decision is crucial.
If your decision is to shave it all off, make sure to use a soft and gentle Shaving Gel to ensure the skin is prepped for the close shave and that contains soothing and calming ingredients to help minimise the redness that will appear after the beard is long gone.
Maintaining the moisture in your skin is important from this point after shaving to keep the skin looking soft and not dull during winter, using a daily moisturiser to keep your skin hydrated is the best option.
Using a Face Scrub, anything from once a week to once every other day, also helps to get rid of dead skin cells, rough or dull looking skin to keep and free any ingrown hairs that may appear between shaves.
OR NOT TO SHAVEYou've made the decision to keep your wonderful, or soon to be wonderful, beard and now you have to keep it happy, healthy and looking good for the winter. Here's how:
1. Treating your beard proprerly, at whatever length. This involves washing with a beard specific Beard Wash, NOT a standard shampoo, and treating with a moisturising Beard Oil at the very least!
2. Brushing or combing daily to detangle any hairs and make your beard hairs appear as one clean body of hair, just like the ones on your head (if you have them!)
3. Don't forget your skin! The skin underneath your beard should be nicely moisturised and nourished also, not flaky and dry, as the cold winter air will try it's best to dry it out for you, so using a Beard Control or Beard Oil to keep the moisture locked in will help to combat that.
4. Trim, trim, trim! There's nothing worse than a messy looking beard when you're trying to achieve greatness, so don't be afraid to trim your beard little and often to make sure the shape is always right.
There's many other things you can do to and with your beard, so enjoy experimenting in the winter months with your facial hair and achieve bearded greatness 🙌