FACING THE BLADE

Winter Shaving & Beard Care Guide

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Most men have a bit of a love-hate relationship with shaving and grooming. We love how it makes us feel but the actual task isn’t so appealing. But there’s something very manly, and therapeutic even, when investing the time and money into using quality shaving products.

Most men have a bit of a love-hate relationship with shaving and grooming. We love how it makes us feel but the actual task isn’t so appealing. But there’s something very manly, and therapeutic even, when investing the time and money into using quality shaving products.

PREP WITH A SCRUB

Start with clean skin. And if it’s been a few days since your last shave, use a scrub to help remove dead skin—especially in winter. The smoother the surface, the more the razor remains in contact with the skin. Exfoliating improves the comfort of your shave, but due to the aggressive nature of scrubs it’s best to use them only 2-3 times a week.

Clinique For Men Face Scrub removes dead skin flakes and oil build-up preparing skin for a smooth shave. (100ml R400.00)

Lab Series Invigorating Face Scrub not only reduces the risk of clogged pores and blackheads it also lifts ingrown hairs prepping skin for a smooth shave. (100ml R450.00)

Nivea Men Deep Anti-Blackhead Facial Scrub with cellulose-based beads cleanses the pores deeply, reduces blackheads and leaving skin smooth for a close shave. (75ml R69.99)

Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Energizing Skin Scrub sloughs away dead surface skin cells, oily buildup and other impurities. Preps skin for a smooth and nick-free shave. (100ml R380.00)

Clarins Men 2-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser eliminates impurities that can lead to post-shave inflammation and discomfort. (125ml R360.00)

PREP WITH A SCRUB

Start with clean skin. And if it’s been a few days since your last shave, use a scrub to help remove dead skin—especially in winter. The smoother the surface, the more the razor remains in contact with the skin. Exfoliating improves the comfort of your shave, but due to the aggressive nature of scrubs it’s best to use them only 2-3 times a week.

Clinique For Men Face Scrub removes dead skin flakes and oil build-up preparing skin for a smooth shave. (100ml R400.00)

Lab Series Invigorating Face Scrub not only reduces the risk of clogged pores and blackheads it also lifts ingrown hairs prepping skin for a smooth shave. (100ml R450.00)

Nivea Men Deep Anti-Blackhead Facial Scrub with cellulose-based beads cleanses the pores deeply, reduces blackheads and leaving skin smooth for a close shave. (75ml R69.99)

Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Energizing Skin Scrub sloughs away dead surface skin cells, oily buildup and other impurities. Preps skin for a smooth and nick-free shave. (100ml R380.00)

Clarins Men 2-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser eliminates impurities that can lead to post-shave inflammation and discomfort. (125ml R360.00)

GLIDE WITH GEL

The richer lather and enhanced lubricants of shave gels provide both protection and a smooth shave. Gels help to keep moisture in the beard hairs during the shave, leaving them softer and easier to cut.
They also create a thin layer of protection between the blade and the skin, ensuring less friction and minimising the risk of shaving rash and irritation – and fewer nicks and cuts.

Tabac Gentle Men’s Care Sensitive Shave Gel is a mild, alcohol-free shaving gel enriched with aloe vera providing a protective film to prevent small cuts. (200ml R195.00)

Nivea Men Deep Clean Shave Gel with Active Charcoal transforms from black to white and acts powerfully against germs and protects the skin by acting as a gliding shield for a smooth shave. (200 ml R102.00)

Clarins Men Smooth Shave Foaming Gel is an alcohol-free gel that foams into a dense, generous lather that raises and softens the hairs for a friction-free shave and soothed skin. (150ml R305.00)

Clinique for Men Aloe Shave Gel is an aloe-rich gel that softens and cushions the skin and whiskers for a smooth, close shave. Oil-free it’s great for all skin types. (125ml R405.00)

GLIDE WITH GEL

The richer lather and enhanced lubricants of shave gels provide both protection and a smooth shave. Gels help to keep moisture in the beard hairs during the shave, leaving them softer and easier to cut.
They also create a thin layer of protection between the blade and the skin, ensuring less friction and minimising the risk of shaving rash and irritation – and fewer nicks and cuts.

Tabac Gentle Men’s Care Sensitive Shave Gel is a mild, alcohol-free shaving gel enriched with aloe vera providing a protective film to prevent small cuts. (200ml R195.00)

Nivea Men Deep Clean Shave Gel with Active Charcoal transforms from black to white and acts powerfully against germs and protects the skin by acting as a gliding shield for a smooth shave. (200 ml R102.00)

Clarins Men Smooth Shave Foaming Gel is an alcohol-free gel that foams into a dense, generous lather that raises and softens the hairs for a friction-free shave and soothed skin. (150ml R305.00)

Clinique for Men Aloe Shave Gel is an aloe-rich gel that softens and cushions the skin and whiskers for a smooth, close shave. Oil-free it’s great for all skin types. (125ml R405.00)

MIND THE LINES

Oils are brilliant additions to your bathroom cabinet – particularly if you have facial hair to navigate, as they allow you to see where you’re shaving, allowing you to get good, clean lines around a beard, sideburns or goatee.
Use sparingly — just three drops is all that’s required to achieve perfect results. Drop into the palms of your hands, rub together and then massage into the skin, using gentle circular motions to ensure the stubble is adequately coated.

Lab Series The Grooming Oil 3-in-1 Shave + Beard Oil delivers an all-in-one solution for shave and beard care. (50ml R475.00)

Tom Ford Shave Oil preps skin for a smooth and luxurious shave while also keeping beard hair conditioned. (40ml R1100.00)

Clarins Men Shave Ease Two-in-One Oil softens stubble to banish and fight against razor bumps and provides a close, clean, friction-free shave. (30ml R330.00)

MIND THE LINES

Oils are brilliant additions to your bathroom cabinet – particularly if you have facial hair to navigate, as they allow you to see where you’re shaving, allowing you to get good, clean lines around a beard, sideburns or goatee.
Use sparingly — just three drops is all that’s required to achieve perfect results. Drop into the palms of your hands, rub together and then massage into the skin, using gentle circular motions to ensure the stubble is adequately coated.

Lab Series The Grooming Oil 3-in-1 Shave + Beard Oil delivers an all-in-one solution for shave and beard care. (50ml R475.00)

Tom Ford Shave Oil preps skin for a smooth and luxurious shave while also keeping beard hair conditioned. (40ml R1100.00)

Clarins Men Shave Ease Two-in-One Oil softens stubble to banish and fight against razor bumps and provides a close, clean, friction-free shave. (30ml R330.00)

SHAVE LIKE A PRO

A lousy soap makes for a lousy shave. Stat. So choosing the right one is just as important as selecting a quality razor. TABAC— with its subtle, masculine and woody scent— has a shining reputation amongst the wet shaving community. Designed to be used with a shaving brush, this old school soap generates a rich, long lasting protective lather and comes in stylish refillable ceramic bowl with lid.

Tabac Original Shaving Soap (100g R180.00)
Tabac Original Shaving Bowl (125g R425)
Tabac Original Shaving Soap Refill (100g R115.00)

SHAVE LIKE A PRO

A lousy soap makes for a lousy shave. Stat. So choosing the right one is just as important as selecting a quality razor. TABAC— with its subtle, masculine and woody scent— has a shining reputation amongst the wet shaving community. Designed to be used with a shaving brush, this old school soap generates a rich, long lasting protective lather and comes in stylish refillable ceramic bowl with lid.

Tabac Original Shaving Soap (100g R180.00)
Tabac Original Shaving Bowl (125g R425)
Tabac Original Shaving Soap Refill (100g R115.00)

BRUSH ON THE CREAM

A shaving brush, preferably badger hair, will disperse the cream evenly. Lather the cream onto your face, swirling the brush in a circular motion, which lifts facial hair better than your hands alone. Allow the shave cream to rest on the skin for 30 seconds. Shave difficult areas last, allowing the cream to soften the whiskers for longer.

Lab Series Cooling Shave Cream protects skin while you shave. Its invigorating and cooling action leaves skin refreshed and soothed. (100ml R550.00)

Kiehl’s Close Shavers Squadron White Eagle Shave Cream spiked with menthol and camphor is a superb, creamy formulation that provides a refreshingly close shave. (150ml R320.00)

Bleu de Chanel Shave Cream with its fine, transparent texture, offers clear visibility and a precise, controlled shave for a custom line and cut. (100ml R960.00)

BRUSH ON THE CREAM

A shaving brush, preferably badger hair, will disperse the cream evenly. Lather the cream onto your face, swirling the brush in a circular motion, which lifts facial hair better than your hands alone. Allow the shave cream to rest on the skin for 30 seconds. Shave difficult areas last, allowing the cream to soften the whiskers for longer.

Lab Series Cooling Shave Cream protects skin while you shave. Its invigorating and cooling action leaves skin refreshed and soothed. (100ml R550.00)

Kiehl’s Close Shavers Squadron White Eagle Shave Cream spiked with menthol and camphor is a superb, creamy formulation that provides a refreshingly close shave. (150ml R320.00)

Bleu de Chanel Shave Cream with its fine, transparent texture, offers clear visibility and a precise, controlled shave for a custom line and cut. (100ml R960.00)

BENEFITS OF BEARD OIL

Beard oil has multiple functions: It hydrates your beard’s bristles and moisturises skin, thus softening whiskers as they grow, and it also allows longer bristles to be groomed into place. It is often scented, too, thanks to natural ingredients like cedar wood oil, sage, or citrus. Use a beard comb to evenly distribute the oil after application—don’t forget to comb it into the moustache — then comb all of the hairs into place.

Lab Series The Grooming Oil, 3-in-1 Shave + Beard Oil improves manageability, smoothness, and shine while moisturising to help to soothe beard-related itch and discomfort. (50ml R475.00)

Tom Ford Beard Comb, crafted for durability and sized for portability, smooths unruly facial hair and helps distribute beard oil evenly leaving beard looking groomed and lustrous. (R650.00)

Tom Ford Conditioning Beard Oil softens and nourishes the beard with a lightweight blend of almond, jojoba, and grapeseed oils as well as vitamin E. (30ml R925.00)

BENEFITS OF BEARD OIL

Beard oil has multiple functions: It hydrates your beard’s bristles and moisturises skin, thus softening whiskers as they grow, and it also allows longer bristles to be groomed into place. It is often scented, too, thanks to natural ingredients like cedar wood oil, sage, or citrus. Use a beard comb to evenly distribute the oil after application—don’t forget to comb it into the moustache — then comb all of the hairs into place.

Lab Series The Grooming Oil, 3-in-1 Shave + Beard Oil improves manageability, smoothness, and shine while moisturising to help to soothe beard-related itch and discomfort. (50ml R475.00)

Tom Ford Beard Comb, crafted for durability and sized for portability, smooths unruly facial hair and helps distribute beard oil evenly leaving beard looking groomed and lustrous. (R650.00)

Tom Ford Conditioning Beard Oil softens and nourishes the beard with a lightweight blend of almond, jojoba, and grapeseed oils as well as vitamin E. (30ml R925.00)

THE WINTER BEARD

While there’s something about this time of year that makes you want to forsake formality in favour of comfort and an easier and quicker morning routine— the winter beard is not as simple as tossing out your razor. As the hair gets longer and coarser, and particularly in winter, things can get itchy. Eliminate beard dandruff and itchiness by applying a beard conditioning moisturiser at the very least, once a day. Massage thoroughly into beard and skin and comb through, this also improves circulation and keeps the hair soft, split-end free and easy to manage.

Bleu de Chanel 2-in-1 Moisturiser for Face & Beard is dedicated to men sporting a beard, a moustache or a close shave. Its light gel texture goes on easily and leaves no residue on facial hair, leaving skin soft and beards manageable. (50ml R890.00)

Clinique for Men 2-in-1 Skin Hydrator + Beard Conditioner is a multi-benefit lotion that instantly improves skin and softens beard. Applies easily over facial hair to soothe the skin beneath. (100ml R510.00)

THE WINTER BEARD

While there’s something about this time of year that makes you want to forsake formality in favour of comfort and an easier and quicker morning routine— the winter beard is not as simple as tossing out your razor. As the hair gets longer and coarser, and particularly in winter, things can get itchy. Eliminate beard dandruff and itchiness by applying a beard conditioning moisturiser at the very least, once a day. Massage thoroughly into beard and skin and comb through, this also improves circulation and keeps the hair soft, split-end free and easy to manage.

Bleu de Chanel 2-in-1 Moisturiser for Face & Beard is dedicated to men sporting a beard, a moustache or a close shave. Its light gel texture goes on easily and leaves no residue on facial hair, leaving skin soft and beards manageable. (50ml R890.00)

Clinique for Men 2-in-1 Skin Hydrator + Beard Conditioner is a multi-benefit lotion that instantly improves skin and softens beard. Applies easily over facial hair to soothe the skin beneath. (100ml R510.00)

POST-SHAVE PAMPERING

One of the most important aspect of your shave, especially during the winter, is an aftershave balm. It not only disinfects the skin that’s just been dragged with a razor blade, but it also helps build up a defensive layer to aid your skin in recovery and moisture retention. This cooling balm is quick absorbing and also prevents any irritation while reducing razor burn and redness.

Nivea Sensitive Post Shave Balm, enriched with Chamomile and Vitamin E, helps calm & soothe the skin alleviating post-shave dryness and irritation. (100ml R129.00)

Kiehl’s Dermatologist Solutions Centella Cica Cream for sensitive skin intensively repairs the damage and stress caused to skin by shaving. (50ml R540.00)

Lab Series 3-in-1 Post Shave treats in-grown hairs, soothes and prevents razor bumps and refines beard over time for easier, less frequent shaves. (50ml R515.00)

Clarins Men After Shave Soother, an alcohol-free post-shave balm that leaves ‘razor-stressed’ skin moisturised, soothed and healthy looking. (75ml R375.00)

Clinique for Men Post Shave Soother, suitable for all skin types, contains aloe to help calm razor burn, relieve dryness and encourages healing of minor nicks and cuts. (75ml R270.00)

POST-SHAVE PAMPERING

One of the most important aspect of your shave, especially during the winter, is an aftershave balm. It not only disinfects the skin that’s just been dragged with a razor blade, but it also helps build up a defensive layer to aid your skin in recovery and moisture retention. This cooling balm is quick absorbing and also prevents any irritation while reducing razor burn and redness.

Nivea Sensitive Post Shave Balm, enriched with Chamomile and Vitamin E, helps calm & soothe the skin alleviating post-shave dryness and irritation. (100ml R129.00)

Kiehl’s Dermatologist Solutions Centella Cica Cream for sensitive skin intensively repairs the damage and stress caused to skin by shaving. (50ml R540.00)

Lab Series 3-in-1 Post Shave treats in-grown hairs, soothes and prevents razor bumps and refines beard over time for easier, less frequent shaves. (50ml R)

Clarins Men After Shave Soother, an alcohol-free post-shave balm that leaves ‘razor-stressed’ skin moisturised, soothed and healthy looking. (75ml R375.00)

Clinique for Men Post Shave Soother, suitable for all skin types, contains aloe to help calm razor burn, relieve dryness and encourages healing of minor nicks and cuts. (75ml R270.00)

FINISH WITH A SPLASH

End your shaving session with a splash of cold water to close the pores. Finish by applying a light application of an alcohol-free after shave splash or lotion.

Nivea Men Deep Comfort After Shave Splash, enriched with a masculine and modern woody scent, supports recovery from shaving irritation, leaving skin feeling clean and comfortable. The unique formula with anti-germ effect protects the skin against germs while preventing it from drying out. (100ml R129.00)

Tabac Original After Shave Lotion helps to refresh the skin after shaving and soothe away irritation, leaving skin scented with a timeless and masculine combination of aromatic, woody and citrus accords. (50ml R195.00)

FINISH WITH A SPLASH

End your shaving session with a splash of cold water to close the pores. Finish by applying a light application of an alcohol-free after shave splash or lotion.

Nivea Men Deep Comfort After Shave Splash, enriched with a masculine and modern woody scent, supports recovery from shaving irritation, leaving skin feeling clean and comfortable. The unique formula with anti-germ effect protects the skin against germs while preventing it from drying out. (100ml R129.00)

Tabac Original After Shave Lotion helps to refresh the skin after shaving and soothe away irritation, leaving skin scented with a timeless and masculine combination of aromatic, woody and citrus accords. (50ml R195.00)

CONTRIBUTORS

Editor | Neil Doveton
Photographer | Ian Engelbecht / One League
Designer | De Wet van Rensburg
Assistant Stylist | Corey Boyana

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