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 Exfoliating products help to eliminate impurities and dead skin cells from the face naturally. In addition, they refine the skin texture, making it smoother, softer, and cleaner. The result is a fresh and radiant complexion.

 However, it is essential to choose a scrub adapted to a skin type to benefit from these advantages. Let’s see closer below.

 Principle of a scrub

 Exfoliating the face is an important gesture. Indeed, the cells of the epidermis renew themselves regularly and migrate towards the surface of the skin. If they are allowed to accumulate, the complexion becomes gray, dull, and lacks radiance. The skin suffocates. By eliminating these dead cells, facial scrubbing helps unclog the skin’s pores; to promote the penetration and assimilation of products used after scrubbing, such as masks or moisturizers; to activate blood circulation and cell regeneration, and to reduce wrinkles and fine lines.

 Good to know: if you don’t leave a mask on after a scrub, it is essential to moisturize the skin of your face. Otherwise, you may feel discomfort.

 How often should I use a facial scrub?

 Depending on the skin thickness, a facial scrub is carried out once or twice a week. Once a week for normal to combination skin. Once a week or once a fortnight for dehydrated, dry, but not very sensitive skin and once or twice a month for thin, sensitive, and hypersensitive skin.

 Note: if you are unsure about your skin type, do not hesitate to ask your dermatologist, doctor, or pharmacist for advice.

 Different types of scrubs

Facial Scrub

 Among the many exfoliating products available in supermarkets or pharmacies, we distinguish between mechanical and chemical exfoliants.

 Chemical-action scrubs

 They can also be found under the name of biological or enzymatic scrubs. They can take the form of a cream, a gel, or foam.

 In addition, they can be composed of different active ingredients such as fruit acids, enzymes, and salicylic acid.

 Their action is simple; it does not require any need to rub. The active ingredients of the scrub first dissolve the dead cells. After a pause of 5 to 10 minutes, the scrub turns into oil. The dissolved dead cells are then rinsed off.

 Good to know: chemical scrubs are often more expensive than mechanical scrubs.

 Scrubs with mechanical action

 These are the most common scrubs on the market. There are two types:

 Grain scrubs are composed of grains of sand or silica, crushed seeds or fruit pits, and, more rarely, coarse salt.

 – Gum scrubs, as their name indicates, are composed of different types of gums. These gums adhere to the impurities and carry them away when the scrub is removed.

 For the grain scrubs, the application can be made at home. Once applied to the wet neck and face, the abrasive particles will loosen dead skin cells. To optimize their effectiveness, make small circular movements with your fingers. Then rinse and apply your mask or moisturizer.

 Gum scrubs are often used in beauty salons. They are applied to a dry face in a thin layer, and they should be left on for 5 to 10 minutes. Then “erase” the product by holding the skin to prevent the face from sagging.

 Good to know: if you use a mechanical scrub, avoid the area around the eyes, as the skin is fragile, and the scrub could irritate it.

 Facial scrubs: peelings

 A peel is applied in a thin layer and is eliminated using a soft massage.

 The product then falls off in small flakes, taking with it impurities and other dead cells.

 Good to know: these peelings, available in pharmacies or department stores, should not be confused with peelings or dermabrasions performed by dermatologists. These operations are heavier and more aggressive for the skin.

 Adapting the scrub to your skin type

 It is vital to choose the proper scrub for your skin type not to thicken or damage the epidermis, which could lead to the appearance of pimples and blackheads. 

 So-called “normal” skin has the luxury of choice, and they can tolerate both grainy and chemical scrubs. However, keep in mind to moisturize your skin after the scrub.

Combination to oily skin will prefer a grainy scrub once a week to treat shine or imperfections.

Dry and sensitive skin cannot tolerate grainy scrubs, which are too irritating. It is then advisable to turn to a chemical scrub, which will exfoliate the skin without traumatizing it. Men’s skin is thicker, and it is in their best interest to turn to a grain-based scrub.

To deepen the subject, we will come back in our next article on scrubs, namely natural scrubs, ideal for those who want to take care of their skin without damaging the environment. Diet also plays a crucial role in skin health, and it is not very practical to practice scrubs if you eat fast food every day!

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Contents

– Focus on the classic shave

– Step 1: Prepare your skin

– Step 2: Apply shaving cream

– Step 3: Shave

– Step 4: Finish with the aftershave

More and more barbershops are popping up. The old-fashioned shave is back in style! It’s not a simple shave, and you’ll need to prepare and pamper your skin before and after. It won’t take you any more time, but you will need the right tools, products, and techniques. The investment is worth it! Here’s how to do a classic shave.

Focus on the classic shave

Barber Shave

Before getting started, you’ll need the right equipment. This may have a high financial cost at the beginning, but it will be profitable later. You will find everything you need in supermarkets or perfumeries:

– a safety razor or a barber’s blade;

– a shaving soap;

– a shaving bowl;

– an alcohol-free aftershave lotion or cream or barber alum stone.

For the safety razor, there are two handle sizes. Take the one that fits your hand trimming. This will give you a better grip on the razor.

You can choose between different razor heads:

– for beginners, the straight head will be the most suitable: the safety bar stretches the skin before the blade passes and prepares the hair to be cut:

– for the more experienced, opt for an adjustable head: this razor adapts and allows a change of angle according to the hardness of the hair.

For the vintage home razor, choose a rounded blade. It is the easiest to find and straightforward to use – plug into your safety razor, and you are good to go.

1. Prepare your skin

It is essential to prepare your skin before shaving. A razor blade attacks the skin. It is, therefore, necessary to soften the hair and protect it. Taking a shower beforehand will dilate the pores and soften the hair. It is better to shave right after: it is the best time.

If this is not possible, do as the barbers do in the salon:

– wet a towel with hot water and put it in the microwave for a few seconds;

– Put it on your face and leave it on for a few minutes.

2. Apply shaving cream

Use a shaving brush made of natural hair, which is gentler on the skin, and a solid bar of shaving cream and a shaving bowl often sold with the soap.

After preparing your skin for shaving, apply traditional shaving cream:

– run the bristles of your shaving brush under warm water;

– once it is soaked with water, make circular movements on the soap to make the foam rise: you will obtain a smooth foam after a few seconds;

– Using the shaving brush, generously apply the foamed cream to the areas of the face to be shaved.

3. Proceed with the shave

Forget your multi-blade razor and switch to a safety razor or a barber’s knife for the more experienced.

For an effective and precise shave, you’ll need to do two things.

– Shave your hair in the direction it grows. Let the weight of the razor slide over your skin. This will allow you to remove as much hair as possible in the first step. The result will not be perfect, and this is normal. This is only the first step. If you do it with a straight razor, tighten your skin. The tighter it is, the more you will avoid cuts. Angle your razor blade at 30 degrees throughout the shave.

– Reapply shaving cream with the shaving brush as before.

– Make a second pass with the razor, but this time in the opposite direction of hair growth. This second pass will allow you to get as close to the skin as possible to remove the remaining hair.

– Rinse your face with warm water.

4. Finalize with aftershave

Don’t neglect this step. After shaving, your skin feels stressed and needs care.

Take an alum stone to heal and stop any bleeding.

You will need to soothe and moisturize your skin to prevent it from being tight. Choose a cream or balm texture for your aftershave if you have dry skin. If your skin is combination or oily, choose a lotion. Take it without alcohol.

– Place a warm, wet towel over the area that has just been shaved.

– Leave on for 3 minutes to open the pores of the skin.

– Wet the alum stone, slide it over the shaved area. This will tighten the pores and prevent irritation or bleeding. Insist if there is bleeding.

– Moisturize with aftershave.

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Barbershop Tips | 7 Steps to Shave Your Face Well

Summary

– Step 1: Shave in the morning

– Step 2: Wash your face and apply pre-shave oil

– Step 3: Apply shaving cream

– Step 4: Shave slowly in the direction of the hair

– Step 5: Check the shave

– Step 6: Rinse with cold water

– Step 7: Apply aftershave

Shaving the face is a daily ritual for many men. However, most men don’t have complete control over their shaving, leading to irritation and unsightly bumps.

Here’s how to shave your face correctly.

1. Shave in the morning

– Shave your face in the morning and before breakfast because chewing or drinking brings blood flow to the face, which promotes irritation.

– Splash your face with warm water, either in the shower or just before shaving, to moisturize your skin, open your pores and soften your hair for a more effortless shave.

– Be ready to shave within 15 minutes of getting up.

2. Wash your face and apply pre-shave oil

Shave Your Face

– After wetting your face with warm water, wash it with a neutral, natural soap to:

◦ remove the film of sebum that has formed on your skin after the night;

◦ remove bacteria and impurities that could cause inflammation after shaving.

– Before putting on the shaving foam, pour a drop of pre-shave oil and warm it by rubbing your hands together.

– Apply it to the neck and then to the entire face while still wet.

– Do not rinse.

Note: the choice of the soap is important; take a hypoallergenic soap preferably, in particular, if you have sensitive skin.

3. Apply shaving foam

The choice of a shaving product is essential:

– For a foam, apply it as is; it saves time.

– If you prefer gel, apply it to the skin and massage it into a lather.

– Apply shaving cream with a shaving brush, if possible, made of natural hair:

◦ Wet the shaving brush with warm water.

◦ Coat it with cream (not too much, though).

◦ Spread it over the area to be shaved in circular motions.

Note: this last method is the best of the three because the cream cleans the skin by exfoliating it and the shaving brush straightens the hair, which is then easier to cut.

Note: This last method is the best of the three because the cream cleans the skin by exfoliating it and the shaving brush straightens the hair, making it easier to cut.

– Don’t hesitate to choose products specially designed for sensitive skin.

– Spread the lather evenly over your face (over the pre-shave oil) and wait a minute or so to soak your hair in.

4. Shave slowly in the direction of the hair

– Take your razor (three blades are enough) and shave in the direction of the hair, using smooth, even, long and controlled strokes.

– Proceed first from top to bottom:

◦ at the level of the legs;

◦ at the level of the jaws;

◦ from the cheeks;

◦ under the chin (at Adam’s apple, shift the skin to the side by pulling on it).

– Then, from bottom to top:

◦ laterally, on the neck, under the jaws;

◦ on the rest of the neck (taking care to pull the skin with the fingers of your free hand to make the surface shaved flat and smooth).

– Finally, from top to bottom at the mustache.

– Rinse the razor regularly under hot water to remove any cut hairs.

– After this first pass, pass the razor again, this time against the grain. If you have susceptible skin, apply a new layer of lather before the second pass.

– Use new blades or blades that are sharp enough so that you don’t have to go over the same spot several times, which inevitably leads to irritation and cuts.

Note: In terms of razors, you’ll need to find the one that suits you best. Several trials are often necessary. You should also take the price into account. Don’t forget that blades can be expensive, but disposable razors are very polluting…

5. Check the shave

Make sure you’ve shaved the entire face:

– On the one hand, look in the mirror to see if you’re clean-shaven all over. Check it by running your hand over the whole face to detect any remaining hair.

– Also, don’t forget to check the area under the ears and the sides of the neck.

Note: it is recommended to have good lighting in your bathroom.

6. Rinse with cold water

– Rinse your face thoroughly with cold water to tighten pores and limit micro-bleeding.

– Also, rinse your razor to remove as much hair as possible.

– Wet an alum stone and pass it over your face for its hemostatic action. Be careful; it will sting a little if you cut yourself.

– Dry yourself by dabbing with a clean towel. Above all, avoid rubbing.

7. Apply aftershave

Once you’ve finished shaving, avoid alcoholic products that will aggress your skin rather than rehydrate it as it needs it.

– If you have dry skin, use a soothing aftershave balm to moisturize and purify the skin. Apply the balm by massaging it until it is completely absorbed.

– If you have oily skin: it is better to opt for an alcohol-free lotion. Apply it in small quantities by dabbing the face.

– For normal skin, both solutions are suitable.

You should then feel a pleasant sensation of freshness.

Equipment you need to shave your face.

Aftershave balm From $9 per 75 ml
Shaving brush Starting at $30
Shaving cream Starting at $5
Pre-shave oil $20
Natural alum stone $10
Razor About $10
Soap $2 approx

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DIY – The Barbershop Shave Experience At Home;

Barber Shop Tips for Trimming Your Beard.

Summary

– Trim a 3-day beard

– Trim your goatee

– Trim your beard

– Maintain your beard

Trimming your beard is not very complicated if you know how to do it. The goal is to be efficient and quick while keeping a neat style. Whether you want a well-trimmed three-day beard or a clean-cut goatee, this step-by-step guide explains how to trim your beard.

Trim a beard to a 3-day beard

When we talk about a three-day beard, we’re talking about hair that’s about 4 mm in size. You can opt for this type of beard for a slightly “unkempt” but classy look.

– Start by trimming your beard one size above what you want to achieve:

◦ Take the 5 or 6 mm shoe of your trimmer (or beard trimmer, which is easier to handle than a regular trimmer).

◦ To be sure to trim your hair to the same height, use your clippers in the opposite direction of the hair growth.

– Then, reduce the size of the shoe to shave your beard to the desired final height (between 3 and 5 mm).

– Refine the contours without the shoe. Shave well:

◦ the contours of the mouth;

◦ the lower part of the mustache;

◦ the scattered hair on the cheekbones.

– Finish by closely shaving the hairs located:

◦ either below the junction area between the neck and chin and delineate the boundary line well with a close shave;

◦ or below Adam’s apple in a slightly curved line from the ear to Adam’s apple.

Trim your goatee

There are different kinds of goatees, each determined by its shape.

To properly shape your goatee, it is best to shave as close as possible and use a beard trimmer with a more refined head.

Thus:

– Use a manual razor to remove the hair around the goatee as closely as possible.

– Use a trimmer with a shoe depending on the size of the hairs you want to keep to trim the goatee.

– Use the clippers without a boot to define the contours of your goatee. Above the upper lip, in particular, the goatee should follow their design by being very slightly spaced.

You can make sure to leave the hairs under the lower lip. They should be centered and trimmed about half a centimeter on either side of the midline defined by your nose and the V of your upper lip.

Trim your beard

Barber Shop

When your beard is uneven with long hairs here, holes there, etc., it is time to trim it evenly.

Here again, the clippers are essential:

– Even out your hair and give your beard a proper shape.

– It is necessary to use it about once a week, as not all hairs grow at the same speed.

As for the holes, there are a few tricks:

– Let the hair grow on top and comb it well over it to hide the hole.

– Use a makeup pencil to mark the area with a few black dots, and rub them in briskly with small strokes to fade the dots.

– If you plan to keep your beard for life, get implants, and you will solve the problem for good.

Maintain your beard

Once your beard is trimmed the way you want it, you need to maintain it regularly.

Make a first delicate pass and a second more lively one:

– Comb it every morning in the direction of the hair, avoiding plastic combs, which generate static electricity.

– Shampoo your beard at the same rate as your hair (about twice a week). Use mild shampoos or those specially designed for beards or thickening shampoos that give a fuller beard.

– Pat dry rather than rub dry.

Note: On and off, you will also need some beard oil to keep your beard silky and smooth.

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Beards are back in fashion. To keep it clean and soft, it needs regular maintenance and trimming. Care, oils, cutting, dyeing: this article guides you through the steps to take good care of your beard. 

Contents

    – Beard oil: what does it contain?

    – What are the benefits of beard oil?

    – Beard oil: how to choose it?

    – How to use beard oil?

    – Beard oil: what budget should I spend on it?

Just like hair, the beard needs to be taken care of. Beard oil remains the best ally for a healthy beard to maintain, nourish and promote its balanced growth.

Beard oil: what does it contain?

Beard oil is intended to be applied and take care of the beard every day; it is composed of:

    – one or more vegetable oils such as argan oil, jojoba, almond, olive. It is this vegetable oil that makes up 80% of the beard oil and should be chosen according to the effect you expect;

    – a few drops of essential oils are diluted in the vegetable oil to perfume the beard oil.

Good to know: it is thus recommended to choose a beard oil according to the benefits of the vegetable oil which composes it.

What are the benefits of beard oil?

Beard Care

Thanks to the different ingredients present in beard oil, you can use it to:

    – moisturize the beard hair;

    – facilitate and stimulate the growth of the beard;

    – perfume the beard;

    – treat the beard in case of dandruff, hair loss, dehydration of the fibers…

Good to know: in the longest beards, it is also recommended to brush and comb the beard every day.

Beard oil: how to choose it?

Beard Oil

To nourish the beard in-depth, you can turn to a beard oil containing oil:

    – coconut oil for resistant beard hair;

    – almond oil for itchy and dry skin;

    – jojoba oil for deep moisturizing of the beard;

    – safflower for the driest of facial skin;

    – olive oil to repair and moisturize the beard;

    – grape seed to treat acne on the skin;

    – argan oil to bring softness to the beard hair.

The essential oils that complete the beard oil can be chosen according to your tastes and preferences.

Good to know: because of their high concentration, essential oils are not recommended for people with epilepsy. In case of doubt, it is recommended to ask a health professional for advice.

How to use beard oil?

Beard Care

It is necessary to apply beard oil in the morning or evening after cleansing the face or taking a shower to let it be well absorbed. For greater efficiency, you must use beard oil:

    – every day;

    – on a dry and clean beard;

    – by hand and massaged concentrically or in the direction of hair growth.

Good to know: due to essential oils, it is recommended to apply beard oil only on the hairs without contact with the skin.

Beard oil: what is the budget for it?

More and more widespread, beard oils are now available in many stores. It is thus possible to get some:

    – in barbershops;

    – in stores specializing in the sale of accessories and products for beard care;

    – in perfumeries;

    – in some parapharmacies;

    – on the Internet.

One good reference of a product which I use myself is 

BarberClub Long Beard & Skin Oil.

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Gentleman | 5 Essential Steps for Maintaining Your Beard.

 

Summary

 – Step 1: Clean your beard with shampoo

 – Step 2: Scrub your face

 – Step 3: Brush or comb your beard

 – Step 4: Nourish your beard and moisturize your skin

 – Step 5: Trim your beard

 

Wearing a beard is back in style, especially with the hipster movement. You’ve got an overloaded schedule and no time to go to the barber, but a shaggy beard is out of the question. To keep it clean and soft, it needs regular maintenance. Discover all the steps to take good care of your beard like a gentleman!

 1. Clean your beard with shampoo

 The first step in caring for your beard is to shampoo it. To do this, use a mild shampoo or a special beard shampoo.

 – On wet skin, under the shower, apply a dab of shampoo on the beard.

 – Massage with your fingertips to lather and reach the skin under the beard.

 – Rinse the beard thoroughly with the shower to remove all traces of shampoo.

 – Pat the beard dry with a clean, dry towel.

 Good to know: it is recommended to shampoo your beard 2 to 3 times a week.

 2. Scrub your face

 It is recommended to exfoliate your face once a week. Exfoliation helps to remove dead skin cells and prevent ingrown hairs on shaved areas of the face.

 – Warm a little scrub in your hands.

 – Spread the product over the entire face, including the beard.

 – Use circular motions with your fingertips. Press firmly against the beard to reach the skin underneath.

 – Rinse thoroughly with clean water. You can use the shower’s jet to remove grains stuck in the beard’s hairs.

 – Dry your skin and beard thoroughly with a dry towel.

 3. Brush or comb your beard

It’s essential to brush your beard every morning to keep it tidy. 

 – It is best to use a horn comb, which has keratin-like hair. Plastic combs tend to create static electricity, and the hairs can become unstable. You can also use a boar bristle brush.

 – Comb your beard every morning, at least in the direction of the hair.

 Necessary: never brush wet hairs. They may break because they are more fragile.

 

 Good to know: when the beard hairs are long enough, brushing them helps hide any holes thanks to the hairs on top.

 4. Nourish your beard and moisturize your skin

Beard Care

 Taking care of your beard also means taking care of your skin. After cleaning and possibly exfoliating, apply a moisturizing product to protect your skin and nourish your beard.

 For short beards (three-day beards)

 – Apply a moisturizing balm all over the face.

 – Massage the beard well to avoid cream residue.

 For long beards

 – Apply a moisturizing balm to the skin: forehead, nose, cheekbones, neck.

 – Apply beard oil to the beard. Massage thoroughly to coat all hairs and reach the skin underneath.

 5. Even out your beard

 Not all hairs grow at the same rate. It is therefore essential to trim your beard once a week.

 It is best to use a trimmer to maintain your beard. You can also use scissors, but they are more challenging to handle.

The subsequent publication will cover:

  • Beard care
  • Maintaining your beard
  • Beard oil
  • Beard trimming
  • Trimming your beard
  • Trimming a mustache
  • Beard Dye
  • Beard Dye
  • Dyeing your beard

Unless you want somebody else to do it for you, you will have to go to a pro barber. Have a nice day, gentleman, and remember to share your comments below.

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