The modern gentleman has moved on from a strict, clean-cut. For years facial hair was reserved for the lazy and the unemployed and then hipster beards began appearing on men everywhere. This trend is beginning to pass, and man is choosing something shorter. The short beard is an evolution of the five o'clock shadow and it's ideal for the discerning gent. It shows character and control - but how do you maintain it?
Prep the skin before shaving or trimming
Wash your face with a high quality cleanser or facial scrub to buff away dead skin cells and lift the hair for a smoother cut. Save time with Billy Jealousy's Liquid Sand Exfoliating Facial Cleanser. This formula is less penetrating than a scrub but more powerful than a face wash. It cleans skin thoroughly and removes redundant surface skin cells, dirt and related grime without over drying skin. Scrubbing particles exfoliate while lactic acid helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and photo damage from the sun. It's even gentle enough to be used daily.
Use the right tool
To achieve the right kind of short beard, you need the right tool. First, grow out your stubble somewhere between 5 - 12mm - it should be shorter for darker and denser hair, long for light-colored hair or finer growth. Then, take the Panasonic ARC3 3-Blade Wet-Dry Electric Shaver and trim.
This rechargeable shaver is specially designed for better results on all types of beards and thicknesses. Its hypo-allergenic Multi-Fit Arc foils faithfully follow the contours of the face as a pivoting head and Nanotech inner blades shave closely and smoothly, even on the most sensitive skin. A five-setting comb attachment snaps directly onto the shaver head to transform your grooming tool, for quick, easy trimming and touch-ups in lengths from 1.0 to 7.0mm. Plus, with its 100% washable, wet/dry versatility, you can confidently use the Arc3 in the bath or shower, over the sink and on the go.
If you want your short beard to look slick like the award winners, remember to keep unruly neck hair tidy with regular shaves. Pay special attention to how you trim your moustache too - you want a fairly smooth line around your mouth. Pre-shave and post-shave care is important so pay attention. Choose a product that protects the skin from irritation and razor burn, like The Art of Shaving's Shaving Cream, which softens and lifts facial hair for a close and comfortable shave. Rich with glycerin, coconut oil and essential oils, the shaving cream leaves your skin smooth and moisturized. The sandalwood variety is the most alluring.
After your session, consider the Lab Series Triple Benefit Post Shave Remedy. This breakthrough post-shave gel treatment delivers three benefits in one. After only 4 weeks of use this formula provides easier, less frequent shaves on the desired areas, and will help relieve and prevent ingrown hairs.
Now lean back and let your woman admire your short, rugged beard.