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MANSCAPING | with Gillette BODY
The weather is getting warmer and summer is just around the corner. Hiding our unwanted or unsightly hair, can no longer be covered by our winter garments. Manscaping use to be a private matter for men, almost embarrassing to discuss aloud. With a new acceptance in men’s grooming and, a great deal of marketing and advertising, men have become more comfortable to share and embrace their grooming routine.
Manscaping is different for every man. Some men shave their entire body, while some shave or even trim specific areas. Some may like certain areas left with a little stubble, making a subtle statement that says “I’m still a man, and I can grow hair”. Some manscaping needs may require assistance from your professional barber or men’s grooming spa. Some men like to tame and shape their brows, and others like their backs shaved or waxed. Most manscaping can be done in the privacy of your own home.
Before we get into tools, tips and products, lets answer the question why manscaping? If you’ve been working out diligently in the gym, with body hair covering your chest and abdomen I can guarantee your results are hidden. Removing hair from your upper body will showcase your new chiseled defined areas. You can enhance your cuts by adding minimal oil or a bronzer. Manscaping can also be apart of good hygiene. Sweating throughout the day can cause unpleasant odors in areas like your genitals, armpits etc. Trimming or removing hair can help you to remain fresh. Manscaping is also great for athletic men who engage in sports. Trimming hair can help preventing things such as jock itch.
STEP 1: BUZZ
Lets begin by using the Gillette Fusion Proglide Styler. The Gillette Styler comes equip with 3 changeable guards, giving you the option to buzz your hair to your desired length. Its always best to buzz your body hair very low before wet shaving preventing tug and pull.
STEP 2: APPLY SHAVING CREAM
Now that your hair is buzzed down to a low stubble, its time to apply a quality shave cream. I recommend using this amazing shaving creme by MILK from Archipelago Botanicals. Packed with Natural soy proteins and wheat milk protect sensitive skin from the nicks, scrapes and burns associated with everyday shaving. Slippery jojoba ester base allows for a uniquely close and clean shave-leaving skin hydrated, silky-smooth and razor burn free. This product is a guarantee close shave leaving your body feeling silky.
STEP 3: SHAVE
Now that your buzzed and product is applied its time to begin your wet shave. Just in time for manscaping season, Gillette debuts a new razor designed specifically for male grooming. The Gillette BODY is the brands first razor built for male terrain. Its round head, lubricating strips, three floating blades and anti-slip grip makes it the perfect razor while shaving in the shower. Begin shaving with the grain on your first pass. For a closer shave, re-apply more product and shave against or across the grain. Once you have completed your shave follow up by using an alcohol free aftershave. Feel free to apply your aftershave or moisturizer as needed to shaved areas if you feel dry.
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Theres Proraso, Geo F. Trumper, Gillette, The Art of Shaving and then there was Bevel. Bevel is a new shaving brand that burst into the grooming industry causing quite the buzz. A simplistic yet effective shaving solution for men of color, that struggle with razor bumps striving for clearer and smoother skin. With over 20,000 social media followers and rapper NAS investing into the brand, Bevel is sure to deemed the next level of grooming.
Bevel offers a six piece starter kit which features, a safety razor, priming oil, shave cream, restoring balm, a badger hair shaving brush and 20 stainless steel safety blades. The packaging is masculine and marketable, and the products are concealed in taupe colored bottled, perfectly sized for your travel bag or dopp kit.
Experience the Bevel system
The priming oil is designed to sit on the surface of the skin helping to soften your facial hair. Its ingredients contains lavender which smells amazing keeping your skin calm. Olive and castor oil helps your blade to glade smoothly across your face reducing irritation. The priming oil is lightweight so, I’d recommend applying a generous amount if you have sensitive skin for extra protection.
The refreshing scent of green tea in this glycerin based shave cream is awesome! Be sure to accompany this silky cream with your badger hair brush to lift the hair off your face for a closer shave.
Restoring Balm (aftershave)
This aftershave is my favorite part of the Bevel shave. I carry this product in my dopp kit daily. This restoring balm is alcohol-free which is a plus. Packed with vitamin-e, tea tree oil and witch hazel. Finalize your shave by applying balm to your shaved areas. The cooling sensation will instantly calm your skin. You can also apply this balm as needed throughout the day if needed.
I highly recommend Bevel for the perfect Father’s Day. My friends at Bevel have extended 20% off your purchase by entering the promo code HARVEY (in caps) when you order.
Visit Bevel at www.getbevel.com (tell them Harvey’s House sent you).